Happiness sure seems to be creating a lot of buzzz

I’ve seen so many articles and comments recently about happiness. It’s interesting. Half of the articles talk about why being happy is the answer to our struggles and the other half talk about why happiness, or the pursuit of happiness, is a bunch of bologna.

So, in my opinion, here’s the deal.

1. Labels don’t help – Happy/Sad. Good/Bad. Right/Wrong. STOP!!!

2. Life is about balance – The tide rolls in. The tide rolls out. “If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.” – Leonard Cohen

3. Allow yourself to feel – Check in. Take a quick body scan starting at the crown of your head and moving down.

I do believe that happiness can be a choice. I do believe that our thoughts can lead us toward stillness and peace (a.k.a. happiness) or away from it.

SO, overall, these articles, quotes and sharings about happiness, in my opinion, are valuable, because they may help to bring some AWARENESS to those of us that don’t really understand why we don’t feel “happy.”

What does that really mean anyway? Moving on…

With that said, NOONE is going to feel happy all of the time. Haha! Life is about polarity; balance. What goes up, must come down.

Here’s the catch. We have to be OKAY with being whatever we consider the opposite of happy. We have to give ourselves the SPACE to FEEL sad, anxious, lonely, etc, etc.

But it’s so scary! I know!

What if I stay there forever? You won’t.

What if I’m never able to get out of bed again and my tears never stop flowing? You will. And they will!

All I’m saying is that bringing AWARENESS around the idea that we actually play a part in the way we feel by the CHOICES we make is a good first step. After this, TRUST that when you are feeling down and it seems like everyone else is bouncing around happy as can be, that it’s OKAY. Allow yourself to be sad, to be mad, to feel lonely, and then LET IT GO. You choose.

Sending Love today and everyday.

xo ~ India



Donate $1, $5, $10 or more to Help Preserve the Amazon Rainforest!

“We are part of a bigger life — Mother Earth. We are cells in this gigantic body. Being at peace with one another is being at peace with oneself. We cannot hurt others without ultimately hurting ourselves. By spreading love and peace to everyone we know we can contribute to the peace and well being of the Whole Organism — Our Beloved Mother Earth.”  ~ Master Stephen Co

Help us preserve millions of acres of Pristine Amazon Rainforest, the plants & animals that it houses and protect the rights of its people! 

DONATE HERE NOW:  https://otmseva.fundraise.com/india-benedetto?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=f&utm_campaign=iqyz

I have committed to raise funds that will help to support partners in Ecuador who are strongly:

1. Defending Rainforest Ecosystems

2. Standing for Environmental Justice 

3. Reclaiming Indigenous Rights 

Please help out by donating however little or much you’re able. If you want to watch a movie tonight, I highly recommend a documentary called Crude, which may help you to understand more clearly what has happened and is currently happening in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. Thank you!! 

Love the Life you Live

bee your very best self

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.” ~ Mary Catherine Bateson

When I was 23 years old, I packed my bags and headed out to Bolivia to work as a Peace Corps volunteer. Why? I was going to change the world, of course! However, it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be…

Change was hard. Change took time. I spent a total of 3.5 years in South America, living in two countries and traveling to five during this time. When I left, I had come to a conclusion that the only way to make real, sustainable changes with a positive impact was through education.

Fast forward a handful of years or a decade and it finally hit me. Change is hard. Change takes time. The only way to make real change with a positive impact is through education. I knew the answer. I had discovered the formula. It was time to apply this formula to myself!

Self-Study! Self-Care! Self-Love!

How could I hope for equality, peace, happiness and health for the world, if I myself did not embrace all of those qualities first? How could I even imagine a world of peace if I myself did not have inner peace, did not have peace in my relationships?

It is amazing what happens when you choose to live your life in exactly the way you would like to see the world. I’ll say it again and again, but it really is so true; Be the change you wish to see in the world!

When we show up differently, suddenly the world around us starts shifting as well. I promise, it’s true. You do not have to try and change anyone or anything. All you have to do is show up exactly how you are (which may be different than how you are showing up now), and just like that, you will see the power you have to make positive change.

Go out in the world and spread your light. Don’t be afraid to love the life you live and live the life you love.

Feels SO good!

Love the life you live

Beginner’s Mind ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


“Everyone has a desire, but the desire to transform one’s self; to transform one’s affliction, suffering, in order to get free and help other people and change the word, that is a good desire.”

“If we have fear and despair in us, we cannot do anything to help remove the suffering in society.”

“When you have understanding of your own suffering, compassion arises in yourself, and you know how to transform your own suffering. And with that you can help other people do the same.”

Without a community, we cannot go very far. Let’s work together to form a Healthy Community. To approach our challenges with compassion and non-violence.

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May you find the peace and happiness inside yourself and share the same with all beings.

Be Healthy, Be Happy, Be Free.

Sedona Stupa


Last week a fellow yogi friend and I took a drive up to Sedona, AZ. We are fortunate here in Phoenix, as the drive to the magical red rocks is only a little over an hour away. If you’ve never visited Sedona, I highly recommend it! In fact, the Sedona Yoga Festival will be held in February 2014, which would be a perfect reason to come visit! Don’t you think? http://sedonayogafestival.com/

Last year, my husband and I were married in Sedona and we had the pleasure of visiting the Amitabha Stupa, where we marinated in the healing energy while walking clock-wise around the beautiful structure chanting in gratitude and love.

Being near a stupa is like finding an oasis of peace.  Many visitors to the Amitabha Stupa find themselves deeply moved, even changed, by the experience.  As a result, some would like to create a permanent connection to the stupa for themselves or their loved ones, which you can do by contributing to the Path to Peace.

The Path to Peace comprises beautifully engraved brick pathways close to the Amitabha Stupa. The bricks are inscribed with the names chosen by the contributors. You can dedicate a brick to a loved one or a pet, or you can have your own name or a personal message inscribed. Each brick will become part of the Path to Peace. All you have to do is download the pdf form, fill it out and send it with your contribution.


As if Sedona isn’t magical enough in all that it is, the Amitabha Stupa in Sedona is a place that is a must visit for all spiritual seekers. The 36 foot Stupa sits majestically among the pinion and juniper pines, surrounded by a landscape of stunning crimson spires, and of course, the famous red rock.

What is a Stupa?  

The stupa is one of the oldest forms of sacred architecture on earth, dating back to the time of the Buddha, 2600 years ago. Stupas are mostly found in the East, where Buddhism first took root and flourished.  They are indeed rare in the West.

A stupa is considered to be the living presence of the Buddha and as such represents the Mind of Enlightenment.  Stupas have been built to avert war, end famine, and promote prosperity and well-being. Their sole purpose is to bring benefit for all living beings, and the mystical accounts of the healing powers of stupas are well documented.

Learn more about the history of stupas.

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