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Personal Counselling
10 Oct 2018 | (unknown author) | 0 Comments
Counselling is a confidential process, provided in a safe environment that offers you the freedom to explore your thoughts and feelings with an unbiased professional, who may offer an objective,...

Desire
9 Sep 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
You are not who you think you are… because who is doing the thinking? You might tell yourself that you are a mother, wife, friend, daughter, doctor, lover, husband, traveller, writer, the...

Trust
7 Sep 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Long, long ago, a farmer had only one horse. One day, his horse ran away. His neighbors said, "I’m so sorry. This is such bad news. You must be so upset." The man just said,...

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
23 Jun 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
In his highly acclaimed book, The Four Agreements: A practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering,...

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Dr. Deepak Chopra
23 Jun 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Dr. Deepak Chopra in his book "the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success" outlines these seven Laws as a practical guide to the fulfillment of your dreams. The book first came out as a self...

Meaning
12 Jun 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Nothing in life has any meaning besides the meaning we give it. How do we create meaning? In many cases we are programmed by our culture and the people around us. The truth is that all meaning is...

The higher you live, the less you struggle
18 May 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention. Your actions can be so simple: give the cashier eye-contact and genuinely say thank you, hold the door open for the elderly person with...

Really Listen
24 Feb 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Genuine listening requires that you willingly bear witness to what someone else needs to say while simultaneously sparing them of your own solution, defense, dismissal, alternative reality, ...

Changing the World
20 Feb 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
There is a huge difference between achieving success in a selfish effort to serve yourself and achieving success while dedicated to the service of others. True success and value come when we take...

Forgiveness
6 Feb 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Forgiveness sets you free. Forgiveness offers everything you want: care and safety, the warmth of sure protection, peace, happiness, a certainty of purpose, a quiet mind, with a sense of...

Stop Worrying About What Other People Think of You
2 Feb 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Although it is natural for our brains to care about how others perceive us, it is not always healthy. If you find yourself often creating mind stories about what someone thinks about what you...

The Golden Buddha
14 Jan 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
In 1957, a monastery in Thailand was being relocated. A group of monks was put in charge of moving a giant clay Buddha. But in the midst of the move, one of the monks noticed a crack in the statue....

Self Enquiry
13 Jan 2018 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
When we talk about being creators of our life, past, present or future, we are talking about our 'stories'. Stories are a sequence of thoughts that we convince ourselves are real. They could...

Healing Mantra
29 Dec 2017 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Everything happens to you is your mind…everything you see and hear, every person you meet, you experience in your mind. There is no “out there” Thinking it’s "out...

Not Saviour, but Teacher
25 Dec 2017 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
As I awakened spiritually, as a natural outgrowth of this evolution, I knew that God has no religion, and became an atheist. Yet in my heart I feel a deep appreciation for all our sacred traditions...

Gratitude
21 Dec 2017 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
People who count their blessings are significantly happier and healthier in life than those who don't. Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. It makes feeling joyful your second...

Living your Purpose
7 Oct 2017 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
When starting out on the spiritual path, most people have a sense that an extraordinary spiritual transformation is possible, a radical realignment at the deepest levels of their being, that would...

Ganesh
25 Aug 2017 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
The myriad Hindu gods and goddesses hold the key to understanding wholeness, authentic power and the ability to manifest their gifts in the world. Each one expresses different behaviours and...

Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path
9 Jul 2017 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
The Buddha's Noble Eightfold Path was presented by the Buddha more than two thousand, five hundred years ago, after his enlightenment, during a discourse on the turning of the Wheel of Dharma. ...

Auras
26 Mar 2017 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Your aura is the energy field that surrounds all living things. Just as the physicality of your being can block light, casting a shadow, the spirituality of your being can radiate light, casting an...

All lives matter
7 Mar 2017 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
John: All lives matter. Marsha: All? John: All. Marsha: Syrian refugees? John: Well.. Marsha: LGBTQ lives? John: The Bible says.... Marsha: Unarmed black men? John: Should have complied... ...

Delay Judgement
30 Sep 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Lovely little Mary was holding two apples with both hands. Her mum came in and softly asked her little daughter with a smile: "Mary, my sweet, darling girl, could you give your mum one of your...

The Power Within You
9 Sep 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
According to Indian legend, there was once a time when all human beings were Gods, but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief God, decided to take it away from them and hide it where it...

Trust
2 Jul 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
The people we trust most when we come into the world are our parents. We have unconditional trust in them - that is, up until they destroy it. If you are a parent, please don't do this to your...

Be of Service
30 May 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Many people dream about being successful, yet, so often, the pursuit of success becomes a practice of seeing how much we can acquire through chasing money, vying for position, or seeking recognition....

The Wisdom of Friendship - story
8 May 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
A long time ago, there lived a very, very wise King. He was so wise he knew the ways of most everything. He knew of animals, birds, fish, and trees. And he taught people from all over the world...

