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33 Signs Of A Psychic Attack And Powerful Ways Of Protection

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Each of us (consciously or unconsciously) has experienced a psychic attack. Despite the fact that many people don’t believe in psychic attacks and some are not even aware of their existence the truth is that psychic attacks are very real and happen every day. In a world teeming with negative energy, it is extremely important to protect yourself from a potential psychic attack. We all should keep in mind that negative energy can affect many aspects of our lives in a way that we may not even be aware of.

I, myself, have experienced negative manifestations of a psychic attack many times. After losing my energy, again and again, I decided to figure out what’s going on with me and how I can deal with this. In this article, I want to share with you my research on psychic attacks and the most effective methods of protection I’ve discovered. I hope this information will find you when you need it most.

What Is a Psychic Attack?

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A psychic attack occurs when someone or something consciously or unconsciously inflicts negative energy on you. This negative energy can cause serious physical and mental harm. There are different forms of psychic attack. But usually, it is projected onto another through negative energies, sometimes even unconsciously.

Intentional And Unintentional Psychic Attacks

For example, if your friend is jealous of your success, then his/her jealousy can manifest itself even without him/her knowing and inflict a psychic attack upon you. Or, for example, your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend was not able to accept the fact that you broke up with her/him and got really upset mad at you. Let’s say she/he cursed you or put a black magic spell on you. Now we’re dealing with a deliberate psychic attack. Both (intentional and unintentional psychic attacks) can have serious harmful consequences for you and your life.

Unfortunately, psychic attacks usually get spread like a virus. And in this case, once you have been infected, you pass it on to family members, friends or somebody else. Of course, it happens unconsciously but this fact doesn’t make the harm any less significant. For example, let’s say you got into a fight with a co-worker or boss. Coming back home from work, you feel like everything bothers you, you get grumpy and angry and eventually may say something negative to your family members. You may think that this is due to fatigue. But the thing is you just need to release all that negativity inside that is bothering you. Once you release it, the people around you pick it up.

That is why it’s so important to recognize a psychic attack and know how to protect yourself!

Potentially Dangerous Places

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You can be psychically attacked not just by people but also by spirits, ghosts, and different negative beings. It can happen anywhere with anyone. But there are certain places that are potentially dangerous since almost everyone experiences psychic attacks, although most people don’t even realize it.

These places are:

  • Battle-fields;
  • Cemeteries;
  • The scene of the murder or suicide;
  • Prisons;
  • Night clubs, strip clubs, and casinos;
  • Various brothels (drug, alcohol, criminal, sexual);
  • The venue of sectarian rituals;
  • Landfills and polluted areas (e.g. all kinds of industrial waste effluents).

Astral Psychic Attack

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Very often people get attacked while they sleep. It’s the easiest form of attack that can be performed by people who mastered Astral projections and negative beings. I say “easiest” because it’s very easy to attack you while you’re sleeping. You see, most people don’t use astral protection when they go to bed and don’t know how to be conscious while they sleep. If you lose control over your consciousness during your sleep then you become an easy target for those who are interested in your energy.

I can tell you from my personal experience that an astral attack is one of the most dangerous forms of a psychic attack. It’s especially dangerous when you can’t remember your dreams well since it’s a sign that there is something dangerous happening while you’re sleeping that astral beings or your consciousness are blocking from you.

There are different forms of an Astral attack:

  • mental attack;
  • attack through disease – when you feel sick in your dream or after waking up;
  • a physical attack in your sleep;
  • breath manipulation – imposing breathing rhythm in your dream or after waking up;
  • heart manipulation – heart rate failure in your sleep or after waking up;
  • muscle manipulation – reflex muscle contraction in your sleep or after waking up;
  • manipulation with voice and visions;
  • astral sex or rape.

Intense Internal Monologue

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This is another common form of a psychic attack!

This is a special mode in which a person is listening as if drawing into a conversation. Such a conversation is different from the usual cycle of thoughts in the way that your thoughts are very easily put into words and sound in your head. In a normal state, thoughts are not so clearly expressed in words. If such internal communication lasts long enough and intensively, the percipient, as a rule, is not very surprised when some voices begin to talk to him (meaning a telepathic connection).

