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Take A Gratitude Walk

Today’s focus is Gratitude for our feet that walk about 7,500 steps a day! According to WikiAnswers: “The average moderately active person takes about 7,500 steps a day. Assuming every day the person walks, an eighty year old person who began walking at one year of age, would have taken 216,262,500 steps in their lifetime. An average person, with an average stride, living to this age of 80 will walk about 108,131 miles.” I learned how to really appreciate every step while trekking the rivers of Costa Rica. It’s not easy. If it rains in the mountains, the water down by the ocean is unclear and muddy. But if the mountains stay dry, you’re in for a stroll in the beautiful blue waters. Regardless of the path and the water…

Journaling Prompts for Peace, Happiness and Focus

Having a clear vision of your day saves 40% of your time and makes you more productive. Instead of simply charging into your day going in a million directions take time to get clear on what you’ll do to look after yourself. I’ve put together a simple worksheet checklist for you to use. This begins with a “brain dump” that will clear your mind to focus on other things. Whether it’s the small distracting thoughts that can take our attention or bigger, more challenging issues that can at times hijack our thoughts, this will make mental space. The most common brain dump exercise you’ve probably heard of are Julia Cameron’s “morning pages” or “stream of consciousness journaling.” In it’s most basic form, this is simply waking up, grabbing your journal,…

AWAKE

You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup – #SelfCare First By Silvia Mordini I’m a recovering workaholic who used to be totally ignorant of my most valuable resource, my health. I wore my workaholism like a badge of honor. I was in constant competition with myself and didn’t even consider there was another way to exist. I was winning! But it came at a cost. I did everything “right.” I proved myself successful in the ways most people define success like making more money and fancy job titles. What happened next was not just one thing but a series of moments of enlightenment that made me realize I had everything I was supposed to want, but I wasn’t happy. One of those moments that woke me up was being in…

Dear Stress, We’re Breaking Up

By Silvia Mordini Joy is our birthright say the Yoga Sutras. There is nothing natural about being stressed out ALL the time. Think of daily life as water filling up your favorite mug, as long as you keep the happenings of life a bit below the very rim you feel your best. If, however, the mundane stressors of life are keeping you full to the very top as soon as you experience an unexpected stress the mug will overflow. This situation can be prevented. I’m not saying we should avoid stress or get rid of it. This is impossible. Stress exists in every single change we experience such as getting a new job, a promotion, getting married, having a baby, moving into a new home. There is good stress. Rather…

How To Say Thank You – In Any Language

Saying thank you is the simplest, most common expression of gratitude. Our parents teach us this before we understand how universal it is. Gratitude is a shared language that transcends cultural and economic differences. Saying Thank You connects us and removes the fear of separateness. I have been inspired to learn how to say thank you in 50 languages. For now, I focus my efforts on being able to say thank you in the 6 official languages of the United Nations (Mandarin, Spanish, English, Arabic, Russian, French). Try it yourself by memorizing how to say Thank You in the 10 most spoken languages in the world! Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia Most Spoken Language Translation 1 Mandarin – xie xie 2 Spanish – Gracias 3 English…

How Stressed Out are You?

By: Silvia Mordini, featured on DoYouYoga.com Have you ever noticed a low level of anxiety constantly gnawing away inside you? Do you find yourself clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, fidgeting, seeking meaningless distraction, anything just to handle the stress or get away from the tension you feel just being you? Yoga calls this Dukha. It means suffering, imbalance, despair, anguish, anxiety, irritation, uncertainty and more. You get the idea. If you feel Dukha, you are not alone. Despite the fact we have more comforts and material possessions, more freedom and more mobility than any people in modern history, Americans are awash in Dukha. How Dukha Impacts Us On All Levels We all know that stress can have a huge impact on how we live day-do-day. It affects our mood, our social…

Do You Choose Happiness or Truth?

By: Silvia Mordini, featured on DoYouYoga.com In yogic terms Truth, known as Satya, can be defined on three levels: (1) that we speak the truth about what we think, (2) what we feel and (3) what we do. When we feel out of alignment, it is usually where there is a conflict between what we think and what we feel. When we aren’t honest we feel unsteady, anxious, and uprooted—everything that happiness is not. In the Yoga Sutras Chapter 2.36, it is presented that if we are “dedicated to the truth and integrity, our thoughts, words and actions gain the power to manifest.”  (Translation from Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi). Truth is the destination, and happiness is the way to travel to get there. Read full article here.

5 Ways to Be More Generous

By: Silvia Mordini, Featured on DoYouYoga.com 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.” Read full article here.

A 2 Minute Morning Practice for a Positive Day

Each day I wake, before I open my eyes, I bring my awareness to my breath. I thank the Universe for the gift of waking to a brand new day. I fill myself with gratitude for being alive, for being here on this earth and receiving the opportunity for another day to grow into myself and shine. I don’t think of yesterday, I don’t think of tomorrow. I only think of that moment, lying in my bed, thanking my beautiful body for keeping me alive, my heart beating, my lungs breathing for me effortlessly all throughout my sleep. And if I can be completely present, I know that in that moment I have no worries, no fears, no doubt. I am in my natural state. I am joy. I am…

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