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 is my husband's birthday. Without this important event in history, I would not have met my best friend and partner.
- Despite the cold temperatures, the skies are blue and the sun is shining.
- I am grateful that I woke up in the middle of the night and realized it was only a bad dream. It gave me an opportunity to tell my oldest son how much I love him this morning.
- I am grateful that I maintained enough self control this evening not to strangle that same son I love so much.
- Thank you to my youngest son who didn't want his ice cream!