“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature” Socrates
Contentment, yeah a wonderful way to feel, contented. The word even sounds good, I tend to say it softly with reverence. Last night after I did my yoga flow, I thought about today. A day of rest. I get wrapped up in my practice in good way. I feel the balance it provides me. I like when I feel like I am on track. I take pride in it. Life seems good. Some times my practice feels annoying, I run negative tapes like, “why do I need to dedicate so much time to my practice?”. The old poor me, “what’s wrong with me, is there so much wrong with me that I am straddled with dedicating so much time to working on things?” Wait a moment, let’s reframe that. Try a different approach. Where does content live? What makes me feel contentment? This is the fork in the road I talk about, the choice we have. We can decide to think of anything from a different angle. I heard a great line in a movie we watched yesterday, This is where I Leave You, think about this, “anything can happen all the time”. Love that! Think about taking stock about what has been accomplished, what has been sorted out, along with just living through our days and finding the joy where it is, this is worth reflection. What makes us feel contentment? I am pretty sure it is right up there with gratitude, we have many sources of contentment, just as we discovered there are so many things we are grateful for, everything that brings us contentment are many more than we ever imagine.
I am going to free associate here, let my mind float and make a list of the things that give me a sense of contentment presently. Remember just like your gratitude list, list the smallest and silliest things that contribute to your contentment, they all count. Close your eyes and begin, once you have a few, you will feel the flow……I am writing, John is here watching football, companionship, nice toasty fire, great holiday weekend, my good friends grandson is coming for a visit, soup month is here, spending time with a 7-year-old, taking one week off from therapy, good sales in my shop, my daughter is well, my daughter is in love with a good man, my muscles are stronger, I am able to make this list, Jamaica is on the radar, we have dear friends, my siblings are thriving, I sleep in a comfortable bed, I feel inspired, I have a new bracelet design, I work in my studio at home, prayer comes easily to me, I am in the mood to do the work…….writing these here I clearly see how gratitude and contentment are the same thing, many things we are grateful for bring us a contented feeling. I drove in the driveway recently and noticed the kitchen light was on, it gets dark early now, I was grateful to see it. That light meant John was home before me. I felt my body get warm, not because it is wonderful to be married to him, or that I love him, or that he is my lover, it was the “hi honey, I’m home”, and the gratitude I feel for his companionship, and this quite simply makes me feel very content.
Wow, this was interesting. I have never specifically made a list of things that provide a sense of contentment. I can see and feel how much contentment and gratitude overlap. It makes sense, things we feel grateful for provide us with that sense of contentment. This focus – exercise is a great idea. It opened me up to the reality that there are more things that make me feel content than I imagined. Try it, remind yourself what brings you contentment. It is always good to remind ourselves what is positive and what works for us. It is a great approach. I have discovered my contentment is everywhere.
I had an amazing visit with my dear friends grandson, Cody. She was off to see friends and hear some music. Cody would have my undivided attention., another way to put that, he would keep me completely entertained for the entire time I am with him. He did not disappoint. He brought over so many goodies. He gave me a deck of cards he got on his recent trip to Disney World, and mom brought me new pictures, great gifts! We have an ongoing card tournament, Fish, I have never been in the lead I am always catching up, and I am trying to win! We built Mixels, they are Lego creations, we studied the Muppet Identification Book, he led me through the coffee table book, The History of Homer Simpson, we played United States Scramble, a fun learning game, we drew and colored, and it was all fun. I adore the company of children. They are a blessing. I adore how clear he is, full of energy and excitement. We have such a good time. I do not have any grandchildren. He is all the evidence I need to see how fantastic it really is. I also watched my friend bloom since the day he was born. We had planned to make dinner together, but when it came time I was genuinely tired, we ordered pizza and later heard from mom that pizza is his dream dinner. I know he has fun too! It is a very special relationship I have with Cody, and I treasure it. Talk about content, just spend some time engaging with a child, they will bless you and you will feel totally content. And like I heard from so many grandparents, “the grandchildren are wonderful, and then they go home”. I understand that so much more than I did before. I can be the heroine, I am not the mom. Now that’s a cat-bird seat, a fabulous place to land, feeling completely content and in the moment, only to feel a great sadness, because yes it is true, they do go home. Yes, his Nana came to pick him up I could see he was onto the next part of his day, a place he adores, being with his Nana. The more you think about something you will think bout it more and more. Think about your contentment and where it dwells. Do this mindfully. Invite contentment in, welcome it. Offer this up to the universe. See that contentment is all around you. Relax, take a seat, sit down into your contented place. Know that your contentment is there for you. Be mindful, life just got better…………..
“When you get to the fork in the road, take it” Yogi Berra
Always dazzle, Karen