You are Accomplished
10 Apr 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
We tend to look at our lives in a critical way, often concentrating on negative elements, rather than the good. As the famous saying goes, people often don’t appreciate what they have until...

Let Go, Let God
9 Apr 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Let Go, Let God Align with what you want yourself, and you will rendevous with it. Everyone has one common yearning in life: to experience true happiness. Yet, the most significant factor...

Beauty, Power and Grace
21 Feb 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
India's classical heritage is filled with a rich culture of tradition, beauty, music, dance, language, attire, medicine, architecture, and other arts, and Hindus attribute all aspects of...

Honour your Parents
20 Feb 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Dilip, frail and old went to live with Deepak, his son, Meena, his daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson, Raj. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step...

Intimacy
18 Feb 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Sharing is not always caring. We are living in a transparent generation where the trend is towards sharing in the extreme. Over coffee with friends, at the water cooler with co-workers, and on...

Benediction
1 Feb 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
The entire universe conspires to shower you with blessings. Thousands of things go right for you every day, beginning with the moment you wake up. Through some mystical power you don't fully...

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
1 Feb 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” It’s a question that all of us have been asked. Do you know what it is? I have seen countless students flatline at this question....

Do what you can
31 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
During the days of the reign of King Ashoka, his people lived happily and abundantly. The king was conscious about keeping them happy and considered the people in his kingdom as his own family. He...

Spiritual Thought of the day 2015
29 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
31 December 2015 Thank you for making 2015 amazing - a year when not just me, but so many of our teachers were able to bring the teachings of Shanti Yoga to whoever was interested. Looking back...

Wisdom in Living
28 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Wealth Are you wealthy? Wealth not in the worldly sense, but in the sense of the capacity to give infinitely. We can see this illustrated abundantly in the lives of Jesus the Christ and the...

Great Wisdom - Hui-neng
28 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
All people in the world originally have the knowledge of Bodhi (truth) and Prajna (wisdom) within them, but they cannot realise it because of the wanderings of their conditioned mind. ...

Accepting your Gifts
24 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Peter Parrot came home upset and confused. “What’s wrong?” his mother asked. “I hate my stupid beak!” Peter blurted. “Why do you hate your beak? I think...

The Cracked Pot
23 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
A water bearer in India had two large pots; each hung on each end of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always...

Challenges make you grow
17 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Sam, who was eight years old went to his grandfather and proudly announced, “I am going to be very successful when I grow up. Can you give me any tips on how to get there?” His...

Forgiveness
13 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Have you ever wrestled with forgiving someone, or rebuilding trust after it’s been broken? In terms of forgiving and forgetting, what’s worked for you? Human beings are complex creatures....

Blessed action
3 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Even more blessed than waiting for time, is making it. Even more blessed than waiting to get love, is giving it. Even more blessed than waiting for money, is providing value and earning it. Even more...

Hope
3 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
On a quiet evening, four candles shone brightly in a beautiful room. You could actually hear their flame. Said the first candle: “I am peace! So few do so little for me anymore. I am afraid...

Spirituality at Work
1 Jan 2016 | (unknown author) | 0 Comments
More people increasingly find inspiration and fulfillment in their jobs by bringing their spirituality into the workplace. Today, more than ever, people feel a need to experience spiritual growth,...

The Gift of Giving
1 Jan 2016 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Carl’s brother gave him a car as a Christmas present. On Christmas evening, Carl came out of his office and saw Paul, a street kid, admiring his new car. "Is this your car, Mister?"...

Where is Mother?
30 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after...

Now is the perfect time:  a manifesto for action.
27 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Think of those moments in life where someone’s gesture, essence, grace, or something they said, completely shifted your mindset or path in some way. It’s entirely probable that you...

Be the one who changes the world
27 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
U.S. Navy Admiral Bill McRaven, in a commencement speech given to his alma mater, the University of Texas, spoke of many principles, including the necessity of making your bed each day, judging...

Grace under Pressure
25 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Once upon a time Maria complained to her dad that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed...

Wishing Muslims a happy life
19 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
There are many people in the world who embrace, appreciate and are inspired by the Muslim culture. Like Gandhi, we welcome Muslims with open hearts and minds. We appreciate your culture and who you...

All in the Language
18 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Sean is the vicar of a Church of England parish, on the border of Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, and Patrick is the priest at the Roman Catholic Church across the road. One day they...

ADAPTING TO CHANGE
15 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change. The change that probably most affects us is success. Everyone wants to be successful - on their own terms - and most people do have what it takes...

Your greatness
13 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
A young tiger had just left home and was setting out to hunt for the first time. As he prowled the forest looking for prey, a hyena saw him. “What are you doing?” asked the hyena ...

Overcome your Negativity
9 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Are you a 'glass half full, or half empty' kind of person at times when you're feeling stressed or focusing too much on things that are not going quite the way you want them to as yet? We...

How to know if You Have a Bigger Purpose Here 
9 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
You have a bigger purpose here on Earth. This is the only life you have here. You must do your absolute best to make it most worthwhile, not just for you, but for your family and for as many people...

