Day 9: Finding Contentment - The 30-day journey to enlightenment and well-being

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“There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.”
-Swami Sivananda
Day 9 Activities:
1) Mantra meditation
2) Minimum 30 minutes of calorie burning
3) Write down everything you eat and sketch your Balance Chart
4) Continue to remain aware of your speech patterns
5) Optional: Repeat grounding meditation
6) New: Notice contentment in your life

Are you experiencing financial uncertainty or desperation, battling a health situation, or any other personal stresses?

Finding Santosha (contentment) may seem difficult right now.

But here is what I love about the santosha....

Santosha is not translated as elation, bliss, or happiness. It is translated as "contentment". I find it more reasonable, but perhaps not as recognizable to experience santosha.

This is what contentment means, to me:

  1. Being OK at this moment...or knowing that at some point in the future you will be OK again
  2. Finding perspective
  3. Being at ease
The thing about santosha is that you don't always notice it. This is because we tend to be socialized and habituated to exist in more extreme states of being. Sometimes fleeting moments of santosha, or even days and months of santosha are with us, but we do not notice because we are seeking (grasping) something more dramatic.

I offer this suggestion for today, even in the midst of troubling times...keep your senses open to noticing moments of contentment and when they come and go; as you become aware of these moments, allow yourself gratitude that a particular moment was OK.

This may not solve the world's problems or even your own, but not everything can or needs to be solved right at this moment. Perhaps however, the more individual and collective moments of contentment we live the more readily problems will resolve.

Another way to reinforce this "noticing of contentment" is as follows:

So today, when someone asks you "What's new?"
...rather than furiously searching your brain for a dramatically "good" or "bad" event to report.....respond with, "I'm content at this moment".

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Anonymous said...

Hi Deb,

I love the line " I am content ". I will try to use it when someone asks me how I am.