the older i get the more i want to figure out contentment. what is means; what it is to me; what it feels like. i have always had moments of contentment, but the idea that you can be content in all or most moments fascinates me and sounds delicious. so i have tried to study it more in hopes of attaining it.
i had to write an essay on this topic for my yoga teacher training and it was the first time that i have had to not only think about it, but also to try to formulate my thoughts around it. what i discovered is that it lies in between thought and action. what do i mean by this? there are times when a certain action can help me to find contentment. mainly in taking time for myself: a long hike in nature; a hot bath; reading a good book; sitting outside with my honey eating supper with the kitties entertaining us in our yard. and then there are times where i don’t have time to take an action during a time of discontent or i try the action and it does nothing and then thought comes into play. i try to replace the negative thoughts with positive ones. it’s difficult and i won’t lie, there are times i am unable to get the negative out. but the longer i practice this the easier it becomes. the longer i practice this the more change i see in my outlook overall.
i haven’t found the magical secret to make contentment “appear” in my life, but i’m a worker bee, always have been. i have found a way that through work and commitment help move me away from having a mind set of there always being something not quite good enough or not right in my life and move towards everything being alright and good. i can still work towards “better”, but that’s part of the journey. and life is about the journey and not the outcome. if i focus on what’s here and now, if i am content in the here and now, then when i look back at the end, won’t my outcome be amazing??!!!
transformation does require you to be willing to move past what’s comfortable
this week’s classes:
*monday, february 14 / 7:00am-8:00am @ bien etre studio
monday, february 14 / 9:30am-10:30am @ 24 hr fit arcadia
monday, february 14 / 12:00pm-1:00pm @ 24 hr fit hollywood
*wednesday, february 16 / 6:30pm-7:45pm@ bien etre studio
thursday, february 17 / 9:30am-10:30am @ 24 hr fit dwntwn pasadena
friday, february 18 / 9:30am-10:30am @ 24 hr fit pasadena
saturday, february 19 / 8:30am-9:30am @ south pasadena class
*saturday, february 19 / 11:15am-12:30pm @ bien etre studio
*until the bien etre classes gets larger marianne will sub for me. however, if you let me know you are coming - i can come and teach.