Definition: A combination word in Sanskrit, derived from ‘sam’, meaning completely, altogether, or entirely, and ‘tosha’, meaning contentment, satisfaction, acceptance, being comfortable.
Lord Krishna was particularly playful as a child. His idyllic upbringing as a cow-herder reminds us of the simple joys of living a natural life. His whole life was an example of living life as a leelah, or divine play, where he embraced all parts of himself and the roles he had to play. Cows are a symbol of patience and gentleness, two qualities of contentment.
A man becomes a buddha the moment he accepts all that life brings with gratitude. — Osho
2.42 santosha anuttamah sukha labhah
From an attitude of contentment (santosha), unexcelled happiness, mental comfort, joy, and satisfaction is obtained. — Patanjali
Contentment is the feeling of satisfaction with things as they are – it arises naturally whenever you are at rest in your inner space. When you want what you already have, and allow what you want to come to you, you’ll experience contentment. Why is this important on the yogic path? Compulsive desire for external objects and superficial experiences creates an inner restlessness that disconnects you from the subtle awareness of the universal flow, forming obstacles to the deeper fulfillment you really seek.
Rather than accepting the reality of the moment, we try to change it according to our ideas, attitudes, and expectations. Often the outcome is not what we really wanted anyways, and the cycle of discontent continues.That being said, it’s important not to confuse dissatisfaction with aspiration, or complacency with contentment; we are born adventurers and thus experience fulfillment through activating our true potential.
Open your mind, let go of your ideas and judgements, and embrace what IS there rather than chasing what isn’t. Instead of being attached to a specific outcome, act without expectations because you see what needs to be done.
An important part of a yogi’s contentment relies on maintaining a sameness of mind regardless of our external circumstances. Remember this affirmation: If it comes, let it come. If it stays, let it stay. If it goes, let it go.
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