By Silvia Mordini

We must Namaste everyone!  My parents had my brother and I traveling from the time we were newborns to places all over the world. From that experience I learned that everyone is fundamentally alike.  Regardless of geography people all want the same things:  we want to be happy, loved and peaceful.

As a result, even before I knew yoga, I was trying my best to “Live my Namaste”.  

Now, as in then, this requires recognizing that all people deserve respect.  In effect if we are living our Namaste it means we are unlocking the love and respect in our hearts to include everyone. Isn’t the whole point of yoga to see not that which divides us but that which brings us together?

So what does Namaste mean? Well, “Nama” means bow, “as” means I, and “te” means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”  It is a gesture of pure compassion and recognition: that we bow to the true self inside each one of us. To me Namaste is harmony, remembrance and respect.

Namaste as a harmony:  It strikes the perfect chord.  Having grown up in a musical family and having played piano and clarinet for 13 years I have always felt music was a blessing of realizing harmony.  Yoga like being in a chorus or a band or any sort of tribe helps us to work together as a beautiful symphony.  We feel this symphony of the body when we practice poses (asanas).  And just like playing a musical instrument the more yoga you practice the more efficient you get.  Over time you feel the harmonies.  No single player more important but everyone is equally important. This is a nondualistic view of life where we acknowledge that everyone is valuable in their own way and we all contribute to make wonderful music.

Namaste as remembrance:  Wolfgang Von Goethe writes, “Remembrance of what is good keeps us high in spirit. Remembrance of what is beautiful is the salvation of the mortal man. Remembrance of what is dear will be happiness, if it remains alive.”  In class, or even by yourself, when you unite your hands palms touching think to yourself Namaste and it helps us remember to remember how amazing life is!

Namaste as respect: It is a respect for our breath, for the preciousness of life itself.  When we share this with another we are demonstrating that we are one, engaged with this breath despite our diversity. A great example of this definition is found on Wikipedia.

Namaste from Wikipedia, freely adapted and edited

We can perceive the unique thread that connects us all with the Universe, and all its Beings along with the source of that interconnection. Accepting Oneness, we are accordingly receptive to knowledge that comes to us in the form of examples, advice, and direct teaching. One may awake to the wisdom that opens our eyes to new worlds of possibilities.

When we assume everyone we meet is special and unique in its essence we should always show to all people the same generous level of kindness, care, compassion, and understanding without any thoughts of self-interest or ulterior motives above paying respects wholeheartedly, the way we live our daily lives has an enormous impact on those around us.

Instead of clinging to what separates us, Practicing Namaste enables us to feel less alone in the world. We begin to understand that we must treat all people for what they are, family. We are one with the cosmos whether we realize it or not. Practicing ONENESS we gain consciousness of the more subtle aspects of our being, with the ultimate outcome being a complete identification with the light body.”

In order to live our Namaste we must come together to Namaste everyone. It is not just something we say before or after yoga class, it is a way of living life with a deep intention of respect, remembrance and appreciation that promotes harmony in the whole of the world. Love yourself, love your day, love and Namaste your life! Silvia

The Best Way to be Happy is Kindness

Blessings on World Kindness Day!

I’m convinced the best way to be happy is to make kindness the main theme in your life.

First of all it’s important to me you know this is my second chance. I was in a hit and run at 25 years old and left for dead. The Alchemy of Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama brought me back to life. However, it was a different life than what I had before. I was more awake. I realized this is Not a Rehearsal. This is it.

As I relearned how to walk in the world I decided to wake up and be 10% kinder and always choose happiness on this pilgrimage of the soul.

As Deepak Chopra puts it, “make happiness the goal of all other goals.”

There are so many hurt souls out their in the world including me and you. Right now more than ever, our core wounds are calling to be healed. Rejection, Separation, Shame, Denial, Repression, Guilt are part of the collective shadow. They will keep us stuck in repeating the same behaviors, staying in the same pain unless we recognize them.

Our work is to be kind and compassionate to those places within us that are wounded. This changes everything. The subject of our kindness practice begins with ourselves. Today make it count. Be kind.

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

Manifest Kindness

When we live our kindness so much so that it becomes no different than breathing, it simply becomes a part of us.

May we all manifest a world where kindness is almost invisible.

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Can I be as Kind to Them as They are to Me?

Happy Galungan and Kuningan day in Bali!
As was explained to me by a friend, this is “the day Balinese will celebrate kindness of humanity.”

Everyday living here I wonder “can I possibly be as kind to them as they are to me?” You see, the beautiful humble people here are all gold medalists at being kind. Whereas in the rest of the world I’m considered a kind person, here I’m still in training because the Balinese raise the bar so high. Their kindness knows no bounds. Deeply grateful as I celebrate all my Balinese friends and hope the world is inspired to celebrate kindness of humanity. 

