One of the benefits of having a bit of OCD is my daily workouts aren’t options, they’re what I do. A downfall of this mentality, though, is it can sometimes get in the way of important stuff, like, you know, connecting with people! Ridiculous as it may sound, on Saturday Lisa’s daughter, Tiffany, invited us to celebrate with them on their big, beautiful new boat “sometime” on Sunday. Since that’s a day for sleeping in and going for a long run, part of me immediately fretted over the potentiality of not getting my run in. Right away, though, these more True words came to me from Somewhere: “It’s joyful to me to NOT be joyful.”
While working out is part of my daily dose of bliss, it’s infinitely more joyous to me to spend time with people I love. Something I’ve been working on is finding Santosha in all situations. While Santosha is the yogic practice of “contentment”, the more I make a habit of it, the more I find the word “contentment” barely scratches the surface of the WOWness it brings to life.
So, how does one receive this gift of being lit up from the inside out? I think there’s lots of ways. What’s working for me is walking the Way of Wonder St. Paul recommends in 1 Thessalonians 5.16-18 when he says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances”. To me, this means doing our best to continually be on the lookout for reasons to celebrate, being open and connected to the Love that’s always all around and within us, and cultivating an attitude of gratitude. So, today, with celebratory spirits, open hearts, and grateful minds, I invite us to together practice finding Santosha in all situations, while also asking: What’s working for you?
Grace and peace,