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Contentment and Enoughness
On October 2, 2012 in
instead of focusing on …
what you don’t have
what you want
comparing yourself to others
getting stuck in the trance of scarcity and not-enoughness
step into …
what is already yours
be content with right where you are
love your beloved, your friends, your coworkers just as they are
accept the self in it’s perfect imperfection
open to the abundance that is already yours?
Santosha (contentment) is a mental decision, a moral choice, a practiced observance you can make at any time. To practice contentment is to say, “This is enough, this moment is enough, this person is enough, this meal is enough, right here and right now … it is enough.”
Remember only you can bring happiness to yourself.
So today and everyday for the rest of the week, pause each morning/midday/before you go to bed to acknowledge something, even one thing, with which you are wholly and simply content. Notice how the small act of acknowledgement can shift your thoughts, calm the breath and radically open the heart.
By Alex Cordoba
Alex Cordoba began practicing yoga in 2001 and from that very first class she fell in love. It was when on the mat that Alex felt truly at home. Like a voice is to a singer or a paintbrush to an artist, yoga became just that for Alex’s life…it was her muse through which to share her passion to the world. In Alex’s classes she weaves together yoga philosophy, asana, pranayama, laughter, messages to inspire and uplift so that she can offer a unique and creative journey to her students every time they come to the mat. She encourages her students to practice compassion and patience towards others and themselves, to invite breath in, to find laughter, humility, and grace on the mat, and to be open to the possibilities and the adventures that arise when one dances with uncertainty. Read more about Alex at
Classes from Alex Cordoba coming soon to YogaDownload!
Start practicing today with these yoga & meditation classes:
Sweet Balance - A Pranic Meditation
- Katie Silcox
– Jackie Casal Mahrou
Grounding and Centering Your Personal Field
– Nancy Nielsen
How Taking a Yoga Retreat Cultivates Contentment
“The result of contentment is total happiness. The happiness we get from acquiring possessions is only temporary. We need to find new ones and acquire them to sustain this sort of happiness. There is no end to it. But true contentment, leading to total happiness and bliss, is in a class by itself.” – T.K.V. Desikachar
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This week we celebrate how to capture those feelings of good luck and happiness and bottle them up for the entire year. It’s just like the leprechaun finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, right? Check out Mark Morford’s latest class:
How to Get Lucky Vol. II: Get Luckier.
5 Powerful Morning Journaling Ideas
“The more free time we devote to shaping our minds, the better off we will be. I recommend waking up early to use the morning to meditate “. -Dalai Lama Journaling daily has surprising benefits, many of which intersect with and complement a yoga practice. Journaling, like anything, takes dedication, consistency and practice, but the benefits are well worth the work. Use these tips and ideas below to explore and support your life, mornings, and yoga practice! Journaling is an amazing ally, as you can do it anywhere and all you need is a writing utensil and a book with paper. Basic notebooks do the trick, however there are also more specialized journals for everything from goal setting to journal's for yoga practitioners. Here are 5 morning journaling ideas that can jumpstart you towards amazing days. Have fun with them and explore which work best for you. 1. Get Grateful
Aging with the Seasons of Life
About a year ago I shared an article about the Ayurvedic perspective on circadian rhythm. In it, I shared how different times in the day have different qualities associated with them, thus making certain times more appropriate for specific activities.
How Yoga Improves Your Relationships
Often, yoga is described as a journey for self-understanding-- a process for uncovering your true nature. Once we maintain a consistent yoga practice, we change—physically, emotionally, and mentally. Change is good! If we are different, we interact with others in a different way as well. Yoga can help us resolve issues in our relationships--past and present and future.
What are you committed to?
Recently I attended a commitment seminar (Landmark Forum), and we were asked to make a list of what we are committed to in our lives. "Easy enough," I thought, so I wrote down things like, health, yoga, teaching, being a good wife, love, contentment, learning, saving money, and a few others.
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