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AUGUST 2020. MONTHLY INSPIRATION
This month: Contentment (Santosha): Abundant mindset
Previous months: Monthly Inspiration.
On the ‘Monthly Inspiration’ blogs we look at the Yamas and Niyamas. Each month a new theme is being shared with you. It’s like Deborah Adele explains in her book ‘The Yamas and Niyamas’; “The Yamas and Niyamas are teachings that can be seen as a step-by-step methodology that brings understanding to your experiences and at the same time points the way to the next one.”.
- Yamas are referred to as ‘restraints’ and about how you deal with the world around you.
- Niyamas are referred to as ‘observances’ and are about how you deal with the world inside of you.
These themes are meant to bring awareness to your thoughts and to your posture to life and goes far beyond the Yoga postures that are being practiced during a Yoga class. And in the yogic philosophy these themes (Yamas and Niyamas) are part of the two first limbs of the 8-fold path known as Ashtanga Yoga.
I hope that the blogs + additional PDF’s with explanations on the themes, real-life examples and reflective exercises will guide you on how to live your life from a place of honesty, kindness and compassion for yourself, others and the world around you.
Thus; … Ready for the theme of August?
Contentment is what we will look at this month.
So, let’s take a look at contentment closer to home.
How can you live from a place of contentment, gratitude and presence?
Let’s look at:
Simply put we can create an abundant mindset by seeing the abundance that has already been manifested. Only all too often we want more and more. We would like to do more, create more, accomplish more, be more. Is this attitude of wanting more supporting us in seeing the abundance in our life? No. It makes us focus on what we haven’t got yet, instead of what is already present. So, how can we approach this differently?
What do we truly need? It is about finding a balance between what is truly needed and neediness. I translate neediness as eagerness. The question ‘How to create more abundance?’ comes down to ‘How can we be more content?’. It might sound less attractive, but it is not. Can we be less eager? Also, can we be less needy? And can we simply be happy with what we have present in our lives already?
‘People in the West are always getting ready to live’
Needs and wishes
From several workshops with James Higgins I learned that all too often we look at the world around us. We question ourselves. We look outside ourselves for what can only be found in ourselves. The only way to find contentment, is to look within. Like James taught us: ‘There is so much beauty within us’. He told us to find more silent time, on our own (Yes, alone!) and to reflect on our deepest needs and wishes. Do you know yours? Do you dare to create that time and look within?
He explained to us that we all too often focus on the world around us, the world we can see: the visual world. Only there is also a spiritual world. In this world we can get to know our spirit (soul) and that means we will have to look inside and we need to spend a lot of time there. A lot of time. And we need to go there as much as we can. And for that we need silent time and be silent and on our own from time to time.
I am sure you know this too. Only why don’t we take this silent time to get to know ourselves at a much deeper level? Are we afraid of feeling alone? Are we afraid of missing out? Do we feel uncomfortable being on our own for perhaps 10 minutes a day? Have we forgotten to be content within our own company?
Personally, I love being on my own. I love wandering through the park and woods and let my mind run freely. It is also during those moments of day-dreaming that I get the best ideas and insights which then support me again to create the life I’d like to live. Being on my own is my way to recharge and to feel content. What else do I do to feel calm, content and to become aware of the abundance of my life? These are my tips!
See the abundance
This is how: live now. See the abundance now in this moment. Not tomorrow. NOW!
- What is already present in your life today?
- What is already good about your life today?
- What are you grateful for today?
Write it ALL down daily, weekly, monthly; anchor it down onto paper!
We are often focussing on what isn’t present yet, simply turn it around. See it and name it and be thankful for it. Open up your eyes and become aware of what deserves your full attention.
How can you give yourself and others full recognition and find fulfilment? This is how:
- Look inside to find fulfilment.
- Don’t avoid unpleasant feelings, listen to them.
- What have they got to say?
- What direction do they want you to move?
- Don’t strive for perfection. It doesn’t exist. Acknowledge what has been made possible already.
- Don’t look to the outside world, look within. Who lives there? Get to know each other!
‘There is no escape: we can always trace our
emotional disturbances back to ourselves.
We keep ourselves out of contentment’
Thus, what can we do to be more content and acknowledge the abundance in our life? Stop searching for it. Look around you and within you to see and realise what is present already. Appreciate yourself for who you are today. Fall in love with life and celebrate its precious moments of beauty:
‘Life is complete the way it comes to you in each moment.
When we understand this, we sink into contentment’
_Deborah Adele’s book.
That’s also what I experience when I’m in Africa. People live in the moment, are happy and content. For example, when I lived in Vilanculos, Mozambique a friend expressed: “As soon as I leave work and go home, it takes me 1,5 hours to get home. It’s only a 30-minute walk, but it’s because of all of the people I meet along the way. The friends I meet are like family to me. We talk. We laugh. We help each other. Whether I’m at work, out on the street or actually at my own house, I’m at home.”
He explained to us that he’s a rich man, because of this. He doesn’t look at the figures on his bank account to see how abundant his life is. Abundance to him means something completely else. As he explained it; “In Africa you’re only poor when you don’t have friends or family, because one day you might need their help or they will need yours!”.
To conclude, we can be rich in many ways. If you have people who care for you, and who you care for. When you love others, and feel loved by others. How ‘rich’ do you feel? How content are you? How present can you be? Or are you always on the go and ready for the next goal? Can you feel gratitude for what’s already present? Can you feel that this moment is already complete?
Good to know!
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Marianne de Kuyper
P.S. I’m a Dutch girl going global. Even though I reread everything multiple times, my apologies in case I’ve made a language mistake somewhere. Just mail me about it. I’ll be happy to adjust it (if I can) and learn from it!
P.S. The blog is Inspired by ‘The Yamas and Niyamas, exploring yoga’s ethical practice’ from Deborah Adele.
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// I, Marianne (founder) am a Dutch girl going global. Even though (the team and) I reread everything multiple times, my apologies in case I’ve made a language mistake somewhere. Just e-mail me about it. I’ll be happy to adjust it if I can and learn from it! //