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Santosha: Contentment. How to Be Happy.
THE HABIT OF HAPPINESS: SANTOSHA
The ancient science of yoga details ten core principles (yamas and niyamas) that constitute the foundation for a happy life. Think of these as “The 10 Commandments” to live by in order to create a life of balance, ease and joy.
The rishis (sages) knew that happiness is a habit. We expand our “happiness quotient” and raise our “joy ceiling” by training ourselves to recognize the good, be grateful, allow more and most of all, practice contentment.
Contentment is known in Sanskrit as “santosha“.
One of the unfortunate truths of our culture is that most business and advertising is based on keeping us malcontent – feeling like we need more, should look or be different or somewhere other than where we are right now.
Here’s a simple CONTENTMENT MEDIATION to help you flip the switch:
1. Close your eyes. Sit tall through the spine. Relax your shoulders. Simply notice your breath…slow and steady.
2. With your eyes closed…scan through your life, like a radar, observe all the different aspects of your life and the abundance and gifts. Notice the myriad of blessings overflowing in your life right now….that you even have a computer to watch this video, that you have a strong, clear mind able to seek its evolution, you have a healthy body and live in a peaceful land, have clean water, fresh food and a family that loves you…
3. Gently open your eyes and look around the room. See the gifts surrounding you. Train yourself to recognize the gifts all around. Train yourself to be in a state of abundance and contentment.
4. Practice physically relaxing and enjoying exactly where you are right now. Take note of the physical sensations of contentment. Imprint the ‘feeling’ of contentment so that your body becomes more accustomed to and recognizes the sensation of being at ease and happy.
When you notice yourself frustrated in your career, not where you wish you were…pause. Change your perspective. Look through the eyes of someone 5, 6, 10 years behind you…someone who is just coming up and looking up to you and how far you’ve come.
Maybe you’re an entrepreneur or a parent feeling overwhelmed. Train yourself to see the glass half full and literally celebrate how what you do have and where you are right now.
Every phase of life, career, relationship has very specific qualities and gifts that are fleeting and easily overlooked. We end up missing the magic of THIS moment.
Train your organism to rest comfortably, pause and relax into the feeling state of santosha. How does it physically feel in your body to be happy and content?
Pause. Relax. Look around and say out loud:
“My life is overflowing with abundance.”
“I am content.”
“I am happy.”
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