Peace be Still

PEACE BE STILL
Daily I chant silently and aloud Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha. My crystal Mala blessed by Amma is always on my right wrist. It holds this mantra. 💚
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“Tara #mantra is often used to overcome physical, mental or emotional blockages. #GreenTara is very active and steps down to help all the beings. Only thing required is that we need to resign and let go of our clinging to a particular outcome, because, to cling to a particular outcome is often self-defeating, as it creates unhappiness and agitation, particularly when it involves other people. The more we have Tara’s non-grasping attitude the more happy we are. When chanting the Tara mantra, we need to let go and bring the energy back into ourselves. This will generate immense inner peace and clarity.
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Tara mantra protects the mind
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#Goddess Tara is truly amazing. The #Tara mantra protects the mind from negative thoughts and vibrations. By its devotional chanting, one’s awareness expands and then you can feel the power of the blessings of Tara, who is called as the mother of all buddhas. She is extremely powerful, #compassionate and very forgiving. The mantra is truly very calming and relaxing. It helps center and calm the noise of the mind which is hyperactive.
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People who are chanting the mantra often finds that their inner compassion is awakened.
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Friendliness and tolerance flower in to our being as the qualities of Tara #manifest in us as we chant the Tara mantra. It is believed that reciting her mantra 108 times daily invokes her swift blessings.”
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Read on http://gayatriclab.com/2011/10/the-power-of-tara-mantra-“om-tare-tuttare-ture-swaha”-for-daily-protection/

Beauty is an Inside Job & Story Alert I Almost Broke my Nose

“You do not understand your features. Your features are not your beautiful nose, your beautiful cheeks, beautiful lips, and so on. These are not your features. Your features are your beautiful behavior, your beautiful character, your beautiful health, your beautiful spirit, your beautiful advice.” #YogiBhajan
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June 16 I almost broke my nose while exploring an underwater cave in the Tyrrhenian Sea. That’s part of the experience when making new adventures 🙂 Anyhow, I’ve had to wear huge hats to protect my face as it healed. And also try to avoid the sun.
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I went to a pharmacy here in Florence today and spoke to the owner and in true Italian style….as I explained to him as best I could in Italian that I was scared of scarring and my Mom was coming in a few days, he told me small imperfections make us the most beautiful. And that I was beautiful, not to worry so much. It touched my heart that he heard me, really connected to my concern and made me feel better all at the same time.
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Our external features are all temporary. #Yoga teaches us life itself is impermanent so to practice #nonattachment. They way we look on the outside will change but our features truly are our beautiful behavior, character, health and spirit. Beauty is indeed an inside job.
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Invoking Green Tara today the goddess of #compassion.
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Photo #tuscany San Gimignano June 28 a rare moment without a hat on 🙂#warrior1 #virabhadrasana

Mantra to Protect Your Mind From Negative Thoughts

Daily I chant silently and aloud Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha. My crystal Mala blessed by Amma is always on my right wrist. It holds this mantra. 💚
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“Tara #mantra is often used to overcome physical, mental or emotional blockages. #GreenTara is very active and steps down to help all the beings. Only thing required is that we need to resign and let go of our clinging to a particular outcome, because, to cling to a particular outcome is often self-defeating, as it creates unhappiness and agitation, particularly when it involves other people. The more we have Tara’s non-grasping attitude the more happy we are. When chanting the Tara mantra, we need to let go and bring the energy back into ourselves. This will generate immense inner peace and clarity.
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Tara mantra protects the mind
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#Goddess Tara is truly amazing. The #Tara mantra protects the mind from negative thoughts and vibrations. By its devotional chanting, one’s awareness expands and then you can feel the power of the blessings of Tara, who is called as the mother of all buddhas. She is extremely powerful, #compassionate and very forgiving. The mantra is truly very calming and relaxing. It helps center and calm the noise of the mind which is hyperactive.
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People who are chanting the mantra often finds that their inner compassion is awakened.
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Friendliness and tolerance flower in to our being as the qualities of Tara #manifest in us as we chant the Tara mantra. It is believed that reciting her mantra 108 times daily invokes her swift blessings.”


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Read on http://gayatriclab.com/2011/10/the-power-of-tara-mantra-“om-tare-tuttare-ture-swaha”-for-daily-protection/

Be Happy Practice Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama

I’ve taught more than 10,000 hours and since my very first teacher training, my goal has always been to practice more than I teach, to teach what I practice and to practice what I teach.

“It doesn’t matter how many hours you practice yoga or meditate by yourself, the union of being in relationship with others is what heals the world. Yoga teaches us that isolation is the root cause of suffering and connection is the essence of healing.” Silvia Mordini

In the Yoga Sutra’s Pantanjali gives us a four part process to help us clear our hearts of any negative energies as a means for quieting our minds and reconnecting to the deepest reservoirs of unconditional love and compassion.  The sutras advise we:

  1. cultivate maitri(friendliness) toward pleasure and friends;
  2. karma(compassion) for those who are in pain or suffering, yourself included;
  3. mudita(joy) for those that you are happy and whom we admire;
  4. and upeksanam(equanimity) toward those who have hurt us.

