We hope you all had an amazing weekend! On this #MindfulnessMondy, we are tackling the second Niyama (Personal Observance) of the Yoga Sutras, which is Santosa, and to us this is a BIG one! Santosa means contentment and it is about being happy with what we have, and not being unhappy with what we don’t have. It is about possessing a degree of modesty to understand that we are where we are meant to be. It is about accepting the rulings of Karma and understand that all things have a purpose.
We are sure this is not new information to you. We have all heard “everything happens for a reason”, “look at the glass half full, not half empty”, “take lemons and make lemonade” and while those statements are well known, they can be hard to apply and even accept. However, when we operate from a place of Santosa, of contentment, then we can see the positive in every situation. We can say to ourselves, “this is where I am, this is what I have, how can I be happy about it? What are the positives?” We know, we know, when you are upset about something, specifically the bigger things, these words can be infuriating! This is why we have to practice Santosa at all times, for the “awesome, there’s no line at the grocery store” time and “shoot I missed the bus” time, so that we are ready to employ it in the more serious times.
We have a moderate personal example. This week, a member of the #MM team was feeling sick over the weekend. She had big plans to run in a race on Saturday and to do a major closet clean up on Sunday. She also had family in from out of town, who she couldn’t see in the end because she was feeling so yucky. This sucked. However, on the bright side she got to catch up on a full season of The Newsroom (love this show, so sad it’s in its final season) and spend a day in bed, which has not happened in forever and probably would not have happened had she felt fine. So, the moral of the story, being sick sucks, but sometimes it forces us to take some needed R&R.
This is a basic example, perhaps oversimplified, but it can apply to all matters of life. In our world, we have control over few things, the most major one is arguably our attitude. We cannot control the actions of others, but we can control our attitude and our reactions and by doing so, we ultimately can control the outcomes. So, as difficult as it is, try to trust the universe. Try to accept that everything happens for a reason and approach every situation with an attitude of contentment. When you smile the whole world smiles with you!
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.