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 through the year is both amazing and sobering. Stuff happens that you cannot predict, and as much as you may want to control the outcomes, you can't always. The waves of life will toss you up in the air, only to take you to shore in the next moment.
We live in this extraordinary world where unspeakably cruel things happen every day, and yet the person who delivers the mail makes us smile, the people we meet chat away, like we're all in this together. And we really are. We're all doing the best we can to make it through with our sanity intact and our loved ones safe. There's always light and dark in every situation. Life can be rife with expectations and disappointments, no matter how much glitter you sprinkle on it. Being alive is the wildest ride. But this you must know, the world will keep turning, taking us safely into the new year.
You have the inner resilience to face any saddness, difficulties and challenges. The awakened heart is like a sky that pours light. Choose to believe in this as you step forward into a new year and recommit to doing your part to add more love to the world. With your work, in your relationships, your emails, paying your bills on time, the mundane and the magical…choose to do it all with love.
We've had some amazing and touching replies from you this year.
Thank you for visiting this site.
Thank you for witnessing us as we stumble through the year, and pick up the pieces afterwards.
Thank you for trusting us to lead you through our beloved courses.
Thank you for your kindness and generosity.
Wishing you a safe and lovely 2016,
however you celebrate the year.
We'll be back in your life.
But have we ever left?
The paradox of the journey is not to come and not to go.
Namaste. Hello. I'm so glad you're here.
Why not start 2016 as you mean to go on,
with loved ones,
ready for the new,
waking up on January 1st without a hangover?
The mind lives in doubt, fear and pain.
The heart lives in wisdom, trust and courage.
The miracle you are seeking is you.
Grow where you are planted.
In every moment you live, your thoughts and experiences change you in some way.
It is all too easy to become invested in resisting change
and keeping thing known and comfortably the same.
Don't hold on so tightly to whatever you see as your story now.
Live a daily experience of wonder and astonishment
that reinvents your story as it happens in real time.
Take hold of the moment you are in
and make choices that will lead you
to the future you feel called to create.
Leap beyond your current boundaries
into a life you have dreamed for yourself.
Creatively engage in even the most mundane everyday activities
Move out of conditioned habits into experiments
that explore now possibilities for your interactions
with yourself, others and the world.
See the synchronicities reaching out to you are every turn,
connecting you to all you are and can be.
So many aspects of your life will simply fall int place,
and become extraordinary.
Live a new story in your life.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something, because it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations, because they provide you with opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, so that they become your blessings. It's all about perspective...
As we move into 2016, take a deep breath, take inventory of all those amazing things around big or small. Feel the gratitude of being able to experience a new year that will hold new adventures, challenges, laughs, joys, sadness, and of course, growth.
We are grateful for your trust and hope to continue to be in your life.
Happiness is a choice.
Other people and beings can help you with so many things,
but they cannot help you live your life.
The only person who can make you happy is yourself.
If you choose to be unhappy,
no matter how others strive to cheer you up,
you will stay unhappy.
A visit to places of poverty in your home town,
or anywhere in the world, is a huge wake up call.
People who have so little materially
yet wear smiles on their faces.
We who are so fortunate
with more than the basic necessities of life
are reminded to be grateful for what we have,
and find every reason to he happy.
Change your mindset
and you'll change your life instantly.
Happiness is what makes life worth living.
This is the favourite week of the year,
it's strategic planning time…
yet, a map is not the place,
a menu is not the meal,
a house is not a home,
the thinker is not the thought.
Who you think you are is a thought, a vehicle, a container, a conduit
for a force, an energy, an intelligence,
a finger pointing to something
that transcends it and you,
and is so much vaster than you.
You are not yourself.
Yet the world needs you.
Without you, something will be missing in existence.
why you want what you want,
why you do what you do.
Ask yourself the question:
"For what purpose?"
Now that the commercial and unnecessary scramble around ‘Christmas day’ is behind us yet again, perhaps those who are awake can revert to living a life of the Christmas promise: peace and goodwill on earth, joy to the world and love as the highest intelligence.
Tis the season for gratitude.
2015 has been a big year on planet earth.
The planet, her living being, all beings, and us
are deeply grateful for your continued support.
Thank you to our incredible students, team and benefactors.
May the season bring peace, joy and love
to your body, mind and spirit.
May happy times decorate your holiday season,
and warm, special memories brighten your new year,
so you you start afresh on a beautiful note.
Carl’s brother gave him a car as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve Carl came out of his office and saw a street kid, Paul admiring his new car.
"Is this your car, Mister?" Paul asked.
Carl nodded in affirmation, "My brother gave it to me for Christmas." Paul was surprised. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you anything? Boy, I wish..." he hesitated. Carl knew what Paul was going to wish for…he was going to wish he had a brother like the one Carl has. But what the lad said was far beyond Carl’s expectation. "I wish," the boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that."
For a few seconds words failed Carl and then he impulsively added, "Would you like to take a ride in my car?"
"Oh yes, I'd love that."
After a short ride, the boy turned towards Carl. His eyes were glowing and he said, "Mister, would you mind driving in front of my house?" Carl smiled a little. He thought he understood what the lad wanted, to show off to his neighbours that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Carl was wrong again.
"Will you stop where those two steps are?" Paul asked. He ran up the steps. In a little while Carl heard him coming back, but he was not running fast. He was carrying his little brother who was physically challenged. Paul sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car. "There my younger brother, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn't cost him a cent. And some day I'm going to give you one just likes it...then you can see for yourself all the pretty things outside that I've been trying to tell you about."
Carl got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car. Paul, whose eyes were gleaming with joy climbed in beside him and the three of them embarked on a memorable holiday ride.
That Christmas eve, Carl learned the true meaning of: "It is more blessed to give..."
In this season of light, my greatest wish for you is to know the brilliance of the light within you, and to shine it brightly into the world. With all the blessings for a wonderful time this Christmas and I hope you feel all the joy this holy season has to offer.
opens a box of thoughtfully wrapped presents,
that talk about love, life, lessons,
the kind of company you want to keep:
celebrating love at its finest.
I got yoga
It's laughably easy.
Taking the time to stop, listen and experience
you become deliberate with your day-to-day actions and thoughts,
inhaling optimistic elements, exhaling pessamistic ones.
With gifts of time and love,
You divest yourself from improvement
and getting it right.
The goal is to be free.
I encourage you to check out
and check it out.
When abuse, betrayal and neglect take their toll,
and after sifting through the embers
none remain that can be breathed on to ignite a flame,
numbness stings your mind
and the space in it crys out
Your heart hears the call
and finds a new voice to sing with:
only truth can set you free.
But what is your truth?
Your heart pounds against a cage meant to protect it.
You were told a lie you took for truth:
that goodness and love come at a price
that they come for those who deserve.
But don't demand or fight for them,
they come for those who suffer silently and pray
and paint their scars pretty,
peering into the soul of other,
building mountains of dreams that blaze the fire,
and lick their wounds in a cave.
Wiping this lie with anger
those who lied to you
so they could hide their own fears
or so that they could just fuel evil…
Consciousness stretches your mind.
You now know that
what doesn't work for your own good has to go now,
there is never a price tp pay for goodness and love,
but there is one to pay for silence and suffering:
the price of disservice to yourself.
From ashes you can't burn any more,
you can only rise, phoenix-like.
Your own truth makes you wings.
Authenticity - being just as you are,
with what you have, or don't have in your life right now
transforms your life and boosts your confidence.
Goodness and courage available
from people who speak truth
and own it as strength
have been revolting individually.
What has been brewing in your heart
is showing its true colours now
the colours of truth…
the only truth that can set you free.
Saying such as 'Keeping up with the Joneses', 'Fake it till you make it' are unhealthy, because they focus you on having more, or being better than others, cultivating materialism, societal status, and expending your energy on temporary action towards false reality, whereas you could at least embrace the highlights of your life, and those moments where you did make it, where necessary.
We are not separate. We are one. We are all so connected. We are in this together. The illusion of separateness can can hold you back. Stop these unhealthy patterns and begin to live your best life now. Come from a place of pure intentions and reprogram yourself towards a more positive awareness, Cultivate feeling incredible each day, knowing that you are enough, just as you are.
As we approach the holiday season and the New Year, I am deeply moved by the significance of this time of year. Jesus has been a vital source of sacred inspiration for so many because of his embodiment of deep realisation and his loving action for the betterment of others. Out of the deepest shadows of humanity, he faced and helped heal the sick, the old and infirm, the poor, the shunned, the little children, the genocide of indigenous people, women, sex workers ….
This season can be a reminder and the impetus for the essential, transformational process of divinising our lives, and healing our world - a process that goes beyond religious beliefs into the co-creative task of healing our hearts from prejudice and hatred, and birthing a new and divine humanity.
As we all know from the news, which has been quite dark of late, it is vital that more and more of us awaken spiritually and get involved in sacred and meaningful action that betters our world. In this spirit, you are invited join Shanti Yoga in an important journey: love in action. People are thirsty for love and begging for peace. Not a selfish love, but true love that arises from honesty, truth, peace and altruism. Love is so large, it has the capacity to remove any limitations of race, creed, religion or language. It is as if you open to the infinite, fill yourself with divine love and spread it to others. Acting as if you know that everyone and eveything is sacred, your heart and attitude is connected, benevolent, compassionate and with spiritual vision. Tell your story of abundance by being generous. Help those in need. Develop long-term, sustainable investments and strategies that create an optimum environment for human potential to flourish. Practise random acts of kindness daily. Be the peace you want to see in the world.
May this season of Light inspire you to become the change that you seek. You are the architect of your life and you determine your destiny. Do not delay. The world is waiting for the Light to shine through you, and, without question, you are ready for this noble effort. May all your choices reflect the wisdom of Divine Light. May you become the very teaching that you study and the instrument of Peace the sages speak of, now and throughout the New Year.
When we reduce our opportunities to enjoy life, we reduce our capacity to experience pleasure, and can’t enjoy what is happening now, nor look forward to anything with pleasure. Hobbies and interests drop off, and there is reduced motivation - it doesn’t seem worth the effort to do anything, things seem meaningless. Of course this spirals into lowered energy levels, poor concentration and memory, and some people are so impaired that they think they are becoming demented. To help move you out of this flatness, allow yourself to be cheered up on occasions, for example by a pleasant event, or with support from a friend. Come back to the breath and to your vision of peace.
No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted. It's not about the money. it's about the act - connecting heart to heart with another person. Spread happiness, joy, goodwill and make a meaningful difference for others in your world. Smiling often can make you look and feel younger. Perform a random act of kindness each day, with the genuine wish for another's happiness, peace and abundance.
Every time I find the meaning of life, they change it.
Tom was polishing his new car when David, his 6 yr old son picked up a stone and scratched lines on the side of his car. In anger, Tom grabbed David's hand and hit it many times, not realising that he was using a wrench. At the hospital, David lost all his fingers due to multiple fractures. When David saw his father with painful eyes, he asked, "Dad, when will my fingers grow back?" Tom was hurt and speechless. He went back to his car and kicked it several times, devastated by his own actions. Sitting in front of that car he looked at the scratches. David had written 'I love you dad'.
Anger and Love have no limits. Things are to be used and people are to be loved. But often the problem today is that people are used, and things are loved. Let's be mindful to keep this thought in mind: "Things are to be used, but people are to be loved."
Watch your thoughts, they generate words.
Watch your words, they generate actions.
Watch your actions, they generate habits.
Watch your habits, they form your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
With every single action, create what you care for.
Creativity is not a rare commodity, nor the privilege of great artists and thinkers. Creativity is a limitless resource, available to all of us, if we know how to get out of the way, and let it happen.
Creativity is not something we can do, or force to happen. We can learn to listen with every fibre of our being, with our exquisitively attuned human mind-body, and allow a greater intelligence to come through us.
When creativity finds its way through us, we realise that it wasn't us at all. If we make an idol of our creativity, we risk losing the connection to that endless flow, because we are ennacting the very thing that blocks it.
You will thrive when you ongoingly and passionately
journey to the next best version of yourself.
Each of us has a unique footprint on the path.
Each of us has a powerful voice in speaking our individual truth.
It is indeed an honour and an aspect of our higher purpose
to find the language for this special truth,
and speak it to those we love,
in proclamation of our most sacred well-being
Commit your life to discovering a new language for what it means to be well.
Evolve or perish.
Spiritual truths can be tricky and contraditctory
when your current understanding
is something you have not as yet experienced.
Why not authentically acknowledge your present moment awareness?
The challenge with mindfulness is that there is too much mind
and not enough fullness.
You can do your practices mindfully
and yet feel numb and tunnel-visioned,
and not connected to yourself as an integrated being.
Hanging out in your head,
spending so much time in the cramped space of your brain,
trying to figure thngs out, manage, plot, scheme, control,
arrange, strategise, manipulate, direct, engineer, plan…
It's not aliens, or some strange, ever present force
threathening to whisk you out of your body,
it's your own mind.
Make yourself at home, in the wholeness of your body -
physically, energetially, mentally and emotionally,
not your holiday home, but your permanent residence.
Be the one behind your own eyes.
More than just being aware that you have a body,
inhabit it by sending your awareness through your body.
Embodied presence is soft and expansive.
You can feel and hear your breath and your heart move with you.
Hard reality: You make mistakes.
Comforting reality: Everybody makes mistakes.
You don't need to have your stuff together all the time.
It's not possible, and it simply results in you taking yourself too seriously.
More often than not the universe laughts at our plans.
Sooo, plan for spontaneity.
Create enough form to allow for freedom.
When you've found the right balance
you will feel confident, grounded, open and creative.
The good thing about having a plan that doesn't work
means that you are actually connected with
what is really happening in the moment,
as opposed to the limited idea of what would be best.
What you plan is too small for you to live.
Each moment is pregnant with possibilities and aliveness.
When we come to it with the restrictive energy of a plan
we're not making space for the magic of learning
that could have been birthed
through real time relating to and living the moment.
However, not having a plan whatsoever,
having not a clue of anything you want to do, say or invoke
but only if you are incredibly present,
on your game, willing to be vulnerable,
and have a good amount of resources
in terms of knowledge, intelligence and practice.
When this works, you feels connected, blissful
and mingbloggingly synchronistic.
Make some conscious choices…
• Take 100% responsibility for your life.
• Schedule your priorities.
• Participate in the gentle art of blessing.
Every act of love and kindness raises the vibration of the entire universe.
I have a message of encouragement for you today. If you have been trusting the universe for something and you're feeling disheartened because you've not seen the manifestation of your prayer as yet, take heart. This is not the time for you to feel discouraged. The universe is not saying 'no' to you, perhaps it's not your time as yet, or perhaps, there is something better for you. Some changes look negative on the surface, but you soon come to realise that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.
Sometimes, we ask for things that we are not ready for, as yet. An example could be wishing for a car when you have not yet got your driving license. It doesn't mean that you should stop. If you're not ready to receive something, receiving it too early might do you more harm than good. Don't waste your time trying to figure out why your prayer has not been answered as yet. As night follows day, desire is faithful. When you wish and pray for something, that, or even something better will come to fruitition in the fullness of time. Remaining positive while remaining diligent will pave the way for you to receive what is destined for you. So, stop worrying and stressing about what has not been given to you just yet, and take solace in what has already been given and what is to come. Trust in the universe's perfect timing.
We often talk about the evolutionary impulse that “wants” humanity to reach the next level of consciousness.
Everyday, many of us feel this impulse in virtually every aspect of yoga - Insights and observations that simply vibrate with truth, wisdom and possibility. The world needs far more women and men leaders to serve as channels for the evolutionary impulse towards a more loving, just and sustainable world for all. Vast, systemic changes are really happening, but there’s far more work to be done. The crises are escalating and the leadership of each and every one of us is required. I am sure that you can become the kind of leader that helps usher in a new world (if you’re not there already). And that you have a soul mission that will play an essential part in it.\I invite you to join me in delivering the most compelling program you can launch with you life. To get the ball rolling, if the Advanced Diploma of Yoga teacher Training - a two year-long Leadership Program that brings together the grounded practices for leading with soul, and all the elements you need to make a breakthrough in terms of your impact in cultivating the next level of evolutionary leadership.
I've pulled out all the stops on this program, from retreats to coaching to mentorship to the best programs of Shanti Yoga, and my personal time helping you take your vision and mission to the next level.
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The emergence of the rich mind-style towards women is probably the most important happening in human history. Examples of innovative, courageous people all over the world abound, men and women who are fiercely undertaking initiatives to end domestic violence, sex trafficking, female circumcision, child abuse and other horrors of the old paradigm.
There's so much 'head trash' i.e. a lot of free (or cheap) information available out there that keeps us from actually doing what we're meant to be doing with our lives. But information does not lead to transformation. The difference between information and education is that information… well, it informs. Education on the other hand, transforms. What the world needs isn't more information, it's real transformation, and you don't get it from a free article or blog post. Think about it: if free or low-cost information was all that someone needed to create the outcome they want, then everyone would
…be fit and healthy…
…have a happy relationship…
…work in their dream job…
…be successful in their entrepreneurial pursuits.
But in reality, whilst medical intervention keeps people alive longer, people increasingly suffer from poor health, relationships are frayed, marriages end in divorce, a high percentage of people report that they are unsatisfied in their jobs, 80% of small businesses go under in their first year, and violence, alcohol and drug consumptions is escalating. If people could create the changes they want in their lives just with the information about how to do it, they would have done it by now. What people need is transformational help from people like us.
Many people are feeling heartbroken about the violence in Paris, Syria and San Bernardino - and these are only some of the more reported tragedies. In this time of escalating tensions and crises, it is all the more important that each of us become the kind of conscious, powerful, impactful influence, who can truly change the world. We need to be a shining example of courage, heart-based wisdom and leadership, whether it's in business, a movement, a non-profit, or simply deepening your own presence as a thought leader.
It is not necessary to compete with the past. For a future to be possible, just start by accepting that whatever happens is a potent event in your life. Learn from it and be prepared to be inspired, challenged and deepened on your path. The world needs you be fully actualised, internally and externally and to step up into your best leadership role. The capacity to really unlock your potential requires access to both your masculine and feminine aspects, your head and heart and soul, and practical, no-nonsence, strategic skills and capacities, together with bringing your unique self to truly embody your mission.
Our work is essential to inspire, mobilise and build momentum towards a positive, evolutionary shift. I invite you to enrol in our vision, lead with soul, and help realise this mission. Our energy molds our physical reality.
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 paper with the text facing down, as usual. When they were all handed out, she asked the students to turn over the paper. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions - just a black dot in the centre of the sheet of paper. The teacher seeing the expression on everyone’s faces, said: “Your task is to write about what you see there”.
The students were confused, but started about their inexplicable task. At the end of the session, the teacher took at the exam papers and started reading each one of them out aloud to the students. All of them, with no exception, defined the black dot, trying to explain its position at the centre of the page.
After all had been read, the classroom silent, the teacher went on to explain. “I’m not going to grade you on this. I just wanted to give you something to think about. Everyone focused on the black dot. No one wrote about the white space of the paper, which is similar to what happens in our lives. We insist on focusing in on the dark spot, the health issues that bother us, the lack of money, the complicated relationship with a family member or work colleague, the disappointment with a friend…The dark spots are infinitisimally tiny when compared to everything we have in our lives, but they are the ones that pollute our minds and disturb our peace".
Circle the sacred. Take your eyes away from the black dots in your life. Enjoy each and every one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live your life filled with love.
Take a deep, energising breath, fill the tanks, nurture, connect with your power, and allow the energy to its work.
Your purpose is to know who you are.
Acknowledge the good you already have in your life.
Did you wake up grateful?
No one is promised tomorrow. Be grateful today.
Whatever comes, let it come. What stays, let it stay. What goes, let it go.
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 amusement of tourists. Intreaguing at first, until particular aspects make you wonder. For instance, these huge, majestic creatures rested with one of their massive front legs tethered to a flimsy stake by a small rope. No chains. No cages. Considering their size, you would think that they could easily break free from such a thin binding. Yet they didn’t. These animals just stood there and made no attempt to escape.
Then, the mahoot (trainer) explained: “Back when they were young and smaller, we use that very same, small-sized rope to tie them and, at that age, it was enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never even try to break free.”
Do you realise that we too have had such chains on us our whole lives? Like these elephants, how many of us go through life holding onto a belief that we cannot do something... Just because we failed at it once before? Or just because someone else told us we couldn’t succeed? Or just because it seemed “impossible”? So many “just because”... So we get locked by imaginary chains; limiting beliefs that hold us back from realising our true potential. These beliefs then dictate our daily habits of thought and action.
The elephants’ brains were conditioned to be bound by the ropes, just as our brains were conditioned to be bound by our negative beliefs. This is why people succeed and fail. And if we want to break free from the chains of failure, all we really need is to rewire our brains for success.
It all comes down to this: if your subconscious ‘blueprint’ is not ‘set’ for success, nothing you learn, nothing you know, and nothing you do will make much of a difference. However, by changing your subconscious programming, you take the first essential step to changing your results. In other words, the key to creating the most profound, lasting and positive change in your life is through the re-wiring of your subconscious patterns.
But no longer. You can break free from all limits. And with the daily practice of yoga and meditation, it couldn’t be easier..
What spiritual learnings are you most grateful for? Sit back, smile and reflect on how liucky you are. You have an amazing life. Whether you have everything in life you could ever desire, or if you yearn for far more than you have in this moment of time, know that you have within you the power to make it come true. Gratitude changes everything. In the fullness of time, all desires come to fruition.
Recognise the needs of your body and provide it with the health, energy, power and longevity it deserves. Let your radiant face, energetic body and positive demeanour say it all.Show deeper care and gratitude to our loved ones. Appreciate yourself and all the gifts that you have within you. For today and all your tomorrows, use those gifts to make a difference.
Take a look at how often you take advice from people who have not manifested what they are advising. You don't need to avoid these people as if they have the plague, as often they are cohorts, and could be amongst your family, friends and colleagues. However, isn't it time you
- stop taking financial advice from people who are unfinancial?
- stop getting health tips from unhealthy people?
- stop taking relationship advice from people with toxic or boring relationships, or none?
- stop looking for spiritual guidance from people that do not demonstrate adherence to spiritual values?
- stop seeking solutions from people who do not demonstrate the manifestation of Universal Principles in their life?
It's pretty simple. The rule is: "If they don't show it, they don't know it."
This also applies to you. Do you demonstrate what you know?
Are you living your Truth?
At each stage in a person’s life, challenges can arise. Each with its own a lesson. You learn it, move on to your next challenge…and to your next lesson.
As you go through life, if you are present, the lessons get more complex. It’s as if each time you learn one lesson, you ‘graduate’ to the next one. Sometimes this process can feel like too much. But before you throw in the towel, remind yourself of how you have met all the challenges in your life so far (for better or worse). And also the valuable things you’ve learned along the way, too.
All your challenges and lessons have prepared you perfectly for what you are facing now. Sure, it would be easier if we could just learn these lessons from a book, and it would be more comfortable if we just stayed in bed all day, too. But that’s not how it works when you live life being present and awake.
The truth is, you are ready for whatever challenge you are currently facing. In fact, there is no better preparation than your life experience. Embrace your strength and power and leap into your life. You will travel right through it with momentum, and rejoice on the other side of it. Always remember that you are strong, courageous, powerful and resilient.
If you are in the moment, you are in the infinite
Every day, in as many way as we can, and with every breath, we must express our utmost love and condolences for the people from so many places plagued by violence, events and natural disasters that have come on the heels of each other.
