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The Grace of Contentment

The Grace of Contentment

Contentment is rarely spoken of. Yet, contentment is priceless, if we want peace in our hearts, our minds and our bodies. Contentment doesn’t mean we don’t have any goals or dreams. It doesn’t mean that we accept cruelty, etc. We accept our place in the world, and thereby are able to act from love or expanded awareness. Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” This means the reactive, angry mind cannot solve the problem of cruelty.

Contentment is the grace that allows us to experience the miracle and beauty in the moment. It invites us to open our hearts in gratitude for what is, supporting us each moment. It is the deep inner trusting of life. Jesus spoke of such in Matthew 6:28 when he said, “Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin.”

Deborah Adele in her book The Yamas and Niyamas, writes “Discontentment is the illusion that there can be something else in the moment. There isn’t and there can’t be. That means if I am bored or sad, I will only be discontented if I am not content to be bored and sad. Building contentment with boredom, sadness, impatience, depression, disappointment, and loss, builds our ability to be that tall tree so rooted in the earth that great winds cannot topple it. Being content with our discontentment is itself a gateway to the calm depths within.”

Swami Rama stated it this way “Contentment is falling in love with your life.”

How delicious! May we be content! Blessings!

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