6 Happiness Principles to Live By

How can we live a happy and fulfilling life?

This  is about the teachings we need to practice to live a happy and fulfilling life – has nothing to do with religion! These principles just so happen to come from the Buddhas.

Below are 6 Simple Buddhist Principals That, if Practiced Regularly, Can Change Your Life!

1. Consume mindfully.

  • Take a mindful breath before you start to eat anything. 
  • Eat with awareness and gratitude.
  • Pause before shopping and see if breathing is enough.
  • Pay attention to the effects of the media you consume, including music lyrics!

2. Pause. Breathe. Listen.

  • When you feel compelled to speak in a meeting or conversation, pause. Breath, and then speak if you still think you need to.
  • Take a deep breath before entering your home, your car, and any other place, including before getting into bed.
  • Ask your body what it needs and listen to what it communicates to with you.
  • Listen to the people you encounter. They are Buddhas.

3. Practice gratitude.

  • Notice what you have and take care of it, enjoy it.
  • Be equally grateful for opportunities and challenges.
  • Share joy, not negativity.
  • The more you pay attention to all of the great things in your life, the less you want, and the happier you are.

4. Cultivate compassion and loving kindness.

  • Cultivate compassion and kindness for yourself and then share it with the world.
  • Practice and learn to love yourself, and make self-care a top priority.
  • Notice where help is needed and be quick to help.
  • Travel the world, look at things from other people’s perspectives.
  • Connect with others in a meaningful way, compliment others. Smile!
  • Give a hug to anyone who needs it and wants it.
  • Create and nurture your happy place.
  • Give your absolute best, when doing anything. Like brushing your teeth and performing your tasks at work.
  • Work for peace, at many levels, for everyone. “Live and let live!”

5. Seek and discover wisdom.

  • Cultivate a joyously creative and curious mind. 
  • If you don’t know something, admit it, and research to learn more.
  • Find connections between Buddhist teachings and your life.
  • Be open to what arises in every moment.
  • Turn your attention towards yourself; sit in silence and listen. The answers you seek are within!

6. Accept and embrace constant change.

  • Nothing lasts forever. As these sayings go, “This too shall pass.” And “It is, what it is.”

 

These words were inspired by a WisdomAwakened blog post, and expanded upon by me!

Yoga Nidra at SunstoneFit

Hello everybody! I hope you’re doing well!
I wanted to invite you to my first class!. I am the organizer and facilitator of this event.
I know it’s short notice, but if you’re interested and can’t make it tomorrow; just let me know when would work best for you and I will try to schedule another class in the near future, hopefully making it more accessible to more people’s schedule.
However, if you can come, please do! We would love to have you practice with us!
Class Information
“What?” 
Guided Yoga Nidra
“What is that?”
It’s a restorative/meditative type of yoga practice. The goal is to dive into the “level of consciousness” that is between being awake and asleep. There are so many benefits to practicing it. Feel free to google Yoga Nidra to learn more.
“What are we doing?”
I am going to introduce myself and thank everyone for coming. Then I will tell everyone what we’re doing. Once I start the recording (It’s a guided class that I think everyone’s going to enjoy!), I will join you guys.
“Do I need to bring anything?”
Yes, please bring blankets, pillows, or anything else that may help you lay still on the floor, with your eyes shut, for one hour.
“What should I expect?”
One of the things that happens to some people, including myself, is that we, at some point, fall asleep; and, that is perfectly acceptable! If nothing else, maybe you’ll experience something new?
“How much is it to participate?”
Nothing monetarily – it’s Free! However I do ask that you come with an open mind, ready to participate, and to get the most out of it for yourself.
“Can I invite others?
Yes, please do! Everyone is welcome!
“Great! When and where?”
Tomorrow, Monday, March 6, 2017
>> 2:00pm to 3:15pm
at Sunstone El Dorado Crossings, in McKinney.

Hope to see you then!

Claudia

P.S. My phone number is 972) 363 – 3010

Please leave me a message or send me a text, and I will respond to you as soon as I can!

Come Back to Center

It’s important to know in which direction you are moving toward. This is mine…

FOCUS: Self Love
“Taking good care of YOU, means the people in your life will receive the best of you, rather than what’s left of you.” – Carl Bryan

Be yourself
Accept yourself
Value yourself
Forgive yourself
Bless yourself
Express yourself
Trust yourself
Love yourself
Empower yourself
-Lupytha Hermin

If you can do that, nothing else can rob you of your happiness.

INTENTION: Balance
Everything revolves around how we feel; in mind-body-spirit. When something is “off”, or not in balance, it affects every single aspect of our lives. Then all we can think about is getting back to center. The intention of my yoga practice is to become strong and healthy in order to serve others.

OBSERVANCE: Purity
On a physical level, one practices purity through healthy food choices, adequate water intake, regular exercise and movement, relaxation, proper hygiene, pranayama, etc. The cultivation of purity in the mind comes through positive thinking. So what you see, hear, and say is important. Surround yourself with like-minded people. Spiritually, we engage in purity through yoga practice, or through prayer, meditation, inspirational reading, and community activities.

ATTITUDE: Duty
Everything that has to do with our priorities and roles in life, including responsibilities to self, family and friends, work, society, and all of humanity. When we integrate the attitude of duty in our lives, we are able to restrain from impulses, regulate desires, accept internal authority, and achieve internal mastery. Ultimately, the path of duty saves us from pain and suffering.

Note: I used the information found in the book “The Pure Heart of Yoga” when writing this.

Do you know in which direction you want to move toward?

My Story: Inspired to Teach by Yoga Students

I wish I could tell you that once I discovered hatha yoga, I became obsessed with it and have been practicing regularly ever since; and, that on my 10 year anniversary I signed up for Yoga Teacher Training and started teaching immediately. But that is not how my story played out…

I have been practicing yoga on and off since around 2006. However, I now believe I have been on the path to mastery, sometimes unwillingly; though today intentionally.

If I’m completely honest, my practice looked something like this:path-to-mastery-chart

The first time I practiced yoga, I practiced a basic Sun Salutation with a home video and fell in love with it immediately. Unfortunately, I fell into a severe depression and I didn’t keep up with it on my own.

Luckily, a coworker-friend invited me to a hot yoga class in 2007. That is when I discovered the type of yoga I wanted to practice.

In 2008, I moved to Texas (from California) and immediately looked for and found a hot yoga studio near me. That is when I first joined Sunstone.

My journey since, has been a very rough one. I quit many times because of my struggle with depression and the development of tendinitis in my wrists but, fortunately, I was drawn back again and again. I owe my progress to my incredibly patient and supportive husband who will never let me give up, and to the wonderful little community I have found in Sunstone.

I was inspired and motivated by my hard working yogi friends. So I attended and graduated Sunstone’s Yoga Teacher Training at the end of 2015. I have been working on myself since then, so that I may give the best of me in every class when I start teaching.

I believe we are constantly evolving and growing, in one way or another. Just because my practice was mediocre in the past, doesn’t mean it will always be. I share my embarrassing history with you so that you know that the practice of yoga is exactly that: a practice. It’s ever changing depending on what’s going on in your life – and that’s okay! I want to remind you that no matter what your story is: It’s not over, until it’s over. You have the power to change your story at any point you decide you want to. Your past does not define you nor your future.

I plan to start teaching in January of next year. My goal for my personal practice in 2017 is to practice some form of yoga every day. I’m so excited and hope you’ll join me!

I hope my journey inspires and motivates you to go deeper into your practice, not only via asana (the physical postures performed in yoga exercises) but also through the practice of self love.