Our prayers are with all of you in the world - our brothers and sisters - who are reeling in response to war, terror, and hatred which initially may seem to extinguish hope and stun emotions, leaving many people feeling emotionally and spiritually drained, and not certain of how they might recover their footing, nor know how to take the next step forward. In times of great tragedy it is natural to react rather than respond to what is perceived as threatening us, to close our hearts, reacting to the violence in our world with fear. But this response only punishes the innocent who like us, seek sanctuary and freedom from fear.
Whilst we honour and mourn those who were injured and killed, we must not allow these attacks to be used as a pretext for racism, prejudice or to deny social justice in the face of human suffering… to the tired, the poor, the sick, the oppressed, the huddled masses yearing to breathe free. We must not suspend the golden rules all faiths embrace. Do unto others as you would have them do to you …and do not to others as you would have them do not unto you.
Our gratitude goes out to those who are utilising their voices to promote healing and seeking to advance understanding across ethnic and religious boundaries. May we use all our energy and influence to reclaim the heart of humanity by striving to live without violence. Let us commit our lives to kindness, love and compassion, and, in doing so, work together to prevent tomorrow’s tragedies.
I call upon you to step forward and connect with us and other guiding institutions, to ensure that the voices of compassion are heard. You hold the key by committing to make a difference, raising your awareness, and through small, measurable, aware actions that foster compassion. Kindness is contagious.
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: "But mum, can‘t it wait? I am right in the middle…” To which her mum replied, “It‘s urgent! I am in a middle of baking and I need five big, beautiful, red apples!”
Kate stormed off. She was annoyed that her mum had interrupted her reading, and she didn‘t pay attention to her step, and found herself on the ground tripping over a branch. Expletives were uttered. “Not only I get interrupted with my reading, now I fall down, and tear my dress too! Argghh, this is really not my day! Now mum will be cross with me as well!”
Kate kept going, passing a few people she knew, but now she gazed on the ground making sure she didn‘t trip again. She didn‘t say hello and neither did they, seeing her so upset. When she got to the farm, it was all too much. Handing farmer Joe her basket she said angrily “Give me five big and beautiful red apples“
Farmer Joe knew Kate, smiled at her and put five apples in her basket. She didn’t return a smile and said “These apples are not red enough and they are certainly not beautiful!” He looked back at her and smiled. He took the basket and said: “Isn‘t it a lovely morning today. Don‘t you think it is so nice and warm?” Kate didn‘t reply. “And you‘re wearing such a beautiful dress“ he continued “My dress is torn“ said Kate, “I fell on the way here“. “The dress may be torn,” he said “But it does not make it any less pretty. It’s still beautifully yellow… and even though you are upset and angry, you are still as beautiful as ever” “Really?” Kate questioned. She was so happy to hear that. He was a handsome young man! “I always thought you were a beautiful girl” he said “a little too young for me, but if I was your age, I would have definitely liked to date you”. Kate blushed with the compliments and began smiling. “It would be wonderful to get five red apples…” she said, and this time added “Please…” He handed her the basket with the apples. “You see!” she said “These apples are red and beautiful!” “These are the same apples I gave you before” farmer Joe explained. “When you were angry you couldn’t see it. When you are upset, anything and everything can upset you more. But now that you are smiling to the world, the world smiles back at you, and you can see the beauty in everything!”
Notice how you respond to life when you’re upset or angry. In accordance with the Law of Attraction, you will attract more to be upset or angry about. However, when you interrupt, and break the power of that momentum by looking at things differently, everything just changes in front of your eyes. A good word from someone, a hug, a beautiful sunset, meditation, a nap, a comedy on TV…all those can break the negative spiral and get us optimistic again.
The wisdom philosophy from India tells us: 'You are where you are because of who you are'. You project all the qualities and conditioning that you have stored within you, and your life reflects that back to you in your everyday experiences. This is all that happens. Everyday, every aspect of your life is being created by something. Decisions are made, choices are selected, behaviours are expressed and actions are taken. All these come from within you. They are the 'engines' or drivers of your life. They can be automatic, randon=m, echoes of the past, or they can be conscious. This is your only real choice: to be more conscious. The vast majority of people are on automatic. They are hardly conscious at all. Their past plays out relentlessly.
Evolution is moving rapidly, The train has left the station, and you may need to run to catch it. Look around you. You will see how we are all being forced to wake up from the trance of automatium and realise that we are more and more responsible for ourselves, our wellbing, and even survival. You need to do everything to become more conscious. Make sure that your decisions, choices, behaviours and actions are all from your god-space, your buddha-nature, and not the old patterns that you would rather not live out. Not only might it save your life, it might also give you a great experience of life.
Many people report that they have tried positive thinking, only to find that their life hasn't changed much. Wishful thinking is not enough because it arises from the personal mind. It is not about using your mind to change behaviour. It's about using your mind to influence your energy so that the behaviour automatically changes. Change your energy. change the world. But you need the consciousness that goes with it.
Every aspect, challenge, confrontation, whatever, in your life, is a signal to raise your consciousness and attune with something greater.
You are already in the minority. Most people out there are blaming others for their anger and agitation, blaming circumstances for the chaos in their lives and when they run out of scapegoats, they blame the government, the weather, God, whatever. But you and I know better. The power of this knowledge is in understanding that we created our current reality, and we can choose to create something different, at any time.
Lack, limitation, un-deservedness and unworthiness are beliefs which build a fortress of deep, subconscious blocks that cause disconnection, discontent, frustration and chaos. These internal. self-imposed blocks foster reactiveness and provide the software for drama, trauma and self-sabotage. People who know what they need to be doing, but somehow just can't seem make a lasting change, and see themselves repeat the same unproductive and even destructive cycles again and again.
Follow your heart. Listen to your soul. Hear your self. Belief isn’t Truth. When you encounter an option, an idea, a point of view, you are under no obligation to accept that as your own, if it is potentially damaging. Disagree if you need to. This is the whole point of rational thought. It is to cause you to think. To think for your self. Not substitute your dependency on other (things, events, substances, people, whatever) with a dependency on your own sub-conscious conditioning. Who you are right now is you, thinking. Thought does not come from the highest source, it comes from you. And here is the paradox. You are both the highest source and the thought created by you. You are creating it all, right here, right now. Your future is created right now. Anything is possible. Create peace. You are it, That, All that is, was and will be.
It is better to live your own dharma imperfectly,
than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.
Our hearts extend to all of you affected by recent global events. These are urgent times that, by casting a cloud of shadow, also cast a measure of responsibility on creators of conscious creators, like us to help uplift ourselves and fellow humanbeings. What we must do to address the violence is to create an environment of loving tolerance, both within us and around us.
The first and most important step in this direction, is self-mastery. The conscious practices you engage in daily, such as meditation and yoga, play a vital role in conditioning you as an ambassador for peace and possibility, shining the light from wisdom, both inwardly and outwards, and elevating those in your presence. Let us all be the change we need to see, and understand that each person plays their role in awakening all towards a better reality. Reminder: worst enemy, best teacher!
People all over the world are becoming increasingly traumatised by attacks on them, and worried about family, friends and their future well-being. The key feeling that everyone seems to breathe, is 'victim.'
But there is a fine line between information and propaganda. Perhaps this is why it's called programming. It gets large groups of people to think negatively, which of course then becomes reality. But why can't we do the opposite? What if we get large groups of people to think poritively and optimistically? Together we can do something about anything.
You have more power than you think, and while you might not want to stand out front dodging bullets, you don't need to cover under the bed either. If you are caught up in fear, or think an attack will get you or a loved one, then it's already got you. Worry doesn't take away tomorrow's troubles, it takes away today's peace. Inner peace begins as soon as you choose not to allow another person or event to control your thoughts and emotions, behaviour and actions.
I'm not suggesting that you ignore current reality. I'm asking you to create a better reality. Be sure to travel safely and wisely. Be sure to take care of your self and your family. Contribute to any causes you believe in, that help people in need right now. But also check the storehouse in your mind. Are you living in fear or trust? Are you coming from fear or from faith? Are you focused on the negative and pessamistic or are you doing something to create a positive?
Stop, breathe and focus on love, on spirit. Meditate, pray or in some positive way, send out an energy that will help dissolve the fear in and around you. Do it with all your heart. We can make a difference. It begins with you. And me. Please join me.
Are your actions in harmony with your spiritual essence?
Relationships are our living meditations. They present a model of reality that allows you to see the inevitable pain, difficulty and 'head-butting' that occurs in every relationship as a source for profound spiritual growth. You see all the jagged edges, all the places where you need to love yourself, your beloved, your children, your neighbour, your enemy…. Relationship as a spiritual path allows for the deepest learning about yourself that gets you into the game. Relationships become the spiritual path when they are your living, right now, commitment to being fully open to what you need to learn. You learn more about your spiritual development in ten minutes with your beloved than you could in ten minutes with your guru.
In Sanskrit, the language of yoga, the word lila is used to describe the vast, joyful and spontaneous play of consciousness. The word "play" implies fun, and lila is the Divine Reality's game that we are well equipped to enjoy. Whether we understand the word play to mean a theatrical production, or the everyday events of an infinite cosmic game with defined rules and regulations makes little difference. We are the players.
Throughout India and overseas, wherever Indians are, the festival of lights, Deepavali (divali), is celebrated, this year on the 11th of November. The mythology surrounding this festival is the commemoration of the return of Rama and his wife Sita from exile. It was a dark night, and his people lit their houses with little lamps, diyas, so that Rama and Sita could find their way home. Thus, for the Deepavali festival, in addition to cleaning our homes, it is customary to light up a diya (lamp), which signifies victory of light over darkness, or intelligence and wisdom over ignorance. As we light the diya, we pledge to light consciousness within, to cleanse negativity, and replace it with positive thoughts that inspire us towards noble actions and behaviour on a continuing basis.
On this happy occasion of Deepavali I wish all students, colleagues, family and friends the best. May the generous Lakshmi (goddess of wealth) bless you and your family with abundance. May we join hands and hearts forever so that we in turn can prosper the world by being healthy, wealthy, happy and wise.
The internal conversations you have between yourself and your mind, mostly negative, sometimes arrogant, is actually hurting you instead of supporting you. When you feed fire with fire, it continues to grow, expands and eventually takes over. Your mind is no different. When you engage with it, it becomes louder, more powerful, and more controlling. Rule your mind or it will rule you. When you focus on useless self-conversation, with your attention on your mistakes, problems, what you didn't do etc., just let go of the conversation, take a nice, deep breath, and bring your attention to the present moment. The only way to really end this conversation is not to be in it. Stop it before it does damage. This becomes possible with practice. I'm not saying life is easy, abd there's no struggle. Never forget, however, that momentum is built by daily habits, and that change is always possible.
What someone else thinks about you is their own perception of their reality. It has nothing to do with you, and feeling bad about it not your responsibility. However, criticism can be part of growth, and if growth is important to you, activate a switch in your thinking. Every time someone says something that you don't like, accept it willingly and openly, with gratitude and a smile, and learn from it. Imagine what your life would be like if you did this?
Mental chatter, distractions, having an occupied mind, incessant brain activity and all symptoms of modern day mental clutter produce an invisible force field that blocks your energy (towards success, love, freedom) from being realeased, and thereby resists the dreams and desires you seek to fulfill. Meditation is the secret to easily disarming this force field. When you meditate you will be literally empowered to master your life.
My Mindfulness Meditation Course is on 2 Cds. Slip on your headphones and ignite the magic of meditation through its remarlable insights, advice and exquisite meditation practices. Within a few minutes you can atain a focus and clarity of mind as you seamlessly retune your brain frequency to the level of mind associated wuth deep focus, creativity and peaceful tranquility. With continued practice you spark changes from the inside out to reach your full potential.
A martial arts teacher from the West travelled to Japan to study with a grand master of Aikido. What he saw was something to behold. The grand master, a short, thin and elderly man, deftly handled a whole group of much larger, younger and more muscular opponents until they were all down on the mat, with only the grand master standing. The martial arts visiting-student was in awe of what he had just seen, and couldn’t help asking: “How did you do that without ever losing your balance?” To which the grand master replied: “No, I lost my balance all the time. I just got it back very quickly.”
And so it is with life. It’s a myth to think a good life is perfect and flawless. Your purpose is to know who you are. Accept, with grace and humility, the role you play in your life, in your relationships and on this planet. Act responsibly. Responsibility is living and responding (speaking, thinking, acting) to life from the Truth that you are the source of everything
Even though you must aim to honour, fulfill and complete every commitment you make to yourself and to others with your whole life, in life, you will go 'off balance' many times. But, what makes it look seemless is how quickly you can regain your balance, your composure, and get back on track again. View your life through this lens and take the pressure of to perform, or fixate on perfection. Paradoxically, by treating life as a game in which the task is always to get back on balance quickly, will could enjoy the game of life more.
With love, encouragement and abundant wishes for your amazing Life,
21st century living is fast culture: fast food, fast money, fast living…in the fast lane. The faster we get, the more we look for the 'easy' way out. We take short cuts that lead to dead ends, and find ourselves becoming more and more anxious and uncomfortable with ourselves.
The more we use speed to define our lives, the further we get from creating a grounded sense of happiness, presence and peace - a place from which all aspects of our lives can grow and benefit.
Whatever you choose, make your connection and determination skilfull,y with space for learning, development and support. Commit to staying true to your core values, talking your talk, walking your walk, and putting one foot, mindfully in front of the other, so that you heal in safety and search for love and truth in continuity. We are one purpose, carved under a single name.
All human beings encounter moments of great aliveness, depth and possibility. Yet, spiritual teachers, often ask themselves: 'how can we better support people in sustaining their awakenings?' Tools, practices and programs may not be enough to leap beyond fleeting experiences of enlightenment, into the profound fullness and glory of a truly awakened life.
Two ingredients of authentic spiritual transformation that most contemporary seekers simply do not have access to, or haven't adequately provided for, are activation and immersion.
Activation happens when a spiritual teacher who is resting in awakened consciousness, essentially broadcasts the heart of their own awakening in such a way that the receipents are able to make contact with the mind of enlightenment simply by hearing them speak, or just by sitting with them in silence. In the great traditions, this was referred to as 'mind to mind transmission' (shakti pat) and was considered essential on the path to awakening.
Immersion is experienced when a student spends an extended period of time immersed in the direct recognition of their own enlightened nature. It is something that is typically only possible when we leave behind all worldly cares and concerns and attend a residential retreat with a teacher capable of activating awakening.
Both activation and immersion play a major, ongoing role in the awakening process of an aspirant's spiritual journey. To truly step into a sustained spiritual awakening, all of us need regular, frequent opportunities for in-depth activation and immersion. We need to re-activate awakened consciousness, again and again, unti it becomes so familiar with us that we no longer get deceived by the ego's attempts to imitate it. And we need to immerse ourselves in the awakened mind so deeply that every impulse to move away from it gradually weakens and melts away.
Although most of us know, deep down in our hearts, that we need a lot more of these two dimensions of spiritual life, in our busy daily lives, we lack a structure for accessing these two elements on a regular basis to genuinely stabilise our awakening.
The adventure into the unchartable waters of awakening, and sustaining the miracle of immersion in awakened awareness, classes I teach, spiritual talks, our discussion and residential retreats, and so many of our programs provide regular and convenient opportunities for a deeper experience of both activation and immersion, all woven together in a profound community of practice. When you engage deeply with your teacher, mentor and guide, together with fellow travellers on a journey into mystery, your energy is focused. You strengthen the inner postures of an awakened mind, experience the building momentum that comes from successive activation of awakening in your own being, and thereby experience uncontainable freedom,
Did you wake up grateful?
No one is promised tomorrow
Be grateful for today!
Yesterday is the past.
Tomorrow’s the future
but today is a gift
that’s why it is called the present.
If you could ask God one question right now, what would it be?
What kind of things would you like to ask God about?
What if you could discover God is speaking to you,
and you could learn how to tune in and listen,
to ask those questions directly to God
and receive the answer?
Anyone can have a conversation with God.
You just need to open yourself up to the experience
and believe in your heart
that you are worthy and capable
of expressing God's wisdom from within yourself.
Turn down the noise in your mind.
End limiting beliefs.
Take control of your life
and enter any circumstance or situation
with a level of confidence beyond belief.
"Take a leap! Come to the edge", he said. They said, "We are afraid".
"Come to the edge", he said. They came. He pushed them, and they flew."
There will be many times in your life when your head says no, yet your heart says yes. If your life is a compromise or a sacrifice, you're leaking energy. When you develop the courage to listen to your heart and follow your own hunches, you reign in your energy to experience authentic living. You must follow the adventure of a seeking to make a difference, no matter where in the world it ends up. Life is a school. Experience, the teacher. For a life lived deep within your soul's calling, the cost is steep.The outcome empowering.
Most people have been told that they should work hard in order to be more successful and then they will be happier. What if the opposite is true? What if you choose to be happier all the time, irrespective of the circumstances of your life? Now happiness becomes the fuel, not the byproduct for your success and fulfillment in life. This is emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has replaced the older concepts of brain power and IQ in the discourse of management and administration for the 21st century. The sharpest brain in the world cannot get you very far, if yours is a hardened heart. Value the language of the heart: the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read - tha language of love. A single touch of love can convert a savage into a civilised being. Let your sensitive intuitions and emotions make you a living example of absolute faith and unconditional acceptance.
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They brought a spade each and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realised what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued toshovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel all kinds of dirt on you. The skill to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
To be happy:
• Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.
• Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.
• Live simply and appreciate what you have.
• Give more.
• Expect less from others. Be 100% responsible for yourself.
Fears, failures, rejections and disappointments create openings.
It is only in emptiness that God comes through.
Something, anything is not better than nothing.
Nothing is God.
You have nothing to lose except everything.
Gone, gone, gone beyond,
O what an awakening!
What satori! what samadhi!
Your sanity is like a rock in your heart.
It wants you to go straight to your destination.
But there is no where to go,
no goal in life,
life is a journey without destinaton.
So, go this way and that, that way and this
on and on and on,
till you are really tired and say
"Stop. Enough. Enough. Enough for today!"
Genuine yoga practice is more than an asana regime you ‘do’ or achieve.
It is where you meet yourself on the mat.
Here you are transparent to the Truth of your own being.
Your history speaks to you,
through the muscular body you have sculptured,
through perception of your core and its strength, power, ability,
through your limbs, your joints, you pain.
Pushing pain will not alleviate it.
It might however, provide the structure
to begin to hunger for more quiet, healing and listening.
When this happens, alignment is with your inner Truth,
in the absence of which, the poses only reinforce
the very habits and samskaras
that grind the grooves of your habitual responses ever deeper,
and which you know you must unravel, unknot and unlive.
Now balance is with consciousness.
It arises from understanding the opposing forces in your life,
internal or external,
chosen or non-negotiable,
and how you can integrate them
in an expression of your deepest truth and values.
Rather than make your body, activity, or roles
actively fit a pre-determined mold,
balance requires you to recognise what you have,
choose and examine your foundation,
feel your deepest centre,
integrate your periphery,
and unify what might at first seem like opposing demands,
by intuitively applying the principles of vision, grounding, support and centering.
This is where you learn to let yoga do you.
Yoga is patient with you,
for you to continue to imbibe its lessons.
With perseverance, observation and responsiveness,
Yoga meets you where you are, and opens your heart
more gently, more surely, than any lover.
All yoga wants is your bare heart,
naked and strong to engage the world.
It's easy to get discouraged by all the problems and needs in the world. But everyone can do some good. And every little bit of good makes a difference. Any act, large or small, makes a difference. And our acts of service create a ripple effect we often don't see. The only way to do all the good the world needs isn't for you to do everything, but you need to do something. Imagine if everyone did a little…we could indeed change the world, one act at a time.
You may not be able to do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good you can do.
Take a minute to reflect. When was the last time you spent alone thinking about who you really are, and what your purpose is and where your passion is? Go within and remember. What insights did you have this morning that hinted at a new, powerful awareness for you?
This is a deep question, and it is so important.
Stop listening to the outside world and who they're telling you to be. Everything you need to know about yourself and who you are meant to be is already within you, you just have to take the time to look.
Seduced by the ego into identifying with it, instead of the presence that allows you to thrive and live your most inspired life even in the midst of uncertainity. You have insights that connect you with Truth all the time.
The challenge is that when we're in our 'head' space (i.e. not present), which is most of the time, often these moments of insight are not even felt, or worse, we feel them but then disregard them because they are not what we have been conditioned to believe.
Across the planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true.
It's all real and it's all illusory: that's awareness.
Quiten your inner critic. Listen to your heart. Take action. Your best life is waiting.
All phenomena and beings are empty of self-nature and inter-exist.
They are neither one nor many,
individual nor indistinguishable.
Because phenomena are empty of inherent characteristics,
they are neither born nor destroyed;
neither pure nor defiled;
neither coming nor going.
Because all beings inter-exist,
we are not truly separate from each other.
Realising this is enlightenment and liberation from suffering.
There is no such thing as 'out there'.
Everything that happens to you
and others in your circle of awareness
happens in your mind.
The difficulty arises when, if everything you see, hear, experience,
and every person you meet
are nothing but a projection of your own mind,
then, who are you?
Serious contemplation required.
Anyway, if the concept is true,
it means that we are 100% responsible
for what we hear, see and experience in this world.
So, if you watch the news,
everything you see is your responsibility too.
The opposite side of the coin is that you can change everything
that you are experiencing in this world.
The key lies in getting in touch with the powerful emotions of
love, repentance, forgiveness and gratitude,
through which you proactively trigger the healing process
and reach the point where you are nothing but a witness.
The results are miraculous.
Pure awareness is who I am when I am nobody.
The ego ages,
the intelligence evolves,
yet to awareness, nothing happened.
once we identify with being the witness to the story
instead of the actor in it.
At the moment when there's nothing to lose or gain,
the ego breaks open
and we see who we are
behind who we thought we were.
Enlightenment is no longer grasped
owned, achieved or rejected.
with boundless intimacy,
live from still Brilliance and vast Oneness.
Enjoy limitless interdependency
with all beings and things.
Practise the precious way of loving and being loved.
Gratefully embody the ever fresh impermanence of each moment.
Value not-grasping, not-owning and not-knowing
while confidently think, care, do and be.
Living in this state of intimacy,
identified with awareness of presence,
we're no longer living in a world of polarities.
Everything is present at the same time.
Deep within you
and infinitely around you
is presence…or absence.
you cannot grasp it
or try to push it away.
The whole is boundlessly intimate.
This is the nature of total reality.
It is what is before out thinking.
Body is the true teacher (sat guru) of all experience.
Breath is the true teacher (sat guru) of all relationship
Mind is the sat guru of intimacy with all things.
Intimacy is the original nature of total reality.
Letting go of all we know
we come to realise the boundless intimacy
of the Self that is everywhere
and the brilliant wholeness of the core heartmind.
Each incarnation is a stepping stone on the soul's path to God.
Coming into the plane of soul-awareness is coming home.
Karma is the stuff that keeps the soul separate from the awareness.
Humour is the ability to see one reality from the perspective of another.
Resilience, at its most basic level, is the capacity to adapt
in a healthy way to difficult circumstances.
It’s also about crafting a life that is true and rich,
one full of meaning, pleasure,
and the capacity to ride the waves of life
with a sense of inner peace and a clear mind and heart.
Love is the secret of healing. It has a higher vibration. By connecting with your energy, turining its vibrations around, and raising consciousness to the level of love, healing is effortless.
The universe is like a full colour atlas, with amazing images, places and creatures, created by the projection of a vast and imaginative mind. This mind morphs itself to create and thereby enter into the time-space-causation continium where you are able to activate your energetic DNA, accelerate more light, be a pillar for humanity, and are in the perfect circumstances for you to learn what you designed this whole game in order to learn.
Your soul might say “I dropped in to play at being an Ego…and lo and behold, I identified with my ego and forgot I was a soul”.
Thus the spiritual consciousness has a physical experience - that of a human being.
