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:
- I am grateful that my oldest son, admittedly not a fan or participant of team sports, discovered his enthusiasm for martial arts at a young age. It is a great physical outlet for him, and helps to build his self-esteem.
- More specifically I am grateful the have found Lake Norman Taekwondo and its wonderful instructors shortly after moving to Mooresville, NC. We felt welcomed, making the transition of a major move much easier.
- I am grateful my husband volunteered to do the grocery shopping today. It gave me a couple extra hours to clean and iron his shirts!
- The kids have been home from school for the past two weeks for Christmas break. I am grateful to have had the time to spend with them, and if I'm being totally honest, to sleep in a few extra minutes each morning!
- The kids have been home from school for the past two weeks for Christmas break. I am grateful today is the last day and that our routines will go back to normal tomorrow!