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Author of "Yoga and the Twelve Step Path" and "Life in Bite Sized Morsels", I have been a yoga teacher for several years. My primary focus is on classes designed for people recovering from addictions. I take my classes to recovery homes, halfway houses,detention centers and jails. I also lead Y12SR groups in the south SF Bay Area, CA. I am a certified Yoga of Recovery Counselor. I have designed a certification course for yoga teachers titled S.O.A.R. - Success Over Addictions and Relapse which I teach in person and ONLINE.

Friday, October 29, 2010

More thoughts on Santosha - Contentment

Santosha: thoughts based on The Yamas and Niyamas by Deborah Adele

Santosha is the observance of contentment . I read from Deborah Adele's book again today. Contentment is a state of being that requires attention as well as in-attention – one of those cosmic balance things. I must be mindful – but not grasping to experience it.

In my reading and my musings I have found the following.

We are encouraged into a state of longing by advertisers – offering us constantly new things or new and improved versions of what we already have – this sense of longing being magnified by their efforts.

To counter these feelings of longing – look around and contemplate gratitude Be grateful for that which you are, have and know.

Also consider that possessions possess and often things can become a burden – golden handcuffs which bind us to things or situations.

Be content in the moment. Often times we are more involved in and invested in getting ready – getting ready to live, to be, to experience, to EXHALE, to be who we are. Envy and expectation can rob the current moment from its due – again gratitude.

When we look outside ourselves and expect others to meet our needs we are looking to others for sustenance and completion . That can only disappoint. We become discontent and loose contact with ourselves. Our true selves. Look in and find strength, look in and find gratitude.

Often we spend our time grasping pleasure and avoiding pain. We create discontent in ourselves by searching for something that is other than it is. To find balance find gratitude.

Finally emotional disturbance can pull us out of contentment. Finding the root and finding compassion in dealing with the root cause will move us closer to contentment. It can take the tick of the clock to give our own emotional state to another – in fear, resentment, anger or hurt. Taking responsibility for the resolution to this out of balance feeling can start with gratitude. Gratitude for taking action when one should and for NOT taking action when one shouldn’t can be the start. Often the emotional states are of our own device and taking the time to look inside can be the key- to reclaiming your contentment and abiding in that grace.

Namaste