I learned a new word at my morning yoga practice. It always amazes me how the lessons appear in my life at the perfect time. Santosha is the Sanskrit word for contentment. The concept of santosha is what I wanted to convey in yesterday's post about rejection. I just didn't know the word.
San means "completely, altogether, or entirely," Tosha means "contentment, satisfaction, acceptance, or being comfortable." Nora Isaacs, author of The Little Book of Yoga defines santosha as "contentment, accepting one's circumstances."
I love the concept of acceptance. I heard once that acceptance does not mean approval or understanding. What a freeing concept.
If I find myself in an uncomfortable circumstance, I can choose santosha. I can relieve myself of the need to understand the situation and accept it just as it is... I don't even need to like it! The important bit is the contentment. I want to be content.
Circumstances come up in life that we don't like. If I can let go of judgement and accept things just as they are, in other words, practice santosha, my life will be lighter and freer.
I have been practicing acceptance for just about a decade now. I don't practice it perfectly. I still, at times, try to understand circumstances, or change them to my liking. But, if I remember to choose santosha, I have given myself the space to put forth my best and be content with the outcome.
Does your creative process need a dose of santosha?
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