The body is a reflection of your spiritual energy.
You receive information from and for all the planes of your consciousness all the time. But when you don't acknlwledge their existence, and treat the information as static, as noise, this energy is disturbed, and the apparent disconnect from your inner energy ripples through the embodied being, disturbing the status quo.
However, before the ground shakes, there is a tremor, a small rumbling and quivering, letting you know that tectonic plates are about to shift. These represent the 'ground's' way of saying "yes, finally!" - a sign that things are about to change, and the symptoms of what is needed to build the force required for growth and empowerment to change what is today.
You could be feeling those tremors in your heart and mind right now, as you read this message.
However, know that growth isn't always in a straight line. There are times when growth means becoming more of what you were. At other times it pivots into something very different, and hopefully better. When the latter is the case, often the container and identity that you started with just can't serve the purposes that you've grown into. When that happens, the time has come for evolution and transformation. Like a caterpillar sealing itself inside a cocoon to transform into a butterfly, the process can be slow, and on the surface, it might look like nothing is really happening, but on closer scrutiny, there's so, so much that is happening! On the surface there is growth, and beneath the surface, there is change. This change represents the end of an era, and the beginning of something new. When this happens, enjoy the excitement and anticipation that you feel. Until then, enjoy the tremors.
In the eyes of yoga, every body stands equal, irrespective of ethnicity, gender, body image, creed, community or country, and this, by itself, is an ineffably powerful tribute to the magnificence of yoga. Just think about how many diverse ethnic groups are represented in our small yoga community, and the healthy, active and solution orientated discussion and inspiration that arises from this cross-pollination of cultures.
How diverse is the representation of yoga participants in your world?
Yoga appeals to both young and old.
All people want to be involved in causes they relate to, seek development opportunities with less focus on conversation and more focus on actually making a difference; and aspire to be meaningful leaders in their world. It highlights the importance of mentoring and the value of maintaining strong, spiritual relationships with alumni. This is shaping the future of yoga in the world.
Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person how to fish and you feed them for a lifetime.
This proverb very simply exemplifies Shanti Yoga's mission and varied programs.
It reminds us that emergency help in a crisis or disaster is essential for the immediate wellbeing of a person, but, for long-term welfare, health and human dignity, they need the means to both earn a living, together with the know-how, practices and disciplines necessary to make a life.
As we identify and meet the area of need in an impoverished life, benefits to the individual, their family, community…and somewhere in the world, will continue for a lifetime. This is truly a worthy and lasting legacy to the world.
Shanti Yoga started in Australia in 1972 as Shanti Nitetan, which means abode (niketan) of peace (shanti). Shanti Niketan is also a famous area in West Bengal (India), approximately 160 kilometres north of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) that was established by Rabindranath Tagore whose vison became what is now a university town. Here Tagore started Patha Bhavana, the school of his ideals, whose central premise was that learning in a natural environment would be more enjoyable and fruitful. After he received the Nobel Prize (1913), the school was expanded into a university in 1921. By 1951, it had become one of India's central universities.
The driving force behind Shanti Yoga has been the vision of living peace. The kick-off activities for Shanti Niketan in Australia were Shanti Yoga classes in Melbourne, Victoria. Its long-serving, enthusiastic and dedicated directors, team, staff, members and students recognised, embraced and committed to the Shanti Yoga vision and it's myriad projects, celebrations, cultural, creative, educational, social and humanitarian activities through many decades of outstanding action to provide on-going service above self. Playing a key role, yet flying under the radar, has been an Indo-Australian relationship, tying together the cornerstones of education, health, spirituality and community which have been the Shanti Yoga approach to Yoga for the 21st century and beyond.
The scale of Shanti Yoga achievements can hardly be overstated. And yet, our success is as fragile as it is monumental. We are moving forward, slowly, steadily thanks to the colossal efforts and long hours of a few that never cease. The sheer scale of the effort boggles the mind. If we did anything less, decades of work would be undone. By being better stewards of the Earth, and on the earth, the shift has already begun. It is the only way forward.
Please do your part to stimulate interest and involvement. There are so many ways to participate. This is the right time for all of us to express our appreciation for Shanti Yoga by involvement and participation. We need your voice to raise awareness and keep the momentum of 'living peace in every breath' going.
Even though many people understand the pain, suffering and unjust treatment of others, that arise from prejudice connected with colour, financial status, class, migrants, ethnicity, religion, image and so on, most people remain silent. In the midst of crisis after crisis, staring us in the face is our sense of dividedness, spiritual illiteracy, and exploitation of nature and the Earth. An awakened humanity will see the universe is an interconnected, living system. We need to reawaken our sense of service to life itself. Stand up and be counted. Be amongst those leaders and ordinary people all over the world who are provide a larger voice calling for an awakened humanity so that we can create a culture that is life-affirming, life-enhancing, life-supporting and life-sustaining.
To wish unconditional, total, unrestricted benefit and benevolence for others and events from the deepest wellspring in the innermost chambers of your heart is a blessing. It hallows, holds in reverence, beholds with utter awe that which is always a gift from the deepest essence.
A genuine smile, laughter, complimenting or comforting someone, holding a door, helping a co-worker, friend or family member, telling someone what you admire about them, are all aspects of your beautiful light shining. Let it be seen, and the world, and you, benefit from the wonderful and excellent things you do. As you continue to do amazing things for someone else, you will notice how wonderful you feel yourself. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Strengthen your connection to divinity with every breath.
When you are inspired by some great purpose,some extraordinary project,
all your thoughts break their bonds;
your mind transcends limitations,
your consciousness expands in every direction,
and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world.
Dormant forces, faculties and talents come alive
and you discover witin yourself a being far greater than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
The Yoga Teaching of Patanjali, tran. Shanti Gowans
A successful life lies in making a life meaningful.
All of the world problems can be solved with the help of enlightened culture and intelligent thinking.
This culture teaches us that human beings are born to love each other and not for quarreling and strife.
Dedicate your life towards the pursuit of goodwill towards all,
utilise the availabe time with disciplined and beneficial behaviour,
make efforts for the welfare of others,
use speech only for good work,
earn your livelihood by honest means,
do not neglect your duty,
nor become upset when things are favourable or unfavourable, and
be present are some pointers and pursuits.
Knowledge might be power, but only when you take action.
Knowing is not enough, you must apply.
Willing is not enough, you must do.
Knowing when and how to unlearn and re-learn is just as important as learning.
Until we unclutter our mental filing cabinets to create space for new knowledge,
we will continue to cling precariously to what we think we already know
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” Alvin Toffler
All the joy the world contains has come through wishing happiness for others. All the misery the world contains has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.
To be of service, you must never judge what life asks you to do. Rather, see the sacred in all things and in the smallest detail of your life. This is an act of profound sacred activism.
If today is the last day of your life and you are lying on your deathbed…Would you be triumphantly telling your loved ones how you have lived a meaningful, fulfilling life, how you have seized every living moment, living by your values, passions and fulfilling your mission, and that you have no regrets and are ready for the next journey? Or, would you be lying there, filled with disappointment and regret, overwhelmed with sadness that your mission is not complete and missing the courage to go for it, as you tearfully tell your loved ones that you could have, would have or should have…and hoping you had a second chance to do it all over again?
Life is more to than just 'getting by', or just a successful career. You are not alone. It comes down to purpose, meaning, a deep sense of conviction and clarity about your vision and mission in life. When you are able to connect with this level of your being, things begin to change for you in incredible ways. You feel charged. Energised. Inspired. Liberated. Driven by something bigger than yourself. People around you begin to feel your presence and passion, and you yourself experience a phenomenon where it seems as if the universe itself backs and supports you. With vision, you are able to live a life in a state of limitlessness.
Everything changes. It is increasingly difficult to keep up with our families, friends and even with ourselves. Every change is global in magnitude. None of us can avoid the energy in the air we collectively breathe. The internet and television brings all changes not just into view, but also into bank accounts, stock holdings, insurance policies, job securities, and so on, within seconds. Forces move so quickly these day…the world we go to sleep in is not the world we wake up to in the morning. We are living at light speed in a world in which we are essentially out of control. All change is profound, significant, and well beyond what we are able to grasp, much less do anything about as individuals at the ordinary level of response. We are now on continual overload with data, information and news. Even without consciously listening to the news or readin a newspaper, the impact of these events seeps into and affects not only our exterior lives but also our emotional, psychological and mental well-being. We have crossed the energy rubicon. We are living at a pivotal time in history where we are witnessint the decline of matter and the rise of the age of energy. We are midwives to this new birth and alread have hooked on to the technology of this age in its physical expression, the internet, cell phones and computers. The person that commits their creative energy towards being of service to humanity knowing that every action now moves the world at a rapid speed and makes a profound difference, has set a course for personal and global illumination. Be blessed.
Our present life cycle of change presents great challenges. Nothing is the same as it was, even as recently as last year. We are, all of us, now headed into a very different world. However, we have a guidebook into this new world - the sacred path of Shanti Yoga, so needed because it embodies the mystical truth hidden within the nature of great transformation. A new path of harmony always emerges out of the chaos of the present moment. Life will reorganise itself, renew itself, and find pathways of survival more suitable for the next phase of our lives, and for the next generation. Just as nature has deeply rooted impulses that direct it to map its toute through the crisis of global transformation, so also does human nature. Take comfort and inspiration from this.
Consciousness = energy = love = awareness = light = wisdom = beauty = truth = purity.
It’s all the same trip if you go far enough within to see the pattern unfolding,
of which this life is only part of a mosaic,
with the gravitational field of time and space as the matrix.
You are that which observes the coming and going of consciousness. Eventually, you will have to give up this association with consciousness. Whatever you can forget cannot be eternal. The absolute cannot be remembered because it cannot be forgotten.
All paths lead to unreality.
Paths are creations within the scope of knowledge.
They cannot transport you into Reality
when their function is to enmesh you
within the dimensions of knowledge.
Reality prevails prior to it.
Potentiality manifests as actuality,
or Being manifests as emergence,
which is contextualised as 'becoming'.
Creation and change are witnessed.
With a need for an explaination of sequence,
the observer projects and superimposes a time track.
However, both time and sequence are a mental construct.
There is only continuous awareness.
Reality is not comprehensible to the mind.
The most direct route to spiritual evolutiion and deeper states of consciousness is via the field of consciousness itself. However, spiritual evolution does not proceed along a logical, linear, definable, predictable timeline. There is no cause in enlightenment, anymore than there is a cause in God. Such ideas represent misconceptions and are limitations arising from the dualistic, linear, ego-mind. The way to enlightenment is simply surrender of the barriers that preclude the state of realisation. The personal self does not become enlightened but is replaced by the previously obscured reality. You are that.
Religion is a continuing fact in human life. It must be lived to bring more spirituality to those who seek it. It's goal is not to prosalytise, but to help human beings realise the divinity within them. Your real nature is divine, and the chief goal in life is to manifest this divinity. Follow the way of authenticy everyday in life. Overcome the sense of arrogance and ego, abstain from fault-finding and criticising others and aspire to love and compassion for all. The Self is the essence of spiritual existence, and of subjectively known Reality.
Fear has some value. Cowardice none.
Do you have a message to share with the world? If you already exist, while you are here, will you not want to undertake the deeper quest to know yourself more, and awaken to your Truth? The only unique path can be one of self-discovery. Do not desire the highest powers, or moksha (freedom). You already have/are them. Want only that you are able to be live from your heart, through the hearts of all beings, and courageously undergo suffering from the miseries that arise whilst you fully engage in life, without losing yourself. You life will never be fulfilled by wanting. It will be redeemed by giving. Employing the essential spiritual truths to navagate the material world, you can cultivate a joyous experience, rich with potential, possibility, connection, expression, meaning and creativity. The purpose of your spiritual journey is to know yourself as more than just your body and mind. Establish a deeper connection to your authentic self and express everything you are here to share.
"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea.Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.This is the way to success." Swami Vivekananda
Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger, more skilled, self-confident and successful.
The sangha, community, is the sisterhood and brotherhood of those seekers of Truth who have gathered around a Buddha. Each Buddha creates a sangha. It represents an alternative society, a small oasis of values in the desert of the world that has lost real connection. The sangha is a living experiment to provoke the Godspace and bring Buddhanature into the world.
In the commune of a Buddha, everyone has individuality, nobody has personality. Nobody is egoistic but everyone has their own uniqueness, and contributes to the sangha in their own unique way. Everybody is respected for whatever they are doing. There is immense respect for the individual. One thing is clear, your job makes no difference in a sangha, it doesn’t provide any hierarchy, or give you a higher position in the cosmos. Your individuality is intact everywhere. Everyone contributes wholeheartedly in their own way.
Life now is no longer accidental, no more like driftwood. You no longer move into a cul-de-sac, in darkness, into some kind of illusion or hallucination. In the sangha you see the entire spectrum of spiritual stages on the journey, and witness cause and effect, and results all around you. You start thriving with more and more growth towards a certain direction and destination. Here, life is lived with vision, and a totally different Gestalt. Living with purpose and meaning, you fall into harmony with yourself, and live life prayerfully, alert, awake, allowing your small stream (that would otherwise be lost somewhere, far away) to pool with other small streams into a river, flowing its way to reach the vast, cosmic ocean.
21st September is the International Day of Peace - a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace around the world, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981.
Humanity continues to be wounded on physical, emotional and even spiritual levels by violations almost daily. Because we are all linked, we suffer from each of these abuses, which break our hearts again and again. It is time to end the cycle of violence and suffering. We can start by coming to grips with the abuse in our own history as part of moving forward.
Make your life a healing journey. Give yourself a chance to reflect, pray, touch the Earth, connect with those you love, travel alone and together, and enjoy our true belonging. At the end of the ride Shanti Yoga engages in ceremony to restore community, the sacred in our lives, and catalyse the larger potential for healing our history and our world.
Masters are interested in helping you be fully enlightened,
but much readiness, ripeness, and surrender is needed.
However, the paradox is that there is no individual enlightenment.
All individuals are joined together with the whole.
Accept the whole of existence as master.
Be a disciple.
Trust the clouds, the rain, the trees, the birds, the bees…
Trust existence as such,
and learn from every possible source.
To be a disciple is totally necessary on the path.
What does it mean to be a disciple?
It means to be able to learn, to be available to learn,
to be vulnerable to existence.
With a master you start learning.
Slowly you get in tune with the whole of existence
All existence is yours.
When the value you place on yourself is based on a self that fluctuates in value, you will expend a lot of time, energy and money on trying to increase your self worth. By trying so hard to prove your worth, you reduce yourself to a commodity. The greatest experience of life comes not through what you do, or have done, but through love, through meditation.
To make a distinction between things, calling this trivial and that spiritual is unnecessary. When we pay attention, everything becomes spiritual. Regardless of the religious notion of spirituality, spirituality is imparted by you. It is your gift to the world. Meditative energy is alchemical. It transforms the baser to the higher. At the ultimate peak, everything is divine.
When you are called to turn your purpose into a profession, and love what you do, and would do it for free if necessary, it always comes as a surprise when we sometimes hear of criticism from people who think everything we offer should be free or cheap. They never seem to realise that their request reveals their limiting beliefs about money. Or perhaps that their limiting beliefs are the very reason they are struggling and wanting everything given to them. Which could be why 95% of people in the business of 'helping' others have a difficult time asking for proper payment for the healing work they provide. They believe that the income athletes, musicians, and even just regular businesses make is justified for the services they provide. But with transformational help, they are stuck in a mindset that the help should be provided by the goodness of the healer's heart.
When we offer a class, or course or product, and place a price on it, it’s because it wasn’t free for us to make it. People involved want to be paid. Web masters want to be paid. Manufacturers want to be paid. Audio engineers want to be paid. Printers, graphic artists and marketers want to be paid. Banks and credit card merchants want to be paid. Warehouses want to be paid. Shippers want to be paid. Our staff want to be paid. The rent needs to be paid. And why do they want to be paid? For the same reason you do. Because they have their own bills, too.
Amongst the most difficult challenges I come across in the healing and transforming profession, is using my talents and skills to help those who serve get paid. The services we provide are far more valuable than almost any other service a person can be called upon to offer another - we literally help transform people's lives. If you want to continue to make this your life's work and live your calling, it would be very difficult to continue to offer your healing services if you don't earn money. The people we pay are worthy of being paid for their service to others. It is spiritual to lead and serve and to charge for your work.
So is it really reasonable to ask for ‘free’? Does that make any sense? Is that fair? Aditionally, most people don’t value what is given to them freely. I give away my reflections and thourgths for the day freely. Do you read it? Have you implemented the ideas and message in it? Be honest.
If you are serious about making a difference in your life, then stop asking for freebies and invest in your own awakening. It’s the difference between free and freedom.
Dance with the flow of life. Allow yourself to swirl in its emotional waters. Feel the light shining down on your skin. Trust that with every ebb there follows a flow. There is beauty inside and around you. This is the path to emotional contentment, and the final attainment of serenity and peace. Wish that for all.
Don’t let another year pass you by where you’re not doing what you love, and where you’re not doing what you’re “called” to do. You deserve so much in life and I’m committed to showing you. Will you let me? I can and will show you how to live a life of passion, purpose, and abundance.
Sharing your heart is how you communicate with the world (your significant other, family, peers, everyone), but working from your heart is honouring the fact that sometimes its needs will come first. In a heart-centred life there is very little separating one’s personal self and their work self. It’s not just about being super open and honest about your life and weaving that into your ‘marketing’. It’s learning to accept that your emotional state will always dictate how your work week unfolds. If you are going through a difficult time it reflects in your work.
The day will come when generosity, without reminders, without thought, becomes a natural flowing of your honest heart, the same way laughter comes. You do not laugh on demand. Laughter just naturally comes. Feeling generous just naturally, comes and becomes a way of being, and it is natural and pleasant. Generosity comes naturally as your consciousness grows. It arises on its own steam. It is not debated. It comes without being bidden. It comes because your heart simply desires to go this way and not another. Your heart may not even be aware of feeling generous because this is what your heart wants to do, the same way you open a window when you want a breeze.
Rob, young, newly appointed as a company manager was carpeted by his boss. He made a deal which went wrong, and through which his company lost a hundred thousand dollars. When he realised his mistake, it was too late, the money had floated away. Rob came into the office and, feeling his guilt, not waiting until the boss told him to leave, said: “I understand that you can fire me, and, admitting my guilt, accept your decision”. “Retire you? his boss asked. “We have just spent a hundred thousand dollars on your training and wlll not throw away such valuable human resources. Go to work!”
As we wake up, we progress through stages in our relationship with life where we move from victim, where life happens to us, to manifester, where life happens by us, to conduit, where life happens through us, and ultimately to a stage where we become so deeply connected to all life, that there are no longer any boundaries separating us and the universe itsel, and life happens as us.
9/11…Fear can alter choices we make. For some of us who are able to use fear as motivation to do our best work, fear can be helpful, however, most of us are influenced by fear in a negative way. We often change our plans altogether and find an alternative that feels safer. This could be the surest way to limit your results and experience feelings of regret. Events can change us for the better and worse, yet in some strange way, these very events serve to wake us up in ways we could never have forseen. Fear wakes you to the present moment. Waking up in your life can lead you to your bigger purpose, and connect you with divine gifts. Send your love and light wherever you may be in the world.
Imagine waking up every morning feeling exhilarated to be alive, knowing in your heart and mind that you can do, be, and have, whatever the universe desires for you.
Empower your heart and mind to clear blockages and allow energy to flow more easily through the meridians and pathways, allowing you to make all the changes you want, starting from inside out. Stop worrying, self-criticism, blaming yourself and other negative things that could lead a person to beleive they are not worthy. Change your inner dialogue and turn yourself from your own inner critic to your new best friend. Realise, here, now, that you are the most valuable, successful and important person in your life. Don't wait another minute. You are infinitely worthy.
The sacred act of creating a new body to express its being in the huge transformation of a caterpillar's journey to become a butterfly, is truly amazing. What if, like a caterpillar, you could create your own metamorphosis? In this personal metamorphosis, amongst the things you could consider would include personal healing, selfmastery and of course, true transformations. This could include shedding a skin that doesn't serve you; nurturing what feeds, nourishes, promotes and enhances your life; overcoming chronic pain and physical challenges; shifting scary diagnoses; moving out of a mountain of debt; achieving emotional balance, mental clarity and harmony; finding ease, a sense of thriving and living confidently, no matter what shows up.
The living ocean of endless love, wisdom and guidance is eternally present. Our spiritual journey lies in relaxating into realisation, rather than the effort to fix ourselves. When we open up, here and now, to grace as being the ground of our being, and allow it to transform us, we transcend the spiritual struggle that takes us out of the receptive state, blocking the availability to boundless dimensions, and begin to function in daily life from the living stream of grace. We come home to ourselves, opening to the divinity that we already are.
We all value different things. Some people value family, others value hard work, music, art, nature. The important thing is to find out what you value. Without knowing what your values are, you may never truly know what will make you happy.
Take some time to list out all of the things that you love and enjoy and what you want from life. From this list, figure out which values are inherent in these things. Most likely you will find that your values are not really things, such as money, fame or power. Instead, you will find parts of your life that you truly find precious and important. This is how you can start to build your life around values that have meaning to you, enjoying your time here on the planet, because you are doing what is in your hear and living life to the fullest, a life that you are excited to wake up to and proud to be a part of, not just short term happiness. To find a sense of direction, purpose and destiny, know where you're going, rather than continue to sleepwalk.
Journey into the quiet, knowing space in your heart that offers refuge, wisdom and calm. Honour the sacred alone, where you are in the company of your truest soulmate - yourself. Delight in the sheer joy of time spent with you.
Nurture your self-esteem, de-stress and let go of anxiety. Know that you can support yourself during challenging times. Hone your ability to listen to yourself, tap into your inner wisdom and source creativity from within you.
Know yourself. Trust yourself. Sit with yourself. Feel what you feel. Know what you know. Life is busy, but at our core there is peace.
The key is to commit. You won't feel lonely, sad, or bored and aimless, instead you will discover that you like yourself. By tapping into the core of who you are, you can beam that powerful light back into the world.
Start each day with more focus and end each day with peace. Be present in the moment and extend this mindfulness to the rest of your day. When you can sit mindfully with yourself in the sacred alone, you can handle just about anything.
An awareness of spiritual laws directs a person to manifest life changes by working with their thoughts, not by working harder. This does not mean that they sometimes don't work long hours, because they do; or that they have all the cool jobs that anyone would love, because they don't. They just don't think about it as work. Instead, they just see every task before them, no matter where they work, as a gift to unwrap.
Taking a more conscious approach to work helps you find that hidden opportunity to change careers into your dream job, or a way to find more satisfaction and fulfillment in the work you currently do, or a way to become insanely productive in a career that's already giving you a great sense of pleasure.
What if the source of all the peace, clarity and joy you'll ever needs already exists within you? Everything starts with you: your relationships with your children, parents, significant other, family, friends, your work life, your dreams and goals, the way you move in the world - all of it starts with you.
Not everything in life works out the way we plan…and more often than not, the outcome proves to be a complete blessing - we just need to remember to see it as such.
Maintaining a meditation and yoga pratice can be difficult when you are going through turbulent times, even though this is when we need it most. Practising yoga and meditation enables you to live in a protective cocoon that sheilds you from yourself, and thereby other people's energy. The rituals (practices) keep you grounded in your authentic self. However, one of the most challenging (and very needed) lessons you must learn is how come out of that cocoon and relate to another human being. To learn to love unconditionally is our reason for being alive. This love, when shared without conditions or limits, is the most powerful force for transformation in our lives and societies.
