Santosha

I’m big on the word practice. From my experience in order to get better at things we need to practice. That goes for basically everything. If it matters to you to improve at something you are going to practice that thing.

If we allow it to happen we can get lost in negative thinking. As we continue to think this way it becomes something that we are practicing.  The more we practice negativity the more easily we will be negative and therefore discontented. Negativity is an easy thing to practice because it is a go to in western culture. How do you suffer this? “I’m not pretty” “people don’t like me” “I am alone” “I am fat”. We adapt these messages easily from the mass media.

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Likewise we could practice contentment and positivity. Santosha, one of the Niyama from the Yoga Sutra is the act of being content in our environment and accepting our circumstances. It is a worthy place to start if you want to succeed at something you are working on. This contentment and acceptance as a practice helps keep us fuelled with a sense of optimism for continuing any type of work.

As with any other practice there are tools we need to use so that we might experience santosha.  Some of those tools include self compassion and self love.

Published by Renée Martel

I am a yoga teacher, and an electrician. I write a yoga blog, and I teach yoga classes online. My other blog is called End Lockdowns. In a democracy we accept that people have different opinions, and we allow those opinions to be voiced. My opinion which is that lockdowns are not scientific, and do not create healthy communities. The medical community at one point knew that informed consent was an important value. Currently the medical community has been split and there is a vocal part of it that thinks there are no issues with coercion and force in medicine. The part of the medical community that believes in mandating medical procedures and segregation is currently promoted through social media and other big tech. We are seeing a huge shift in wealth as a result. Poverty does not make people healthier. I do not think using force and coercion in medicine is a health promoting way to function. In the future, this will fail. It is only a matter of when. "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya 

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