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Why I write

29 Sep 2018   Shanti Gowans
Writing for me is like being human. 
I eat, sleep, meditate and so I write. 
Like any other fine art, craft or practice, 
it needs your whole life in order to master it.
Trying to find the right words to express an inner world, 
authentically, imperfectly and unapologetically, 
my wish for every human being I meet, 
is that you too explore and express yourself 
through any art you feel expressive with. 
 
Writing for me is like breathing, 
a lifelong practice I cannot imagine living and loving life without.  
It is the backbone of my art, my work, my teaching. 
It has allowed me to connect with 
and inspire hundreds of thousands of you, 
from around the world. 
 
My writing doesn’t just inform, 
it quietly transforms. 
It doesn’t just tell you, 
it shows you how to live 
through your life experiences, 
making life more meaningful through it’s expression. 
All the chaos, desire, shadows in your soul 
has a legitimate, healthy way out. 
 
It is sad that the materialistic world 
does not honour art 
as the ultimate proof and requirement of life. 
Instead of fearing a life without materialistic success, external validation or approval from x,y and z, 
we need to fear more a life without beauty, art and soul. 
 
No one can teach you how to be moved, 
but I can show you how to listen 
to the part in you that is moved, 
how to nourish your intensity, 
alchemise your fire 
and use your creativity 
into more reasons to keep burning. 
 
No one can be your voice,
or find it for you,
but I encourage you 
to trust and love it free.
 
Holding the torch, 
step here,
and here
not there… it’s a trap,
breathe out, breath in,
keep going
the journey
home.

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About Shantiji

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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