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Fly high, Fly free

16 Oct 2015   Shanti Gowans

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.

Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the king that although one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch. Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he csent for a farmer. Next morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. Wanting to meet the doer of this miracle, the court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king who asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?”

With head bowed, the farmer said to the king, “ It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch of the tree where the bird was sitting.”

We are all made to fly, to realise our incredible potential as human beings. But instead of doing that, we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. Whilst our possibilities are endless, yet for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable, the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling. Why not learn to destroy the branch of fear you cling to and free yourself to the glory of flight?


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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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