Starting now apply these Keys to Happiness and see for yourself how this changes your life!   Within the next 24 hours choose one tangible action you can take to endorse compassion and decrease suffering at home. Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

 

5 Ways to Be More Generous by Silvia Mordini

5 Ways to Be More Generous

As a result of practicing yoga, I have changed the way I think about generosity. I have learned to give without expectation and to always remain mindful of the quality of my generosity.   Generosity in yoga is an interesting learning based partly on two of the five Yamas:

It means the opposite of taking (Asteya) whereby we share freely with a focused quality effort. Generosity implies looking at life through a prism of abundance instead of scarcity. In yoga, this is known as Aparigraha: there is more than enough for everyone.

As Rumi says, “In generosity and helping others: be like the river. In compassion and grace: be like the sun.”

5 Ways to Be More Generous

Unconditional generosity, giving, and helping others is from a heart of unconditional loving kindness. Here below are suggestions for how to be more generous in daily life.

1. Give more time.

Take a moment to think of ways you can be .

Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com

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What Are You Giving Up? Globalization of Indifference

I am a cradle Catholic. My yoga strengthens my faith in all ways. I have never felt like I had to choose between one or the other. I appreciate the interplay and invite their wisdom and guidance in living my best, most compassionate life.

We just started Lent on February 10th where for 40 days until Easter, you give up something.

In preparation I went through the normal study of what “can I give up?” And I came to realize that having given up caffeine, meat, gluten, low vibration foods on a day-to-day basis there was nothing there to offer up. I looked deeper.

In Yogic philosophy this could be considered Brahmacharya with the intent to refrain from 8 types of indulgence known as continence. In the Upanishads, “This soul is realized only through constant practice of truth, discipline, perfect knowledge, and continence.”

When we feel a longing or a bondage to things then we create our own misery and unhappiness results. As yogis we take only “enough.” We do not over indulge for it implies a scarcity mentality and taking more than we need.

“To preserve wealth without utilizing it for the good of others is sheer selfishness and lack of sympathy for others needs and distress.”

– Yoga Sutras Translation Swami Aranya

In his annual Lenten message, the pope writes, “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.”

Describing this phenomenon he calls the globalization of indifference, Francis writes that “whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades.”

He continues that, “We end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own.”

Let us be inspired and lead the way of Compassion. The Bhakti way, the way of love.

For Lent Give Up:

  1. Indifference
  2. Complaining
  3. Gossip
  4. Selfishness
  5. Hoarding
  6. Unresponsiveness
  7. Apathy
  8. Disinterest

Recommit yourself to caring and having concern for your human family. Demonstrate compassion for those suffering. Then go beyond this to include being responsive to all living creatures great and small. Ultimately accept responsibility for the quality of life for all our brothers and sisters.

Together this lent let’s give up the globalization of indifference.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

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What Compassion Looks Like in Vinyasa

Compassion in Action – What I’ve dedicated my life to.

Green Tara is usually depicted as a compassionate being (Mother Buddha) ready to step down from her lotus throne to offer comfort and protection from all of the sufferings we experience in the world.

This was filmed with the mantra om tare tuttare ture swaha in mind.

Mantra Meaning: From your heart of compassion, please help me to let go and release all blockages so I may have peace, clarity and happiness.

In the teachings of the Dalai Lama he reminds us “that when we chant the Green Tara mantra, we are not simply asking for Tara’s blessings and help with our lives and our “real world” problems. Actually, we are also asking to be liberated from the misery of the mental delusions and negative emotions that blind us to true freedom, and to achieve the same enlightened body, speech and mind that Tara represents, not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of all sentient beings.”

For me being near the water always promotes the feminine, lunar energy of nurturance. I need that in my life and I know you do too. Jim’s sound vibration makes this mantra even more powerful. I appreciate how he adds in English lyrics as well, “the secret of feeling alive is to love.” You also see me wearing multiple malas, one set are from Laos, “Mother Buddha” beads. They comfort me at all times.

All of the quotes within the video are from Rumi whose writings to me exemplify universal LOVE.

Join Jim Beckwith and me on the Island of Love, Bali, March 27 – April 3, 2015
Bali Yoga Retreat: Beauty.Art.Love.Inspiration
Details http://www.alchemytours.com or http://www.silviamordini.com

Music by http://www.jimbeckwithmusic.com
His new album River of Song out now.

My First Valentine Dedicated to the Power of Compassion

mermaidA year ago today was not like any other day. It was the 20th anniversary of my Father’s death. I woke up in Sedona after sharing my heart with beautiful souls who’d chosen to be with me all weekend at the @SedonaYogaFest.

It hit me hard that morning. And every year around this same time I always feel more vulnerable and sensitive in general. Very raw & real. I remember we went to a vortex right before dawn so I could speak more directly to my Papa during that liminal time.

We also took photos with the new sun rising ever so tenderly.

Then I found rose petals at the vortex (given to me my the universe) and did a beautiful ceremony for my Father. It was cold that morning but I had bare feet so I could feel the vibration of the earth to the sky and in Father Sky HIS presence.

