Welcome to The Contentment Corner: a sanctuary for the thoughtful reader. Here, we reflect on life, careers, and everything in between often through the lens of Vedic philosophy but inspired by many. Join us on the journey of asking: is there true contentment?
Santosha (संतोष saṃtoṣa): part of the principles of mindful living in the yoga tradition and translates to contentment or satisfaction.
Contentment (n.): a state of happiness and satisfaction.
Content (n.): a form of marketing focused on creating information that does not explicitly promote a brand but is intended to stimulate interest.
As a writer, I am passionate about exploring the intersection of life, career, and personal growth. Every time I sit down to write, I am pleasantly surprised by the metaphors and lyrical connections between daily practice and the journey toward fulfilling our purposeful visions — whether it's in business, projects, or just your way of life.
I often find myself drawing on the symbolism of the Spiral, a reminder that we’re constantly repeating ourselves. That we're actually not on a linear path but more like a spiral path. Life is not always straightforward and every relationship and business encounter is interconnected. Our thoughts, words, and behavior are all linked, and I constantly need to remind myself of all these intersectional truths.
Through my writing process, I hope it serves as a reminder that you are not alone on this journey toward personal, spiritual, and professional growth as well.
Join me at The Contentment Corner, where we explore these themes (and more!) with thought-provoking, inspiring, and relevant tips to your daily life.
Here’s a playlist for you to listen to as an introduction. I made this when I was on my own mental health week — solo retreats that I plan for myself with mental health and creativity in mind. I have tons of playlists I’ve curated throughout the years that can accompany you while you work, practice, or just hang out.
What you can expect
A monthly email for free with
The Muse: 1 short message on mindful creation to help you create with purpose
For your heart: Resources to connect back to your heart or reignite your practice
For your mind: Recommendations on mindset or aspects of your mind to ignite a shift *like the Four Parts of Your Mind *
For your business: Links or resources to continue your mindful business or mindful marketing
Music for your soul: From time to time I’ll add a curated playlist
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A bit more about me:
My name is Brenda or you might know me as Bee. I am a number of things and titles in life and I often hate summarizing myself because there are just so many layers to being human. Maybe one reason you’re here too? You notice the complexity. At the heart of it all, I am a teacher.
When I say "I love to teach" people often ask, "oh, what grade do you teach?" 😆
When other yoga or mindfulness teachers ask me, "what's the number 1 advice for new teachers?", I say: you have to love teaching. Yoga just happens to be the subject we're teaching.
Teaching for me is a fundamental component of everything I do. There is always an opportunity to teach or to learn. I believe that the teacher-student relationship comes in many forms. Most often in an institutional or educational setting, but sometimes in non-traditional settings as well.
And I’m a writer — from journal entries to blogs, website copy, thoughts, emails, and poetry. I’m in the process of writing my first poetry book on finding my intersectionality. For many years a lot of my work lived in my head but some of it has made it to my blog.
I started blogging after my first trip to India in 2017 and ever since then things really shifted for me. Before that, I graduated from Columbia with a Masters of Public Health. I worked at health organizations, mental health tech, a pharma marketing agency...
And finally, as I said after that trip to India something shifted in me, I became a full-time yoga teacher while working at a yoga startup. A pretty interesting combination where I got to use my business and marketing skills and also teach to their clients.
Long story short I eventually ventured off on my own expressing my values creatively through OMM (OM Marketing) advising, coaching, and consulting conscious businesses, entrepreneurs, and other solo practitioners. I get to co-create content marketing and communication strategies while continuing to use my yogic values, public health, and communication. All of these intersections of my worlds are how the “Contentment Corner” came about ☺
“Communication is at the heart of who we are as human beings.”
All to say Welcome! I hope this space resonates with you and we can find a community of like-minded people — that creating a life with purpose is actually pretty messy and not straightforward at all. But we’re doing it!