"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek"
No one is to blame for the current state of the world. We are all part of the system, and there isn't anywhere we've done wrong individually, and as a culture. We've always made decisions that we thought were best, given our limited understanding, and our particular psycho-spiritual make up.
Being secure in ourselves, creating deeper community, developing flexibility in thinking, spontaneous creativity, deeper compassion and care, are all aspects of the spiritual path that is now urgently needed. The future of spiritual practice is a simple commitment to the unravelling of ego-driven, 'what's in it for me' thinking, to heart-feeling and eye-contact with others, where what is good and noble already present melts through veneers of separation that we tend to enact in public, to allow us to find an unqualified “Yes” to life - no matter what. Even in the worst case scenario, know that you can go down embodying your values and character, being the change that could have turned the world around.
Visualise the best version of yourself - then become it. If you can see it, then you can go get it. Life is multidimensional and evolution is infinite.
If you are to embody your best virtues, to realise your purpose and express your essential character, it is necessary to embrace denial, to give up avoiding anything, to face reality squarely, and let in the fact that things might be far worse than you hope. Break the unspoken taboo that we must all be hopeful and only hopeful. By looking away otherwise we could not bear it, we enact and affirm our psychological weakness. Perhaps by facing it we can ground our consciousness, practice and commitment in the most radical, durable bedrock of our being. This is important, even if the future will turn out far more cretive and benign thatn we often fear.
The world we live in is simply a reflection of our own internal disposition - a collective consciousness. The separation we perceive in the world is a mirror of the separation we have created in ourselves.
What would change in your world is you were able to speak and act from divine love all the time? Sadly, the concept and experience of love, through eons, has been distorted. This has created major rifts in the world, with obvious signs such as continual war and unrest, increasing violence and abuse, and other global problems that stem from the fundamental disconnection that human beings feel in small ways too, such as a constant need for approval and the fear of what other might think if we really speak our minds, or truly share what's in our hearts. Unproductive questions include: What if I fail? What if I look stupid? Am I really lovable? Do I even matter? Love is not just a word or a fleeting thought. It's an experience of true acceptance and connection. You are love and can never be separated from it. You can clear all the blocks to love. Just meditate.
To live an inspired life, here are some of pointers:
• Follow your curiosity. What if a big part of special talent lies in being passionately curious?
• Perseverance is priceless. Many people appear smart when they come up with solutions, however, it is often because they have simply stayed with the problems longer, and thus achieve success.
• Focus on the present: Give everything the attention it deserves.
• Imagination is powerful. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. It is more important than knowledge.
• Give yourself permission to make mistakes. A person who had never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
• Transform your life one day at a time. Live in the moment, the future comes soon enough.
• Create value. Strive to be of value rather than being successful.
• Avoid being repetitive. A definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
• Knowledge comes from experience. Information is not knowledge. The truer source of knowledge is experience.
• Learn the rules of the game better than anybody else, and then play better.
• Believe in yourself. Whatever you believe about yourself on the inside is what you will manifest on the outside. Losing faith in yourself is the beginning in a downward spiral.
• Life gets worse when you blame yourself or others.
• Gratitude is a very important element to practice. Without gratitude, you will spend a lot of time attracting lack and scarcity. Your 'hole' will become bigger and bigger.
• Focus on what you want rather than what you don't want. Worrying about debt will cause more debt to show up. Focus instead on creating profit, rather than the lack of it.
If an individual's body the physics (physical) and chemistry is constantly changing, and if the mind looks at things or thinks about things that are in a constant state of flux, then it is not doubtful that 'I' exists as a durable and constant identity?
The current perspective attributed to many people is that 'there is only one life to live, so let me fill it with as many experiences as possible'. This is difficult comprehension for a person who believes in untold lives that they must endure, before a release from the wheel of life. Perhaps and because of this belief in the endlessness and immensity of time, time has a completely different orientation to the occidental person, and also why the yogi focuses on the present. By living in the present you can always be alert to counterproductive throughts and deeds. By developing an awareness of living in the present you can come to know yourself. The Western mind is unprepared culturally to live in the present. Instead of basing your attention and time on the large desire of a human lifetime of appetites, focus on the present, forgetting the past and thereby influencing the future.
Uncertainty is the nature of reality. If you deal with life and the world the way it is, rather than some fantasy you have about it, you will be happier and healthier.
Fear is natural. It's the organism's way of trying to protect itself. We feel it so often and it may be the cause of many problems in life, including global ones.
The separate sense of self causes a human being to protect themself with worry, rather than sensing the field of being, or presence, that is actually well-being, no matter what.
Within you are vasrt, untapped possibilities waiting to be discovered. Act from a greater vision of who you are, and use your power to live beyond your limiting beliefs, to create a purposeful life.
When you go through difficult times it is easy to forget that you are deeply connected. Your connection can never ever be broken, most of the time, when this apparent disconnect happens, it is because you have closed down your extensions (for connection) and forgotten that you are not alone.
Go for a walk in nature, or even just around your neighbourhood. As you walk, suspend thinking, of both questions and their answers, and instead, pay attention to your environment. Feel the temperature of the air on your skin, notice the sound your feet make as you walk, let your eyes move and see whatever is available, smell the air, touch the textures that you pass by as you walk. As much as possible, just be in the moment with the changing scenery of your walk. Notice the patterns you see along the way, how the flowers grow, the way the dog attacks a bone, or the stillness of the evening. It will not take long to be in the flow. The motion, patterns and connections between everything becomes apparent at the gut level. On your return, just sit still and allow whatever is there to emerge. On a gut level, you always know more than you think you do.
Whenever things become difficult, remain quiet, silent and present. In the present is the presence. Go within, get naked. Feel free. All you do will be an expression of the divine presence.You are never alone and helpless.
The force that guides the stars and the universe is also behind you.
Life is based on an irrevocable moral law of cause and effect. Whatever we are is a result of our actions, thoughts and speech in preceeding lives. We are a result of our deeds. Both good and bad deeds have effects. The effect is light or strong according to the intention of the deed. So, for examople, if we kill a mosquito, the effect is much lighter than if we kill a human being. Also, if a good deed is thoughtfully planned, the resulting beneficial effects are greater than a good deed done just to get rid of an obligation.
Human beings classify themselves according to their deeds. This law of cause and effect by its nature is just, irrevocable and righteous. Thus, because of this law, the results of a iuman being's actions, both good and bad deeds - must be acted out. Energy is created by our deeds and actions and a tremendous amount of energy is expanded through a deed fostered by great hatred or passion. Energy can be created by the heat cast off our bodies and generated by a person's soul, psyche or mind.
However, the fruits of one's actions might not be realised in the present lifetime, but in a future life. Some yogis understand the concept of rebirth not as physical death and rebirth, but as the rebirth of a person's mind (”be ye renewed by the changing of your mind”) from moment to moment, which can place a person temporarily in various realms. Anger, for instance, could catapult one into a state of hell. Joy, on the other hand, could lift one to soar to the blissful, god realm. Others, however, understand the concept of rebirth not as a fluctuating mental state, but as a physical rebirth after the cessation of any one particular life.
Yet we must go on aspiring and the necessary progress is bound to come. There is no end to progress and every day one can learn to do better what one does.
Various realms of consciousness exist in worlds reserved for those with a high degree of spiritual development. Standard human life is experienced through four lower forms of consciousness and twenty-six higher ones. Some of these different forms of life are embodied and visible through the human eye, such as animal, insect and human life. But there are other realms of life that are not visible. Sometimes forms of consciousness from the demon and spirit realms will allow a person to see them.
The result of past deeds causes rebirth into various mental realms. Greed, anger and fear, are examples. For instance, because of excessive greed in previous lives, hungry ghosts exist in a lesser world of human beings. They are tormented in an existence plagued by unsatisfied cravings. Unable to communicate in a way that will satiate their hunger or thirst, they cannot ask for the food or possessions they desire.
However, there exists a common quality amongst all beings that embody the various realms of consciousness, whether they be hellbeings, hungry ghosts, insect, millionaire, mountain or empire. The common quality is impermanence, a constant decaying and changing, which is uncontrollable. It is this impermanence, and a human being's insistence on liking and disliking, wanting and not wanting, that causes suffering. No individual, whether animal, human of god (if gods exist) is permanent. Each is a compound, a coming together, of elements such as form, matter, and mental qualities in each individual. Without any exception, the relation of two component parts, constantly changing, is never the same for any two consecutive moments. No sooner has separateness and individuality begun, than dissolution, disintegration begins too.
A thoughtful serious exploration of the subtle realms is an unfailingly rich and revelatory journey, which charts the archetypal drama of human transformation from the eight worldly dramas of loss and gain, pleasure and pain, failure and success, fame and disgrace, and from a false itentity to a true one, from immaturity to wisdom, from fear and pride to courage and genrosity. Love, which expresses itself as a sign of true spiritual maturity, not just a good feeling, lies at the heart of it all. Even though it rises and falls, comes and goes, we deepen in the lessons of love across our whole lives and all the realms. We uncover the art and science of building deeper heart intelligence in all the states, structures and dimensions of our being.
We don't always know why our mood lifts, or where the next inspired idea will come from, or where the energy that enables us to perform at our best arises from, what opens our heart, or enables us to find our way to our deepest and most important life choices. But we are utterley dependnt on that sacred flow and thrive when we feel secure in our connection to the unknowable source of it all. Seeds of light planted in the subconscious and conscious mind, rooted and nourished in the very substance of the human soul are the hope and expression of excellence in the world.
All business activities must be lifted up to a higher awareness. Even when there is some medium of exchange such as money, there can be a greater degree of love, togetherness, and grace in the sharing of its activity. It need not be cold, hard cash. It can be warm spiritual cash.
Enlightenment can be realised by practising its main qualities:
Attention in the beginning,
Mindfulness in the middle, and
Choiceless awareness in the end…
until it becomes effortless and natural.
By giving attention to inattention, it changes to attention.
Namaste is a greeting which originally came from India, and has now increasingly been embraced with worldwide acknowledgement. It does not allude to a fixed time, such as good morning, good evening or good night, and can be employed both when you meet someone, and also when you take their leave. The salutation could be spontaneous or formal, a traditional gesture, or an act of awe and love. It implies a humble but high form of spiritual respect and regard. It is also traditionally used when greeting the guru, deity and respected elders.
The word is rooted in two important Sanskrit words, which are 'nama' which means the 'name', or 'form' and 'isha', which is divinity. Thus 'namaste' is a way of honouring divinity. When employed as a form of greeting, you are implying 'the divinity within me honours the divinity within you','or 'I acknowledge the universal spirit within you which is also within me', or 'the divine light within me recognises the divine light within you'.
Bring your hands together at your heart, palms touching, fingers directed upwards, and thumbs near your chest. Bow your head slightly, and voice the word 'Namaste' as your greeting. In India, often the palms together and the nod imputes 'namaste', and the word 'namaste' may not be pronounced.
The mystical and esoteric implications in the greeting is also a portrayal of the aliveness of the body representing universal qualities of manifestation, with polarities, such as male/female, solar/lunar etc which are brought to neutral when the hands come together with the traditional namaskara gesture. Additionally, the energy is centred in the hub of the heart, which brings one into balance. This thus increases the power behind your purpose to meet and greet another by connecting with the spirit of everything within them and you, and acknowledging their inner wholesomeness.
When you consciously and thoughtfully acknowledge the sacred, universal spirit of divinity within everything, you are cancelling the superiority of the personal ego to find a spiritual meeting place where both of you can reside. It strengthens trust in the god-space of the person you are greeting, and your own. You discover yourself really meaning and accepting the deeper implications of this greeting.
I bow to the divinity within you and us. May our thoughts meet. Namaste.
Two starving hawks relentlessly roamed over a green field searching for food to fill their empty stomachs. However, there were no animals in sight. One hawk was disappointed, because, using his eyes to see (naked sight: when you use only your eyes to see), he saw no food. The other hawk was quietly optimistic because he knew that the green grass provides a source of food for many animals, insects, rodents and other little birds, and assumed that the lush greenery would attract his food eventually. This is foresight, the ability to predict what will happen or be needed in the future, and vision, the act or power to anticipate that which will or may (or may not) come to be. Visionary foresight is greater than naked sight when it allows you to achieve more of your vision and goals in life.
Everyone has eyes, many can see, but only few have visionary foresight. Everyone has a brain, many can think, but only a few have wisdom. Life is a constant development towards personal mastery. Looking with a different perspective will lead to different outcomes. Your eyes can only see so much, thus seeing using only your physical eyes limits you to sensory perception. Believe and you will see, rather than rigidly needing to see with your eyes and logical mind first and believing later. Believe in your heart, start seeing with visionary foresight, to allow yourself to see beyond the physical realm to tap into infinite possibilities.
In the beginning was the word
Om (aum) is the ancient word
the universal sound energy
pulsating with pure potential.
This power, shakti, is the very nature of the Absolute.
It is the living energy
whose vibrations give rise to the whole of the manifest universe.
It is the dynamic impulse which reverberates within itself
and gives rise to all types of experience:
intellectual, volitional, emotional and spiritual.
The universe arises from sound,
as do all things with form.
Sound arises in the inner sky of our consciousness
the heart space in the head
and the sky space in the heart.
Sound unites with the vital breath and animates the inner body.
Sound is like an infinite ocean moving in all directions.
It pervades everything, both outside and inside.
In the form of the higher mind
it becomes creation, preservation, dissolution, i.e. Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva
beyond which it passes into the transcended state, turya, which is soundless.
Many of us believe that we can only be happy if we have a great deal of power, wealth, fame and sensual pleasures. There’s the societal fantasy that if you have enough money in the bank, or, a consumer fantasy, if you have enough possessions, you’ll be happy. But when we look around we see people who have plenty of these things, yet they are not happy. These objects of desire are not real conditions of happiness. If we don't take the time to stop, come home to ourselves, and look deeply, we may not know what brings us our deepest happiness.
Another is that you’ll always have someone who’s going to love you in this perfect way, and even if they do love you...that’s today. You don’t know what’s going to happen next week or next year. Things change. We’re a river of change, and if we try to hold on, what we end up getting is rope burn. It’s a recipe for suffering. If instead, we accept the fact that everything changes and discover that we can float, swim or surf rather than try to stop the waves, then our life becomes more responsive. It becomes more of a dance and there’s a tremendous joy that comes with it. There’s a certain grief and loss that must be honoured and felt, but it’s not the end of this story, and it’s not who you really are. That’s a limited identity. You were that for a while. Now, you’re going to be something else and that’s the way life unfolds itself all the time.
Just as well-tended compost becomes a flower garden, when we take care of and look deeply into our dysfunction, we can transform it into understanding and compassion.
Cultivating understanding means that first of all we must understand suffering - the suffering within us and that of others. Nonjudgmentally recognising and embracing something is not the same thing as giving in to it. A human being without understanding is a human being without compassion, utterley alone, cut off, and isolated, unable to relate to any other human being. Not a happy being.
Sitting and walking mindfully, you begin to understand. You are running as far away as possible from the lonliness, grief, sadness, anger, and emptiness that you feel you cannot bear. The pain that a person has, that they do not know how to handle, is the reason they suffer so much, and also the cause of making the people around them suffer. What a person in this predicament needs is help, not punishment. Then your own suffering of anger or jealousy will dissipate and the flower of compassion will be born.
When there is no more blame or criticism in your eyes, when you are able to look at others with compassion, you see things very differently. You speak differently. The othr person can sense that you are seeing them with undertanding and this already eases their pain significantly.
Understanding and compassion are not for somebody else to cultivate. This is what heals you and Increases your happiness. A world without suffering would also be a world without compassion and understanding. Joining the dots, this is why we should not run away from one unpleasant thing after another. Holding our suffering, looking deeply into it, without judging it as right or wrong, good or bad, deserved or undeserved, and transforming it into compassion, we find a way to happiness.
There are only two things that we can claim. One is our mind and the other is the point within us which is home to the mind. Mind consiste of the functions of perception, memory, thought, emotion and cognition. The home of the mind is at the centre of the body, in the spiritual heart, which is the inner path to enlightenment. All enlightened beings use this path to attain Nirvana, the source of pure wisdom and to break free of suffering while gaining knowledge of the reality of life and the world.
From the first moment you get the dharma, you will know that you cannot waste a further moment of your life. You will want your inner experience of meditation to progress so that you can advance your perfections each and every day. When you reinforce your commitment day by day, you will be left with constant delight and joy from within you. Following the example of the sages, consolidae your purpose in life for yourself and you will find your own spiritual life replenished with determination.
What you learn becomes a part of who you are. Everyday you are smarter than you were the day before. When you chose to live your life with a deeper quest for knowledge and the perennial wisdom that arises from your immersion in yoga and meditation, your practices enable you to eradicate fear and anxiety and to truly accept life as it is. It can help you improve your productivity and focus, increase self-awareness and help you change unhealthy habits. Wherever you are, be all there. Because like attracts like, eventually you will find yourself being surrounded by others who are on this path too. The most important thing, wherever you are, is not to neglect your meditation practiceand thus let your purpose in life slip away. Do not harbour expectations in your mind. It's enough not to let your practice deteriorate. However, when you notice improvements, know that this has been a result of your consistent effort to maintain subtlety of mind all along.
It's all the play of Consciousness.
Life itself is the play of consciousness.
Consciousness, not matter, is the raw material of the universe.
To embrace consciousness fully, is to enable yourself to find fulfilment.
The degree of fulfilment you have in your life
is an exact match to the amount of consciousness you can access.
When you raise and expand your consciousness,
then you increase your fulfilment.
Remind yourself that you are in a place where happiness and love happen.
It is here. Just feel it.
Trust yourself and acknowledge the power of your worth, beauty and purpose.
Embrace the challenge of self acceptance by feeling loved from within and without.
Do not let fear hold you back from saying yes to life, invitations and human interactions.
Hurt people hurt people.
You will not be abandoned, rejected, judged or used,
so you need not feel stuck and blocked from moving forward.
You are no longer trapped in a habit of being insensitive and cold.
The past can no longer taint your self-value and ability to give and receive love,
The amount of love you have and give
is secondary to the magnitude you hold captive in your heart.
Acknowledge your ability to reveal, create, and unleash love.
instead of waiting in hope that someone will find you
and put back the missing and broken parts,
Remember that you don't need anyone, anything or permission to invoke love.
You already have and are everything you will ever need.
You are love.
Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just Be. Step into a vision for your life that excites and inspires you. You don’t need to twist and turn everywhich way in order to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.
Many people consider walking on water or in thin air (lveitation) a miracle. But the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in the air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we must recognise: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the curious eyes of a child, our own two eyes. All this and more is a miracle. To live in the present moment is a miracle. Being alive is a miracle. Identify your barrier/s to manifesting your desires. Break through the number one inner pattern that is in the way of your access to your power.
The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments.” In our relationships, when you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence. How can you love if you are not there?
“I have arrived. I am home. My destination is in each step. Now is the time: this is it.
Don’t live as though you are already dead, consumed by your past, terrified of your future, and stuck in your anger and jealousy. Such feelings cannot permit us to feel truly alive; and will feel are just walking corpses.
Love with every cell in your body
Inhale love, exhale gratitude. Love in such a way that the person you love feels free. Connect with love and intuition so you can begin to navigate your way to your destiny. Experience the power that opens up when you’re supported by love.
Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Allow conscious breathing to be your anchor. Smile, breathe and go slowly. Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, and unites your body to your thoughts. Breathing in, I calm my mind and body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.
Surrender i.e. Let go
Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything: anger, anxiety, or possessions, we cannot be free. Many people find it difficult to let go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. Tell yourself: I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free.
There is no path to peace. The path is peace. Peace is the way. Uproot the violence in your life, and learn to live compassionately and mindfully. Seek peace. When you have peace within, real peace with others is pos- sible. We are peaceful, if we are happy. Smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in your family, and the entire society, will benefit from your peace.
I have arrived, I am home. Now is the time: This is it.
Make love your religion,
Practice your life,
Your body your temple,
Forests your shrine,
Stars your eyes…
Heaven your canvas,
Meditation your teacher,
Your prayers your authentic expression,
Truth your relationships
Tears, sweat and rain your holy water…
Life is the playground,
Breath the classroom,
Every waking moment your rebirth
Your most epic love is already within
Spill your guts and unleash the wisdom of your soul.
In our internal experience, before the eye of the mind, numerous possibilities, with numerous choices, arise and pass away in every moment. The choices we make define who we actually are in any given moment, and, from one moment to another, who we are can change radically. But the good news is that profound and radical liberation from ignorance always exists as living possibility in every moment.
To be awake is make choices that express a love for truth, a preference for that which is sacred. There is only one self within us and that one self becomes what it chooses.
Choices that demonstrate attachment to falsehood and identification with that which is unwholesome, in a kind of blinded and deeply conditioned way, can be deemed ignorance.
When we no longer want to make the these choices, we are literally purifying ourselves of the desire to choose ego, neediness and separation. It is then that we been to see directly for ourselves how the law of karma actually works.
The problem is that most people do not want to rid themselves of this fundamental division. When we look deeply into our fundamental relationship with life, the attraction we have to the sacred is divided - we demand room for ourselves - a self that is inherently separate, ambitious and driven by fear.
An accumulated, karmic momentum from making unwholesome choices over and over again, consistently, over a long period of time, is created. Selfishness and separation creates a powerful momentum that literally becomes self generating, usurping, and ultimately taking control over the energy of the personality, propelling it forward in time.
Often when people begin spiritual practice in earnest, they encounter this force of karma, begin to battle with it and experience an enormous force of resistance.
To be free, consistency is everything. To succeed, you must develop a deep confidence in your own ability to continuously make the choice to be free, whether it feels like the right thing to do or not. Freedom has no history.
Spiritual experience in and of itself, will not liberate you from the tremendous power of the accumulated chains of karmic momentum. Spiritual experience may indeed enable you to directly perceive the true and right relationship of all things, but making the right choices makes it possible for us to act upon that revelation.
- Stand up
- Spread your arms up high to the ceiling in a V shape - really open up
- Smile :)
- Hold for a minute or so.
Notice how you feel. Don’t you feel better? More energetic? Happier?
Nothing has changed externally. All you did was raise your arms and smile.
Research shows that there are certain movements that we do that make us happier and some movements that do the opposite. Movements of spreading out and opening up, smiling can have a real positive emotional effect on our body. Slouching and leaning (such as when texting) does the opposite. So watch out for your movements, try to be open a little more and slouch a little less. Every little thing helps
Do you ever stop to wonder how you got where you are? What has been going through your head for let’s say the last five years of your life…or fifteen…even more? Simply journal your answers to questions such as:
On a scale of one to ten, how happy are you?
If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?
If time and money were no object, what would you be doing with your life?
What do you taste like?
What can you smell right now?
What does your song of fire and ice look like?
Describe your energetic imprint.
Who are your mentors that mirror by leading the way you want to live in your world today?
What are you waiting for?
Life: what’s in it for you?
Return to the questions again over the years, and notice how your answers change (or don’t)!
Tom was travelling by train with Alex, his twenty-five year old son. The train was about the leave the station and all passengers were settling down into their seats. As the train started, Alex was filled with a lot of joy and courisity. Sitting by the window, he reached one hand out to feel the passing air and shouted “Dad, look, all the trees are going behind.” Tom smiled admiringly at his son's feelings. The couple of people sitting beside them, listening to the conversation between father and son sqirmed in akwardness at the attitude of the 25 year old man behaving like a child. Suddenly Alex shouted, “Dad, see the pond and the animals. Clouds are moving with the train!” The couple were even more embarassed. Then it started raining, and some rain drops fell onto Alex's hand. Filled with joy he closed his eyes and shouted again, “Dad, it's raining water, water is touching me, see dad, see.” Tom was happy. The couple thought they were being helpful when they asked Tom why he didn't visit a doctor to get treatment for his son. To which Tom replied: “Yes, we are coming from the hospital. Alex was born blind and today he is coming from treatment - he's got his eyesight for the first time.
