Cultivating Gratitude | with guided meditations

November 24, 2020

Samtosha (contentment) invites you to open your heart and practice unconditional love and living. 2020 has been an unprecedented year of unknowns, distress, fear, and change. Forgive yourself if you’ve wished it were different. Rather than scattering your energy and resisting what is, what can you embrace here wholeheartedly and feel grateful for now?

Samtosha is the second niyama of the Sadhana Pada, book two of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. Santosha, a daily gratitude practice, states that supreme joy is accessed through contentment. The samtosha yoga sutra is 11.42,
santosad anuttamah sukha-labhah, or as Patanjali states,from contentment arises unparalleled happiness. Samtosha is a dynamic state of being.

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My samtosha practice helped me find my center and embody the energy of equanimity, the ability to be at peace with whatever is. I learned to live from the source of my being, present here and now instead of nowhere. As the sutra says, its result is complete happiness. It is a shift in perspective from the outer to the inner. Samtosha is a journey of resistance that comes with a satisfaction unlinked from any unsteady, changing, fleeting outer world of temporal pursuits.

This practice invites you to practice maintaining equanimity, remaining in your peaceful center, regardless of life circumstances that arise. Remember, equanimity doesn’t mean that life is always perfect. Patiently cultivate contentment in all areas of your life and watch the resistance and frustration evaporate. The more established you are in this state of contentment, the less likely you are to be pulled or pushed from the still neutrality of your core, where you comprehend the temporal nature of material things.

Through a devoted practice of gratitude, that comes from deep within your heart, complete joy and unconditional love may arise. So, embrace life exactly as it is. Let go of demands that life must meet your conditions before you can embrace it fully. To live in gratitude, beyond limitation, is to create the space and stillness needed to appreciate all of our blessings with clarity.


Zia Estrella l Mukha Yoga
By Zia Estrella; All Rights Reserved @2020

Zia Estrella l Mukha YogaBy Zia Estrella; All Rights Reserved @2020

Guided Meditations to Center and Foster Contentment

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The strength you need is already within you. By Zia Estrella.

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- no matter what's going on around you. By Julie Bertagna.

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