From Expressions Of Spirit
, the second Niyama of yoga:
"... modesty and the feeling of being content with what we have. To be at peace within and content with one's lifestyle finding contentment even while experiencing life’s difficulties for life becomes a process of growth through all kinds of circumstances. We should accept that there is a purpose for everything - yoga calls it karma – and we cultivate contentment 'to accept what happens'. It means being happy with what we have rather than being unhappy about what we don't have."
In 2012, I chose the Yoga yama ahimsa
or nonharming. I worked hard on not harming my self. (Since I tend pretty routinely to turn things against me, rather than project them outwards, and always have.) It's a word (and philosophy) that I'll be working on to the end of my life, I expect, and that's okay.
In 2013, I chose joy
. It's probably pretty evident why I chose it. And joy will continue to fill my days.
But this year, I chose the yoga niyama santosa
because I'm trying to come back to my voluntary simplicity beliefs, trying to corral my propensity to overspend, and trying very hard to learn where my personal "enough" is (if you're not familiar with Your Money or Your Life
you might want to check it out. I can recommend it).
So there's my one word plan for 2014. And it is enough. Santosa. Namaste.