At this time, a person can believe anything – that God, the Supreme teacher, the essence of the dead, alien, etc. are talking to him/her. The reaction to this form of attack may be different. It all depends on how much a person is able to perceive this way of communication.

Signs Of a Psychic Attack

  1. Nightmares, dreams about being attacked, raped or you cheat on your partner;
  2. You may suddenly get hot or cold;
  3. Fear, depression, lack of strength;
  4. You may worry that you will get into trouble, accident, etc. without having any logical reason for it;
  5. Sudden changes in mood, temperature;
  6. You may feel that someone is watching you. Perhaps that even crawling or sliding trying to get you.
  7. Heaviness or pressure in the chest;
  8. You may hear voices which are coming from nowhere;
  9. Severe and sharp headache;
  10. You may feel that something forces you to do what you deny;
  11. Unpleasant or even scary visions;
  12. You get sick suddenly after communicating or meeting with a person;
  13. A sharp stabbing pain, cold in the third eye, neck, or spine;
  14. Pain in the coccyx, knee pain, obsessive thoughts, weakness, sore bones, and spine.
  15. You are constantly freezing, even though it is warm (it indicates an attack coming from the earth spirits or the spirits of the dead);
  16. All the sudden you started losing your things, keys, personal items;
  17. You feel the slow depletion of the body, little energy, and feel sick;
  18. Suddenly you pass out without having any health issues;
  19. You got into a fight with someone and felt drained, exhausted, no energy, weak in the legs, sudden hunger (this is a sign of a strong outflow and energy vampirism);
  20. Quarrels in the family out of the blue or with your husband/wife;
  21. You feel that you have lost a part of yourself, of your soul or even that you have disconnected with your Higher Self. These signs usually indicate a shamanic attack through a spell;
  22. Long series of failures;
  23. You feel that you don’t live your life anymore like if you were brainwashed or programmed to live according to someone else’s scenario;
  24. Changes in appearance, lack of desire to take care of yourself, acne, poor skin appearance;
  25. You suddenly felt sick after receiving a gift (most likely the person who gave you this gift has bad intentions towards you);
  26. Long series of failures in the financial, personal or romantic spheres.
  27. You feel depressed and hopeless.
  28. Everything around you is bothering and upsets you.
  29. You feel like somebody or something is trying to take your energy;
  30. You feel like someone is strangling you, you have visions, fears to live or be in a certain place;
  31. Anger without any reason and it seems like you can’t control it.
  32. You are scared of communicating with or meeting a certain person (your intuition shows you who is dangerous for you);
  33. You constantly thinking about a certain person and it seems like he/she took control over your mind.

Most Effective Methods Of Protection

For energy protection to be effective it is necessary:

  • to have a constant supply of energy. And for this, you need to be rested and calm (not too emotion);
  • to learn how to manage your energy;
  • to master the method of visualization.

Method 1: Ball of Light

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This method should be performed every morning. Lying still in bed, right after you wake up, you can close your eyes and imagine yourself in a ball of light of any color. You can fill your sphere of light with some intention or any positive affirmations to protect yourself from negative energies. The clearer your visualization, the more powerful your protection will be.

Method 2: Golden Pyramid

Imagine yourself in a Golden pyramid of light. The pyramid should be large enough that you can freely be located in its center, placing your hands to the sides, as well as the upside. After that, visualize yourself in the center of this pyramid and make it revolve around you. Tell the pyramid your intention – to protect you from any external negative impact.

Method 3: Energy Cleansing Bath Ritual

This method will help you to cleanse your energy (aura). All the instructions on how to perform an energy cleansing bath ritual I described in my article “This Is the Most Powerful Energy Cleansing Bath Ritual!” (make sure to check it out!).

Conclusion

Even if you experience one or more signs of a psychic attack described in this article, it does not mean that you’ve been psychically attacked. Make sure that the root of your problems is not in your own mind first and if you feel that it’s coming from the outside then make sure to do a good job on protecting yourself. Remember to frequently perform aura cleansing to make sure you’re not storing negativity in your energy field.

I really hope this information has found you when you need it most! Namaste!


Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Abundance Haircuts In June: Good And Bad Days To Cut Your Hair

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Abundance Haircuts is a little-known sutra that reveals the negative consequences of cutting your hair on the bad days and incredible benefits of cutting it on the good days. Bad and good days for this sutra are based on the Tibetan Calendar. Dates of Abundance Haircuts are calculated according to extremely complex formulas by experienced Feng Shui Masters. Naturally, each year, depending on the stars and their position, these days change.

Most people in the Western world have never heard about abundance haircuts. While for Eastern people it’s not a new practice. In this article, I will share with you this powerful sutra and give you a special calendar for abundance haircuts in June with good and bad days for haircuts. Pay attention to what day you’re picking for your next hair salon appointment – only choose good days for abundance haircuts in June.

Why Is Hair So Important?

Since ancient times, people have given hair and any manipulation of it a sacred meaning. It was thought, that through one’s hair people can connect with the Universe. Hair serves as “antennas” and “guides” between our world and the world of Heaven. And so far this knowledge has not lost its relevance. Hair connects us with Higher forces, cosmic energy, God, Higher consciousness. By connecting through the hair to the Cosmos, a person is fed by the energies of Abundance and Health.

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There were many beliefs associated with hair, some of them have survived to the present day. For example: in any case, you should not get a haircut by yourself, as in this case there is a deformation of your energy field, which can lead to poor health. It is also not recommended to get a haircut on the days of a lunar or solar Eclipse: the hair can suffer, weaken, lose shine, and volume.

What Are “Abundance Haircuts”?

It has long been known that there are days when it is especially favorable to cut hair. Among these days there are days of “Abundance haircuts.”

Abundance haircuts is a special ritual to attract abundance flows into your life. It is good to say special affirmations and mantras for abundance and prosperity on this day. So you will strengthen the ritual haircut and make it a more effective and efficient force.

On this day it would be beneficial to chant the Lakshmi mantra:

OM HREEM SHREEM LAKSHMI BYO NAMAHA

Or Ganesh mantra:

OM SHRI GANESHAYA NAMAHA

It is also very beneficial to say positive affirmations like:

  • I deserve to be abundantly happy and healthy!
  • My abundance is constantly growing!
  • I always have money for everything I need!
  • Money comes to me easily and fast!
  • I’m grateful for my abundant life!

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Quotes To Inspire You To Become a Creator of Your Own Reality and End Victim Mentality

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Victim mentality is, probably, one of the most destructive habits people have. Playing a victim takes away any personal responsibility for your life and always gives you someone to blame for your failures in life. It is a victim mentality that keeps you in your comfort zone and delays your personal growth. By choosing to be a victim you lose control over your life and become a hostage to circumstances. To inspire you to become a creator of your own reality, we created this collection of victim mentality quotes. Use these victim mentality quotes as an inspirational tool and as a reminder that you are the only one who is responsible for the quality of your life!

Here are 47 quotes to free you from a victim mentality and become a creator of your own reality and the only master of your life!

47 Quotes To Free Yourself From Victim Mentality

#1

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“Today is a new day. Don’t let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking action towards the life you want. You have the power and the time to shape your life. Break free from the poisonous victim mentality and embrace the truth of your greatness. You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life!” ― Steve Maraboli

#2

“There is a fine line between compassion and a victim mentality. Compassion though is a healing force and comes from a place of kindness towards yourself. Playing the victim is a toxic waste of time that not only repels other people, but also robs the victim of ever knowing true happiness.” – Bronnie Ware

#3

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” – Jim Rohn

#4

“Some choose to believe that there is nothing they can do to solve their
problems, even when they in fact could. Victims seek to blame others for their problems or blame outside circumstances. This may make them feel better in the short term, but it leads to a life of anger, helplessness, and despair.” – Mark Manson

#5

“The difference between a professional victim and an empowered person is NOT what has happened to them, but the way in which they REACT to what has happened to them.” – Miya Yamanouchi

#6

“A victim evokes sympathy, right? Victims are not responsible, right? Victims have the moral high ground… someone else is causing the misery, right? Victims can easily justify why they are right. Victims allow themselves to be stuck in the status quo and they excel at seeing the faults in others, ignoring their own responsibility. They love to take others’ inventory of faults and are excellent at blaming. Victims become hypersensitive to real and perceived injustice, where any slight becomes a reason to reject. Victimization is the toxic wind blowing through families, fanning the fires of dysfunction.” – David W. Earle