Perhaps the lesson here is not to draw conclusions until we know all the facts.
Do you imagine the universe is agitated?
Go into the desert at night and look out at the stars.
This practice should answer the question.
- Lao Tzu
Spiritual attention and aesthetic contemplation both consist of suspending our thoughts, leaving us positively empty, ready to be penetrated by the other, seeking no-thing, yet ready to receive anything. Everything in your life presents a vehicle for transformation. Be transformed.
You have a body. Whether you like it or not, it’s yours for life, this time around. The body lives in the moment. It is beneficial to remember this, because if you want to know how to get into this moment, the fastest, easiest way is to bring your attention to your body. Your body is always right here, right now. So also is your breath. When we are truly here, there's enver anywhere else we would rather be. Thisherenow is the destination of satisfaction.
You have the opportunity to learn lessons. By learning you grow. You may like the lessons or not, both ways they will teach you. If you don’t like them, you have the choice to change the way you think about them.
There is no mistakes or failure, only feedback. Mental growth is a process of trial and error experimentation. So called failures are as much a part of the process as are successes andl solutions. Mistakes are what we call a learning experience we think should not have happened are are taking personally.
Lessons need to be repeated until they are learned. Importantly you must understand that a lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. You then go on to the next lesson.
Learning does not end as long as you are alive.
There is nothing better than where you are until you have learned the reasons for being where you are. Anything that looks better is an illusion and a distraction.
Abundance is not something we acquire. it is something we tune into. See yourself and the entire world living in abundance and you will attract it. It works every time, and with every person. You, like everyone have the resources within you to deliver the life you want. What you choose to do with them is up to you.
You can’t love or hate something about another person unless it reflects to you something you love or hate about yourself.
Attempts to find a source of love that is not dependent on outer circumstances prove fruitless when you've lost your authentic self. Self-abandonment is at the core of so many challenges.
Learn how to share love rather than get love. Approach new relationships from a stance of fullness rather than neediness.
Unconditional love is one of the great goals and greatest blessings of life. Spiritual teachers call this kind of love your 'divine birthright,' voicing platitudes such as 'love is all there is,' while psychologists talk about it as the hallmark of healthy adulthood. To experience less judgment and more true and lasting self-love you need to reset your priorities and get back on track. Truly loving yourself, deepening unconditional love and self-worth arises through inner bonding, one that blends spiritual practices such as mindfulness
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. You don't need to wait for the right mood to strike, or until the mind quiets down. You can be willing to do something you don't want to do. You can have all kinds of opinions and distracting thoughts and still be willing to take action when it is necessary. For example, a woman who is pregnant
doesn't want to go through the pain and discomfort of childbirth, but she is willing. You can have all kinds of opinions about why it would be impossible for you to achieve this or that, or why you can't reach your goal and still be willing to do so. Just knowing that you are willing can energise and inspire you. The more you are willing, the more conscious you become and the greater the transformation you will have in your relationship with money and in your life. To arrive at level of willingness than you could have ever thought possible,you must learn to listen beyond your doubts and worries. This is powerful indeed..
You have a brain that took thousands of millions of years to create. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with an instruction manual with obvious reason. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and hankering for reward. Freedom is without motive. Feedom is not at the end of the evolution of human beings but lies in the first step of existence. In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of your daily existence and activity.
Wake up calls challenge you to transform the way you think about life. Awake, arise and stop not till the goal is reached - Swami Vivekanand reminded us.
I encourage you to awaken, be inspired, invincible, purposeful andmost importantly, to take the first step. Don't be afraid. Don't be intimidated. Don't waorry about what happend next. You will be guided each step of the way. Real spiritual practice is how we live our lives from moment to moment.
Answer the following questions:
What do I really want to do with my life?
What do I really want to use my money for?
What are the talents that I want to develop?
Listen to your being.
It continuously gives you hints, from it's still, small voice.
It does not shout at you.
And when you are silent you will start feeling your way.
Be the person you are. Never try to be another, and you will become mature.
Maturity is accepting the responsibility of being oneself, whatsoever the cost.
Risking all to be yourself, that's what maturity is all about.
The only way to fail at this project called 'Life' is not to face it…
to excuse yourself from feeling and thinking deeply,
to refuse your own copyright,
to let someone or something else dictate how you feel.
Everything else in 'The Book of Life' can be fixed,
except your refusal to write it.
However difficult or ugly life can get for you,
know that your creativity is non-negotiable.
It is precisely what will help you fight the darkness of the soul
and demons of the ordinary.
With Shanti Yoga you join the creatively maladjusted,
those others call crazy and misfits,
those who think they can change the story of the world
by rewriting their own.
Don't postpone your aliveness.
The wheel of time won't stop.
Life will keep happening to you, no matter what.
You might as well seize the day,
write truer stories on your heart
and choose to happen to life instead.
Shanti Yoga is a call to a life more abundant,
to co-create a more authentic, aware and unapologetic human experience,
to leave a deeper imprint on the world.
John and Marcia got married and moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, Marcia sees her neighbor hanging the washing outside and says: "That laundry is not very clean; she doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap."
John looked on, remaining silent. Every time their neighbor hung out her wash to dry, Marcia made the same comments. However, a month later, Marcia was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to John: "Look, she's finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this? "
To which John replied, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
And so it is with life. Often what we see when watching others depends upon the clarity of the window through which we look.
Yet, the deeper, more profound issue is how to make visible, that which by its essential nature, is invisible, and the paradox of talking about those things, which by their essential nature cannot be spoken of, those things which count, yet cannot be counted, but perhaps only pointed to. Therefore we are silent. Which reminds me of the Buddhas silent sermon: All his disciples were perplexed, except for one, who, who upon seeing the lotus, smiled, bowed to the Buddha,and said “I understand”. Yet, is it necesssary to understand? Would simply loving be enough?
Ask and you will receive.
Seek, and you will find,
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives,
and he who seeks finds,
and to him who knocks it will be opened.
is a bold promise from the Bible.
Could it be absolutely true?
Could why we don't have what we want be from lack of asking, our doubts,
or because we haven't as yet learnt how to ask?
What if you could
- forge an unshakable connection to the truth of who you are?
- know in every cell of your being that you’re worthy of being loved and supported?
- wake up each day, trusting that all of life is organising around your success in ways that give you the courage to honour your desires and listen to your own inner guidance?
- assist a tribe of human being by standing with them to support their greatest vision for their life?
- make that vision a reality?
This is what is possible when you awaken.
Pencil: I'm sorry
Eraser: For what? You didn't do anything wrong.
Pencil: I'm sorry because you get hurt because of me. Whenever I made a mistake, you're always there to erase it. But as you make my mistakes vanish, you lose a part of yourself. You get smaller and smaller each time.
Eraser: That's true. But I don't really mind. You see, I was made to do this. I was made to help you whenever you want to correct something you've done wrong. Even though one day, I know I'll be gone and you'll replace me with a new one, I'm actually happy with my lot. So please, stop worrying. I hate seeing you sad.
This conversation between the pencil and the eraser is very inspirational. Parents are like the eraser to their pencil children. They're there, cleaning up their mistakes, and sometimes along the way they get hurt, and become smaller, older, and eventually pass on.
Though their children will eventually find someone new (spouse), parents are still happy with what they do for their children, and worry when they s their precious ones worrying, or sad.
All our life, we've been the pencil. It often pains us to see the eraser (that is our parents, our spouse, our lovers) getting smaller and smaller each day. One day, all that we will be left with will be eraser shavings and memories of what we used to have. Honour your parents and those you love and who love you. Be a gift to the world. People need our help. Let's get the whole world reflecting, meditating, loving, sharing. Smile and the whole yoga world smiles with you. And, yes it comes full circle. What we give becomes a gift to us.
While we are alive, electrical activity in the brain displays in the form of one of various brainwaves. Although all are present at all times, the predominant brain wave depends upon a person’s level of brain activity.
We emit beta waves, which are the fastest of the brain waves, when we engage in mental activities, such as in conversation, or making a presentation.
Alpha waves are slower than Beta waves, and represent calmness. Your brain emits alpha waves when you take a break from working, or in the relief of having completed a presentation and maybe stepped outside. You also enter alpha wave state when you start to meditate.
Theta waves are slower than alpha waves and can be difficult to attain. Theta waves may be induced when our subconscious takes over. You often have your best ideas when in a theta state, and there are many positive healing benefits of being in this state.
Delta wave are emitted when we are in a dreamless sleep, and thus are very slow.
You've probably heard the expression, "Whether you believe you can or you believe you can't, you're right!" Belief is such an important factor in whether you succeed or fail…in fact in everything. The challenge is that many of our core beliefs are stored in the unconscious mind, below our level of rationality. The good news is that you can change that. You are infinitely powerful.
When you learn to detach from your thoughts, the less you will react to them, and thus begin to dramatically lower your stress levels. Consider the number of times your thoughts took a turn, and, regardless of the reality of the situation, you went along for the ride, getting so worked up that you couldn't concentrate on the task at hand. Don't be too hard on yourself. Learning to observe your thoughts can end needless suffering, When your thinking thoughts pass, you will be in the clear sky of your mind.
The emperor was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. However, instead of choosing one of his assistants or his children, he decided to do something different.
He called the young people in his kingdom together and said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one from amongst you.”
The subjects were shocked! But the emperor continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today, one very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next
Ling was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly told his mother the
story. She helped him get a pot and planting soil, and he planted the seed and watered it carefully.
Every day he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about 3 weeks, some of the other youths began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Ling kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three, four, five weeks went by…still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants but Ling didn’t have a plant, and he felt like a failure. Six months on and still nothing in Ling’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing.
Ling didn’t say anything to his friends. He just kept waiting for his seed to grow. A year finally went by and all the youths of the kingdom brought their plants to the emperor for inspection.
Ling was reluctant to take an empty pot but his Mother persuaded him to be honest about what happened. Feeling sick to his stomach, because he knew his Mother was right, he took his empty pot to the palace.
Ling was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other youths. They were beautiful, in all shapes and sizes. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other kids laughed at him. A few felt sorry for him and just said, “Hey nice try.”
When the emperor arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted the young people. “My, what great plants, trees and flowers you have grown,” said the emperor. “Today, one of you will be appointed the next emperor!”
Ling just tried to hide in the back. All of a sudden, the emperor spotted Ling at the back of the room with
his empty pot. He ordered his guards to bring him to the front. Ling was terrified. “The emperor knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me killed!”
When Ling got to the front, the Emperor asked his name. “My name is Ling,” he replied. All the kids were laughing and making fun of him. The emperor asked everyone to quiet down. He looked at Ling, and then announced to the crowd, “Behold your new emperor! His name is Ling!”
Ling couldn’t believe it. Hecouldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new emperor?
Then the emperor said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds, which would not grow. All of you, except Ling, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!”
Live authentically. Plant honesty. Even the boiled seed will reap trust.
Every attack is a spiritual attack. Seeds of doubt, stress and condemnation in your mind weaken you. They turn you away from your real strength and faith and towards your problems, which is not a position you want to be in. .
Be grateful for love. Be guided by faith. Magnify wholesomeness. Despite your circumstances and how you feel, choose to acknowledge that nothing is bigger than you and there is no challenge that you cannot overcome. Recognising how the mind functions and training it properly constitute the prime spiritual discipline of the yogi.
Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and trees only as long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it it tranquil and relaxed. Strength and confidence comes from within you. Self is everywhere.
You would need to be totally egocentric to believe you are self-made. Each one of us is made because so many people helped us become who we are.
What will it profit you if you gain the whole world and forfeit your life?
For a future to be possible we must look at our choices, responsibilities and be awake to the motivation and consequence of our actions.
We can take up the way of
- speaking truthfully
- speaking of others with openness and possibility
- meeting with others on equal ground
- cultivating a clear mind
- taking only what is freely given and giving freely of all that you can
- engaging in intimacy respectfully and with an open heart
- letting go of anger
- supporting life.
The journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step.
And there are many paths
But the only one that leads to the top of the mountain
is the one you make for yourself.
What confronts you?
No where to run
No where to hide
No where to duck for cover.
What is the fight?
Nothing to attack
Nothing to defend.
Truth is naked.
From the Earth came herbs
and from the herbs came the seeds
that give life to human beings. Taittriya Upanishad (11:6)
Know that you started life as a sacred seed.
You are a sacred being.
You are on sacred ground.
We live in a busy world where everyone is distracted. Every day, seemingly ‘innocent’ distractions hold us back from being of higher service to ourselves, each other, and the planet. These could be facebook, chatty co-workers, salty snacks, smartphone apps…It’s often too tempting to give into our fleeting sensory desires instead of doing the work to unearth the real treasures in our daily lives.
But now that you are in process of awakening, it’s more important than ever to cast away those distractions and start to focus and step up to what you’re truly capable of. What most people don’t realise is, achieving this focus isn’t about making some epic declaration and expecting your life to change overnight. It’s about conditioning yourself to keep making the right decisions in the moments that make up your life.
Right now, it is more important than ever to manage your life, control inappropriate actions, concentrate and be single minded. Then you will offer no resistance to the tangible force present, that you can experience in your everyday reality, where all the most important things lie. The presence lies in your consciousness. Live in a state of harmony, intent and surrender to the divine will.
You have extraordinary gifts, talents and abilities deep within you
that may be beyond your current understanding.
You have amazing power, that is already within you, to reduce your own pain.
You have the ability to raise your vibration, to accelerate healing.
To recover your understanding of your unknown, lost and forgotten abilities,
Unplug, Find a quiet space. Come home. Settle in.
Trust your intuition and be guided by love.
The mystery of grace is such that it meets us where we are
and does not leave us where it found us.
You are a child of the Universe. You are here to complete an important task. What is more important than this? Did you think it was going to be an easy journey here? Why would someone with your strength, capability and experience be put to a cushy assignment? This is the most essential assignment in the universe at this time. That is why you, and so many others are here. It is not to have an easy time, living in the lap of luxury. It is to show others what being awake, living in love and from the heart really looks and feels like. Part of that curriculum is meant to reveal that the consumer oriented life that destroys mother earth in the process, isn’t the way to live. It would be challenging to promote this message if you are focused on joining them in their materialistic pursuits.
Connect with your inner knowing to gain clarity on what your specific piece of the puzzle looks and feels like on this planet. Be silent, so that your intuition guides you as to who you are to partner with in order to make this a powerful as well as joyful experience. We are meant to show the way of the new world, one that includes collaboration and cooperation in loving community. What is your role in bringing about this reality?
To reap, first you must sow. This is one of the fundamental principles that applies to boosting your health, relationships, finances, career… and anything in life.
Peter and his dad were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, Peter falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”
Curious, he calls out: “Who are you?” and receives the answer: “Who are you?” Angered at this response, he screams: “Coward!” and receives the answer: “Coward!”
Peter looks to his dad and asks: “What’s going on?” Dad smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.” And then, screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The voice answers: “I admire you!” Again dad yells: “You are a champion!” The voice answers: “You are a champion!”
Peter is surprised, but does not understand. To which his dad explains: “People call this an echo my son, but really this is life. It gives back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your own competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life; Life will give you back everything you have given to it.”
Your life is not a coincidence; it’s a reflection of you!
But beyond suffering,
there lies a state of being
which you may not know as yet:
where suffering is unknown.
Streamline your commitments. Focused action is much more powerfu than spreading yourself too thinly. It's the difference between a laser beam and a light bulb.
Give up fermented or distilled liquors, and hard drugs which confuse the mind. Refrain from taking what is not given to you. Do not kill or commit adultery and refrain from false speech, harsh speech, lying, belittling, backbiting, and idle gossip. Live in peace.
You can progress through meditation, but through work, provided it is done in the right spirit, you can progress ten times more. There is no end to progress, and every day you can learn to do better what you do. There are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.
Free your mind from unwholesome mental hindrances such as attachment, ill-will, torpor and sloth, restlessness and mental worry, and doubt. Cultivate detachment and the four wholesome qualities: metta, loving kindness, karuna, compassion, mudita, sympathetic joy and upekkha, equanimity to know a higher level of being.
Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it. Whilst having a vision for how life should look, spending a lot of time making plans, and working to shape the world around you to make it happen, is an essential part of living a powerful life, what's more important is how you handle the situations that life hands you. You could bemoan the cards you're dealt with a grimace, or you could smile and play the hand you are dealt. In the process you will discover new possibilities you couldn't have forseen or imagined. You may not be able to 'see' the gift behind the obstacles, trials, tribulations and inconveniences in your path, but their meaning and value will become apparent in over time. Live your life with collaboration and participation and you will live a much more fun, exciting and enjoyable life. Some of the time you cannot choose the cards you are dealt, so accept what arises, spin it into gold, and trust that everything will work out wonderfully. Because it will. Steady effort always beings about great results.
The Unfolding of a Rosebud
Penny was walking with grand-dad in the garden one day. Feeling a bit insecure about her mission in life and her future, she asked the older, more experienced grandpa for some advice.
Granddad walked up to a rosebush and handed Penny a rosebud and told her to open it without tearing off any petals.
Penny looked in disbelief at his older mentor and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with her wanting to know the divine will for her life’s journey. But because of her great respect and love for him, she proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact. It wasn’t long before she realised how impossible this was to do.
Noticing Penny’s inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it, grandpa began to recite the following poem:
It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of nature’s design;
But I cannot unfold the petals,
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as you and I.
Nature opens this flower so easily,
But in our hands they die.
When I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of nature’s design,
Then I look for nature’s wisdom
To unfold this life of mine
So I’ll trust in the universe for leading
Each moment of my day.
And look within for guidance
In each step along the way.
The path that lies before me,
Only my future knows.
I’ll trust the universe to unfold the moments,
Just as it unfolds the rose.”
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The Parable of the Four Friends
Lisa had four friends.
She loved the fourth friend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best.
Lisa also loved the third friend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another.
She also loved her second friend. He was her confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever Lisa faced a problem, she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times.
Lisa’s first friend was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not love the first friend, although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him!
One day, Lisa fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, ‘I now have four friends with me, but when I die, will I be alone.’
Thus, she asked the fourth friend, ‘I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company? “No way!”, replied the fourth friend, and he walked away without another word. His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart.
Saddened, Lisa then asked the third friend, “I loved you all my life. Now that I’m dying, will you follow me and keep me company?” “No!”, replied the third friend. “Life is too good! When you die, I’m going to marry someone else!” Lisa’s heart sank and turned cold.
She then asked the second friend, “I have always turned to you for help and you’ve always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?”
“I’m sorry, I can’t help you out this time Lisa”, replied the second friend. “At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.” His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and Lisa was devastated.
Then a voice called out: “I’ll go with you. I’ll follow you no matter where you go.” Lisa looked up, and there was her first friend who was suffering from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly relieved, Lisa ”I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!”
This story is a parable of the four friends in your life:
Your fourth friend is your body. No matter how much time and effort you lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when you die.
Your third friend is your possessions, status and wealth. When you die, they will all go to others.
Your second friend is your family and friends. No matter how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.
Your first friend is your spirit, which is often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. However, your spirit is always present, wherever you go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, and throughout eternity. Be blessed.
Be happy, not because everything is perfect. Just decide and commit to celebrate imperfections and see beyond them.
When the world pushes you to your knees, could this indicate that you are in a perfect position to pray?
John and Marcia got married and moved into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they were eating breakfast, Marcia saw their neighbour hanging the washing outside and commented: "That laundry is not very clean. Perhaps she needs a better laundry detergent."
John looked on, remaining silent. Every time their neighbor hung out her washing to dry, Marcia made the same comments. However, a month later, Marcia was surprised to see a nice clean wash hanging on the line and said to John: ”Look, she's finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?” To which John replied, "I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”
And so it is with life. Often what we see when watching others depends upon the clarity of the window through which we look
Albert Einstein wrote, "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." Yet so many people in the world attempt to solve their problems and achieve their dreams at the same level of consciousness they are at when they created them, and then, why wonder why it hasn't worked. Yes, the solution is really that simple. To solve a problem you must lift your level of consciousness. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. Everything you change changes everything. Change is expansive, freeding, liberating - it's growth. You can come to deep resolutions if you just raise your consciousness enough. Meditate deeply.
Celebrations and the offers for American Independence Day abound. Yet, do we really need independence
Amongst our grave concerns that we, as a first world collective county have, is our excessive dependence on drugs, quick-fix solutions, instability, and a lot of unattended physical and emotional suffering.
Personal freedom is liberty from the restrictions of social oppression and from the self-oppression of fear. When we are free from these, we have the ability to express who we truly are and pursue what we deeply desire without restrictions set by others or ourselves. We are truly free when we are at home with ourselves, when we know deeply about ourselves, when we team up with others, seek the right path and take concrete action to walk on it…it is then that we feel the joy of independence. And with independence, comes an additional power of being able to do for others, to help them become empowered too.
Shanti Yoga brings for you ways to empower yourself, ways to adopt a deeper, more satisfying lifestyle, from diet, to exercise to meditation to thoughtful relationships, and everything that empowers you to live the quality of life you deserve. When experiencing personal freedon, you have a heightened sense of genuineness and joy in your being. You feel unbounded, independent and self-reliant. There is a palpable authenticiy and aliveness in how you relate to others and contribute to the world.
When we are deeply asleep we struggle with lack of meaning, depression, materialism, emptiness and way too much partying. If we are lucky, we get a wake up call. The massive shift in consciousness that's sweeping across the planet needs you to step up to your highest purpose and deepest potential in this time of change. The perennial wisdom from Vedic sources and our deep origins equip us serve as luminaries to kindred spirits across the world.
• Start by knowing your values. What is really important in your life?
• Understanding these, navigate the sources of stress and obstacles in your life.
• Practice deep and consistent daily meditation.
• Master simple yet profound yoga breathing practices (pranayama) and do them daily.
• Learn and practice classical Shanti yoga to keep your body healthy and flexible.
• Supercharge your mind-body by eating natural foods, and as close to their food source as possible.
• Honour the unique needs of your personal lifestyle, always remembering to modify your behaviour and decisions according to the seasons.
Who you were, who you are, and who you will be are three different people. You are not the same person as you were, so why will you be the same person in the future? Do not cling to the past. Things change all the time and we can change for the better. Just have faith. There are endless chanced to change your life till the end of time. Let's make better choices now, so that we can have a better tomorrow. Eat healthy, stay optimistic, and be awesome.
You have the ability to change your life, provided you are willing to do what is required. Being action oriented is a wonderful way to make up for the times in life when things don't work out as well as we had hoped they would the first time round. It begins with a willingness to let go of the idea that others are responsible for whatever has kept you from the vision you have for your life. Sometimes accepting that you are ultimately responsible for your own life can be a hard pill to swallow. But when you get it, you become like an artist with an infinite canvas upon which to craft a masterpiece. You begin to realise that you are not simply at the mercy of whatever destiny throws your way. You realise that you are endowed with the ability to live life big. Be awesome.
By innocently accepting suggestions of sepatateness presented by our senses, ego, family and culture, we live in grand illusion. However, we reach a point in life when the search for Truth begins. Through this inquiry we uncover the eternal unity at the core of all diversity.
In the pursuit of our dreams and goals, we can sometimes exhaust opurselves when we neglect the importance of rest. When there is so much to do, and your troubles won't go away, let go, even if it's for just a little while. In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can be as luxurious as paying attention. And, in an age of constant movement, nothing is so urgent as sitting still.
You belong in greatness. Greatness comes in various forms. You will know it is yours when your heart feels happiest. We are all destined for greatness.
