Santhosha the second of the niyama in the 8 limbs of ashtanga. Most commonly known as contentment or satisfaction. It is being contented with what we have and where we are at instead of wishing for things thewe don’t have. It is about keeping a positive attitude in difficult times.
From the daily downward dog article they suggested few ways on how to practice santosha in our daily life:
- If something comes, let it come. If not, it doesn’t matter
- Practice remaining calm in success and in failure
- Cut back on energy wasted in thoughts of liking and disliking what is.
- Practice living mindfully
- Ask ourselves we really need that something “new” to be contented.
- Live in the present moment without regretting the past or anticipating the future.
As for me I know it is not that easy to attain santosha because at times like any other human being there will be instances that I wish I have more of that what I have right now. But then I am trying my best to control myself not to want more of the material stuffs in this world. I try to keep a positive outlook in life and always keep a mindset that everything happens for a reason. For me the meaning of santosha is not just being contented or satisfied it is about enjoying life of what I have and what I don’t have and making sure that I make the most out of what I have right now. And most of all I make sure that I don’t harm myself and most especially other people in pursuing my search for santosha.
** source: santosha – definitions, mantra, tips for daily practice|Thedailydownwarddog.com