Santosha is one attitude included in the Niyamas, the self observances “recommended” by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.
Nurturing these niyamas can help us live in harmony with our inner self and others.
Within the Niyamas, there are five attitudes to cultivate so that we can work towards emotional stability:
– shauca or purity (keeping clear thoughts, a clean body and clean surroundings),
– santosha or contentment (more on that in the text below…)
– tapas or a strong desire to commit to self-transformation (being eager to sweat to purify our inner thoughts and our body for instance!)
– svadhyaya (being eager to know who we are deep inside, reflecting on ourselves)
– Ishvara – pranidhana (surrendering to the universe, trusting life)
All these behaviors and attitude patterns are linked somehow. Observing at least one of them helps us observing another one.
Today, at the end of my practise, I was thinking about santosha in particular. Yes! I love dedicated my practise to a specific intention, may it be ahimsa or non-violence, being present, being grateful.
I was wondering how santosha could be the key to start observing those self-disciplines.
As I said earlier, Santosha means contentment.
It’s often said that real contentment is a state of mind. I do believe it’s true.
I guess we should be able to be happy in the now: With who we are, what we have and where we are.
Wait, wait! I’m not saying that Santosha means we should not having dreams or goals. I’m not saying that Santosha means being lazy and doing nothing.
But, I think Santosha is more about enjoying the process, the efforts we put towards our dream, the practise… Being content is rather about having patience, trusting life’s ups and downs, being dedicated and aware in what we do and where we are.
We should not be attached to the results of our actions and work. Because I guess, life is not about achieving a specific state of success, fame or even happiness. Life is a journey: Life is about living.. you know.
We should not be looking to the destination only.
I know it’s hard, we always want to be “there”, to be “that”, to have “this”. But guess what, we are not perfect. We can at least give this “contentment” a try! Right?
Happiness is right inside!
As Paul H Dunn said: “Happiness is a journey, not a destination. […] The time for happiness is today not tomorrow.”