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Tag: Happiness

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…

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 Four Keys to Happiness

In the Yoga Sutra’s Chapter 1.33, Pantanjali gives us a four-part process to help us clear our hearts of negative energies as a means for quieting our minds. These are known as the Four Keys to Happiness. So what are we unlocking, that’s in the way of our joy? The Four Locks are the four kinds of people that we encounter in life: Happy people (sukha), Unhappy people (dukha), Honorable people (punya) and Malicious people (apunya). The Yogic model proposes that in order to access these four keys we must nurture these attitudes: 1. Maitri (friendliness): Kindness and friendliness to those who are happy. Instead of being jealous we should be happy for other people’s happiness. Rather than living with mental scarcity thinking one person’s happiness will cause us to…

The Language of Enthusiasm

Remember it is not how or when we accomplish something that matters most; it is the sense of enthusiasm during the process that demonstrates our quality of life. Enthusiasm promotes union because it is a shared language. As Paolo Coelho writes in The Alchemist, “There was a language in the world that everyone understood. It was the language of enthusiasm, of things accomplished with love.” What are you enthusiastic about today? If you hesitate to answer that, then there is learning here. We should not wake up and dread the day, worried about the hours ahead of you. The first thing we grasp upon awakening shouldn’t be our I-device or blackberry; it should be the most positive thought that guides our Dharma. This singular thought, since our conscious brain can…

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.

Teach Peace

“Each moment is a chance for us to make peace with the world, to make peace possible for the world, to make happiness possible for the world.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Teachings on Love Teach Peace is the ultimate vision of Alchemy of Yoga. We wholeheartedly dedicate our offerings to contribute to a kinder + more gentle world through the teachings of yoga. 2016 Yoga Teacher Training Programs: Costa Rica: July 30 – August 20 at Blue Spirit Bali: October 1 – 22 at Nirmala Retreats  

What is Dharma?

Living Your Dharma is the Heart of the Alchemy of Yoga Dharma is the first word in the Bhagavad-Gita. “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” ― Fabienne Fredrickson What is Dharma? Sreyan svadharmo vigunah paradharmat svanusthitat; Svadharme nidhanam sreyah paradharmo bhayavahah — (Chapter 3. Verse 35) The Sanskrit word “dharma” has joined “yoga” and “karma” in common English usage. Dharma is often taken to mean “duty.” However, it is a whole lot more than this. The Sanskrit word Dharma comes from the root “dhri” which means to uplift or uphold. Dharma literally refers to “that which upholds righteousness.” A sense of righteousness, of purpose and inspiration is extremely significant on the spiritual path. Dharma can mean “law of the universe,” and/or one’s own…

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