Expert Advice on Finding Happiness

An Interview with Silvia Mordini by Seattle Yoga News.

With contagious enthusiasm Silvia encourages everyone she meets to love their life.

Silvia Mordini is a Writer, Happiness Coach and internationally recognized Yoga Presenter. 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 11 year old international Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training School. 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 financially successful at the same time. She has been inspiring happiness, global awareness, and joyful living in students for 20 years.

What does the word happiness mean to you?

Happiness is a continuous state of quiet joy that exists in the moment from the inside out.

Happiness is what love looks like. It is the manifestation of what it means to love ourselves, love our day, love our lives.

“Contentment is about falling in love with your life.” – Swami Rama

How did you decide to become a happiness coach?

The work I do is my svadharma. It chose me. We teach what we know.

My desire to encourage everyone I meet to love their life is an intrinsic part of me. Over the last 15 years I’ve used my expert passion to connect people to their own joyful potential. My most important client is myself. I live my happiness in such a big way that you can’t help but leave my classes, workshops, trainings and retreats spiritually uplifted! Happiness is contagious. And my enthusiasm is very convincing.

What are the common misconceptions people tend to have about finding happiness?

“Happiness depends on ourselves.”  – Aristotle

Misconception 1: It’s not my job.

How to be Happy starts with taking responsibility for the quality of your life. When we are willing to accept accountability, it gets easier to authentically describe what we want our happiest life to feel like. From there, the whole world opens up!

“Happy people avoid blame in all its incarnations. They don’t blame other people, they don’t blame circumstances, and they don’t blame themselves. To happy people, blame serves no purpose. It doesn’t ever get us what we truly desire. In fact happy people not only avoid blame but they also avoid its family members envy, greed and jealousy – which are among the key indicators of unhappiness.” -The Choices Happy People Make

Misconception 2: Stop procrastinating by coming up with excuses to not be happy.

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 live in the present.

Read the full interview, coming soon on Seattle Yoga News

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