Practicing Contentment in a World of Conflict

Given the need for action and participation these days, it may seem counter-intuitive to practice or pursue santosha, or contentment (the second of the niyamas, personal observances of yoga). Why would we practice being content when there's so much to be discontent about?

We can look to the purpose of yoga for guidance. The original purpose, per Susanna Barkataki's book Embrace Yoga's Roots, is to find liberation from the difficulty of being human, so that we can experience the unity with ourselves, with others and with the world.

"And we have no time to waste as what hangs in the balance is the preciousness of each moment and a future that is possible with embracing the depth of yoga's true path of unity and liberation."