Yoga Meditation And The Art Of Being Content

Yesterday I did a piece on happiness through yoga meditation that featured Ira Israel. Today I’d like to follow up on that with the idea of being content and satisfied with one’s situation and surroundings. Some might argue that they are one and the same, and perhaps they are. I would suppose it’s hard to envision being content and also being unhappy. A certain level of detachment from the physical environment and going within through yoga and meditation is one excellent way to achieve contentment. The article from Business Today that I’m featuring below points out many of the ways we can find ourselves not content, and suggests ways of correcting that situation.

 Yoga Meditation And The Art Of Being Content

On the brink of hyperactivity, we are unable to treat our mind to a moment of calm. The natural outcome is insomnia,

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Yoga meditation enables us to achieve contentment in our daily lives. Photo by Thinkstock c/o Photos.Com.

hypertension, cerebral tension, heart disease, and a host of other diseases that stem from depression and anxiety. We seize every opportunity to heighten and trigger the mind, but don’t understand the importance of ‘letting go’. It is the ancient oriental science of meditation that introduces us to the concept of relaxed alertness and nourishes our mental faculties. It is both a prevention and cure for mind troubles.

In yogic terminology, kleisha or afflictions are the root cause of stress. The science of yoga advocates exploring and understanding

the mind through meditative practice. Classically the whole process of meditation moves through stages of withdrawal of awareness or pratyahara, intensification of awareness on the object of meditation or dharana and finally experiencing the continuity of awareness with the object of meditation that is dhyana. The outcome is internalisation and harmony.

Pratyahara disassociates the mind from the senses. One way to do this is nidra yoga or psychic sleep. Unlike biological sleep where your minds sinks into dreams, this is a state where the conscious mind is quiet and the subconscious is receptive. The process involves laying on the yoga mat in shavasana or the corpse pose and concentrate your attention on your body parts and breath. Instead of a power nap, practice for 15 minutes in the morning or afternoon. This is especially helpful on days when the workload is at its peak.

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Yoga meditation can let us achieve a state of contentment within our daily lives that releases the stresses we encounter regularly. What about you? Do you consider yourself to be mostly content with your life as it is? Perhaps there’s some dissatisfaction lurking in the background, or maybe everything is just great. Leave a comment below and chime in.

Through the practices of yoga, we discover that concern for the happiness and well being of others, including animals, must be an essential part of our own quest for happiness and well being. The fork can be a powerful weapon of mass destruction or a tool to create peace on Earth.

                                                                                                                                                         — Sharon Gannon

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