#7

“The moment you take responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you can change anything in your life.” – Hal Elrod

#8

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“Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period.” – Wayne Dyer

#9

“You relinquish your power when you blame others for situations in your life. The blame does not change the situation and only keeps you in a victim mentality. Accept that the situation occurred and find a way to transcend it and you will reclaim your power and become the victor.” – Nanette Mathews

#10

“We are stuck in the maize that we created. Most people keep complaining about being stuck rather than finding the way out, and they call themselves unlucky!” – Maddy Malhotra

#11

“Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have NEVER gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams. Let go of your nonsense. Let go of the delusion that you DESERVE better and go EARN it! Today is a new day!” – Steve Maraboli

#12

“You owe yourself everything you expect from others.” ― Nicky Verd

#13

“There are two different kinds of people in the world. There are people who instinctively look for every chance to be a “victim” and those who look for every chance to rise above—regardless of where they are in life and what’s happening around them. There are people who realize their ability to create (greatly influence) reality toward a positive direction for themselves and those around them, and unfortunately those who use this power we all have for destructive purposes for themselves and others—many times without even knowing what they’re doing or the power they have inside themselves. We are all powerful individuals. Let’s use that power to create something beautiful!” ― Christopher Hawke

#14

“Self-pity is spiritual suicide. It is an indefensible self-mutilation of the soul.” ― Anthon St. Maarten

#15

“Life is not compassionate towards victims. The trick is not to see yourself as one. It’s never too late! I know I’ve felt like the victim in various situations in my life, but, it’s never too late for me to realize that it’s my responsibility to stand on victorious ground and know that whatever it is I’m experiencing or going through, those are just the clouds rolling by while I stand here on the top of this mountain! This mountain called Victory! The clouds will come and the clouds will go, but the truth is that I’m high up here on this mountaintop that reaches into the sky! I am a victor. I didn’t climb up the mountain, I was born on top of it!” ― C. JoyBell C.

#16

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“The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them.” – Steve Maraboli

#17

“There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.” – J.K. Rowling

#18

“Accept responsibility for your actions. Be accountable for your results. Take ownership for your mistakes.”

#19

“Who we become is the result of our disciplined actions.” – Brendon Burchard

#20

“One day I realized that everything that I get out of life, is exclusively a result of my actions. That is the day I became a man.” – Nav-Vii

#21

“The problem that we have with a victim mentality is that we forget to see the blessings of the day. Because of this, our spirit is poisoned instead of nourished.” – Steve Maraboli

#22

Empaths did not come into this world to be victims, we came to be warriors. Be brave. Stay strong. We need all hands on deck.” – Anthon St. Maarten

#23

“Because that happened to me when I was little, this is how I will now treat other people”; “Because so and so beat me up and hurt me a long time ago, that gives me the right to treat people the way I treat them, today”; “Because life was hard on me, life should be hard on everyone else around me”— does this sound/ look familiar? It’s called victim mentality. When people choose to be the direct product of everything that happened to them, the direct product of every single pair of hands that hurt them. And the world, to these people, must bend over backwards in order to accommodate their wounds. Some people don’t want to be loved; they just want to make the world pay.” – C. JoyBell C.

#24

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“The power behind taking responsibility for your actions lies in putting an end to negative thought patterns. You no longer dwell on what went wrong or focus on whom you are going to blame. You don’t waste time building roadblocks to your success. Instead, you are set free and can now focus on succeeding.” – Lorii Myers

#25

“We all have a story. The difference is: do you use the story to empower yourself? Or do you use your story to keep yourself a victim? The question itself empowers you to change your life.” – Sunny Dawn Johnston

#26

“Victim mentality only creates helplessness, the most maddening, miserable and upsetting of mental states. In fact, it is commonly reported that nothing triggers madness like a sense of helplessness. It is a cousin of paranoia, a sense that the world is out to get you, that there is some opposition, some rivalry between you and the world. This is a warped, twisted mentality that offers no benefits, and, more importantly, is manifestly false.” – Armstrong Williams

