There is a Chinese proverb which states “People in the west are always getting ready to live”
Do you ever find yourself thinking, ““When I lose 20 pounds…then I’ll be happy” or even, “When I make ‘x’ amount of dollars …then I’ll be happy”? Maybe you find yourself comparing yourself to others and you think, “To be good at yoga I need to be able to do Crow, I need to be as thin and attractive and make as much money as that person.”
Whether it's losing weight, getting a different job, meeting someone new, or being able to get ourselves into that yoga posture we’ve been working towards, there’s probably one or two things you feel could make you happier or more content. Now, having the urge to want to grow and expand our minds and push ourselves just a little towards a goal isn’t a bad thing at all – it just becomes bad when we base our entire sense of peace and happiness upon the results.
Contentment is the true understanding that there is nothing more that can or does exist then this very moment .
Oscar Wilde once said "That there are two kinds of unhappiness in the world one is not getting what you want and the other is getting what you want "
True freedom and contentment begin to find their way to us when we live our lives from a state of gratitude .Gratitude directs our attention to the NOW and allows us to focus on what we already have. Gratitude calls us to notice our blessings and take greater appreciation of them.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”