Common sense about dealing with negatives experiences in your life
7 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Negative experiences happen to everyone. Learning how to deal appropriately with negative experiences is an invaluable skill. Our natural instincts can often get us into trouble. We overreact, say...

Toxic Behaviours That Kill Your Soul, or easy ways to become unenlightened
7 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Enlightenment is a state of spiritual knowledge and insight. To live a pure and happy life, we need to let toxicity slip out of our lives. It sometimes just sneaks in before we have a chance to check...

The Greatest Gift is Being You
6 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
The Greatest Gift is Being You Being born a human being is your natural birthright, that has arisen out of actions from the past. With the wisdom of age and the perspective of worldly...

Perception
6 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
In an attempt to teach about perception, a professor placed a chair at a certain distance on the stage, in front of the audience. He started his lecture, then pointing to the middle row, those who...

Conscious Creation
6 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Conscious creation functions under three main laws. These are: the law of attraction, the law of detachment and the law of Cosmic Action. This trinity of laws forms the perfect creation of all...

Circling the Sacred
4 Dec 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
The teacher entered the classroom and asked her students to prepare for a surprise test. The students waited anxiously at their desks for the exam to begin. The teacher handed out the exam sheets of...

Value your Failure
30 Nov 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
At what point did we make failure not OK? If you weren’t allowed to fail, then you would never have walked as a baby, never ridden a bike, never asked someone out on a date, never would have...

Gratitude
30 Nov 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
In his book, Before Amen, Max Lucado tells the story of a lawyer who won a case for his client. The two men celebrated with a nice dinner. Then at the end of the meal, the client handed the...

Breaking Free from false Fears
28 Nov 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Lions love to eat gazelle meat. But it’s very difficult for lions to catch gazelles because the latter run so fast. So instead of trying to catch their quarry, a group of young lions will form...

Breaking Free from Habits of Mind
28 Nov 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
While travelling on the back of an elephant, up the ramp, the authentic way when the Amber Fort was active, it is obvious that the elephants were trained to obey commands and perform tricks for the...

Red Apples
27 Nov 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Kate, relaxing on a swing in the back garden was happily reading a fascinating book. She was so into the book, that when her mum asked her to go to farmer Joe for some apples, she protested:...

A LETTER FROM THE POST OFFICE
27 Nov 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a...

Leverage
18 Nov 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
An old Indian story tells about a king whose people had grown soft. Dissatisfied with this state of affairs, the king hoped to teach them a lesson. He devised a simple plan: A large boulder was...

Dharma
18 Nov 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
It is better to live your own Dharma imperfectly, than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection. Bhagavad Gita Dharma is a...

Fishing
14 Nov 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The...

Paying it forward
25 Oct 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
In his poor days, Sam delivered newspapers from house to house to pay for his schooling. On day, he was very hungry, and did not have enough money for a meal, so he decided to ask for something to...

Empty your cup
16 Oct 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Nan-in, a Japanese Zen master during the Meiji era, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served his guest tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then just...

Fly high, Fly free
16 Oct 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
There was once a king who received a gift of two magnificent, peregrine falcons from Arabia, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained...

The Starfish
13 Oct 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Stuck for inspiration, Jack, a writer, decided to walk up the beach at dawn before sunrise to greet the new day. As he was walking, he saw a young boy who was very busy throwing some things from the...

Paralysed by Opinions
13 Oct 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Paralysed by opinions On the first morning, a person strode purposefully up the steps of the meditation hall, and as he bowed deeply, he noticed off to one side of the door a mop and bucket of...

More precious than the gem
13 Oct 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
More precious...

Let there be light
13 Oct 2015 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
Let there be...

When the mind is silent
28 Nov 2011 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
In the depth of the cave echoes throbbed in the knowing. Questions which no one could answer were no longer questions. Truth unfolded in silence, opening petals, flower-like. The Rishi had...

Enlightened Living
21 Nov 2011 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
It's possible to be completely enlightened... except with your family. Martin came back from retreat and told his friend Ram that he 's achieved enlightenment. To which Ram replies...

Practice, practice and more practice
27 Oct 2011 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
The doors of perception have been opened by realised beings and the fortune of enjoying its wealth is within the reach of ordinary disciples. To make this profound path meaningful and to attain...

9/11 Ten Years Later
15 Sep 2011 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
9/11 TEN YEARS LATER My dear friends and beloved students, During this 10th anniversary of 9-11, although many beings have lost their lives, their minds really can never die. And as...

How to Stop Negative Thinking and Stay Positive
2 Sep 2011 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
If you are amongst those people who let their mind and thoughts wander, you already know that it will automatically have you ‘thinking‘ without control. In the middle of the night...

Deep Spiritual Conviction and Great Courage
22 Aug 2011 | Shanti Gowans | 0 Comments
While arguments wage over global warming, whether it exists or not and, if so, who is to blame, and what is the cause and the cure, and whether or not the world is perched on the edge of ecological...




 
 
 
 
 

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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography


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