#27

“How would your life be different if…You stopped validating your victim mentality? Let today be the day…You shake off your self-defeating drama and embrace your innate ability to recover and achieve.” – Steve Maraboli

#28

“When you complain, you make yourself a victim. Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.” – Eckhart Tolle

#29

“Taking personal accountability is a beautiful thing because it gives us complete control of our destinies.” – Heather Schuck

#30

“Victims declare,“The world is responsible for me,” and never do anything to better their quality of life.” – Henry Cloud

#31

“At first you might wonder what you did to deserve such treatment. Nothing, probably, so that doesn’t matter. What matters is that, eventually, the abuse becomes the status quo. It’s no longer about the whats and whys (“what did I do?” “why are they doing this?”) but the whens and hows (“when are they going to do it?” “how are they going to get me?”). Persecution becomes inevitable, inescapable. And once you get into the victim mindset, you’re f**ked. The bullies don’t even need to hurt you now; your poor, warped, pathetic brain is doing half the work for them.” – Nenia Campbell

#32

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“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi

#33

“In life, you can either be a victim or you can be a survivor. It’s a mindset.” – Clyde Lee Dennis

#34

“Stop validating your victim mentality. Shake off your self-defeating drama and embrace your innate ability to recover and achieve.” – Steve Maraboli

#35

“You have power over your mind —​ not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius

#36

“The choice is yours in every moment to create beauty or misery, happiness, or pain.” – Ralph Smart

#37

“If what you are able to give to others, in this life, is only proportionate to what you received from people in your past— it only means one thing. You are a victim of life’s circumstances, a direct and utter equivalent of what has been done to you. Rise above and become more! Be better than what happened to you.” – C. JoyBell C.

#38

“The trap of resentment. It is probably the worst mental prison in the world. It is the inability to let go of anger and the perceived or real injustices we suffer. Some people let one or two, or maybe ten unpleasant experiences poison the rest of their lives. They let their anger ferment and rot their personality. They end up seeing themselves as victims of their parents, teachers, their peers and preachers.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

#39

“As I’d seen over and again, people who see themselves as victims sometimes don’t notice when they become oppressors.” – Souad Mekhennet

#40

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“My life is immeasurably enriched by taking personal responsibility to do what I can, with what I have, where I am.” – Rob Waldrop

#41

“You’re only a victim to the degree of what your perception allows.” – Shannon L. Alder

#42

“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you to where you want to go, no one else.” – Les Brown

#43

“I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.” – Albert Einstein

#44

“The victim mindset will have you dancing with the devil, then complaining that you’re in hell.” – Steve Maraboli

#45

“It is only when you take responsibility for your life that you discover how powerful you truly are.” – Allanah Hunt

#46

“If you own this story you get to write the ending.” – Brene Brown

#47

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“A victim mentality creates a victim reality.” – David Icke

We hope you are inspired by these victim mentality quotes as much as we are!

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Santosha: The Art Of Being Satisfied With Your Life

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In one of the shlokas of the Yoga sutras, the secret of happiness is given: “From contentment, unsurpassed happiness is gained.” This Sloka is dedicated to Santosha (the second principle of Niyama). Its meaning is very simple: contentment is the key that unlocks the possibility of enduring happiness. In this article, I want to introduce you to Santosha and share with you how you can start practicing it today!

Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a collection of 196 Sanskrit sutras on the theory and practice of yoga. It describes the goals of yoga and the principles of techniques needed to achieve them.

The two first stages that the Sutras describe are the principles of Yama and Niyama.

Yama is a set of ethical norms that teach us to communicate with others in the right way.

There are five Yamas:

  1. Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा): Nonviolence, non-harming other living beings.
  2. Satya (सत्य): truthfulness, non-falsehood.
  3. Asteya (अस्तेय): non-stealing.
  4. Brahmacharya (ब्रह्मचर्य): chastity, marital fidelity or sexual restraint.
  5. Aparigraha (अपरिग्रहः): non-avarice, non-possessiveness.

Niyama is the step of forming self-discipline and uplifting spirituality.

