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:
- Today I managed to get the Christmas decorations put away. I know, I know, what was the hurry!? Better late than never! I love the feeling of productivity.
- The rain kept the contractor away. I greatly/gratefully enjoyed the quietude today.
- I woke up at 2 a.m. with severe tummy pain. I thought I was dying. I'm glad I didn't.
- My husband will be home early today so I can go to a yoga weekend immersion. I'm grateful to him for his support and understanding.
- So happy my son remembered to bring home his saxophone and music so I don't have to run up to the school and get it.