Santosha, translated simply as contentment, is not so easy to master because the habit of wanting and achieving is so deeply ingrained in us.  It does not mean that we give up having goals and striving for them.  It does not mean that we have no intention of improving ourselves, which could be called complacency.
Santosha does mean that we are at peace with this moment as it is and with ourselves as we are, even as we strive to learn and grow.  It does mean that we can enjoy the process of pursuing our goals, giving ourselves fully to them, without fear of failure.

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Establishing Peace in Ourselves

Establishing peace in ourselves is the only way we can expect to have the clarity to then express it in our daily lives, in the difficult interactions we have, where peace is sorely needed.  Our ability to embody nonviolence and compassion will bring those values more powerfully into the world than any speech we can make.

We have literally hundreds of opportunities every day to make a choice to be loving, to listen and understand others, to give without expecting something.   If we can open our hearts to even a few people we encounter, we begin to live as a light for peace, one step at a time.  I think there is nothing more important for us to do and nothing more fulfilling.

April 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Our Essential Nature is Joy

It has really helped me to make use of several conscious methods to practice Santosha or contentment.  One is to start my day, after my morning meditation, affirming that my essential nature is joy, and this joy is independent of anything that happens.  It feels really good to assert my birthright, as Sri Gurudev called it, and remind my mind that nothing can make me happy or sad.

April 6th, 2017|0 Comments