Five Niyamas are:

  1. Saucha (शौच): purity, clearness of mind, speech, and body.
  2. Santosha (सन्तोष): contentment, acceptance of others, and of one’s circumstances as they are, optimism for self.
  3. Tapas (तपस): austerity, self-discipline, persistent meditation, perseverance.
  4. Svadhyaya (स्वाध्याय): the study of self, self-reflection, introspection of self’s thoughts, speeches, and actions.
  5. Isvarapranidhana (ईश्वरप्रणिधान): contemplation of the Ishvara (God/Supreme Being, Brahman, True Self, Unchanging Reality), attunement to the supreme consciousness.

All these principles are interdependent. If you break one of the Yamas or Niyamas, you are bound to break the others. And if you improve in the practice of one principle, then the practice of other yamas and niyamas will also be improved.

For example, if you violate Satya by allowing yourself to lie, you will not be able to practice Ahimsa. Or if you do not observe the principle of Saucha and pollute your body and mind, it will be difficult for you to practice Brahmacharya.

What Is Santosha?

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From Sanskrit, “santosha” is translated as “contentment, satisfaction“.

The best definition of Santosha is given by Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. He said that it means to remain calm and contented, accepting all the sorrows and pleasures caused by events in connection with the change of time and place.

Santosha is a kind of starting point, because yoga begins with accepting yourself as you are. Santosha requires simply accepting the fact that you are not worse or better than others, and the life circumstances you are dealing with at the moment are perfect for your development.

When we are jealous and think that we don’t have enough, we lose our vital energy. Oppositely, acceptance and satisfaction with what we have gives us energy, removes mental tension, and helps us to focus on internal work instead of external expressions of success. The real Santosha always comes from within, not from external factors.

We all need to understand that being a human is a huge gift from God. Once you truly understand this, you will have no choice rather than enjoying every moment of your life. Every moment of life is precious. And when we are able to realize this, we become happy and joy becomes a normal state for us.

Santosha is happiness that comes from within. It is not about having something but about being happy with what you have. Once you are satisfied, half your stress will disappear and half your illusions will go away.

Whether we are rich or poor, whether fortune smiles on us or not, whether we are famous or unrecognized, we should never feel discouraged.

When you practice Santosha, you accept the world around you and you also accept yourself.

Santosha And Other Principles

If you practice Santosha diligently, then all the other yamas and niyamas will also be covered by you.

When you accept your body, when you are satisfied with your limit of flexibility (Santosha), you will not break Ahimsa by trying to harm yourself.

You will have to be honest with yourself to accept yourself, and this is Asteya.

If you practice Santosha, you will not violate the Ahimsa in relation to other people, because you will not want to try to change someone (even with the best intentions), you will accept any person as they are.

You will not be dominated by lust and passion, because it is enough for you that God has already given you, and this is the fulfillment of Brahmacharya.

By accepting your financial situation, you will not envy the achievements of other people and their prosperity, and therefore, you will perform Aparigraha.

If you accept with gratitude everything that God gives you, then you praise Him for every little thing, and this is Isvara Pranidhana practice.

Gratitude Is Key

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But it’s easy to say: “Be satisfied with what you have” but it is much more difficult to really practice it. How can we be happy if we are always lacking something? We want material goods, health, better Government, better laws, more awareness in the world, etc. As a result, all our “wants” create a feeling of discontent all the time.

This is a very dangerous feeling because it takes our energy and creates a destructive mood. By creating all these “wants” you surround your spirit with very negative energy. As a result, deep inside you always feel unsatisfied and the fulfillment of all the other yamas and niyamas becomes very difficult, almost impossible.

In order to overcome this pernicious condition, some masters recommend practicing “gratitude.”

The feeling of gratitude is opposite to discontent. If you fill yourself with gratitude, you will automatically get rid of discontent.

They say that everything you don’t value/take for granted will be taken away from you. Therefore, if you don’t want to lose what you already have, start to appreciate the little that you have already been given, be grateful for every little thing, and you will multiply what you are grateful for.

We are given an amazing life. We are given an ideal human body with arms and legs. We are able to see, hear, touch. Realize that this is a priceless gift! We have huge opportunities to express ourselves.

