Sutra Saturday: Sthira Sukum Asanam

“Pilgrim, pilgrimage, and road – it was but myself toward my SELF, and your arrival was but myself at my own door.” – RUMI
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❤️ Sutra: Sthira Sukum Asanam. (Effortless effort)
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This fundamental Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali talks of cultivating sthira (steadiness, stability, firmness, seriousness) and sukha (gentleness, flexibility, softness, playfulness) in our mindfulness practice. The qualities denoted by these two sanskrit words can be applied to the whole of your meditation and yoga practice. Each pose should be steady and comfortable so much so that we find an effortless effort in life whereby the pose we take (walking, talking, sitting, driving) is both elegant and honest.
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This practice of graceful effort means that some days it might be more difficult and some days it’s easy, just like life is filled with joyousness and setbacks. But the point is to take a consistently steady, but gentle, approach, to your mindfulness practice and your life.
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Photo by @jaguarprincess #bali
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#meditation #yogasutras #sukum #sthira #mindfulness #effortlessness #yogalife #yogaeveryday #meditateeveryday #rumi #mindfulnessteacher #yogaphilosophy #HappinessRx #soulecting #growyourhappy #dreamcatcher #graceful #elegant #islandgirl

Why I Felt Ashamed of Being in Love with Love

“I am in love with love
and love is in love with me.”
-Rumi

Even my elementary school friends new this to be true about me. Even earlier, I’m certain my Ecuadorian Grandmother knew this. She was from the angel realm and deeply connected to spirit. She saw my essence was as a #Bhakti Yogi, way before I knew what that was. ❤️
This month I’ve been at my Mom’s house going thru boxes of school girl treasures including old diaries. I also found my drawings and paintings all inspired by #love. My girlhood days were spent in love with love. I wrote about love, thought about love, drew what love felt like, played piano like love, danced with love and smiled to send love to the sun.

In some way I recall each day completely absorbed in making love my world. This sounds just like meditation which is first described in the Yoga Sutras by Pantanjali in chapter 1 verse 2 as “yoga happens when your mind becomes quiet.” That was the way I would describe the impact love had on me in those days and now. In the eight limbed path of yoga focusing away from the distractions of too many pulls of energy is pratayhara, meditation known as dhyana in sanskrit is the 6th limb, the 7th limb is dharana ‘the art of concentration” and finally enlightenment, bliss state is samadhi.

Samadhi means ecstasy. Yes, for certain I’ve felt these altered moments of bliss when in love with love, experiencing it, receiving it, offering it, surrounding myself with it. All four of these aspects of the eight limbed path of yoga can be considered “meditation.”

At some point I remember starting to feel embarrassed for Loving love and my devotion became more secretive. Somehow I thought it wasn’t “normal” to pray about love so much. Focusing my time and energy on love I heard through societal messaging wasn’t serious or important enough. I was shamed by other comments that it was a “girl thing” as if being engaged with the sacred feminine was a negative.
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❤️ My #meditation and #yoga practice freed me up from the shame I carried feeling afraid that I loved love too much. I learned an entire philosophy around love and was able to intellectually prove its value.
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It was by meditating (same thing I did as a girl, concentrating daily and holding attention to a single source) that I purposely devoted my life life to the #dharma of love.
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This is why I define myself as a LOVE #Alchemist.
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We can all use more time mediating about love in all ways: self-love, universal love, soulmate love.
I have a FREE program to share with you called 7daysof.love.
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Just sign up at http://www.7daysof.love 💕
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#Selflove #love #happiness
#loveyourself #loveyourday #loveyourlife
#encouragement #happinesscoach
#7daysoflove mindfullyin.love
#HappinessDiet #youarewhatyouthink
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I Promise my Father I’ll Make Love my World

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those that love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” -Rumi

It’s coming up on exactly to the day Papa has been gone 22 years from this earthly realm. Every year I use this time between January 1st (a a new cycle around the sun) and the February 9th anniversary to renew my dedication to falling in Love with myself, with my day, with my life.
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I promise him I’ll make LOVE, my world. ❤️
I will see with Love, breathe with Love, act with Love.
Everything I feel, think, say or do will come from love.
I also commit to going deeper into my heart than ever before, removing any barriers to love from my being.
I vow to not half love anything, only loving fully and keeping the light within my soul as bright as possible.
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These things I promise my Father for I’ve never said goodbye. He’s always here with me every single day into the infinite.

