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What does contentment mean to you? Are you content in this moment? In line with the theme of this edition, would you find it valuable to explore and identify your perception and share that inner wisdom with others?
Since it is worthy of investigation, I recently asked friends on Facebook, and the essence delivered within the words offered by the collective was along the lines of; acceptance, appreciation, satisfaction and peace. Words of wisdom for sure!
Contentment is quantified as ‘a state of happiness and satisfaction’ in the dictionary.
Interestingly, out of 28 people who responded, not one mentioned they found contentment in ‘things or objects’, but rather, their sources were family, friends, food, alignment, abundance, support, connection, safety and beautiful environments–all of which are origins of nature and social interaction. These are freely obtained as long as your surroundings and culture are harmonious … would you agree? But does contentment go deeper?
Kari McGregor, a Cairns based Psychotherapists said for her, contentment is, “Being authentic and self-compassionate, which means taking the downs as well as the ups, and accepting it all as it is. Life doesn't only deliver us the things we want; it also delivers pain and vulnerability... but contentment comes when we're authentic, as that creates space for the self-compassion that helps us surf the waves. I used to think contentment was insufficient, and aimed for bliss instead, accepting that the downs would be as low, as the ups would be high. The latter part of that was correct, but I was wrong about contentment - it's an amazing heart space to be in where you can want things to be different from how they are, but be at peace with how they actually are. It's a denial-free zone in which we can simply be, without ‘shouding’ our way into a fantasyland that takes us away from the everyday beauty of reality.”
I really resonated with the last sentence of Kari’s comment because I’ve held contentment in a future time and space, with the belief that, when the day comes when I buy and live on my property; the one I’ve consciously designed for abundance and grown everything to meet the needs of my family, regenerating the earth and cocreating with a wonderful community of like-minded people, I would be content. It’s such a worthy vision to hold, likely the dream of many, but I was in denial of the ‘now’, the beauty and gifts of my current reality.
It took a shift of perception through exploration into ‘contentment’ that helped me discern that I was unable to feel content, until I ‘made it happen’ or ‘reached the goal’, and if I didn’t ‘get there’, then I would be disappointed. So what comes from this perception shift?
I went deeper into my psyche and found that I was operating from the point of view that I needed to ‘own’ land before I could be cocreating with this like-minded community and that somehow, designing for regeneration and abundance were tied to that ‘ownership’ or ‘having’ a place with borders, that differentiated mine and theirs.
I then stepped into acceptance of that standpoint, pivoted, and started appreciating the fact that I do live in a place where abundance abounds, in the wildness of nature and in friends and families gardens. In every garden I design and create for other people, is an act of regenerating the earth, and there I found a real satisfaction!
Most importantly, was my awareness of the amazing people in my life, within my local area and region that I cherish as ‘Tribe’, the community of inspiration and in whom I’m already connected and cocreating with! At this point, I discovered real peace, recognising that my dream is real and here now ... just packaged in a way that has no borders or sense of ownership.
In hindsight, my dream felt so important and I craved it so much, that I invested incredible time and manifesting for it and in doing so, missed the presence and place of contentment of what is here and now. This leads into insight from Donna at Wise Wombman Dreaming, whom commented that contentment is, “gratitude and not having to do, fix, solve, heal, change anything in the present moment.”
So, here I am, sharing my story of finding contentment, the unfolding that required only the change of my perception to know it by asking the question and exploring it for myself. I encourage you to do the same to see if you find some medicine in what it means to you.
Beyond this, here is an offering of some elemental practices shared with me by Kyle Laz from Elemental Living, that I use to feel content through connection with nature:
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