In yoga, we practice SANTOSA, which means contentment. According to B.K.S. Iyengar, "Contentment has to be cultivated. A mind that is not content, cannot concentrate." The yogi feels the lack of nothing (does not want) and so he/she feels naturally content. Contentment gives bliss.Fifteen years ago, my husband dragged me across the country kicking and screaming so he could continue his education at Arizona State University. I am forever grateful to him for his foresight. Since that time, life has been a giant roller coaster ride of adventure, with every curve just as exciting as the last. It's easy to be grateful for the big, life-altering events. The real challenge is finding gratitude in the mundane tasks of day to day life.
Today I am grateful for:
- Although the high temperature today will only reach 40 degrees Fahrenheit, I am grateful that the temperature is not in the negative digits like my friends to the North.
- I am grateful, despite not sleeping well last night, it did not affect my mood or productivity today.
- While I am not happy the scales showed a 5 pound gain this morning, I am grateful for the nourishment I received and the experiences I enjoyed while slightly over-indulging on vacation.
- I am grateful to belong to a gym I enjoy frequenting so I can work off the 5 pound gain!
- I am grateful for the health of myself and my family. Many friends are suffering from illness and disease. I pray for their recovery and that they remain strong and positive during treatments.