Santosha

Do you ever look at people and wonder how they are so happy? Or why they never seem to have failures? Some people just have it all, right? You can too!

Santosha is the second Niyama (positive duties or observances) from the Eight Limbs of Yoga and is translated as “contentment, happiness, and joy.”  The Sanskrit word, Santosha, is divided into two words, “sam” which means completely or entirely and “tosha” which means contentment, acceptance, satisfaction.

Use the principals yogis have used for hundreds and thousands of years to manifest happiness and contentment in business, health and life.

Enjoy the Journey of Success

In this busy modern business world we are conditioned to think if we are content, we aren’t; striving for more, doing better, getting ahead. If our calendars aren’t full we feel lazy or like we aren’t doing enough. Having too much to do is seen as a positive.

Santosha, or contentment, is about appreciating what you have, taking time to sit back and observe, and learning that though moving forward and working towards goals is good, one needs to learn how to enjoy all the great things along the way.

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Strive for Goals with Non-Attachment

There is a great part of The Bhagavad Gita where Krishna is explaining to Arjuna about selfless acts and Karma Yoga. A selfless action is one where you are unattached to the outcome. Krishna tells Arjuna that when actions are not based on personal desire or reward, the mind can be steady. When the mind is unsteady, doubt creeps in and one starts to think in many different directions leading to a cluttered and indecisive mind that ultimately ends with failure.  A steady mind can focus and achieve success.

When the mind is focused on the results instead of enjoying the process regardless of the outcome, one can become anxious about the results. Anxiety leads to indecision or doubt and creates less than desired results or failure.

Goals are paths we set for ourselves, things we want to achieve. By their very nature goals are result driven, so how does one work towards goals and not be attached to the result? I challenge you to shift your thinking and think about why the goal was created. What is the purpose? What are your trying to achieve? Often the path to achieving the goal IS the goal, the results are not that vital. Learning to enjoy the journey will help you to stay focused, not letting the mind get cluttered with doubt an anxiety, and ultimately finding great success!

Let Go of Ego

The Ego wants what it wants and it is quick to tell you it wants more. The Ego tells you to push and go farther than is right for you at the time; it is constantly dissatisfied, giving you the feeling of "I am not enough" or "I need more, I need to push more." The Ego is what creates the environment for injury, loss, damage, failure. Being in a state of Santosha gives you the space to appreciate where you are now while determining how far to move forward.

Inner Peace

The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence. -Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Having inner peace is living in a state of Santosha.

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