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Feed Your Passion and Find Your Purpose

By Silvia Mordini Are you doing things because you love to do them, or because you feel like you have to do them? What percentage of the time would you say? If you are spending more of your time doing stuff because you feel like you have to instead of wanting to, then this is a simple formula for misery. “The purpose of life is a life with purpose.” -The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari. It’s easy to get caught up living life the way other people want you to, thereby losing your purpose for living. When that happens, we also lose our passion. Fundamentally, we are wired to have passion for our purpose. It’s no surprise that what fires us up is aligned with that which fulfills us. JOURNALING:…

How To Find Balance Through Meditation

By Silvia Mordini 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 if I stop paying attention to it. Chanting, or using rhythmic speaking or singing of words and sounds is a great way to find and maintain balance. Om Namah Shivaya is my favorite mantras to practice. During and after singing this song I feel a quiet but energized sense of equilibrium. 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…

What Is Meditation Like?

“My meditation is loud, so my life can be quiet” – Silvia Mordini If you met me you’d guess I’m an extrovert. In fact on the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, I test out as an ESTJ (extroverted, sensing, thinking, judging). But really I’m an introvert. I like quiet time. I need it and always have. I don’t like loud malls or huge groups of loud people. I enjoy nature. And truth be told I need a good amount of solitude which fortunately has been part of my life whether I wanted it to be or not. The test isn’t wrong. I simply test almost in the middle barely to the “Extroverted” side so introversion is part of my nature too. I also have a inbred appreciation for the “art of…

How To Surrender: Accepting Life As It Is, And Being Happy With It

by Silvia Mordini There is this spiritual alchemy where we move beyond wanting life to be different and begin to feel the surrender that allows what is being offered. We practice ishvara pranidhana as we trust the universal intelligence that hugs us from all directions to know what it’s doing. And once we find this trust we begin to believe that beauty and goodness are within us flowing nonstop and there is no reason to stop this flow for its natural current is to align with the current of grace that is everywhere outside us. Beauty becomes our way of life. Happiness becomes our natural spiritual alchemy when we practice ishvara pranidhana. You see when we come to the mat we are like the Alchemist in his laboratory mixing ingredients….

Life is Full of Setbacks – How to Remove the Roadblocks to Your Happiness

by Silvia Mordini Dukha, the bad stuff, happens to everyone. We must stop feeding our stress phobia thinking we are trying to eradicate the bad stuff (fear, distrust, suffering, armoring, rigidity, contraction, defensiveness, aggressiveness, resentment.) The real obstacle to spiritual practice is thinking that to be happy we must be stress-free. Obstacles are not the problem. Life is full of setbacks, traffic jams, heartbreaks and roadblocks. It is our reaction and hostaging of energy that is the real block to our happiness. Learning how to stress successfully is the answer to staying Zen. Dukkha impacts us on all levels: 1. Physiologically – arises from overtaxing our nervous systems, constant fight or flight response. 2. Psychologically –this comes from a feeling of separateness. We withdraw to a point where we experience…

Morning Mantra: There Is No Need For Struggle

by Silvia Mordini “Through practice, I’ve come to see that the deepest source of my misery is not wanting things to be the way they are. Not wanting myself to be the way I am. Not wanting the world to be the way it is. Not wanting others to be the way they are. Whenever I’m suffering, I find this war with reality to be at the heart of the problem.” ~ Stephen Cope Instant peace and calmness came over me while I practiced reciting this mantra to myself: “There is no need to struggle.” Ask yourself right now, “Can I live with what life is offering me?” When we find neutrality in our mind, we let go of judgment about what is happening. We no longer fight against the…

The Importance of Community in Yoga

by Silvia Mordini Truth: My favorite part of yoga is community. The coming together of humans of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, ages, interests to share the same experience. That’s why I go back everyday as a teacher and as a student. And science tells us that being in a healthy community is good for us. The vibration of positive minded people raises our vibrational frequency. This shared joy elevates our spirits and is talked about in Yoga Sutra Chapter 2.33 Pratipaksha Bhavana. Essentially the sutras spell out that if we are imbalanced mentally, physically, or emotionally then we are not living our true nature which is joy. Therefore engaging with others trying to think happy thoughts helps us create happy thoughts as well. Positive energy creates and attracts more positive…

How To NOT Pick A Yoga Teacher Training

by Silvia Mordini What if I said to you that I wanted to get eye surgery? Lasik, to be precise. What advice would you have for me? Here’s what I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t say to me: Find the Cheapest doctor possible. Find the Cheapest facility (hospital) possible. Find the least qualified doctor possible. Find the newest doctor possible. Just go where it’s closest. Do it yourself. Read how to do it online. Then why oh why would you choose a Personal Development Program such as a Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) impacting your Soul and Spirit in this manner? Sort of like Lasik surgery, this is not one of those times to bargain shop and cheap it out. Make a decision based key criteria about the school and be honest…

How to Face Your Fears, and Grow Up in the Process

By Silvia Mordini “If you begin to face your fears, something bittersweet is going to happen to you: You’ll grow up.”–Martha Beck- Finding Your Own North Star I know this much, in order to fully enjoy life you must renounce your fear and anxiety. I spent a long time being terribly afraid (afraid of not being perfect, afraid of what others might think, afraid of failing, afraid of succeeding, afraid someone I loved would leave me, afraid if I had to do my life right, afraid of really being happy, afraid of being myself). This is now way to live. I don’t want that for you. Rinpoche talks about how we all have a soft spot and that fear and fear like responses such as worry or resentment occur because we…

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