It is one of the personal observances or ‘Niyamas‘ listed in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Basically, thousands of years ago-Patanjali (a yogic sage who was said to have ‘fell from heaven in the form of a little snake to his virgin mother’ and who is regarded as the incarnation of the thousand-headed Serpent King Shesha) wrote this foundational text of yoga.
Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga begin with 5 external aids followed by the 5 inner observances -how we relate to our inner world.
Santosha is the Niyama that gets us away of our inner critic who says things like:
‘I’m not pretty enough’
‘I don’t have enough’
‘I need more to be happy’
Santosha is the realization that- inside of ourselves- a peace exists that’s not waived by outside influences.
Contentment is serenity but not complacency. It is comfort-not submission. It is reconciliation-not apathy. Acknowledgement-not aloofness.
“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” ~ Lao Tzu
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