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Today marks the beginning of the working season. We're hosting the first retreat of the year in Vale da Lama. Like I have mentioned previously, it's an interesting job I have, that of teaching yoga. It's a job that feels meaningful and presents enough challenges so that it never gets boring or predictable. It's working with people who are in some way or another looking for a way to feel happy.
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Since this illustrous goal is pictured in very many different ways in peoples minds, it propels me as the yoga teacher to look for that which unites these seemingly miles apart versions of what happiness is and formulate something that is true for everyone. A fascinating subject that already permeates my life and further fuels my curiosity, so as jobs come I have one that fills both the category of making sense and that relates directly to my personal endeavour to be happy.

When looking for the common denomination for happiness we at some point stumble upon what makes us unhappy or discontent, and one of the things we all share is a great feeling of doubt and discontent. Doubt of our abilities, of our worthiness, and discontent as it manifests in our way of relating to reality, all our complaints, our harsh judgements silent or audible. This unhappiness is eventually painted in our faces, our bodies, in our voice, how we move and what we say. We're a living diagram of all the facets of our personalitiy, it's written in all that we are, it is not possible to hide or make over, and this is good news because it means that if we start to investigate ourselves, and become aware of the underlying feelings that pain us, affect us and eventually prevent us from feeling happy, we can slowly start to work with them. Life may be percieved to be lived on the outside, but it is all happening inside of you, it's all experienced internally and the internal world is after all our domain, the only real thing we can affect.
In the end, when searching for the common happy, I tend to land in awareness, in presence, in that awakened state that exists beyond opinion and judgment. Awareness let's us be at peace with the world, regardless of it's many flavours and colours. It let's us understand happiness as a state of being that is independent of circumstance, and it is available to all, regardless of race, sex and economic affluency. We can all be present we've just never been taught how and it's validity as a valuable commodity has never been stressed. My job as a yoga teacher is to let people feel and understand just how significant it is, how it links to real happiness. And my hope is that, even though a week of yoga may not dramatically change anyone, the people I teach will go home with a sense of how important them being happy is because in the end, a happy dentist/doctor/photographer/teacher... is a good one. One that is desperately needed if we are to make life in this world a little happier place to live in.

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