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Posted on August 16, 2016
I recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon in the company of Stephanie Snyder and a room full of folks eager to join her for an exploration of santosha. Literally translated as ‘contentment’ or ‘satisfaction’, santosha emerges in yoga philosophy as an ethical concept synonymous with serenity, equanimity, or being at peace with one’s circumstances. It is one of the Niyamas, or observances, outlined in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
The topic up for review in Snyder’s workshop was the complicated way in which santosha and its counterpart behaviors (ease, acceptance, non-grasping, occupying the present moment) often prove so elusive in modern society. One simple observation shared that afternoon struck me on a particularly deep level and I have returned to it again and again.
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