In a state of contentment, we fully accept the truth of this present moment, just as it is. There’s nothing missing and there’s nothing here that shouldn’t be. Mindfulness meditation, the art of practicing non-judgmental presence, can help us cultivate contentment for a more satisfactory experience of our everyday life.
In this guided meditation, Sean Fargo invites us to ground ourselves in the body and in this moment by sensing into physical sensation. Having rooted ourselves in presence, we are encouraged to bring mindfulness to the quality of contentment. Familiarizing ourselves with the sensation of contentment helps us to be more aware of it outside our formal practice.
Please listen in a safe, quiet place where you can be relatively free from distraction. Practice with eyes opened or closed, in a posture that balances comfort with alertness. May this meditation be of benefit to you in your mindfulness journey.
Contentment is a characteristic of enlightenment. In fact, some might say contentment itself is the highest state of being. In a state of contentment, we accept this present moment as whole and perfect, just as it is. There’s nothing we want for, and nothing that is lacking.
For most of us, unconditional acceptance of the present moment is typically not a habit. We often go through life wishing this moment was somehow different. We defer our happiness, thinking it will come when we just get that one thing that’s missing. Or, we feel like this moment would be made better if that one thing or one person wasn’t here.
To be content is to accept that everything that is arising in our awareness is exactly what we need, right now. In meditation, connecting to contentment and present-moment acceptance can give us the permission we need to simply be.
When we get grounded in the body and in the moment, and grant ourselves the meditative space to simply be, we open up space not only for contentment, but for additional beneficial qualities such as patience, gratitude and wonder to arise.
Contentment and the act of simply being is not to be confused with complacency. On the contrary, our complete acceptance of this moment, just as it is, allows us to act in each moment with clarity, leaving habitual reactivity behind.
Present-moment contentment is what enables us to think, speak and act in the most mindful possible manner. When there are no attachments and there is nothing that we are avoiding, we can face each moment with courage and ease.
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About Sean Fargo:
Sean Fargo is a former Buddhist monk and the founder of Mindfulness Exercises. The online platform, which has shared free and premium mindfulness resources with over 3 million people worldwide, has now certified over 500 Mindfulness Teachers.
Sean is the lead instructor for the teacher training program, a unique self-paced approach which invites world-renowned mindfulness teachers to share their insights and experiences. Sean has taught mindfulness and meditation for corporations including Facebook, Google and Tesla and for health and government organizations, prisons and hospitals around the world.