Patanjali says “By contentment, supreme joy is gained.”
The happiness we get from acquiring possessions is only temporary. We need to continually find new possessions to sustain this sort of happiness. There is no end to it. But true contentment leads to total happiness and bliss. This means accepting whatever comes, as a gift from God, not comparing ourselves to others, and wanting nothing that we don’t already have. Yoga teaches us to acknowledge our tendencies to strive to do a perfect pose, and then accepting and loving the one we’ve got. This spills over into our daily lives, where we need to practice contentment most.
To me yoga is all about being content with who we are, and being happy with who we are. I try to cultivate contentment within my students and in my classes.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”. –Buddha