Keep Giving

When I look at what’s going on in the world I promise to wake up and offer part of the benefits of my morning meditation outward. It has me engaging with what Generosity means & how to practice it today when so much is being taken away or minimized. It keeps me in the energy of of #abundance. One of my favorite stories about the value of generosity is called Stone Soup.
“There are many variations on the story of stone soup, but they all involve a traveler coming into a town beset by famine. The inhabitants try to discourage the traveler from staying, fearing he wants them to give him food. They tell him in no uncertain terms that there’s no food anywhere to be found. The traveler explains that he doesn’t need any food and that, in fact, he was planning to make a soup to share with all of them. The villagers watch suspiciously as he builds a fire and fills an enormous pot with water. With great ceremony, he pulls a stone from a bag, dropping the stone into the pot of water. He sniffs the brew extravagantly and exclaims how delicious stone soup is. As the villagers begin to show interest, he mentions how good the soup would be with just a little cabbage in it. A villager brings out a cabbage to share. This episode repeats itself until the soup has cabbage, carrots, onions, and beets, indeed, a substantial soup that feeds everyone in the village.”
This story teaches us that the value of sharing is especially important when we feel like what we have is limited thereby causing us to constrict, hoard or withdraw. The example of food is used but this can also apply to when we stop sharing acceptance, respect for the earth, equal rights or put conditions on giving love or anytime we hold back. The traveler represents the potential within each of us to inspire those around us to be more generous.
No matter what happens what we can control is our own thoughts and actions. Keep giving. Stay generous. #BeKind #TeachPeace
Thank you.
I love you. And you. And you. And you. And you. And you. And you.

Have Kind Thoughts Today

“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” -Dalai Lama

Enjoy my article 3 Reasons to Practice Gratitude published by
Hope it inspires you!

#bekind #dalailama #openheart #gratitude


In Pursuit of the Alchemy of Happiness by Silvia Mordini

Happiness is in our genes. According to geneticists we have an “inborn” happiness set point of about 50 percent that we return to whether good or bad things happen. We have a 10 percent influence based on environmental factors and up to 40 percent that is affected by “intentional activity.” In pursuit of happiness here are my suggestions for making the most of this 40 percent:

P10909116. Be Around Positive People Be mindful of who you let into your closest energy field. Many researchers in cognitive neuroscience propose that in human brain activity we have a system of imitating by way of “mirror” neurons. In a basic sense, this means the behavior of others may impact how we act and cause our minds to simulate observed actions. Negative influences can impact even the most positive people. Be empowered to foster friendships where you feel a balance between giving and receiving. High-vibe friends will support your intentions to elevate yourself and the world. Those with consistently negative vibes you may want to reconsider.

– See more at Yoganonymous here

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.

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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.”


“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.



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

10 Minutes to Change Your Life

Death is trending. Visibility has been higher than usual this week with the passing of world renowned musician, artist, producers, and attacks on everyday people. So yesterday I was moved to write my own Eulogy.

Take a few minutes & write your own. It will change your life. 

*Imagine that you’re at a funeral. You look around, and you recognize your family first, then you see the faces of all your friends. Everyone is gathered together.

Suddenly, you realize that it’s actually your funeral.

You walked into the part of the service when your loved ones make their eulogy to you. One by one, they get up to speak and share what they loved most about you. They share their stories.

Now come back to today, and think about what you really want people to be saying.

The truth is EVERY DAY we are writing our own eulogies. 

They get written as we share moments with other humans throughout our lives. Right now ask yourself:

How do you want to be remembered? 
• What do you want your legacy to be? 
• How will your friends and family describe you?
• How will you be remembered for having lived your life?
• What will your contribution to the world be?

Now take 5 minutes to write your own eulogy.

This exercise will change your life. It will give you a clear understanding of whether TODAY you are living in alignment with your highest good. Are you doing all you can to become your Best Self? Are you prioritizing ways each day to love yourself, love your day, love your life?

From your heart, how do you want to be remembered?

–When I die, here’s what I want people to remember…
–When I die, here’s what I want people to say about me…
–What I want people to remember most is…

Remember this is not a rehearsal. This is it. Right here, right now. You can choose to live your best life.

When I die, here’s what I want people to say about me:
– Silvia was kind. 
– She made a difference.
– Enthusiasm to love your life was contagious around Silvia. 
– Her presence was laser like, in minutes, hours or weeks she woke you up to the power you had to change. 
– She inspired people to be their own hero & say YES to live happier lives!
– She really believed that everyone could figure out his or her purpose/dharma and live it fully.
– She changed people’s lives by inspiring them to get unstuck from their pain or self-limiting habits.
– Silvia lived her happiness in such a big way that you couldn’t help but leave her presence through classes, workshops, trainings, retreats or read her books being spiritually uplifted.
– She believed in abundance. Her love was ever generous and she wanted you to love yourself, love your day, love your life. 
– She loved traveling the globe, was an adventure junkie, travel addict, connector, friend maker, & fashionista.
– She had a beautiful smile, loved to laugh and play and wasn’t afraid to cry about what touched her heart.
– She wanted everyone to hold hands. Her love language was physical touch. She hugged you hello & good-bye
– You knew she had struggles, many of which she kept quiet about, but she transformed every challenge into lessons to pass forward to the world, to her students. She really didn’t want you to make the same mistakes. 
– She held space, and held you responsible for your happiness. Once you pledged something to her she remembered it forever and wanted to contribute to your growth. 
– Her tribe loved her gently; they felt like she had to be a bit protected in order to give her space to be vulnerable. They were guardians, soul brothers and sisters, keepers of promises and understood her devotion to the divine and didn’t make her feel embarrassed about her love of love and devotion to God. 
– She was an amazing soulful mother and wife. This was her greatest joy!

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