Curse of Expectation Most of us in western society are guilty of believing we are owed something or deserve rewards for tasks. It is part of capitalism and is ingrained in our brains since childhood.
The Bhagavad Gita addresses this belief with this Sloka: “Do the work that comes to you – but don't look for results. Do not be motivated by the fruits of your actions, nor become attached to inaction.” We should not work for the fruits of labor in any activity we engage in, whether it be our job, working out, the asana portion of yoga, or our hobby. If the end result is the obsession then we lose ourselves in the future and build up expectations. Think of all the times you have built up an expectation of what you were going to get from a job or how amazing you would look after a workout plan and then have it all crash down on you when your expectations were not met. We become angry, sad, and upset. Most importantly we lost our present state of mind, the only state of mind that is real.
We must also measure our addiction inaction as well, often times we don't act for the fear of failing our own expectations. But if this our course, we will erode to nothingness, eroded by our dispassionate and fearful nature – we become the void.
In order to loosen our love affair with expectations, we must embrace the present moment radically and passionately as we do our dreams. We must let go of the wanting and settle into what we really need. Anticipation and antipathy will slowly dissolve. This is where we gain the ability to grow to our full potential. We must trust in the moment for it is all that really exists, all else lies behind or ahead. We must set our course with what we have and melt into the moment.
Expect Nothing and You Shall be Free