Ironically, that same evening, I had opened my class notebook to some “favorite quotes” I had been keeping track of since class began. There, sitting in the top spot, was one that I had written down during the first week of class that had resonated with me from the Mirror of Yoga book: “Contentment is the ability to be happy right now for no particular reason at all. “You can actually cultivate this feeling by simply deciding right now I am going to be content.” Santosha sounded more and more like a fit.
I have had a daily meditation practice for almost two years. Though I have felt it has helped me in many ways, I feel my mind still races with discontentment while meditating. Get this done, what if that happens, I must try to change it, get them to do it differently, etc. etc. From my interpretation of what Santosha means, it is that “it is impossible for one who is dissatisfied with oneself or with anything else in life to realize the higher consciousness.” ” Dissatisfaction (the lack of contentment) makes sadhana impossible.” Meditation impossible. ” One who wants to attain meditation must practice ALL yamas and niyamas.” So, I realized, this is maybe why I had a problem picking my yama. I need to practice ALL of them to reach Santosha…contentment. Tall order.