The Difference between Distraction and Disturbance

We live in an increasingly chaotic world where everything is sped up and super sized.

We are constantly being stimulated by the immediacy of technology. We are distracted thousands of times a day externally and a million more times internally. It’s not getting any easier; technology has made it harder for us to focus. There is now almost nowhere you can go where someone can’t reach you with something urgent and important (at least to them.)

However, with this said, distraction is not the problem.

It is the suffering we experience as a result of focusing our energy on that distraction that causes a disturbance.

Disturbance is defined by Wikipedia as “the interruption of a settled and peaceful condition, the disruption of healthy functioning.”

Distraction is defined by Wikipedia as “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else. And an extreme agitation of the mind or emotions.”

We live in a world of constant distraction. It’s easy to get agitated by the over stimulation of bells, whistles, alarms. With that said we could still overcome this if it wasn’t for how we try to deal with it in our left-brain centered world. The left-brain according to psychologists is adept at tasks that involve logic, numbers, reasoning, language and analytical thinking. We try to make peace by over controlling or denying the distraction. This will not bring us peace in our left-brain world.

Instead this feeds the disturbance to our mental patterns because it requires our brains to keep choosing to refocus on the distraction over and over again. We want to understand or fix the distraction thereby repeating it and giving it power. Our energy is being drained from us as we put it all towards the distraction that creates the disturbance. As a result we are living in mental poverty.

The solution to learning how not to be pulled into the tug of war of disturbance is Meditation.

 

Meditation will teach you the following:

  1. The difference between Attention and Awareness: Awareness is the forest, attention are the trees
  2. In our brain focused society rebuilding our awareness through a more global perspective will help us be less caught up in the details of our thoughts that distract us in a gazillion ways.

Attention and awareness and action are the intelligence of the soul

  1. How to concentrate. We have become a nation where the old saying you have my undivided attention is a thing of the past, these days if we’re honest we’d tell people “you have my divided attention.” Nobody knows how to listen these days.
  2. In grade school we had an opening meditation in the form of the pledge of allegiance; can you create an opening day mantra that can serve you today?
  3. In grade school we had recess to get rid of this excess energy-causing disturbance. Why not make a point to take an adult recess today? Run around, sit quietly, unplug.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

Where Will I Hug You in 2017?

I am forever grateful for each and every student that shares energy and time with me. It is because of you that my dharma comes alive each year! I love you!

My Upcoming Yoga Retreat Schedule
March 26-April 2, 2017 Bali Yoga Retreat with Hannah Muse
Alchemy of Love

April 2-9, 2017 Bali Yoga Retreat with DJ Drishti Alchemy of Happiness

June 25- July 2, 2017 Tuscany Vino & Vinyasa Yoga Retreat
Alchemy of Beauty

Aug 5-12, 2017 Costa Rica Yoga Retreat with Emily Perry
Alchemy of Transformation

Sept 30-Oct 7, 2017 Patagonia Yoga Retreat with Drishti Journeys
Alchemy of Adventure

Nov 25-Dec 2, 2017 Mexico Gratitude & Manifestation Yoga Retreat
Alchemy of Joy at Prana del Mar

Dec 2-9, 2017 Manifesting Abundance Yoga Retreat with Emily Perry
Alchemy of Soul at Prana del Mar


RYT200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Schedule
April 15-May 6, 2017 Bali RYT 200 Hour Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training
July 29-Aug 19, 2017 Costa Rica RYT 200 Hour Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training with Emily Perry

ABOUT SILVIA MORDINI:
Writer. Happiness Coach. Mindfulness Teacher. Love Alchemist
Style of Teaching *Spiritual Vinyasa * Inspired * Playful * Mystical*

monkey-silvia-touchSilvia Mordini is a Writer, Happiness Coach and internationally recognized Yoga Presenter. Her expert passion connects people to their own joyful potential. Born in Ecuador, proud of her Italian heritage and raised as a world traveler, Silvia developed a sense of global citizenship early on. In young adulthood she was run over by a car—a life changing accident that led her to discover the “Alchemy” of Yoga to heal and transform. A serial Yogapreneur, Silvia had a 13 year Human Resource career, owned 2 Yoga Studios, founded Alchemy Tours, a Spiritual Adventure company and developed the 10 year old international Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training School. She has been inspiring happiness, global awareness, and joyful living in students for 20 years. She also leads private Dharma Mentoring courses for socially conscious yogapreneurs that aims to calibrate the inner compass for fulfillment and work life balance. This program provides the mechanics to do the work of spirit and be successful at the same time.

Her workshops such as Alchemy of Love, Roots, Rock, Reggae, Chakra Vinyasa, Alchemy of Fire: Durga Deliciousness, Removing the Obstacles to Happiness: Yoga Sutras Unplugged, Drinking the Lotus, Alchemy of Yoga, Rebel Spirit Flow, Ayurveda Beauty from the Inside Out include inspirational music, mantra, guided visualization, journaling, and meditation.

Look for her upcoming book “Happiness Prescriptions,” read her popular blog called Love Your Life (named one of the top Yoga blogs for 2016), along with enjoying her “Loving Your Day” YouTube channel. Her articles appear regularly in magazines such as Mantra Yoga and on various yoga sites such as MindBodyGreen, Wanderlust, Yoganonymous, GaiamTV, Daily Cup of Yoga and she is the author of the The Alchemy of Yoga blog on DoYouYoga.com. Silvia loves cooking tasty vegan Italian and Latin infused meals while entertaining friends. She dreams of one day living on a beach “almost” full-time and simplifying her closet by 50%.

Connect with Me: Inspired Yoga, Study, and Travel for a LIFE Inspired
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What Makes a Real and Authentic Yoga Teacher by Silvia Mordini Do You Yoga

What Makes a Real and Authentic Yoga Teacher?

A recent NY Post article calls out some of the worst case scenarios in how humans teach yoga. On the one hand, we could simply disregard the article for being snarky and provocative. But on the other hand, there was some truth there too.

Yoga is not a closed, one-sizefits-all recipe to follow.
There is so much more intelligence to this ancient practice.
 
Teaching minimally requires emotional maturity, self-inquiry, fundamental integrity in line with the Yamas and Niyamas, foundational guidelines offered in the Yoga Sutras, and knowledge of how to practice the yoga poses safely and uniquely for your body.
 
I asked California-based veteran Teacher Trainer and international yoga leader, Emily Perry, about what a teacher training program should highlight. She said, “A yoga teacher training program should graduate qualified and knowledgeable teachers that understand:
 
1. the role of a yoga teacher, and the importance of the container we create for students to feel safe
2. the path of practice as the place from which we share and offer yoga
3. the heart of the teachings: what are these fundamental practices asking of us?
alignment and form as a path to aligning the heart, mind and energy body with our intention and deeper meanings for practice.
 
 
Photo credits: Prana del Mar

Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com 

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