No matter what position you are in, you always have the opportunity to be grateful for something. Learn to feel gratitude for every breath you take. Just pause for a second and realize the value of the air that fills up your lungs with every inhale. When you practice pranayama, you can vividly feel the immense value of this Gift — the ability to breathe. When you perform asanas, be aware of the joy of movement, the gift of feeling your body.

How To Practice Santosha?

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To practice Santosha, you need to fully accept not only what you consider being positive, pleasant, and good, but also everything else that God gives you. Yes, I am talking about all that we consider being negative and undesired, such as pain, life challenges, losses, diseases, difficulties, and hardships.

At first glance, it seems impossible to be grateful for a sudden injury or financial loss. But if your attention is focused on your inner world and not on the outside circumstances, you will be able to manifest the Santosha principle even in the most tragic situations.

Realize that any illness is a reaction of your body to your inadequate interaction with the world. It is a signal that you are doing something wrong. Realize that it is a life lesson that you gratefully accept.

Sometimes our unexpected arrival in a hospital bed is an opportunity to stop, take the necessary pause, rethink the accumulated experience, and sometimes it is a protection or warning, a sign of fate that we gratefully accept.

Any trouble in the financial sphere of life should be also treated as a lesson, like training in not being attached to the material possessions of the outside world.

When you have serious problems, think about what opportunities this situation gives you. Always try to find something positive in every situation you are facing in life and accept it with gratitude.

This skill of seeing the positive even in the unpleasant can be developed.

Our daily life constantly throws up situations in which we can practice Santosha. Every negative situation you face trains your patience and allows you to work out part of your negative karma.

Some masters recommend performing the following exercise. If you suddenly track a negative emotion, rejection of a situation or a person, then immediately find 10 things about this situation that you can be grateful for. The same with people. If you’re dealing with negative people, try to look at them through the prism of curiosity: “What is this person trying to teach me? Patience? Non-judgment? Non-attachment?” Train yourself to notice lessons for your spiritual development in every situation you’re dealing with!

Other Practices For Santosha

#1 Asanas

There are different asanas that aim to help you to develop modesty, optimism, and learn to be grateful for everything you have in your life. The regular practice of these asanas brings joy, ease, and harmony. Thus they also help you in your Santosha practice.

Uttanasana

Uttanasana is a standing forward bend. The pose is entered from the standing position of Tadasana, bending forward at the hips until the palms can be placed on the floor, ultimately behind the heels.

Contraindications:

  • Lower-back injury
  • Hamstring tear
  • Sciatica
  • Glaucoma, detached retina

Ustrasana

Ustrasana (or Ushtrasana), also known as Camel Pose, is a kneeling back-bending asana. This asana is a deep backward bend from a kneeling position. The completed pose has the hands on the heels. The backs of the feet may be flat on the floor, or the toes may be tucked under for a slightly less strong backbend.

Contraindications:

  • High or low blood pressure
  • Migraine
  • Insomnia
  • Serious low back or neck injury

Urdhva Dhanurasana

Urdhva Dhanurasana is an upward bow pose. This is a challenging yet powerful pose that stimulates your nervous system, opens your heart, and can leave you glowing with energy and vitality for the rest of the day. 

Contraindications:

  • Back injury
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Heart problems
  • High or low blood pressure

#2 Jnana mudra

The word ‘Jnana’ means knowledge or wisdom and ‘mudra’ means sign or gesture. Jnana mudra literally means the psychic gesture of knowledge or wisdom.

This mudra is used as a meditative gesture. Hence, when performing Jnana mudra, sit in any comfortable meditation asana like Padmasana, Sukhasana, Swastikasana, or Siddhasana.

#3 Mantra

Another practice you can perform for developing Santosha is mantra chanting. For this purpose, the best mantra to perform is Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.

Chant the mantra at the beginning and at the end of your yoga practice for three times. This is a mantra of peace and tranquility will set up your yoga practice, balance your mind, and will help you to feel inner peace, harmony, and deep gratitude.

Conclusion

Santosha practice is a potent tool you can use for developing your satisfaction with life and increasing your gratitude. It will help you to see the joy in simple things and enjoy life unconditionally.


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