Samtosa, What is contentment?

October 31, 2017

Samtosa, which means Contentment, What is contentment? – to be in observance of ourselves to make sure we are in the space of contentment-

According to Samtosa, it refers to our lot in life, and how we should not desire for more than what is available to us at the moment.

Now, it is important to understand that it does not mean we should not strive to have more or be more. What it is saying is that we must be aware of the space that we are in.
so a great self-coaching question to ask is-

how can I find the sense of contentment right now?

If we are saying things like…..
“If I earn this money, then I will be happy,
If I get this job then. You fill in the blanks.

We are in violation of this Niyama.

In other words, we must be careful that we are not creating our future based on our past through our longing for things to be as they were. The other thing that is critical here is that we make sure we are not living for the future

by being in the space of “if this happens… then, I will”
Because being in either of those two spaces will keep us in violation of Samtosha.

The fact is, when one does achieve these goals, often times it does not bring this sense of happiness one was searching for, or a sense of contentment.

so yoga way of life tells up to seek samtosa in every moment of our life. To awaken the contentment of the present.

When we are able to do this then our “need” for things begins to dissipate
and we begin to find a deeper sense of joy and the contentment that comes from within.

When we begin to live from the space of contentment we find that the right here and now releases us into a sense of simplistic freedom.

I want to share a quote that brings Samtosa into perspective

“True happiness comes from contentment with whatever one has, not with thinking that one will be happy when one gets all one desires” Edwin Bryant

Now, all that being said, I must say that even I find it difficult at times to wrap my head around “the observance” of contentment.

I would like to share a story with you-
When I was very young my mom would tell me “ be happy with what you have!” I used to get so mad at her, and my mind would play tricks on me.
I would think, “WHY”? why can’t I want more, I don’t want to be poor.

What I did not realize then, that she was not asking me to happy and not go for more, but that if I could find my space of being content in that moment then I would open more space to become all that I wanted, and bring into my life all that I wanted.

Understand that, with Samtosha, it’s not that ‘everything is ok.’
It’s, ‘man this sucks, but I’m ok.’”

In other words, you won’t be immune to bad things, but when they happen – when the “all hell breaks loose’ comes and you find yourself in a Shitstorm – you’ll weather them much better.

Be careful if you get all caught up in the desire or fear of life and it gets up into your head, begin to remind yourself that you have a choice of how to react internally.

As I always say “Get into the place of “choice and choose a different space to live in at that moment” Marti Angel

Well, that’s all for now. I hope this has helped you. Please leave a comment below

Now, Join me in gratitude, “I am thankful for everything I have, for all that I am and all that I am about to become!” Namaste,


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  1. This was very helpful. It has changed the way I think about my future. I have a hard time being present and have been practicing being mindful. This is a great addition to put into practice immediately. Thanks so much love & light

  2. This is really eye opening for me thank you, I am going to start living in the now instead of living in the when. I feel as if this will help with my stress in my day to day life.

  3. Wow. I really saw a lot of parallels to my own life & where I am in my journey right now in connection with Samtosha. How often do I rob myself of contentment by burying the seed of contentment in type wrong things expecting it to grow? I love the idea that contentment is something you hold the keys to and therefore despite what is happening I can not be taken from you unless you give it away by being in violation of Samtosha.

  4. I learned a lot from this post! sometimes I become so discontent with my life, and where I am, but sometimes I take a step back and look at the bigger picture. I’m extremely lucky to be given the life I’m living, because the world has so much to offer. But to keep this mind set a constant is very challenging.

  5. Im lost for words. This is so accurate as heck for me! I’m always thinking of the future and like you said “if I earn this money….” that’s where my mind set is and it’s driving me nuts because I should think of what’s been going on in that moment verses thinking in the future when it’s not neve here yet. But no matter what arises because i can manage to hold my head up high smile and proceed as of everything is ok. Hell has definitely hit the shit storm but I’m thankful for my shit storm without it I wouldn’t grow as an individual but I also need to be open more space to bring all that I want and be all that I want.

  6. I saw the video since day one, but I didn’t find the rea mesnning of the talk … I watched a least 2-3 times a day but it didn’t hit me… until today, I’m so grateful that I had the knowledge to figure it out what The Niyama was about. Samptosa make me resized that is always a choice of being in conmptent. No matter what we will be ok, I had to apply to my daily life always wishing for the future – forgetting how to leave the present – need to heard this everyday from now.

  7. I never though about my future until starting this class. Now that I’ve realized that my life is not at its best, maybe I can do something to change it for the better.. Mostly all of these lessons are eye openers and have impacted my life in some way. Thank you for every lesson so far!

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