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We are as happy as we want to be. Is this true?

It is true that we are a series of patterns that get triggered as a reaction and, on better days, as a response to our life situations. Sometimes these patterns work for us and other times they just no longer do.

When it comes to deciding whether we can be happy, as we want to be, we may claim to be satisfied in our own lives by changing our attitude towards reality. Unfortunately, this may not be a universal principle for all of us. No one can deny that real-life circumstances have a tremendous impact on our emotions. This may lead us to wonder why we feel so helpless. Our inner thoughts might run like this: “What’s wrong with me?” “Why do I let people affect me so?”, “If only (you fill in the blank) happens, then I will be okay”, “Why do I feel enslaved by my thoughts?”, or “Why can’t I just be happy?”. If only it were so easy…

These were questions I often asked myself before I found the power of meditation. Through meditation, I learned to sit with my thoughts and myself. I found a way to allow the triggers to rise up and learned to employ a different response to them. I found the power of pause. In certain meditations I was able to give my life a clear direction and then when I got off my pillow, it was easier to step in that direction. It felt good to decide how I wanted my life to be, rather than being taken for a ride by the waves of my life situation. It felt good to be in control of my own emotional world.

In January, Reflections will be holding an Winter Urban Silent Retreat , where we will introduce and develop the practice of mindfulness. Along with restorative and vinyasa yoga classes, there will be sitting meditation and intention setting. There will be time to write and just be in the energy of our Kula (group). This will be a powerful weekend where we are all gathering to bring 2011 in as a year of clarity and focus, all with the highest of intentions. I do hope you join us for one or both days of this silent bliss!

This weekend is suitable for beginners and practitioners who want some time away from life’s complexities to deepen their practice.

Does Paula’s story resonate with you? Do you think you might enjoy exploring the ways we move through life and how yoga and meditation can give us a new perspective on them? Take two days with Paula and Friends at Winter Urban Silent Retreat, Jan 8th and 9th: more info here