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The Unexpected Event

Every unexpected event, whether positive or negative, in our life triggers strong emotions. When a friend unexpectedly calls or texts us, or when we get a call from a family member who is in the hospital, or when the car won’t start on a cold morning, or a downpour of rain rushes into our basement, emotions automatically flood our entire body.

Yoga says, that all emotions come from our basic human needs—food, sleep, sex, or self-preservation. One of those needs is being met or is being threatened. It happens to us all the time we expect something to go a certain way or nothing to happen and then something happens. If it is an unexpected event to which we feel attracted, like an unforeseen check from a forgotten relative, we experience joy-filled, positive emotions that fill us with pleasure. However, if the unexpected event is an aversion or something that