As we move through the Eight Limbs of Yoga and begin to appreciate the subtleties of this magnificent system of personal growth, today we acknowledge another of the niyamas or personal observance.
The next niyama practice is santosa, or contentment.
To be at peace within and content with one's lifestyle...to find contentment even while experiencing life's difficulties becomes a process of growth through all kinds of circumstances.
Cultivating contentment allows us to be happy now rather than later, and to stop the incessant waiting for a better day.
We do this, all the while progressing in every way we can toward better circumstances.
Todays Simple Step
Eliminate the word SHOULD just for today.
Look at yourself every time you explain why you "can't" do something "because..." and reframe your point of view so that you ARE cause.
Fly the 'Attitude of Gratitude' flag in some specific way and communicate it.
In your personal journal or dayminder, list the top ten reasons you are abundant today, and what you have RIGHT NOW that demonstrates that.
Go out of your way to share something you are content with today.
This is your Simple Step.
Till next time,
Photo credit: GCA Warrior Prayer by Bob Alba