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!

 

Looking for Peace? Here’s the Answer

When I was in the corporate world I both loved and strongly disliked Performance Appraisals. I enjoyed the feedback knowing how I was doing but at the same time it would make it harder for next time. The point came where the pressure just went up and up.

We do that in our life. We start giving ourselves a grade on everything when the reality is that it is all just pass/fail. We are passing if we learn to balance positive expectations with acceptance. “Accepting means you allow yourself to feel whatever it is you are feeling at that moment. It is part of the isness of the Now. You can’t argue with what is. Well, you can, but if you do, you suffer.” (Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth) Acceptance brings about inner peace, joy and love. Otherwise we find ourselves in a state of fighting what life is offering and it can feel like we are failing at life.

Yoga has without a doubt made me more patient. It helps me move from that state of having too heavy of expectations and grading everything to allowing and accepting.  Don’t get me wrong sometimes it’s still hard not to grade myself at life but for sure I’m better at seeing the whole thing as simply pass/fail.  What’s changed? Well I don’t want to feel that TUG-O-WAR with myself or with anyone else.  Impatience doesn’t feel good and yoga teaches the antidote to impatience is, yes you can guess, patience.  Patience feels good.  It feels like a return to center no matter the chaos or what other people do or don’t do. It feels like compassion, peacefulness and a constant return to balance. When I am patient I feel like I can attempt anything without attachment to the result.

When Patient our minds stop playing the old games of pushing, pulling, creating anxiety, distrust, stress or simple heavy expectations.

It is a simply formula:
Over Expectations = Impatience
Accepting = Patience

Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth writes “To offer no resistance to life is to be in a state of grace, ease, and lightness. This state is then no longer dependent upon things being in a certain way, good or bad. It seems almost paradoxical, yet when your inner dependency on form is gone, the general conditions of your life, the outer forms, tend to improve greatly.”  Try it for a week or even a day where you try living in a way where you relieve the heavy expectations of yourself and others and live with less resistance to this isness of now. Instead follow the guidance of the Yoga Sutras which advise “enjoyment is the sweetness of noticing your life right now: smell, taste, feeling, sensation.” This type of enjoyment allows us to receive what life is offering regardless of whether it looks like what we expected.

“You can’t run after contentment it has to find you, all you can do is try to create the space for it.”  (Judith Lasater) We are through yoga really meeting ourselves with no further resistance or pre-qualifications. It is like what Derek Walcott writes about in his poem: So join me feast on your life! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

The How of Your Happiness in Tuscany

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Passion for Life By Silvia Mordini

Did you wake up today loving your life?

Don’t you want to wake-up filled with energy and enthusiasm?
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Are you doing things because you love to do them or because you feel like you should do them? What percentage of the time would you say you live like that? Well, if you are spending more of your time doing stuff because you feel like you have to instead of wanting to, then you’ve discovered a simple formula for misery.
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Take the first step to get clear on what “sparks JOY” by asking yourself “what are you passionate about?” What stokes enthusiasm so much so that you can feel it in your body, whether it’s a smile on your face or sitting up a little taller in your seat. This helps you define the purpose of your passion.
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Second step is write it down.
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Now you may ask, why write it if we can just think about it? Because science tells us that by writing out your goals on a piece of paper you send a red flag to your subconscious mind that these thoughts are more important than the other 59,999 ones you’ll have today! It gives the other thoughts directions and where your energy goes it grows.
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This also helps you to filter out what is unimportant so you can focus first on what’s most important. You will enjoy life more fully if you stop focusing on the minor stuff and figure out what you want to major in life. The key thing to keep in mind is that you can have fun while you’re progressing along your path. You can reclaim the joy of waking up each day excited about your life!
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So ask yourself right now: “Where are you going, what path are you on; Are you excited about the direction? If I could choose to make any adventure which one would you do next?”
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Have you always dreamed of doing yoga on the beach in Bali? Or maybe you’ve dreamed of living under the Tuscan sun in Italy or to challenge yourself climbing the beautiful red rocks of Moab or surfing in Costa Rica? Then today journal about what lights up your life with passion. Plan your life’s next big adventure and make it happen. Stop holding back from what you really want to experience!
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And from this passion for life you will be transformed or as Pantanjali says in the Yoga Sutras, “When you are inspired by some great purpose all of your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world!” Be the cause of your own future happiness! Start planning the next wonderful adventure doing what you love!
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Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia Mordini.
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  • You’re tired of compromising your true desires for what others want you to do
  • You want to get to the heart of your Truth: You want to know your True Self; attract True Love; start living your True Purpose
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The Full Moon Came to Me

The moon came to me last night

With a sweet question.