Harbour no unnecessary thoughts and worries. When you have a simple mind, you can have a happy life. This is because the simple mind is a free mind.
Do not blame others for limiting you. Your soul is bigger and more powerful than ever, and you can surpass the limits you place on yourself. The Dalai Lama reminded us that 'happiness is not something ready made. It arises from your own actions'. Spread the joy.
No matter how much your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, what you wish for will come true though not necessarily in the form you currently wish it. Perseverance is the key…yet, even miracles take a little time. Practice these affirmations. They could help you become happier and fook forward to life ahead.
• Life is great. I see an abundance of gifts everywhere I go.
• I see a silver lining in everything that happens.
• Failure is an opportunity for me to learn from new experiences and welcome new opportunities.
• I see life as a never ending playground to create new memories.
• The greatest joy I get is by appreciating the people around me.
It is part of life to encounter challenge and opposition. This is the way life goes on, and it can be amazing if you know how to handle it. Do not be afraid of opposition. Opposition gives you something you can work with. Remember a kite rises against, not with, the wind. Courage is simply the capacity for mental control or presence of mind. It is about being able to gather your mental forces, in other words, to pull yourself together. Stength - physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually - comes from pushing or pulling against strong resistance. It is unlikely that you will be able to completely escape opposition. So you might as well turn your face into the wind, meet your challenges and discover the hidden strength that lies within you. The flower that blooms in adversity is rare and beautiful.
Be open-minded and learn from others. We so often expect the same patterns in life. However, when you see something or someone different, you can learn something new and expand your mind. Walk the footsteps of a stranger - one who does not look like you, or think like you - and you will learn things you never knew you never knew.
I will look at the wholesome and positive aspects in every situation.
I will think of solutions, not problems.
I will listen to relaxing, uplifting music.
Every day, I will devote some time to reading a few pages from an inspiring, uplifting book or article.
I will observe my thoughts, and whenever I catch myself thinking negatively, convert to thinking about pleasant things.
I will look at what I have done and not at what I haven't.
Each day I will do something beneficial for myself.
Each day I do at least one act to make others happy.
I will expect nothing.
I will do my best to stay detached, when things do not proceed as intended and desired.
It would seem like we spend a lot of time avaiding pain and heartbreak. Understandably. But to the extent that we cut ourselves off from the darker notes of our human existence, arnouring our hearts against pain, we surrender our access to the fullness of the light, to joy and to ecstasy. We are served both by heartbreak and celebration, often both at once. Learning how to celebrate in a way that is connected to the mystery that lets us grieve everything, both the lows and the highs allows us an incredible life. Not always serene, but open, with a ragged heart that weeps for all the world, and rejoyces, alive to the adventure of being human.
Human beings are feeling beings, and our feelings and the whole gamut, are a source of our intelligence thorugh whch our soul recognises itself.
Our thoughts lead to how we feel, which lead to our actions, which leads to our results. Thus, in order to change the results we get in our life, we need to change the way we think. Developing a deeply-rooted, inner resiliency to 'stay afloat' when times are tough helps you when you find yourself struggling to stay afloat in a great ocean of uncertainity. You can change this if you meditate daily.
You, your preferences and your values matter. Thus articulating your needs and speaking up for what you want is important. The more comfortable you feel using the power of your voice to share these three with the people around you, the more personally empowered and fulfilled you will feel in your life.
However, being assertive and being aggressive are two totally different things. Being assertive is respectfully speaking up for yourself and the things that are important to you, with power, clarity and confidence. Being pushy or aggressive (obnoxious) is trying to exert your influence and get what you want in a disrespectful or controlling way, often at the expense of other people. Note the difference.
Here are some suggestions on how to become more assertive:
Make small requests
You wouldn’t try to run a marathon without going on a few practice runs first,. Similarly, with building your “assertiveness” muscle i.e. skills
Start by making a few small insignificant requests, such as requesting to move to a different table at a restaurant, or asking a shop assistant to check in the back for a different colour or size of a specific item you like. Then, gradually work up to making bigger and bolder requests of your friends, family and co-workers, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll feel much more confident speaking up for yourself and your desires!
Be comfortable when you say “No”
The main reason most people are afraid to say “no” is fear…Fear of appearing selfish or rude, fear of hurting another person’s feelings, fear of conflict or fear of lost opportunity. However, being able to say “no” clearly and confidently is the hallmark of a healthy human being.
Healthy people have healthy boundaries, and part of being healthy is occasionally saying “no” to requests, situations or people that you can’t or don’t want to accommodate. Understand that it is ok to say “no” sometimes. In fact it’s necessary for your own self care.
Would you feel guilty about turning down a request from a friend to drive them to the airport, even though you just couldn’t make it work due to your work schedule? Would you feel bad about sending a plate of food back to the kitchen at a restaurant because it was cold, or worse yet, you found a hair in it?
Somewhere (perhaps during your childhood) you’ve probably been programmed that putting others before yourself is what “good people” do.
But this isn’t always the case. There’s nothing enlightened about overextending yourself or, worse yet, harming yourself emotionally, financially or spiritually for the sake of others. So if you do start to feel guilty as a result of declining someone else’s request, acknowledge your feeling of guilt, and then do your best to let the feeling go.
Instead of always putting other people before yourself, consider that taking care of your own needs first (which sometimes means occasionally saying no) will ultimately help you give your best to others and the world.
So today, and for the rest of this week, challenge yourself to practice speaking up for what you want, practice saying 'no' and practice self care. Healthy communication is assertive communication.
Celebrate this moment and every moment.
Rejoice in this very minute of time.
Appreciate what you have, and be thankful.
Every moment is precious.
Every second is splendid.
Value your time.
You cannot recreate, alter or change it.
Like a fleeting ship, it sails and docks.
Set your sails to catch the wind.
Embrace the journey.
With it comes loss and gain, pleasure and pain, fame and disgrace, failure and success.
Be optimistic, even though you might get disappointed.
Yet this is better than being a pessamist who has no hope.
The major value in life does not arise from what you get
but by who you become.
Just as a merchant with a smart escort and great wealth avoids a perilious way, or just as one desiring to live, avoids poison, even so should one shun evil. Neither in the sky, nor in the mid-ocean, nor in entering a mountain cave, is found that place on earth, where abiding, one may escape from the consequences of an evil deed.
All acts of living creatures become bad by ten times, and by avoiding the ten things they become good, so the Buddha's teachings tell us.
There are three evils of the body: murder, theft and adultery, and by avoiding these the things they become good. There are four evils of the tongue: lying, slander, abuse and idle talk, and by avoiding these the things they become good.
There are three evils of the mind: covetousness, hatred and error. and by avoiding these the things they become good.
To avoid the ten evils:
1. Have regard for life. Do not kill.
2. Help everybody be master of the fruits of their labour. Do not steal or rob
3. Lead a noble life of purity. Abstain from impurities.
4. Be truthful. Speak the truth with discretion, fearlesl=ness and a loving hert. Do not life.
5. Look for the good aspects of your fellow beings so that you may sincerely defend them. Do not invent nor repeat evil reports.
6. Speak decently, with dignity. Do not swear.
7. Keep conversation true to it's purpose, or keep silence. Do not waste time with gossip.
8. Celebrate and rejoyce in the fortunes of others. Do not covet nor envy.
9. Embrace all living beings with kindness. Cleanse your heart of malace and be free from hatred.
10. Should you fall prey to scepticism or errors, free your mind of ignorance and strive to learn the truth, especially with what is needed.
Jane finds herself in serious trouble. She's in dire financial straits, her business had gone bust, and she's so desperate that she decides to ask God for help, saying: "God, please help me. I've lost my business and if I don't get some money, I'm going to lose my house as well. Please let me win the lottery."
Lottery night comes, and somebody else wins.
Jane again prays, "God, please let me win the lottery. I've lost my business, my house and I'm going to lose my car as well."
Lottery night comes and she still has no luck.
Once again, Jane prays, "My God, why have you forsaken me? I've lost my business, my house, and my car. My children are starving. I don't often ask You for help, and I've always been a good servant to You. PLEASE... PLEASE... let me win the lottery just this one time so I can get my life back in order."
Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the heavens open. Jane is overwhelmed by the Voice of God who says: "Sweetheart, Oh, dearest Jane, work with me on this one. Buy a ticket!"
Chakras are wheels of light, spiralling at specific points along the spine and elsewhere in the human body that link with specific physical organs as well as the atmospheric layers that connect the cosmic and earth energies. Each of the seven chakras aligned along the spinal column are associated with your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. An imbalance in the chakras leads to disease and unhappiness.
When these energetic vortices are open, they allow the free flow of your energy with the environment. Chakras can get blocked because of various reasons, and when this occurs, the energy does not flow thorugh it properly. However, in the absence of spiritual prctice, chakras need to be sealed to prevent them from absorbing extraneous energy. A chakra is healthy and balanced when it is appropriately opened to the right extent, which is unique to you. It will spin in the right direction, allowing the right amount of energy to flow through. Because of unconscious neural patterns, the brain needs to be retrained to overcome the doubt, fear and shame that filter through the chakras and hold people back. Live your dream life in a healthy body.
Infinite inteligence is always present. It is the powerful, guiding light that lives within you. You have only to move beyond the barriers you have created, that tunes you in and out of your connection with the divine wavelength, to live in the Light. It can elevate you to heights you never dreamed were possible. Once you realise the light within, you are not the only being who will experinece the blessing. Everyone will be better and happier by reason of your appearance in their lives. Share your light with everyone in your world. You are light.
Self is an error, an illusion, a dream. Open your eyes and awake. See things as they are and you will be comforted. Those who are awake will no longer need to be afraid of nightmares. A person who has recognised the nature of the rope that seemed to be a snake, ceases to tremble. A person who has found there is no 'I' will let go of all lusts and desires of egotism. The cleaving to things, covetousness and sensuality, inherited from former existences, are the cause of suffering, and of the vanity of the world. Surrender the grasping disposition of your selfishness and you will attain to that unperturbed, calm state of mind which convery perfect peace, goodness and wisdom.
Yoga guides one and all,
innocent, ignorant and intelligent,
young, old and infirm,
man, woman, and child,
raw beginners, accomplished and advanced,
all students of yoga with equal zeal and zest
yoga transports to ultimate freedom.
Whilst all beings are endowed with certain inalienable rights, amongst which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, to enjoy such a vital, free and happy life, it is incumbent upon each individual to be vigilant and disciplined. Differences in will, motivation, effort and habit make for unequal lives.
Do not be controlled by fear, convention or the will of the masses. The greatest of your human powers is the ability to independently think for yourself, to choose your own aims, affections and actions. Govern your own life. When thoughts and actions become destructive, it is your responsibility to alter or abort them and institute new habits as the foundation for a freer, happier life. Steady efforts always bring results. Exert your power. Improve how you think and intetract in the world. The force is always with you.
There comes a time in the life of those destined for freedom when we must stand before ourselves and ask why, when we have been endowed with the heart of a human being, do we live as robots? Conformity is our jailer, and the enemy of growth. Looking squarely into the mirror of meaning we need to face our fears, stop those distractions that keep us playing at making our small egos grand, where we join society's frantic race that traps us into the maze of mediocrity, and instead, embrace our authentic being.
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Excellence in life is the aim,
but it is only by a very patient effort that this can be obtained.
All information, religion, the arts and sciences,
are all branches of the same tree,
the tree of knowledge.
Aspirations contained within them
are directed towards ennobling life on earth
which lifts life from the sphere of mere physical existence
and moves the individual towards freedom.
When facing any challenge, ask yourself the following questions:
What can I do?
What can I study or read?
Who could I talk with, or ask?
Asking is the beginning of receiving.
yet you must remember that your prevailing world view and current philosophy
will deternine whether you will embark on the path
that will take you towards a purposeful solution
or continue with errors.
Seeds of light and love planted in the conscious mind on a daily basis,
take root in the subconscious mind
and are nourished in the very substance of the human soul,
without which human beings cannot hope to express perfection in the world.
Food is a gift of the entire universe: earth, sky, air, rain, sunshine, numerous living beings and much hard, loving work of farmers and all those who process, transport and sell us the food. Eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this gift. Learn to recognise and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially greed and excessiveness, and to eat with moderation. Keep your compassion alive by eating in such a way that you reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet and reverse the process of global warming. Accept your food so that you may nurture your sisterhood and brotherhood, strenghten your community and family and nourish your ideal of serving all living beings.
Living is a perpetual and universal benediction.
There can be no doctrine,
no final statements,
just a series of observations on the path of a pilgrim
of reflections of the moon in a puddle,
and a continuous development of the intuitions and ideas so experienced
which resolves the dualism of Creator and created.
Driven to seek the truth concerning self and the universe
it seems inevitable that the day will arrive
when all doctrines will reveal
that the phenomenal universe appears to exist
because of the sensory apparatus has interpreted reality in that form,
and is in fact a product of the mind.
This is not where the journey ends,
but the terminus from which the traveller sets forth.
We never find freedom by trying to control the behaviour of others.
The need to make others fall into agreement with you
in order to get what you want
might give you the illusion of power and might,
but, in reality will render you powerless, every single time.
Watch out for the non-essential things you are trying to control.
When we clarify our vision, and clean up our vibration
we soon can see that we don't get in another's way
unless we fixate on something we don't want them to want
and use that as an excuse to mess up our vibration.
Let go of your personal preferences and fears, and let life call the shots.
When you say 'yes' to whatever comes, you journey into life's perfection.
Manifestation automatically arises from freedom from resistance.
What you want will come in the path of least resistance,
in whatever way that is appropriate
and you do not need to demand the cooperation of others.
When the behaviour of others becomes a non-issue
because you are able to focus your mind in ways
that allow you to be in alignment… in the flow,
the cooperative universe yields to you what you want, endlessly.
Other uncooperative people become irrelevant to your creation,
people, jobs, opportunities and resources appear at just the right times.
Even apparent tragedies bring hidden blessings.
Surrender to life's seemingly challenging surprises
as new opportunities each moment brings
and life unfolds in a magical way, far beyond your wildest dreams
and you will experience a deeper peace than ever before
and an empowered sense of wellbeing.
The wild longings, howling in your heart, storm to be heard.
The adventures hiding in your bones, wait to be alchemised
…into life, and art, and freedom.
Come out of your comfort zone.
Get unstuck, and be creative.
Identify your blocks, fear and limitations,
become acquainted with your pain and passion,
combine your fortes and shortcomings
to help re-create yourself from the inside out.
Your everyday life and surroundings
are the raw material of an unforgettable and extraordinary life.
Let go of anything that you cannot transform into something marvelous.
Imagination is your 'I' image, the eye magic of the soul,
creating your image of reality.
The soul's inner eye knows as it sees
and sees as it knows.
Do not tolerate, even if only for a moment,
a life that doesn't honour it.
It's pure genius will transform your world.
You must know that your body need a healthy diet and appropriate exercise to grow and be healthy. To keep it strong, functional and sharp, so does your brain. The brain uses about three times as much oxygen as muscles in the body do. Brain cells are extremely sensitive to decreases in oxygen levels, and don't survive or function well very long without it. It's simple yet amazing, to improve mental acuteness, clarity and overall brain functions. just like upgrading your computer, Shanti yoga pranayama practices increase oxygen circulation to your brain. Set out each day believing in yourself. Know without a doubt that you were made for amazing things. Do not be afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. To your genius.
Imagine what it would be like to laugh, love, live and wake up every morning
with someone who is committed to you and your welfare,
to enjoy quiet times shared with a special love that touches your soul…
What if you moved out of the shadow of doubt
and grasped enduring love
with both hands and your whole heart and mind?
It takes great courage to put yourself,
your love and your trust on the line
and to let love pervade every aspect of your life.
The relationship that is just “right” for you - is you.
Ignorance, atatchment and agression are poisons.
They continuously mislead us into false expectations
and destabilise the richness of enduring love.
Deepen and strengthen a good, loving relationship with yourself,
one in which you are in tune with your awakened heart.
What if there is no knower,
no perceiver behind the knowing,
no God behind the living.
What if, the senses meet the objects
and from their contact sensation is born,
thence results recollection.
Thus, as the sun’s power through a burning glass causes fire to appear,
so through the knowledge born of sense and objects,
Self/God is born.
The sprout springs from the seed,
both are different yet one.
Such is the birth of animated life.
Those who are slaves of the 'I',
who toil in the service of self from morning to night,
and live in constant fear of change, old age, sickness and death,
here's the good news:
your cruel master does not exist.
True yoga teaching takes place when there is the transmission of Truth. Yet Truth cannot be taught, but it can be learnt. One of the aspects of being mindfulness in teaching and in practice is that rather than continuing to seek the truth (perform the asana etc), we need simply to let go of all views. The yoga mat presents an opportunity for this engagement. Truth is the path, the student and the teacher. After dropping the label, what is, whether it’s something or nothing, personal or impersonal is all a part of the exploration.
Attitudes are contagious. Is yours worth catching? Staying positive and optimistic not only impacts your own happiness, but impacts the happiness and success of all the people around you, such as your family, friends and peers at work. We alone activate the very energy and emotion through which we experience life. A happy and vibrant life begins at the path of gratitude. If we wish to feel joy and gratitude in our lives, then we must direct our beliefs and behaviours in order to accomplish that end. And we must do it constantly, with such commitment and repetition that those emotions become the hues of our daily attitude. There is no download limit. Amidst all the chaos and conflict, all the hurry and unwholesomeness in the world, there is something solid within that is beautiful, divine, and steadfast. Lead an empowered life that is inspiring and spreads messages of encouragement. Together we can make a difference.
For many of us, our desire for instant gratification has taken over, and impatience appears to be ingrained in us. In today's fast paced world, it's becoming normal to expect everything to happen instantly, and if it doesn't, we become instantly aggravated, stressed and unhappy, and often act this out in accord! But impatience can actually be unlearnt and replaced with a substantial depth of patience. You can slow the rush-hour of life, and allievate stress by recognising the role ego plays in your level of superiority and setting realistic goals and expectations with a positive mindset. Stop worrying about the things you cannot control, and attend to the things you can do by living in the moment. Free yourself from the illusion “I have no time for this and that”. The next time you are stuck in traffic, in line at the supermarket checkout, or … whatever, what if you took the stance that you are not losing time, but gaining time to stop, breathe and be present.
Humanity facing mounting environmental, social and economic pressures can cause cynicism, hopelessness and disengagement. However, if you allow yourself to become apathetic, you become aprt of the problem, rather than the solution. This also applies to just focusing on your own personal and spiritual development. Everything is energy. If you just do the inner work without engaging in the evolution of the world, you are still not offering a real pathway forward for all.
Energy is literally pulsating through your body, flowing thought meredian lines and swirling in vortexes (chakras), junction boxes the meeting points of the meredians in your body, and grid lines in the matrix. Your aura is your energetic field. A far more beautiful, just and caring world is possible if each of us learnt to tap into our core passion and turn it into effective engagement, advocasy and action. Meditation allows you to be like a child, light and free from stress and worry. Stop. Breathe. Let go.
A person has over 50,000 thoughts per day. Most of them lack focus, concentration and intent. It is no surprise that people feel stuck. Yet, power follows thought. However, you must first realise the prison of your mind before you can escape it.
Whether it’s movement through yoga, or sitting still in a meditative space, being mindful helps slow down the mental traffic so that you can be present. In the present you have the ability to be with whatever is, whatever the moment is showing and sharing with you. The meditator’s mind holds an attitude of openness and willingness not to allow pre-conceptions to hold power over the present moment, task, lesson or relationship. It is noticing without having to deny, hide from, cling to or change the moment. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few. Take a slow, deep, long breath (or 500), slow down. Tame your expectations, expand your heart, still your mind, and allow things to unfold. Infinite possibilities await.
The mind is often compared to an iceberg, the conscious mind, the part that is visible above the surface, while the bulk of the mind, the subconscious, is hidden below the surface, and contains a vast array of information, much more than your conscious mind can handle. Many thoughts and process that you are not aware of on a conscious level, such as your beliefs, instincts and memories, and everything you have ever experienced is embedded in the subconscious mind, affecting your current thoughts, decisions and actions. Your core beliefs drive reactions such as fear, habit, self-help, desire and so on. During meditation, you're in a state of heightened awareness, and many of the inhibitions of the conscious and subconscious mind subside. You are able to go beyond your ego and find a place inside you where nothing is impossible. You feel more peaceful, focused and powerful in your daily life because you connect with your inner strength and wisdom. Do not put off your meditation practice. Believe in yourself, follow your heart and live your truth.
Your mind is vast, energetic ecosystem.
When a part of this system is weakened or blocked, energy can get stuck and stagnate.
Like a peaceful river, the meditator's mind flows smoothly and easily.
Along this path of effortless flow, you are able to live completely in the 'now'.
However, a fallen log, a tangled weed, scattered rocks and so on,
can all suddenly block your path,
making the smooth, gentle flow turbulent, even treacherous.
This element of resistance can cause your thoughts, relationships and behaviour
to become scattered, chaotic, even unwholesome.
Meditation is a great way to overcome the resistance within your mind.
With meditation, there is no end to spiritual growth and progress.
Keep on aspiring and the necessary progress will surely follow.
If you’re not in awe, and if you’re not excited about the profound transformation taking place, then you’re not paying attention. People are waking up in exponentially increasing numbers. We’re deepening our understanding of the interconnectedness of all life. In the context of this great awakening, each of us has a role to play. You have a role to play. However, the form your role takes is not nearly as important as finding your most authentic self - real, genuine, from your heart. It should feel ‘right’, as if you’ve finally come home to who you truly are, and what a great honour and privilege it is not only to be you, but also to play your role. Nevertheless, because growth is often essential, this might feel incredibly confronting, scary and challenging, but it will also feel more deeply satisfying than anything else possibly could.
Your impact is defined by the people you reach, the depth of transformation your provide to those individuals, and the degree with which your life empowers you to do the things you love. Knowledge, whilst it provides a sense of comfort to ‘know’, learn something new, or experience an ‘aha’ moment from something you read or see, is never truly enough. To change a life trajectory, the rituals, routines and habits that you perform day in and day out need to be addressed. What defines them? Is anger your energetic blueprint?
As human beings we share a common desire to create the best life possible. Because we are so different from one another, each of us lovingly endowed with unique gifts, talents and abilities, each individual path looks completely different from the next. In periods of positive momentum, when everything seems to be going well and things we want are falling neatly and miraculously into place, we feel that we are on track. However, when we experience life’s ‘pitfalls’, moments when everything feels as if everything has gone awry, we tend to feel as if we have stagnated, backtracked or even failed. The negative self talk bubbles up into our subconscious mind, telling us that we have lost our way and that we are despondingly far removed from our desired outcome. However, during these times, would it be helpful to remember that losing your way is simply not possible. Every challenge has been carefully and meticulously designed by you to elevate you to realise your full potential. Ride the waves. Consciously ride the ups and downs of your life unfolding. Develop the courage and trust to glide along powerful ocean peaks. When you fully open to, experience and ultimately transcend your unique challenges, you are freed from past limitation. In the space of surrender, you can invite the overflowing source of love and abundance that is already yours.
The path cannot exist outside you, because you are the path.
Karma is amongst the most important of Yogic concepts, yet it is often misunderstood.
Karma is a Sanskrit term which means action. Any verbal, mental or physical action, performed with intention, must be understood as Karma. Thus speech, thoughts, feelings and behaviour are all karmic. However, we create our own karma by our own will and the response or results arising from moral or immoral volition.
Body, speech and mind are the performers of karma. Manifestation of deeds is the fruit of karma. There are three kinds: positive, negative and neutral. The deeds arising from positive or negative karma are stored (in the alaya-vijyana) and will manifest when the appropriate conditios arise.
The karma performed by body, speech and mind determine the happiness and sorrow of one's life.
