Writing to Cultivate Contentment

Many of the yamas and niyamas, or ethical guidelines of yoga, seem like no-brainers. We all know we shouldn't try to harm others, lie, or steal. But when it comes to contentment or santosha, I really struggle. I think it's because I was brought up to believe anything is possible if I just work harder, set goals, and never give up. It's an inspirational idea to shoot for the stars, but always striving to accomplish more, have more, and be more can be pretty exhausting and I've noticed it stands in the way of truly appreciating the many blessings I have right now.

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The Simplest Poses Have the Greatest Effect

For many of us, this asana possesses a deep physical and psychological memory of our time as infants. The shape of the pose is useful for many reasons, but in particular, it forces you to confront your attitudes and patterns of breathing, the health of your organs, and your level of awareness in moving from the abdomen. It can be very simple pose physically, yet it requires patience and the ability to surrender to gravity and a state of non-doing.

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Finding the Alignment of Passion and Purpose

In some people’s minds, the words meaningful and work have little, if any, connection. Our culture has become such that we are encouraged to choose a career based on its ability to provide security and financial stability rather than an opportunity for alignment with our passions and dreams. The prospect of finding fulfilling work is believed to be relegated to the lucky few born with extraordinary talent, wealth or an unusual drive to succeed.

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