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


Written 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.

Dukha 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 a sense of disconnection, estrangement, isolation and alienation.
3. Spiritually – When we are caught up in the physical and psychology of dukha we lose contact with who we truly are. We lose hopefulness. This is known as Purusha.

Remember you are not competing with your stress.
-You are not trying to win.
-Life’s roadblocks are not the enemy.
-Our obstacles are not the enemy.
-And certainly, this is not a battle to the death like on Game of Thrones.

Because dukha impacts us on all levels learn to stress smart. Embrace and care for your dukha (suffering, imbalance, despair, anguish, anxiety, irritation, uncertainty) with gentleness and grace. Today try bringing light to the dark places of your life. Love the full spectrum of your experience. It is all for your soul’s evolution.

Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

Interested in joining a yoga teacher training? Find out more information about Alchemy of Yoga’s 2018 offerings with Silvia Mordini and Emily Perry here.

Recognized by Yoga Alliance as a Registered 200-Hour Yoga School, Alchemy of Yoga is wholeheartedly dedicated to the art of self-discovery. Silvia, an Experienced Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with over 10,000 hours of teaching experience, will serve as your compassionate mentor.

This training will transform your fears and ignite your passion, whereby happiness becomes your natural alchemy once again. More than simply mastering yoga poses (although this will happen), you will become more self-aware and self-confident in your dharma.



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