She said, “The sun has been my faithful lover

For millions of years.

Whenever I offer my body to him

Brilliant light pours from his heart.

Thousands then notice my happiness

And delight in pointing

Toward my beauty.

Hafiz,

Is it true that our destiny

Is to turn into Light

Itself?” And I replied,

Dear moon,

Now that your love is maturing,

We need to sit together

Close like this more often

So I might instruct you

How to become

Who you

Are!

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I Enjoy Wild Things

“I enjoy the wild things, 
Give me sunsets in different cities and road trips on dirt tracks not sighted on maps. Give me happiness in a smile. 
There so much life in living while you’re alive & I’d give absolutely anything to have it all with you.”
-Nikki Rowe

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Metanoia

By Silvia Mordini

Metanoia (n.) the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self or way of life.

It is ok to change your mind.

More than that, it’s important you do.

Why? Because people identify themselves with the thoughts they have at that moment and if their thoughts change then their identity changes. The fastest way to change the way you feel or who you think you are is to change your thoughts.

You see, thoughts are objective and what you thought was right at one time is not necessarily true now. You have your own permission to change your mind.

This is scary.

Why is it so scary.

Group identity. If you change your beliefs then you might have to change your group. That’s worrisome for many people that get habituated to the sameness even when they outgrow it.

Maybe the world isn’t the way you think it is.

Applying Metanoia when it comes to love its essential.

Just like we don’t have to finish everything we start. When you find yourself in a relationship that doesn’t fit who you have become you can change your mind. If you think about it, there is something inherently unnatural about forcing ourselves to complete something in our lives when we’ve changed and it no longer serves us.

The journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self or way of life Metanoia.

You have the right to be a different person than you were fifteen minutes ago.

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

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Do You Choose Happiness or Truth? By Silvia Mordini

Do You Choose Happiness or Truth?

In yogic terms Truth, known as Satya, can be defined on three levels: (1) that we speak the truth about what we think, (2) what we feel and (3) what we do. When we feel out of alignment, it is usually where there is a conflict between what we think and what we feel. When we aren’t honest we feel unsteady, anxious, and uprooted—everything that happiness is not.

In the Yoga Sutras Chapter 2.36, it is presented that if we are “dedicated to the truth and integrity, our thoughts, words and actions gain the power to manifest.”  (Translation from Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi).

Truth is the destination, and happiness is the way to travel to get there.

The Yoga Sutras spell out that if we are not balanced mentally, physically, or emotionally, then we are not living our true, naturally happy potential.

Happiness is our birthright. Yoga teaches us that our true .

Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com

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Key to Happiness Alchemy of Balance

Each day, I ask myself “How do I maintain balance in order to live my best day ever?” As much as I try to stay balanced, I have learned that I can easily lose it.

Chanting, or using rhythmic speaking or singing of words and sounds is a great way to find balance. Om Namah Shivaya is my favorite mantra to repeat. During and after singing this song I feel a quiet but energized sense of equilibrium. And I learned that the elements and chakras are the syllables of Na, Ma, Shi, Va, Ya.

Om Namah Shivaya mantra uses the universal elements that govern each chakra: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. This song allows the chakras to better utilize the fundamental elements that exist in the chakra. When we repeat this mantra, we bring the chakras into balance with our energies. If you need a real time life balance exercise try saying or singing 108 rounds of this mantra, or even just a few.

This mantra also reminds us that we are born perfect (siddha), whole, and balanced. Our only job in this lifetime is to remember how AMAZING WE ARE! What you are experiencing through your journey as a human being is a return to balance where your energies are neither excessive nor deficient, but even.

Even your hands hold the reminder within them as each finger is aligned with an element and a chakra like this:

thumb = Fire Solar Plexus Chakra

first finger = Air Heart Chakra

middle finger = Ether Throat chakra

ring finger = Earth Root Chakra

pinky finger = Water Sacral Chakra

silvia-batik-energy-meditationBalance is easy to find and difficult to maintain: At the end of the day, it’s our responsibility to try. This is the key to happiness.

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