This quote has been on mind for the past few days. Can we do this? Each of us? Can we light the way for someone? Can we lift someone up? Can we save someone? I think, yes. Is it asking too much of ourselves to try to "help someone's soul heal"? I think not. Do you have to literally save someone's life every time you walk out of your house? No. Can you smile at a stranger? Can you offer encouraging words to someone you know is struggling? Can you look up from your phone and into the eyes of the person in front of you?
Simple actions that take a moment in our busy lives, but that can change lives. When we become a lamp, a lifeboat or a ladder, we start a ripple effect of good that will one day come back to us.
Santosha in New England
Although I love the seasons in New England, as the weather gets colder, so do I. And I find myself wishing for the warmth & light of summer.
This time of year goes by so quickly. For as much as find myself looking back at the summer, I find myself looking forward to the Holidays & the New Year. We have some exciting things coming up at Sanctuary!
The challenge, as always, is to be present & enjoy what is. Santosha is "contentment" in Sanskrit & it's one of the Niyamas. The other day, on a morning walk, I had a moment of clarity regarding Santosha. I reached the top of our road & saw view above. It's not the greatest view (it's not best picture). But I was struck by it. At that moment, it was the view that I had & I realized it was just right for that moment. Not the best view, not the highest mountain, not peak foliage. But still, just right. And that's Santosha.
Would I like a better view? Do I want more in my life? Am I looking forward to new projects? Yes. But for now, presence & Santosha. Because where I am, who I am & what I have is here, now, to be enjoyed.
I hope that as the Holiday season gets underway, you remember the summer, are excited about the New Year, but also experience Santosha & enjoy who you are & what you have as well.