Killing, stealing and sexual misconduct are examples of karma the body can perform. Lying, frivolous talk, slander, harsh speech and language, often lead to argument. Greed, hatred and delusion are performed by the mind.
Everyone performes a lot of karma in their present and previous lives. Only a fraction of this karma bears the seeds that form the blueprint for our next birth. Karma brought over from previous lives, which determines our present birth is known as prarabdha karma. it has to be experienced.
All the karma from our previous births which remains as seeds after prarabdha karma has been taken out is known as sanchita karma.
The karma one accumulates during the present life, is known as agami. At the moment of death, it joins the sanchita karma, and the next birth is determined by the fraction of karma taken out from the sum of both. The fruit one experiences in this birth arises from prarabdha and a portion of the present agami. Although prarabdha is exhausted fully at the time of death, only a fraction of agami fruits now, and the rest is added to sanchita at death.
There is no agami karma for animals. They have only prarabdha and sanchita karma. The jiva (individual) born as an animal spends only their karma arising from wrong doing, which causes the jiva the animal life in the first place. In other words, the animal only experiencs prarabdha karma. Thus, a tiger does not accrue negative consequences by killing a cow. Similarly a fish in the holy Ganaga does not accrue merit because of always living in the Ganga. After spending this karma, they go back as human beings; their future birth being determined by a fraction of the remaining sanchita karma.
Karma can be changed by another karma, which is its antidote. Thus metitorious consequences can be annulled by poor choice of thought, speech and action, and vice versa.
Whenever prarabdha shows up through a pleasant result, it is considered good meritorious, and the one ending up in grief is seen as bad, which we would like to annul or change. The tapasya necessary to overcome prarabdha needs concentration of mind, correctness in the performance of karma and dana (offering).
The manifestation of deeds is the fruit of karma. Karma can be classified according to the time in which it ripens, which can be in this life, the next life and future lives. Evil (= live, spelt/lived backwards) karma causes rebirth in the three realms of suffering, which can be understood as levels of consciousness that represent the hell realms, hungry ghost and beast realms. Karma that is serene results in human or celestial realms of consciousness. Those who have attained enlightenment, in either the realm of form or the realm of formlessness can abide in samadhi, or motionless karma.
Yoga represents the highest peak of spiritual cultivation possible. All practitioners of yoga have the same chance to gain an experience of peace, happiness and salvation. All being can attain the bliss of true enlightenment if they practise. If the definition of 'religion' is the unquestionable belief and worship in a supreme entity, with the obligation to carry out rites and rituals, then Yoga is obviously not a religion. Yoga encourages intelligent questioning and believes in the potential supremacy of the individual. Rites and ceremonies can help guide and inspire people, but they do not provide wisdom and true happiness. As yoga's concern is for unity, it can be practised in society or in seclusion, by all of every race and belief. It is totally unbiased and universal.
If there's a seemingly big obstacle in your life right now, don't focusing on the problem. Instead, relax, trust, live in faith, and watch your situation turn around. This could mean changing your life around (which could be life-changing), whilst still being empowered by your dreams, goals and visions. Difficult times happen to everyone. Don't fixate on the ”How” because that's not your part to worry about. So many of the things we've achieved couldn't have been possible because of our own efforts alone. Praise and gratitude trump despair and ego. Re-focus and re-visit your intentions and remind yourself of your “Why”. Why do you do what you do? In all pursuits, intellectual or active, remind yourself: “Remember and Offer”. Know that you've been blessed. Let whatever you do be divine offering.
Seeds of light embedded in the subconscious and conscious mind are rooted and nourished in the very substance of the human soul. If you are finished with living a lie, feeling exhausted, and making decisions based on other people's opinions, you are awakening to an organic state of being, which links with the energy and desire to understand and live your soul's mission with more certainty and clarity. Without this we cannot hope to express perfection and excellence in the world.
You are infinitely powerful. Wake up. Wake the world up.
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person.
When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realise is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season
LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
You are powerful.
You are wonderful.
Do not let anybody bring you down.
Do not let anybody judge you.
Overcome hesitation and make room for a solid plan.
Believe in yourself. Dare to try.
Sometimes you learn, sometimes you win.
Be willing to fail faster in order to succeed.
You can master anything if you do it enough times.
Enjoy the process, no matter what the outcome.
Fear is not real. Don't let it hold you back.
The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.
There is nothing you can't do.
Experience yoga as a spiritual practice and as pranayama.
With every breath you must decide who you are
and what and who you believe in.
Every breath is a second chance to make it even more real
In the realisation that God is your life,
you can never be separated from life,
even in death.
It's a multi-coloured, multi-racial world
in which life is a thrilling journey like no other.
Fear is slavery, work is liberty and courage is victory.
You were born to make a difference with your message,
to shine your light in the world
to be seen, heard and valued for the magnificence that you represent.
You, along with the people you work and live with,
deserve the opportunity to find out what life can be like
when you transcend the contrived and artificial constraints
imposed by limiting beliefs,
and connect with the unique spiritual spark that burns within you.
To bring out the best in yourself,
commit to waking up every day feeling excited
about the expression of your Presence.
Express your full creative potential in the world
by living your daily life from within your zone of genius.
Go to bed every night satisfied that you have made maximum contribution
to yourself, your loved ones and the world around you
Raise by praise. It's rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
Raise your inspiration and encouragement, not your voice.
How different would life be when we are present to others
who are also radically transforming their lives?
Attracting good health and a better life is something that we all desire.
But putting it into practice is often left to wishful thinking.
From today, take each day on with renewed vigour.
Do not water seeds of doubt, stress and condemnation in your mind.
Stress is simply a message that we must take an action.
Pain results when, in the process of taking that action we disregard our inner wisdom.
Flow from stress to relaxation by simply slowing down your breath.
Choose to live (not exist) with no regrets for what have been,
and choose to live today well.
Although you cannot control the events in your life, you can always control your response to them,
and the actions you take as a result.
When you do you will explode beyond the limitations
of those conditions to express the unlimited power of the hyman spirit.
Look for opportunities to show inspiration, love and gratitude to those around you.
Magnify solutions, praise and worship, rather than problems.
In the process you will find that you are capable of accomplishing more than what you ever thought was possible.
Ask for what you want.
Prepare to receive it.
Work is praying with the body.
Choose work as your prayer.
You can't bargain, but you can trust.
Be grateful for everything you have in life, right now, warts and oughts.
Shadow and illusion dissolves,
suffering fades and disappears,
for indeed, work is the best divine offering.
Work done in the true spirit and Presence
You and I are the force for transformation in the world.
We are the consciousness that will define the nature of the reality we are moving into.
The conceptual mind attempts to describe the mystery.
The goal isn't to take away your confustion.
Confustion is the fertile field in which everything is possible.
If you think you 'know', you've just calcified again.
“I”, “Me”, “Self” - whatever term we encounter to describe our reality is misleading. All these terms suggest a being, yet the Buddhas stated again and again, ther there is no such being. Our reality is a state - a state, not a person - the I-less state. It is always present. it alone is present.
To understand the Divine, we must have no more preferences.
Your weirdness can make you stronger.
Your darkness can keep you whole.
Your vulnerability can connect you to the rest of the suffering world.
Your creativity can set you free.
Turn your heart into art.
What is there is nothing wrong with you?
What is your heart is not broken, but broken open?
Don't ask for guarantees.
Don't look to be saved in one thing, one person, machine or library.
Do your own bit of saving.
Drown knowing you were heading for the shore.
Happiness is not the aim in life.
The aim in ordinary life is to carry out one's duty.
The aim in spiritual life is to realise the divine presence.
By fulfilling your dharma and connecting with the presence,
you return to joy
Rest and restore.
Take a deep breath and purposely calm down
Connect with another living being.
The ability to quieten yourself and others
is the best predictor of good mental health and good relationships.
Stillness, silence, quietness raises the mental ceiling
and allows you to have a wonderful and excellent life.
Stillness is your natural state.
Stillness is the basis for binding.
Stillness gives you strength.
In silence we grow, in stillness we heal.
No one can be you better than you, because there is only one you, and your greatness lies in the potential within you. Your beliefs are your mental programming. They act like a filter, and your brain only allows you to perceive what is a match to your existing beliefs. When you change your inner beliefs, your outer life changes. Stretch your boundaries. Transform your life. It's time to commit to living your own best life. The universe conspires to help you build the life you've dreamed about. Tap into your zone of genius, that place where genuine love, abundant creativity and your own spin on life, your energy, passion and talents overflow. You will live longer, healthier and a more happy life.
Walk on the wild side. You must decide to get rid of all doubts. They are amongst the worst enemies for your progress. Seductive are the outer circumstances of our lives. It is always a mistake to complain about these, for they are the outward expression of what can transform, enrich and inspire. They are the classroom life provides. Be truly awed by their powerful potential for growth.
The Universe rules.
A demanding job, money worries, negative events in the world,
whatever the difficulty and challenge, if you keep truly quiet, the solution will present itself.
Your mind was not designed to provide the answers you seek
It is in the deep Presence that you will always find what you need.
Embrace what contributes to happiness for all, and peace of mind today.
Behind the surface of things is a sea of perfect consciousness in which you can always dip into.
You are called to live on the leading edge of evolution, awakening new potentials in yourself, and incarnating more and more divinity in the world. To do this you must be willing to live as love, letting the grace of the divine direct your life. As you learn to surrender to the deeper invisible currents that pattern your life, and to conduct that energy into life, you are literally learning to become the embodiment of evolution itself, always intending to joyfully find new possibilities for the creative expression of love, the impulse of evolution. As a true evolutionary you will never arrive at a final destination. Evolutionarys are ever-evolving, always-learning and constantly expanding to new levels. Always beginners, always free. Let every action you take lead you to happiness, prosperity and contribution.
The past has been. It did happen. But you are no longer in the past; you are in the present. Dwelling in the past, is making your ‘home’ deep down in your subconscious mind, where films of the past are projected. Replaying those films makes you suffer. The future you constantly worry about is nothing other than a projection of fear and desire from the past. Go to your breath and let it bring you back to your true home, which is in the here and now. The past is not your true home, the present is. Your home is here, where you can actually live your life. There is nothing to practice. To know yourself, be yourself. To be yourself, stop imagining yourself to be this or that. Just be. Let your true nature emerge. Don’t disturb your mind with seeking.
You are called to be the change you want to see in the world, to incarnate your heart’s intelligence and become a real force for healthy, conscious evolution. This shift from unconscious to conscious evolution is powered not by insight but by the heart. Love is always the answer, and the engine for survival. By integrating the radical foundations from Shanti Yoga with your life’s circumstances, you can tune in to your deepest intuition, discern the voice of your soul, and express your unique gifts. Sustainable, wise action requires a symphony of full-spectrum, soulful, awakened activists. You are needed to become an effective agent for change.
Heal the water - the flow
Heal the earth - the substance
Heal the air - the movement
Heal the spaces - the stillness
Heal the fire - the transformative processes
with humility, love, compassion, gratitude and forgiveness.
Stand at your integrated heart,
where all polarities intersect.
The dazzling fabric of conscious awareness
synchronises and aligns,
so that you can be a channel
through which grace can pour into this world.
Stress is a normal part of daily life. It comes about as a result of our hard wired response to threat. We perceive a threat and our system automatically releases chemicals, particularly adrenaline, into our bloodstream in readiness for the perceived threat. Little, daily hassles can add up to big, big stress. Whether you’re stuck in traffic, hauling your children out the front door in the morning, dealing with a demanding boss, or worrying about money, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.
A thousand years ago, the threat would end up with us being eaten (sabre tooth tiger etc), or the threat being removed (we escape). Regardless of the result of fight/flght, once the stressors were removed or overcome, our chemical induced stress levels would go back to normal.
However, in the 21st century, our perceived threats don’t necessarily go away. This can cause a build-up of chemicals in our systems that doesn’t go back to normal, hence we get more stressed. Over time, chronic stress can take its toll on both your mental and physical wellbeing, leading to everything from anxiety and depression, to weight gain and disease. Here's how can you move past the little hassles that get in the way of fully enjoying life.
In the present is the Presence. It is in the divine Presence that you will always find all that you need. Simply be present. In this and each moment you can find a sense of calm and serenity, which is also available through breakthrough practices, such as Shanti yoga, pranayama, and meditation. Whether you are feeling anxious, stressed, or fearful, you will be able to work through it all by paying attention to your thoughts and feelings, moment by moment, no matter where you are, or what you’re doing. Acceptance and commitment will help you strengthen parts of your brain that support vitality and a sense of being fully present in the here and now. With a little practice, you will learn to combat stress and illness in healthy ways, stay balanced, and live a happier life, no matter what challenges arise.
A simple and faithful heart is a great boon. Stop for a moment, and pray from your heart. All sincere prayers are granted, but it may take some time to realise materially. Pray now. Trust that your prayers are always heard and are fruitful. Understand that the response from your prayers, could be different than you expect. Whatever you do, always remember to be noble and divine. You can change the world. May you and all beings be safe. May you and all being be happy. May all beings be strong. May all live with ease.
Wake up to the truth - that you've been fed a lie - the lie that you have to look a certain way, smell a certain way, sound like this or that, be this or that weight, or wear a certain size shoe or clothing in order to be beautiful. You know that there is so much more to you than just appearance, and that the person you are inside is unique and valuable, no matter what. What you see in the mirror does not reflect who you are, the beautiful, authentic expression of your true inner nature. How can it, when it's packaging?
Be true to yourself, inside and out. Your truth is meant to be lived every day. How should Truth look? Authentic, kind, amazing is not always projected in outward appearance. Love your divine self. Live from your godspace. Love all. Serve all.
Visualising is nothing more than creating a picture in your mind. Most people are quite skilled at this from a very early age, through daydreaming or getting lost in thought. Creative visualisation can help you make the future much clearer.
When you visualise, the brain is often in an alpha brainwave state, which is a more relaxed state of mind than we are typically in. This state of mind can accessed through meditation and is a wonderful state with which to make changes. See yourself achieving important goals. Focusing on an important goal helps you manifest it much faster. Your brain does not differentiate between reality and imagination in this powerful state of mind.
Take yourself into a relaxed state of mind by breathing slowly and deeply. Visualise yourself to better health.
Are your unconscious thoughts keeping you from maintaining good health? As we are the product of past thoughts and conditioning, you may be subconsciously sabotaging yourself without realising it.
You manifest what you think. This is the Law of magnetism or attraction. Your mind is powerful and brings closer to you what you continually focus on. By continualy thinking, worrying, analysing or talking about your problems or illnesses, you are continuously focusing on those very things which will continue to manifest right back into your life, whether you realise it or not. If you want to make changes, you have to start focusing on those things or that state of mind you are hoping to move towards.
Rather than obsessing about the negative in society, it is so much more valuable to do what you can to bring more light and compassion into the world. Share your passion in a positive and uplifting way. When you are engrossed in optimistic thinking and taking positive action to promote a shift in consciousness, then your world becomes lighter and less fearful. The more you focus on the positives in your life, the less impact the fear of present day situations will affect you. Remember, when pushed to the edge of difficulty, trust the universe fully because two things can happen - either the universe will catch you when you fall, or you will learn how to fly.
Yesterday is a memory. Tomorrow is the unknown. Now is the knowing. Show up fully present in your life. Enlarge your capacity for love and truth in an inspirational life. Create peace, love, acceptance, and respect for all beings. Dissolve ignorance with education and understanding. Diffuse hatred. Contribute to living more yogically, to fulfill your purpose and responsibility to your fellow humankind. Freedom arises with the lack of desire to control others.
Depression, anxiety and dissatisfaction are symptoms of the feminine awakening within you. Harness the energy of these emotions and transform them into the creative power you need to manifest your destiny. The greatest challenges and struggles that you must overcome to rise into the power and potential of this moment are within you, as are your greatest strengths. Stand tall. Link arms, hearts and minds with others also on the journey to full awakening. Be inspired by your story, gifts and talents to evolve in the world and create a thriving life of meaning, purpose and true abundance for all. Two words matter today. Truth and Trust.
We may think that if we ignore our fears, they will go away. But if we bury worries and anxieties in our consciousness, they continue to affect us and bring us more delusion and sorrow. We are often afraid of being powerless. However, we have the power to look deeply at our fears, and then fear cannot control us. We can transform our fear. The practice of living fully and mindfully in the present, can give us the courage to face our fears and no longer be pushed and pulled around by them. To be mindful is to reflect deeply, to touch the true nature of interbeaing and recognise that nothing is ever lost. Our courage and endurance must be as great as our hope, and our hope has no limits.
We are often afraid of things outside ourselves that we cannot control. We worry about becoming ill, aging and losing the things we tresure the most. We try to hold tight to the things we care about - our possessions, our property, our loved ones. But holding tightly doesn't ease our fear. Eventually, one day we will have to let go of all of them. We cannot take them with us. Whenever there is any difficulty we must always remembe that er are here exclusively to accomplish the divine will. It is our lack of faith that creates our limitations and fear. It is lifetimes of ardent aspiration that have brought us here to do the divine work. When our adherence to the divine will is total, then also our peace and joy become total.
It's time to start living as if you have everything to gain,
because you do.
It starts with the most significant,
most basic aspect of your life,
Breath awareness, sensitivity and honesty
arise from inner yoga, meditation and other mindful practices.
If you are seeking to become
the most lively, authentic and healthy version of you,
you need to awaken your inner healer,
renew your tired heart and
nourish your wild soul.
Learn to hear the small, guiding voice within you.
Put intuitive inklings into action that thrives.
Compassionately recalibrate your expectations
to cope with stress intelligently.
Rebound from setbacks
and develop unwavering patience.
Become proactive about developing
your gifts, your voice, your authenticity.
Transform, heal and let go
with less fear, more courage and trust.
More influential than preaching to others or talking at them, is your personal example.
The search for a sustainable, fully satisfying way of life, based not on exploiting the external environment, but on taking full advantage of the riches within you, the nobility, compassion and desire for peace that lies hidden in every heart, cannot be done for us by corporations or governments. We each have to do it ourselves.
Like seeds which reveal their true beauty and potential only after they have been planted and watered, the simple but profound truths of the world's great spiritual heritage will release their transformative power only when you plant them in your heart through deep focus, concentration and reflection.
Self transformation is arduous work, especially in the early days, but each tiny change brings with it the joyful awareness that your life is gradually becoming a force for peaceful change. Then you find and establish harmony with yourself, with the people around you and with the earth
Close your eyes.
Repeat your mantra. Go to the breath.
Turn the light of your awareness inward,
to the source of all vibration,
and the source of life itself.
Allow the corners of your mouth to lift up into a gentle smile.
When you practice meditation there is a lot to smile about.
To obsess about appearance, for instance by looking in the mirror incessantly to make sure that you look perfect, picking out details about your eyebrows, skin, hair, obsessing about body shape, dieting and going to the gym every day in order to maintain a 'perfect' body, and so on sends a message to the world that outer looks, image and appearance are more important than the inner being. When fashion and looks become more ideal than focusing on the world, we lose perspectives on what is important, alienate ourselves from being, and search to find someone else’s approval instead.
The digital age has given rise to narcissism, an obsession with vanity. 'Selfitis', according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is defined as a mental disorder, in which there is the obsessive compulsive desire to take photos of one’s self and post them on social media as a way to make up for the lack of self-esteem and to fill a gap of intimacy” (adobochronicles.com). According to the APA there are three levels of selfitis:
Borderline: taking photos of yourself at least three times a day but not posting them on social media.
Acute: taking photos of yourself at least three times a day and posting each one on social media
Chronic: taking constant photos of yourself and posting each photo on social media more than six times a day.
The paradox is that in spite of the need to feel approved and loved, people who take selfies also tend to alienate themselves. It is important to get in touch with your authentic self and to interact with supportive friends, family and community. Cultivate a way of life whch gives back more than it takes. Enhance the world around you rather than exploiting and polluting it.
When Mahatma Gandhi's train was pulling slowly out of the station, a European reporter ran up to his compartment window and asked: “Do you have a message I can take back to my people?” it was Gandhi's day of silence, a vital respite from his demanding speaking schedule, so he didn't reply. Instead he scrawled a few words on a scrap of paper and passed it to the reporter: ”My life is my message.”
To believe in something and not live it, is dishonest.
In what direction is your moral compass pointing? What is the purpose of your existence? Sit quietly with yourself and listen for the answer. Then live in accord with that answer. Your life is your message. This is the message which all beings are waiting and hoping for. Each of us has the capacity to become a little keystone, a healing and protecting force in the family, with friends, at work, in the community, in the environment. Saying it with words, gift or flowers is not enough. We need to say it with our lives.
To accomplish anything worthy, you need to take consistent action. Do something worthy on a daily basis. Do not de-moralise yourself by thinking that it will take a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of self discipline and that it is associated with a lot of pain and a lot of will power. Yoga is consistency and equilibrium, a place that is ever the same. Thus you develop a success habit.
Another day for life's lessons.
Deep within you, beyond belief,
lies your refuge,
and your courage.
Remove all egoism,
root out petty vanity, greed and obscurity.
May you be ablaze with divine love.
You are the torch in the world.
Everything has a cause. There cannot be a cause without an effect.
Everything that we know, or can possibly know, must be subject to causation.
All law has its essence in causation. One link in a chain explains the infinite chain.
The cause of today is the effect of the past and the cause of the future.
We are the effects, and we are the causes.
Nothing can be produced without a cause, and the effect is but the cause reproduced.
Existence never comes out of non-existence.
Something cannot come, or be be made, out of nothing.
Nothing can be created out of nothing.
Nothing comes without a cause.
The effect is delusion, and therefore the cause must be delusion.
The cause being finite, the effect must be finite.
The subtle or finer are always the causes, and the grosser the effect.
Everything is present in the cause, in its fine form.
Cause is the fine state of the manifestated state.
No effect of work can be eternal.
We are in this world by our own actions.
All virtuous actions being pleasure, and all virtuous actions bring pain.
The sense of possession can bring about selfishness.
The idea of power brings with it awe.
Want and anxiety are the causes of both unhappiness and happiness.
What we have done, we must bear consequences for.
No one is to blame.
We are the makers of our own fate.
We reap what we sow.
What we are now is the result of our past actions and our past practice.
As soon as the field is ready, the seed must and does sprout.
Grant that today brings to you a complete consecration to the divine will, a more integral gift of yourself to the universe's work, a more total forgetfulness of self, a greater illumination, a purer love. With divine help nothing is impossible. Your supreme power is infinite, even when your faith is small.
Make today a miracle.
See yourself as a powerful, unlimited being, a spiritual leader who has tremendous gifts to share with the world. Do not limit what you have come to this planet to share by seeing yourself as small and powerless. When you step into the role of a powerful leader not only will your life change, but you can make an impact on untold numbers of other beings.
Let the light of knowledge and divine love be with you like a Fire that brings everything alive, resplendent and transfigured by the knowledge of this Truth.
Start the ball rolling with some simple affirmations to set your physical body on the right track, such as:
I am healthy.
I am relaxed, calm and peaceful.
I create my desired, wholesome life, and not let others determine it for me.
I love life.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing today. Walt Disney
The eternal, infinite, holy Presence is always the same.
It does not change. Neither does it 'come' and 'go' from one place to another.
The Presence is everywhere, and is always in fulness.
There can be no sense in which it can be more 'here' or less 'there',
since it is indivisible.
In truth it is to itself alone that Presence is ever present.
From the beginningless beginning Presence is for itself and in itself.
Creation is simply the communication
of this mysterious life of Presence in itself.
Everything that exists, every being that lives and thinks,
does so by sharing in its divine life, self-awareness, its being.
