Where are you right now?
As I write this (back in August) I am sitting on a plane almost 2 hours into a 17-hour plane trip home. Believe me, travel is not as glamorous as it is made out to be. I can chose whether to be content or not, as can you right now too. I could be caught up in my head about the rest of the flight, the upcoming 6-hour delay in Perth that we have been told about and then the long trip across the country to Melbourne before negotiating our way though the airport and travel home.
Or I could make the choice to be content. To be fully present and okay with the situation I am in.
Okay, so what if you don’t have the luxury of having been on a holiday and then being in a plane?
Maybe you are stressed to the eyeballs with the juggle of work, home and maybe people demanding more from you?
It might sound hard to believe, but you can also make the choice to be content.
Maybe your boss is yelling at you, can you make the choice to be content? In fact it might be empowering to react with calmness rather than yelling right back.
Maybe there is friction at home. Or ill health for you or a loved one. Can you make the choice to be content?
Whatever the circumstances – oh and I know we could come up with much more horrific ones – there is power in being okay right now and you always do have the choice.
I am not suggesting that you put up with circumstances that you have the choice to change, or that things have to stay as they are for ever. But right now for this moment you have the choice to practice the Niyama of Santosa, or contentment. Patanjali suggested this practice as a method towards removing the afflictions and towards an experience of Union, of Yoga. It is an inner attitude over which you have control.
Even when shit is happening, you have this superpower to remain content.
You don’t have to be drawn into misery around you if you don’t want to be.
Try it and see for yourself!
I’d love to know how your practice of contentment goes.
You can purchase your own set of these contemplation cards from the store HERE and postage is free in Australia. The picture on the front of each card is by Gayle Stone Art. Much more meaning than is teased out here can be taken from these cards, this is just a start. I’d love your feedback and look out for my blog about the next card soon.