Contentment is an awareness of sufficiency, a sense that we have enough and we are enough. It is appreciating the simple gifts of life – friendship, books, a good laugh, a moment of beauty, a cool drink on a hot day. Being contented, we are free from the pull of greed and longing. We trust that life provides what we need when we need it. Contenment allows us to experience satisfaction with what is. We ar fully present in this moment. Being contented does not obstruct our dreams or thwart our purpose. It is a place to stand and view the future with a peaceful heart and gratitude for all that is and all that is to come.
In Family Life
Contentment within a family manifests as a harmonious blend of appreciation and acceptance, where each member finds joy in the simple pleasures of togetherness. It’s seen when family members prioritize gratitude for what they have rather than longing for what they lack.
Contentment is demonstrated through open communication and a supportive atmosphere where everyone’s needs and aspirations are acknowledged and respected. It means celebrating successes and challenges as opportunities for growth and learning and fostering an environment of love and understanding.
In a contented family, the focus is not on material possessions or external achievements but on the bonds that tie them together, creating a space where happiness flows naturally, nurturing each member’s well-being, and creating lasting memories.
“Love came up to me showing me that a contented mind is best for growth.”
— Zoroastrianism, The Yasna 43
The Practice of Contentment
- I allow myself to be satisfied and grateful.
- I trust that I am enough.
- I enjoy where I am and what I have.
- I resist the craving for more.
- I am fully alive to the present moment.
- I relax in the trust that life is good.