I am his living legacy. The responsibility of this is a powerful motivator for me to live from my highest self and do the work to be my best me. My love for Papa always reminds me to think about how I’m showing up in the world. And am I doing so in the most loving way?

He taught me so many lessons while alive and has never stopped just because he left his human body. His spirit has continued to be my greatest teacher.

I love you Papa.
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Lens #italy Enrico Mordini

Dance dance dance

You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching (except for me taking photos)
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“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” #Rumi
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“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.”
― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
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@alchemytours #yogaretreat where we always sing, hug, hold hands and dance as part of our #yoga.

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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65 Days Until Spring Bali Yoga Retreat Springbreak 2017

Do you remember making time for spontaneous play? Do you recall singing made up songs and dancing for no reason?

✨ALL that and More ✨with Hannah Muse and me on our #Alchemy of #Love Bali #yogaretreat March 26-April 2, 2017! Book now http://www.alchemytours.com ❤️ $250 OFF! ❤️

“I tried to remember in my heart
what I’d dreamt about
during the night
before I became aware
of this moving
of life
I found my dreams
but the moon took me away
It lifted me up to the firmament
and suspended me there
I saw how my #heart had fallen
on your path
singing a song
Between my love and my heart
things were happening which
slowly slowly
made me recall everything….” #Rumi

65 days until #Spring! #springbreak2017 #bali #handstands #hannahmuse

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Bali Spirit Festival 1 Legged Wheel

In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest, where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that light becomes this art. ~Rumi

Lens 📸 #BaliSpiritFestival ‪#‎wheel‬ pose ‪#‎1leggedwheel‬ ‪#‎backbends‬ ‪#‎heart‬ ‪#‎chakra‬ ‪#‎love‬

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Every Day I Meditate on Lovingkindness

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Every Day I Meditate. On LovingKindness and Compassion.

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

‪Rumi‬ teaches us that our generosity and help to others should be like the river, ever flowing. Unconditional generosity, giving, and helping others is from a heart of unconditional lovingkindness.

“If one is to be a true cultivator of the Way,
One will not see the wrongs of the world.
In seeing other people’s faults,
We ourselves then commit a fault;
In considering others but not ourselves in fault
Ourselves are automatically in fault.
As long as we eliminate any inclination to see faults,
Defilements will then be smashed, removed and destroyed;
Without neither hatred nor craving bothering our mind,
We can rest in peace with both legs relaxingly stretched out.”

Only by forgoing anger, and hatred and offering forgiveness can we free ourselves, and be truly liberated.

‪#‎sukhasana‬ ‪#‎Meditate‬

Love’s Desire to Fulfill Itself

“Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and most needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.”
‪#‎KahlilGibran‬

love you

Happiness Advice at Divinitree Santa Cruz

Yoga frees you
from the drama,
the tragedy, the saga
your mind creates and allows you to
experience your True Joyful Self
-Book 1 Verses. 2 & 3 of the Yoga Sutras, Alberto Villoldo author of Yoga Power and Spirit

“At times I have felt defeated by life.

All I ever wanted was to be peaceful, happy, and free. I went about attaining it by deconstructing myself and my life and seeking spirituality to bring about peace and happiness. With spirituality figured out and practiced daily I waited for the immediate result that failed to appear. It wasn’t until some years later that I realized I was attempting to cheat the system. I was trying to become enlightened to see the light. Unfortunately that’s not how life works, you cannot get the answers to life’s challenges in advance. The act of waiting for happiness to be happy, or “happiness procrastination” as I refer to it, can be paralyzing. If we have a prerequisite of a certain condition taking place to facilitate happiness then we’ll always be waiting as opposed to being happy in the moment. If we fool ourselves into believing that we have to understand the reasons why we’re unhappy, the result will be getting stuck in that state of unhappiness. Instead focus on forgiving the past without over intellectualizing it and bypass your way into the present.”

NUMBER 1 ADVICE ON LIVING A HAPPIER LIFE?

Be Present. Live from the heart of compassion. The Alchemy of Love.

OM WITH PADMA MUDRA

Bring your hands to prayer. Keep the heels of your hands together along with the thumbs and little fingers; blossom open the three middle fingers of each hand. Lotus (Padma) Mudra invokes a feeling of expansiveness and love in the heart. Repeat three times.

THE AWAKENING BY RUMI – READ IN SAVANNA

In the early dawn of happiness
you gave me three kisses
so that I would wake up
to this moment of love

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