Clap Hands, Today is All Happiness

My favorite Rumi poem begins:

“Come for today is a day of festival,
Henceforward joy and pleasure are on the increase.
Clap hands, say, ‘Today is all happiness,
from the beginning it was a manifestly fine day.”

It reminds me of when we were kids and we would spontaneously clap behappyour hands together to celebrate ourselves. How great was that! To clap and celebrate ones own life is Yoga! The Dalai Lama weighs in when he says “the roots of all goodness lie in the soul of appreciation for goodness.”

When we symbolically clap hands by saying nice things to ourselves we are appreciating our innate goodness. Healthy self-esteem grows from recognizing our own gifts, unabashedly celebrating them, therefore making today a day of happiness, a really fine day.

On the other hand, if we seek approval and happiness outside ourselves, it sets us up for life-long disappointment. As Dr Wayne Dyer says “Every moment that you spend upset, in despair, in anguish, angry or hurt because of the behaviour of anybody else in your life is a moment in which you have given up control of your life.”

Today focus on how amazing you are, join me in clapping hands (even at the end of your next yoga class!) I know you might feel self-conscious at first, but I trust you can let go of any pretense and share the beauty and humor of your real self. Just try it, spontaneously increase your joy and appreciation for your life by clapping hands. I’m quite certain it will make you smile!

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

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Radical Change and Happiness

Happiness Rx: “Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security.” -Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild (Mission of Alchemy Tours)

Join us on Retreat and Get Clear on the Change you wish to be in the world:

July 31-Aug 18, 2013 Costa Rica Teacher Training RYT200

Sept 22-29, 2013 Soulshine Bali

Oct 6-13, 2013 Soulshine Bali

Nov 30 – Dec 7, 2013 Gratitude and Manifestation, Baja, Mexico at Prana del Mar

Jan 5 – 11, 2014 Costa Rica Yoga and Surfing at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers

March 29 – April 6, 2014 Xinalani Mexico

June 7 – 14, 2015 Paris and Provence

June 21 – 28, Tuscany Couples Retreat

June 28 – July 5, 2014 Tuscany

July 6-26, 2014 Tuscany Teacher Training

August 2 – 9, 2014 Amalfi Coast (Ischia)

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Are You Inspired to Be Alive Today?

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

We are all explorers, adventurers, artists and inspiration leaders! However, we can only inspire others to the degree that we are ourselves living inspired lives. And there is a difference between simply being here, getting through it, and feeling the miracle it is to celebrate life.

Today set your sights on creating more adventure in your life. It is the easiest antidote to stoking the fire of inspiration! Love yourself, love your day, love your life!

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