We are constantly on the lookout for things that will make us feel complete, content, and truly satisfied in life. However, the true essence of these words lies not in the “things we find,” but rather in what we already have within us.
We go through our entire lives as if there is something missing.
These worldly things can make us happy, but this happiness is frequently fleeting.
Believe it or not, what we are looking for is already within us. You know how a child is so filled with joy for no apparent reason?
You can be that child again, content and happy in life. Not because of material things, but because of the stillness you discover within yourself.
Santosha means contentment…
I came across this beautiful Sanskrit word – santosha.
This word sounds and feels great as it rolls off my tongue. It could be exotic food, a tropical vacation, or a really good cocktail (pink with an umbrella), but it’s really none of those stuff.
The word ‘santosha’ means satisfaction or contentment.
While the translation is simple, the practise of santosha is difficult for many people in today’s world.
Contentment in the yoga context refers to detaching from our desires and cultivating an inner peace and joy that is independent of what is going on in our lives.
And satisfaction can mean different things to different people.
For some, it can mean having a lot of friends and a rich social life.
While others may be content with taking care of their parents and simply giving back to the universe.
However, how many of us can say we are truly satisfied?
As I have mentioned, most of us are always looking for something to improve our lives.
We think we’ll be satisfied if we have all our desires met.
Whether it’s buying a new car, getting a promotion at work, or getting married and settling down.
We’re constantly chasing after our goals.
But when we attach our satisfaction to external sources, it’s not unlikely that we end up with disappointment.
If you’d like to hear more on this, I dive deeper into the topic in one of my instagram posts.
I’d also like to share this image of the Golden hour on the farm. This to me is true satisfaction…
Is this the path to true satisfaction?
When I was in India, I met a monk.
He was living in a cave on the banks of the Ganges river. He had next to nothing in the cave other than his absolute bare necessities.
But he was one of the happiest people I’ve ever met in my life.
He made me wonder what it means to be truly satisfied, and where true Santosha comes from.
We can have all the riches and desires in the world, and still feel unsatisfied.
So then where does happiness come from? Does it come from outside or does it already exist within us?
I would love to share with you a way to feel Santosha and be able to change our lives.…
Meditation can lead you to feeling far more connected, relaxed, and efficient in your daily life.
Through meditation, we can fully experience santosha by falling in love with love as its own. Turn your attention away from thoughts and begin to gently search for loving consciousness while sitting in a comfortable place with your eyes shut.
With the delicate, inward gaze of love, you can become the observer of your own awareness.
May you find satisfaction in your daily existence, stop beating yourself up about the past, let go of worrying about the future, stop lusting things you also do not have, be at peace with your life as it is right now, fully present with a heart full of love, and appreciative for all that you have. Cheers!