Posts tagged meditation
Contentment: Santosha

Santosha, meaning contentment in Sanskrit, is one of the niyamas of the ethics of yoga. Contentment is a difficult concept to grasp. It is a feeling of fullness and satisfaction yet it is not laziness or avoidance of difficulties. As I read Deborah Adele's chapter on contentment in Yamas and Niyamas, I realized that anytime I started to feel content in my life I would chastise myself for being lazy, lacking ambition or settling for less than what I am capable of. So I spent some time observing what contentment really is and how I can be less afraid of it. I found that contentment is the ability to feel grateful for what is happening in each moment. It is the feeling of accepting that what is currently here in this moment is exactly as it is supposed to be. Contentment does not take away from my ambition, my hopes and my dreams but it does allow me to be fully present and thankful every step of the way. It allows me to look around and be in awe of everything that is already happening so naturally and effortlessly. As Deborah Adele writes, "every moment is complete". I think it is worth your thoughts and attention to find how contentment serves you in your life. 


 "Discontentment is the illusion that there can be something else in the moment. There isn't and there can't be. The moment is complete." Deborah Adele on Santosha: contentment . 📸 by Eastman Garcia 

What Can I Add?

When I sit down to meditate an abundance of thoughts fill my head. I think of them like a snow globe swirling about but after a few minutes, some days many minutes, they begin to settle. Tonight as they settled one glowing thought seemed to fill my whole snow globe. What can I add? After a few extremely busy months I noticed that my thought process had become more about subtracting things. Thoughts like, “I would feel better if I didn't eat sweets, drink coffee, etc.” frequently entered my mind. What can I add though? When this thought popped into my mind I had a shift of perspective. It isn't about what I can subtract from my life to make it better, it's about what I can add. For me those additions are more joy, more adventure, more fresh fruits and veggies, more laughter, and more compassion. Sure, there are things that I do everyday that I would be better off without but focusing on what needs to go has never helped me let it go. Focusing on what positive new things I can add to my life naturally takes attention away from the negatives and slowly those things that are no longer serving me disappear. So, I encourage you take a moment to write down somethings you would like to do, see and feel. Allow some room for those in your life.