Because I’m Happy

The song of the hour, as most of us know, is “Because I’m Happy.” I admit, I am hooked. I can honestly say that at least once a day that song plays and replays in my head. However, as catchy as that song is, do most people understand true happiness? In my opinion, no. In talking to people, I find that most peoples happiness depends on outside circumstances or other people. What happens if those circumstances change or those people go away?

True internal happiness is a moment by moment process, easier for some than for others but attainable by all. My own personal experience has shown me that in my life there are many ways for me to achieve a level of happiness each day. One such way is through adventure, new discoveries. I would be hard pressed to find a day in my life that I don’t find at least one new exciting adventure that I hope to embark on. Today is no exception.

Does an adventure need to involve leaving where you are? Can we have an adventure right where we are at this moment? I believe we can. An adventure can be something as simple as trying out a lifestyle change, maybe what we eat or the form of exercise we get. Maybe the adventure is learning something new and expanding our minds.

Expanding my mind to learn things I had never thought possible is one of my most exciting, daily adventures. I’m currently on a year long journey with a training I believed would never be possible for me and yet the universe provided. (More about this later.)

Have you ever started researching something and found that in doing so, your research had a sort of domino effect? One thing leads to another, and another and before you know it you have forgotten where you started out in the first place. I believe we are guided to what we need. We simply need to listen for that inner voice and follow.

I followed that voice today and found this beautiful mantra video. I want to share it with you, “Because I’m Happy.”  It was a graceful, serene, highlight to my day.

Live each day in the knowledge that each of you is important to me and to the world. You are loved and appreciated. The light in me honors the light in you.

Namaste

Expanding my mind..

I want to open with an apology for being away so long. I have been very busy expanding my mind and the journey has just begun.

I was given an opportunity to study to become a registered yoga instructor and learn from wonderful instructors, Rachel Wilson and crew, from the Om My Yoga Academy. My training started last October and I graduated in March, RYT-200. This was, by far, the most enlightening and wonderful training experience I have had to date. If any of you are considering teacher training, I would recommend you check them out.

I have known for years that I wanted to study yoga but in my mind it was a form of exercise. It was all about poses and flexibility. Wow, was I wrong. Yoga is about so much more. Most importantly it is about love. Love for yourself and for each of your students. It is about putting love into every part of your life, your day, each moment. Poses, flexibility, and exercise are all just small pieces of a much bigger picture.

I could write a book on all the things I learned that had nothing to do with poses and the learning isn’t over. What comes to mind for this post is simply–connection–connection to ourselves (body, mind, and soul), connection to others, and connection to a higher power.

Through this training I have learned so much about myself and my purpose here on earth. I have made new friends and gained new skills. I hope to have the opportunity to share what I have learned with you in future posts. “Yoga as it relates to life” may come up often.

For now, I will leave you with a picture of the graduating class of the Om My Yoga Academy class of March 2014!  Namaste!

"Omies forever!"

“Omies forever!”