I melted completely into emotion. I was unashamedly emotional.

The deepest sadness and aloneness and despair came over me.

I couldn’t stop crying.

I thought I knew heartbreak and here it was on some new level. I was in this moment completely pulled into pieces of light.

All I wanted was that the person with me show me some compassion as I cried in child’s pose. I couldn’t get up.

What happened next altered my life. My life partner got angry. Really angry at my crying and truth is this wasn’t the first time. My vulnerability pissed him off since the day of my accident 2 years before.

But here where the dualism and separation of being apart from my Papa when I needed him so desperately because the other male energy in my life had been so missing broke me. Completely.

I begged, cried, pleaded for compassion and nothing was given by this human being in front of me with arms folded, hurrying me up.

“Compassion is the transfiguration of dualism. It is the only emotional state not anchored in the aspect of the separated self. Its very nature is selfless.

Compassion is a state where you feel not for another, this is empathy or sympathy; compassion is feeling and seeing the world as the other person sees it and feels it.”

I WANTED THIS. I ASKED TO RECEIVE IT.

“It is from this natural state that true love arises and the little ego-driven self slowly losses strength over actions. In other words the intent underlying cause shift from self to selfless driven.

The selfless perspective is inclusive and very transformative.”
-James Andrew Barrett

These few quotes hint at the meaning of compassion.

“In the Sutra teachings, the means is compassion, while the knowledge (wisdom) is emptiness. By unifying compassion and emptiness, we attain true and complete enlightenment.”
~ Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

“Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures. But there are two sides to compassion, two sides to the bond. On the one hand, since you are still here as a physical body, you share the vulnerability and mortality of your physical form with every other human and with every other living being. …

“The realization of this deathless dimension, your true nature, is the other side of compassion. On a deep feeling-level, you now recognize not only your own immortality but through your own that of every other creature as well. On the level of form, you share mortality and the precariousness of existence. On the level of BEING, you share eternal, radiant life. These are the two aspects of compassion. In compassion, the seemingly opposite feelings of sadness and joy merge into one and become transmuted into a deep inner peace. This IS the peace of God. It is one of the most noble feelings that humans are capable of, and it has great healing and transformative power. But true compassion, as I have just described it, is as yet rare. To have deep empathy for the suffering of another being certainly requires a high degree of consciousness but represents only one side of compassion. It is not complete. True compassion goes beyond empathy or sympathy. It does not happen until sadness merges with joy, the joy of Being beyond form, the joy of eternal life.” -Eckhart Tolle from, The Power of Now, Pages 162 –163

Then in the radiant light, that only if you’ve seen sunrise at a Sedona vortex, can you totally understand, I realized I was totally empty. And the mantra “May I be empty so LOVE can flow through me” was delivered to me. And I’ve said it every day since. Including today, 21 years without my Papa.

My sadness merged with joy. I felt our mortality, Papa’s, and my own, and our shared infinity as well. He is eternally with me. I am never alone. The Human + Being came together into a place of vulnerable peace.

I stopped crying.

Then the strangest thing happened, I stopped asking to receive Compassion.

Instead, I felt compassion for the human man with me who wasn’t able to have this experience of noble beingness and selflessness. I knew in that moment that this was not true love.

I’ve not been the same ever since.

Today, 21 years without Papa, how do I feel? Selfless.

And I remember what human after human being, after human, after human being told me at the funereal, “Your Father was the kindest person.” I think I understand now better than ever. Enrico Mordini is a noble man who lived here and lives beyond here with true compassion.

He was my First Valentine.

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Lens: Italy the land of my Father, Enrico Mordini.

Vinyasa Yoga for Green Tara by Silvia Mordini

All I hope for the world is Compassion.

The goddess Green Tara is depicted as a compassionate being (Mother Buddha) ready to step down from her lotus throne to offer comfort and protection from all of the sufferings we experience in the world.

Mantra Meaning: From your heart of compassion, please help me to let go and release all blockages so I may have peace, clarity and happiness.

This was filmed with the mantra (chant) om tare tuttare ture swaha in mind.

In the teachings of the Dalai Lama he reminds us “that when we chant the Green Tara mantra, we are not simply asking for Tara’s blessings and help with our lives and our “real world” problems. Actually, we are also asking to be liberated from the misery of the mental delusions and negative emotions that blind us to true freedom, and to achieve the same enlightened body, speech and mind that Tara represents, not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of all sentient beings.”

For me being near the water always promotes the feminine, lunar energy of nurturance. I need that in my life and I know you do too. Jim’s sound vibration makes this mantra even more powerful. I appreciate how he adds in English lyrics as well, “the secret of feeling alive is to love.”

All of the quotes within the video are from Rumi whose writings to me exemplify universal ‪#‎LOVE‬.

Join Jim Beckwith and me on the Island of Love, Bali, March 27 – April 3, 2015
‪#‎Bali‬ ‪#‎YogaRetreat‬: Beauty.Art.Love.Inspiration
Music by http://www.jimbeckwithmusic.com