It is through this very unspeakable bliss of Presence to itself
that all creatures exist,
that living creatures are born and grow,
that a human being is aware of themself,
and finally becomes an individual being,
endowed with a personal call and vocation for time and eternity.
You have the privilege of being aware of this presence
and of being called to reciprocate to it.
The spiritual life is simply to realise the divine presence in us.
It is therefore not a special way of life reserved for those few individuals
who are called to get away from the world
and to dwell in the deserts, caves or mountains.
Meditation and mindfulness ought to be the very breath of every human being.
Everything that exists, including all matter and energy, the Earth and everything in it, together with extraterrestrial or celestial bodies such as the galaxies, stars, meteors, and everything that can be found in intergalactic space, is the universe, which is whole and entire.
The universe we live in is vast and boundless.
It is everything that existed, that is existing and that will exist.
The three elements, such as space and time or the vacuum, matter and energy that occupy space and time, and the physical laws that govern them, which makes the orderly system and arrangement into a harmonous cosmos have been constant throughout its history.
The human race is confined and lives in a very small portion of the universe.
In every area of our lives, whether it's the most personal to the most cosmic, love is the answer. Love is always the answer. The wisdom you need in difficult times isn't in your mind. It's from your heart. Lose your mind. Open your heart. Allowing your heart to guide you, makes life on Earth joyful, expansive and grounded in compassion and kindness.
The time we have on this world is precious. It is meant to be filled with love - both given and received. Keep love at the forefront of your being, today and everyday. Live from your heart. Express limitless love on an evolving planet.
We are literally the future of humanity.
In the face of so many global-level crises, it’s vital that we raise our game so that we can meet these challenges and forge a future that reflects our highest and best vision for the world. This must include respect for our own needs and those of others in a way that makes them feel important and valued. It also means going beyond doing what is merely “good” and instead becoming truly evolved and enlightened human beings.
Yet, only a precious few of us have the specific skills for this kind of conscious living. Instead, we’re often run by subconscious patterns and limiting beliefs that undermine our efforts to raise our consciousness. We are the culmination of our habits. Regardless of whether or not we know what the right thing to do is, our daily habits, the things we do without even thinking about it, will ultimately define who we are.
But it doesn’t have to stay this way. The practice of Shanti Yoga lights the path to how we can be amazing, loving, healthy, human beings based on principles of self-actualisation, unconditional love and wisdom.
When was the last time you asked yourself “Who am I?” It seems like such a simple questions that we feel we don’t need to ask it. Of course, we usually provide answers, such as I am a _______ or a _________. However, once we begin to disallow the labels we have created for ourselves, then the question becomes very interesting. Who are you really? What is your eternal nature? Why are you here on this planet?
When you don’t let yourself off the hook with the easy answers you will discover that this question is one of the best ways to go deep within yourself. Who am I doesn’t mean 'what am I doing' or 'what roles do I play'. Allow the question to deepen your inquiry to reach your heart and beyond. Allow yourself to visualise your deepest, darkest aspects as well as your huge, unlimited light. See how massive your energy truly is and how powerful a creator you are. When you make this seemingly simple question an ongoing process that you gift yourself be ready for amazing results in your self-awareness and your personal growth.
In the course of a life you learn to ask meaningful questions about your life which could sound like: Did I live? Did I love? Did it matter? Did I matter?
Life is change. Growth is optional. The journey begins the moment your bias for ease and comfort is overpowered by your drive for challenge and contribution.
Attain a more profound understanding of who you really are.
Walk though your everyday life with a much deeper sense of why you are here and what to do about it. Accept yourself fully and feel “in the flow” no matter what you’re doing or what challenge you’re facing
No matter how small, start something that matters. Follow the passion and purpose in your heart. Find a way to your vision with focus, intensity and through any obstacle. Despite uncertainty and hardship, never give up. Relax, knowing that things will always work out just as they should
Always stay focused on helping others.
Feel confident about speaking your “truth” without fear of judgement or conflict. Decide not to worry about the critics and the nay-sayers. Instead give your whole heart and effort to progressing positively with your life. Never forget that growth, progress and greatness often come from those seemingly endless, fruitless days and nights of faith and discipline.
Life is unpredictable, and everyone at some point encounters emotional, financial and health challenges as well as job instabilities and stress. Regardless of the situation, remember that it's up to you to create something good out of it. Operate from a place of calm contentment in every aspect of your life.
Change is not always easy, but if something doesn't change, it's practically dead. Everything around you is constantly moving, growing, evolving, all the time.
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius.
To lead a contemplative, spiritual life
is nothing other than to be in the living presence.
Every being, by the fact that he, she or it exists,
is already in the divine presence.
Thus, living a spiritual life
is as natural as breathing the air that surrounds us.
To live consciously and worthily in this presence
is never the appearance of a duty, which you are bound to perform,
in obedience to some external law.
It is your birth-right,
the deepest aspiration of your nature,
the spontantaneous expression of love,
when the soul is on its knees,
and every breath
is the constant prayer.
The Absolute is the impersonal, unchanging principle and raw material of God and all being.
The Absolute does not change or re-evolve.
In the Absolute, there is neither time, space nor causation. It is all one.
Changes in the universe are not in the Absolute; they are in nature.
The Absolute can never be thought of, cannot be divided, and does not come within Maya.
It cannot be found in creation. Only when creation stops can we find the Absolute.
The Absolute cannot be worshipped, so we must worhip a manifestation.
If the Absolute becomes limited by the mind, it is no more Absolute.
Rocking in infinity,
reborn as a smile
plunging into a river of joy
jubilantly, euphorically cascading
deeper and wider
within this wrap around life
expressing yourself as radiant light,
that polarises into light and dark
reborn in the body as mind
oscillating between pose and repose
reborn as energy
as the breath
as a smile
embracing the union of all that is and will be
releasing the essence of everything
Fear is debilitating, paralising. It has no place in our livs as spiritual beings. With fear, consciousness and energy are fragmented, and therefore not vibrating at a high frequency. The moment you feel uncomfortable about something, or resist it, whether it's a small anxious moment, or an extreme sense of fear, or anything inbetween, is the very moment you are being presented with an opportunity to breakthrough. Each and every one of these uncomfortable moments gives you the ability to create an internal stance of empowerment.
Fear presents a heightened awareness to the present moment which can allow you to look beyond the usual daily routine of your life and go beyond the fear that holds you back. It's the release of judgement and the increase of courage (the rage from the heart). managed skillfully, it increases unconditional love towatrds yourself and others. Lke a fire that makes all alight, light the fire within you. Let divine love permeate your heart.
You are infinite awareness.
Start living now.
Love yourself, your life, the world around you.
Move on from saving the good china for that special occasion.
Stop witholding your love until that special person materialises.
Everyday you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift.
Your happiness depends on the habits of mind you cultivate.
Practice optimistic thinking every day.
Love expressed is gratitude and kindness.
Daily self-love is evidenced with meditation and yoga practice.
Cultivate the tender heart. Develop divine love
and life will become a continual feast.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Like any quest, it is both an expression of hope
and a journey within,
undertaken for reasons
that turn out to have little to do with the outcome.
Looking across the immensity of the vast sky
is a lesson in personal insignificance:
we are a speck in consciousness
in a universe utterley indifferent to our fate.
Yet, our entire being, down to the smallest atom,
aspires for perfect knowledge of its Presence,
and complete union with it.
The long journey starts beneath our feet.
we return to a place that remains unchanged
to find ways in which we ourselves have altered.
Can you recognise the ways in which you have personally grown?
Insights on how to embrace life,
how to go on despite life's hurdles, never a mistake, always a lesson,
contemplating why you are here on the planet,
finding out your passions,
overcoming stress and fear,
and learning to face the challenges of life
Thus the wise do not grieve, having known
the bodiless, all-pervading supreme Atman
who dwells in all impermanent bodies.
O marvellous Unity, I disappear in Thee.
Everything becomes resplendent,
Transfigured by the knowledge of Truth.
Walking along a beach on a sunny, beautiful day, John could see thousands of starfish stranded on the sand as the result of the natural action of the tide. Off in the distance John noticed Benni going back and forth between the surf's edge and the beach. Upon his approach he could see that Benni was engaged in the task of picking up starfish one by one and throwing them into the surf. Stuck by the the apparent futility of the task, John said: "You're wasting your time. There are thousands of miles of beach covered with starfish. You can't possibly make a difference." Benni looked at John, and as he stooped down to pick up one more starfish and threw it back into the ocean he said: "It sure made a difference to that one!"
If you have a deep knowing that you are here for a deeper purpose in life, why not step into what is being asked of you?
The smallest good deed is bettter than the grandest intention. Random acts of kindness is an excellent forcus for our attention. Your actions can be ever so simple: making eye-contact with another human being, genuinely saying 'thank-you', holding the door open for someone else to pass through, saying 'after you', carrying something for another person, thanking the person you live with … the list is endless.
Just think back to a random act of kindness you have experienced and how good it felt.
Then notice the times you have opportunities to bestow a kind act on someone and reflect on the reasons you don't. Some of the most common reasons are being too busy, not wanting to intefere or be intrusive, not in the mood, or not knowing what to say or do. This is especially true if you are amongst those people who are so caught up in their own world that they seldom see the opportunities that exist around them for lending that little touch of kindness.
There are no right or wrong ways to be kind. Dare to challenge your boundaries a bit and take the first step. If you look for it, not matter how large or small, it brings you to a new awareness, a lesson, or a manifestation.
From today, practise random acts of kindness and tell no one about them. This will automatically put you in the flow.
Character building begins in infancy and continues until death. Remind yourself:
This is the time.
This is the palce.
I am the person.
I will act now.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
Nothing is in the universe but the presence of divine life, divine light and divine love. Attune your heart and sing the song of gladness of this sublime magnificence.
Some day has arrived.
Some day arrives everyday.
Everyday, momnet and situation
provides you with a new choice
and an opportunity for growth.
In this moment, and at any moment of your life,
you can choose to take bold, massive action
or offer up an excuse to procrastinate.
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose." Dr. Seuss (from "Oh! The Places You'll Go!")
“The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there.” Vince Lombardi
Letting go of the resistance to the transformation is the transformation.
There is compensation for every other loss. There is no compensation for this loss of time. What is wasted, is gone once and for all. Time is the interval between two incidents. it is without beginning and end. Each person gets their quota in it. Foolish is the person who does not know the value of time and squanders it. Wise is the person who accounts for it. By making the best use of time, a person builds their career. When you know the value of time you know the secret of life.
Understand that where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Whilst initially you might need to focus on what's both urgent and important, learn to focus on what's important rather than focusing on what's urgent.
What is the most important thing that you should do right now? It's easy to figure out the answer: the most important thing is often what you least want to do. Bite the bullet and just do it. Then go on to the next thing you don't want to do and get it done by completing the actions needed. You'll be amazed at how it frees your spirit not to have the pending hanging over you. You have the power to manifest anything your heart desires, without so much unfinished 'stuff' blocking your way. You wake up with the most wonderful feeling of satisfaction. Life feels good, the sun is shining, the air is clean, you’re easily accomplishing goals for yourself, and you feel alive living in the flow of your life's purpose. When you begin using your innate powers to manifest your desires, you transform yourself and your world around you. O the sweet and peaceful joy when one can say “All is good” and feel the divine presence at work in the world.
In today's fast paced world, it is easy to spend an entire day answering emails, reading reports, fielding phone calls, and still feeling like you didn't get much done. Here are some pointers to help you manage your daily activities and feel a sense of accomplishment without the exhaustion:
• Slow down before you start up
Taking even 5 minutes to get centered before starting your workday will improve your productivity and change your day. Set a timer if you need to, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Once your time is up, dive in.
• Refocus on your true aspirations
It is easy to get caught up with all the expectations placed on you by others. Take a few moments to write down what you would like to accomplish with your life, this year, this month, this week and today. Structure your day's tasks around your list of goals and your work will feel meaningful (this is inspired action).
• Remove distractions
Remove or turn off all the things that will create distractions for you. This could be your electronic devices, the T.V., the dishes or a small child. Either remove the distraction or remove yourself so you can focus on the tasks at hand.
• Email can wait
Opening your inbox can feel like stepping into a firefight. You are instantly faced with action items, demands and expectations from others. If you take the time to accomplish a few steps toward your projects before handling your correspondence, you will feel much more productive during your day.
• Keep your commitments.
Many people will keep their commitments to others but will quickly break them with themselves. Breaking commitments to yourself send a message that other things are more important than your goals and desires. To counteract this negative message, stay present and honour and complete your goals and commitments, sending a message that your goals and aspirations do matter. They are important to you.
Holiness is not a conventional title of any religious dignitary. It is the divinity latent in all. It can be made patent. Religionists may hold that holiness is peculiar to their respective sects and unknown to others. This is preposterous. Because the fact is, it is inherent in all. Those that refrain from evil and hold fast to purity in thought, word and deed evolve in holiness. Holy people are the salt of the earth. They shower benediction on society.
Let every obstacle disappear. Let divine knowledge replace every path of darkness and ignorance. Bliss dawns on a person as they engage themself in holiness. From behind the veil, the wordless symphony of gladness reveals the sublime Presence.
Willingness to be of some service to fellow human beings is a godly gift. Any trifling service voluntarily rendered to any person, known or unknown, is a good turn. Opportunities to do a good turn constantly present themselves. Arrogance, conceit, cowardlyness or a false notion of non-intervention prevents this neighbourly act. Whereas a friendly service betokens cordiality. It removes estrangement and engenders unity between person and person. Good turns, like good deeds elevate a human being to the benign.
Let every obstacle disappear. Let divine knowledge replace every path of darkness and ignorance. Bliss dawns on a person as they engage themself in a good turn. From behind the veil, the wordless symphony of gladness reveals the sublime Presence.
With ignorance a person vegetates in base life. However, when the higher possibilities in life are known, you are bound to rouse yourself up to them. A flint, long buried in a stream does not lose its innate property. When brought out of water, dried and struck against a piece of iron, it emits sparks. Such is also your innate being. It is not affected by your follies and blunders. You can resume your original purity at any time. Don't worry about the past. It's gone. You have come such a long way. Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived. Live in the present and make everything beautiful.
The aging process is not, in general, an attractive prospect. The passing of years strips us of the pretenses with which we disguise our true selves. The billions of dollars spent on cosmetic, reconstructive surgery, and an alomost absurd collection of 'food supplements' bear testimony to our futile attempts to expunge the viable evidence of our mortality. Of all that we fear, it is infirmity and death that terrify us the most. What we need, of course, is the courage to face that we have become old. Marginalised by society, tolerated by adult children who can bear our company only in small doses, the elderley tend to live with others who also have more leisure than imaginable. When jobs and family responsibilities are at an end, we run the risk of becoming extraneous, both to society and to ourselves. To have television as one's primary window on the world is almost unbearably sad.
All beings experience hardships and challenges now and then. Developing the power of endurance is part and parcel of the process for a successful life. Cultivate it assiduously. Heat, cold, hunger, thirst, illness are unavoidable conditions to which beings are subjected. The attitude with which these are faced is a moral training. Accepting these trials of nature with calmness and negotiating with them as a matter of course is endurance. The practice of this virtue builds character. Acquire the virtue of endurance that Mother Nature ever evinces.
Sometimes, when you make difficult decisions, the consequences of which affect you in so many ways, you can get lost and be unsure about what the future holds. The best remedy to this situation is to focus on the spiritual path. The spiritual path will allow you to see light at the end of the tunnel. It will help you to have the courage to make choices that may seem difficult but necessary for a brighter future. It will allow you to see possibilities when life seems really bleak. It will give you strength when you feel the weakest. It will allow you to lift yourself out of states of pessamism and negativity and re-focus your thinking on the beauty that life is - for that is your natural state. You don't need to confine yourself to your limitations, because life is truly limitless. If you can win over your mind, you can win over the whole world.
“We don't need more money, we don't need greater success, or fame, we don't need the perfect body, or even the perfect mate. Right now, at this very moment, we have a mind, which is all the basic equipment we need to achieve complete happiness”. The Dalai Lama
Before you had a name,
you existed in the world as the breath,
as the wind,
as a nameless star,
and prior to that as the sky,
that region of consciousness that is infinite
and that holds you and them and all of it
Fourteen billion years ago
the universe was born in a flush of light and energy
which slowly evolved into water,
then consciousness, civilisation and culture
and finally you,
a human being with the power to self-reflect
and freedom to choose.
Have you ever thought about what it means to be living at the very edge of evolution,
the most highly developed expression of a cosmos being aware of itself?
Are you ready to discover how to consciously and creatively participate
in the process that gave you form?
the timeless freedom of spiritual awakening,
the vastness of this evolving cosmos
and the enormous responsibility that each of us holds fo its future?
Meditation is core to spiritual practice. In the quiet depths of the meditator's mind, radical breakthroughs in consciousness occur, with powerful initiatives to free us from the past. When we can own something about ourselves, we can bring the light of awareness to it. We can integrate it, love it and liberate it. This is true for our old relationship stories, failed businesses, dysfunctional dynamics with people, and even our grudges with god. Penetrating the veils that hide our reality, the journey into the heart of our being (and the Universe) is a profound, tranformative discipline that truly provides us with the heights, depths and freedom we crave.
What is radically and definitively dissolved is the illusory thought of a separate “I”. At no moment, in no circumstances must we forget that our “I” has no reality outside Thee.
I shall be what Thou wouldst have me be.
Believe in what you do. Do what you believe in. Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage comes from a soft, steady, quiet voice at the end of the day, encouraging you to try again tomorrow. At other times courage is just being willing to make a change, take a risk, pursue a simple dream. And yes, sometimes its loud and passionate, guiding you in bold directions. The word 'courage' comes from the Latin root word, which means 'of the heart'. As long as you are alive, your heart keeps beating. As long as you are willing to rise when you have fallen, press on, and persevere to the end, you are acting with great courage. Your obstacles eventually have no other choice but to succumb to your strength of will. Then an ardent thanksgiving mounts, expressing deep gratitude for the illumination, transformation and glorification of what was once a sorrowing part of humanity.
Whether you are seeking pain management, stress relief, a better night’s sleep, weight loss, better health, abundance, peace of mind or more, a spiritual retreat is priceless gift: an opportunity to regroup so that you can courageously heal yourself at a deep level. Connecting with your authentic 'soulprint' manifests unquestionable synchronicity and effortlessly transforms every aspect of your life. Cosmic energy, subtle energy, meridian systems, chakras and cells all align, and contribute to creating an inner harmony. If you recognise that there is a better way ahead, why not join us at Nirvana for an authentic Mindfulness and Vipassana retreat this Easter? There are gifts awaiting you that will take you there. You can feel satisfied knowing you are on the right track. Try it for yourself and experience the difference it will make in your life.
Do not be concerned with the fruit of your action. Give attention to the action itself. The fruit will come of its own accord. This is a powerful, spiritual practice. In the Bhagavad Gita, one of India's most beautiful spiritual teachings in existence, nonattachment to the fruit of your action is called karma yoga. It is described as the path of consecrated action.
When the joy of Being, that arises from a deeper experience of the Presence within everything, flows into everything and everywhere, the compulsive striving away from the present ceases.
Do not depend upon the future for fulfillment and satisfaction. Do not look to it for salvation, or be attached to the results. Neither failure nor success has the power to change your inner state of Being. Live from the changeless life beneath the world of change, the life that underpins your life situation.
In the absence of psychological time, your sense of self is detived from Being, not from your personal past. Therefore, the psychological need to become anything other than you already are is no longe there. At the worldly level of your life circumstances, you may indeed be wealthy, knowledgeable, successful, free of this or that, or otherwise, but in the deeper dimension of Being, you are complete and whole now.
Take your life and make it divine. Take your will and unite it with what is divine. Take you love and identify it with what is divine. Tap into the creative intelligence that manifests the entire universe, and which is the source of unlimited power and innovation. In the state of union (yoga) every cell in your body is ignited with prana, or life force. Your intuition is heightened and you have insights that go far beyond the limits of your mind and senses.
Your body tells your story. If you listen, it speaks from a deeply profound level and always tells the truth. Although our struggles are unique, each of us has tangoed a few times with many of the same soul-twisters: fear, pain, resistance to change, collapse in the face of failure, reluctance to open the heart, and so on. We're still dancing.
Yoga is unique system in that it helps you grow, heal and evolve your body's story. Built around a unified spiritual, mental and physical focus, you uncover and heal through experiences long buried in your body so that traumas can clear, and personal revolutions and transformations are possible. More than quick fix platitudes and acrobatic postures, you cultivate a discerning awareness through practice, work through decisions that have been made from your fear and trauma, digest the experiences, glean wisdom from them, heal the body and spirit, enabling you to take control and power over your own life.
The details differ, yet most of us are looking for the same thing: not just healing, but a connection to something vaster than our current experiences of ourselves, each other and the universe. When you taste the sweetness of this connection, you recognise what fills and nourishes you and want to embody it and walk its path.
Everyone comes to meditation for love.
The good news is that everyone leaves with it.
We are each beings of immeasurable compassion.
If you think contrary to this about yourself,
then the way you are thinking about yourself is mistaken.
None of us lacks the capacity for unconditional love.
Preoccupied by the judgemental thinking
that darkens our hearts with fear, greed and anger,
we are simply unaware of the compassion we possess.
When we quieten our thoughts through meditation,
we finally see the truth about ourselves.
This kind of seeing is called 'waking up'.
It is similar to waking up first thing in the morning
before every single distractin clouds your consciousness.
Sit down in meditation for a while.
Do it for love
For meditation, a quiet space is suitable.
Cast aside all involvements. Cease all affairs.
This is your dharmic gate of responsibility and bliss.
The more you sense the rareness and value of your own life,
the more you realise that how you use it,
and how you manifest it
is all your responsibility.
The entire world is filled with the compassion you alone bring to it.
This is reason enough to sit (in meditation) for a while.
Old has nothing to do with your chronological age. It has everything to do with your beliefs. Growing older is inevitable. Ageing is optional. Our brains and bodies rejuvenate and continue to create new neurotransmitters and cells every single day.
When current beliefs are fixed thought portals that are programmed by the tribe, family and society, they need to be changed. Release the stereo-typical societal programming around ageing. The way you think about growing older is the key to maintaining mental acuity, vibrant health and purposeful living. Do not accept the false notion of deterioration and decrepitude as you age. There is no need to have an acheing body, be alone, or give up on your dreams because of your age. Creativity is the best form of rebellion. Change your beliefs, and you will change your biology.
Try changing one thought today and see how powerful your thoughts really are! The most important thing is to hold on, hold out, for your creative life, for your solitude, for your time to be and do, for your very life. Letting go is surrender to the flow: after winter comes spring. Are you ready to start living a creatively rebellious, authentic and healthy life? Then, being numb is no longer an option. It is time to replace excuses and procrastination with wisdom energy and awesome action. Rebirth yourself with awareness, sensitivity and honesty.
Shanti Yoga engenders an environment and culture that supports people who want to move their body with joy and pleasure, combat the effects of gravity and growing older, and take charge of their health and their decisions.
Integrate a regular practice of yoga and meditation into your living routine. Free yourself from wicked dietary regimes and awaken your inner healer. Shanti yoga programs are legendary, relaxing, creative and restorative. Celebrate the art of being alive.
The tidal wave of interest in metaphysics, in which a considerable percentage of people are being driven to seek the truth concerning themselves and the universe, accounts for an unprecedented shift in consciousness. This new consciousness is demonstrated by the arousal of a more enlightened humanity unfolding, in a time of radical change and powerful creation currently taking place on our planet.
In stark contrast to this, is the person who believes that nothing exists except that which their senses can perceive - a universe confined within the limitations of the sensory apparatus. Any person who totally identifies themselves with the voice in their head and the stream of involuntary and incessant thinking that provokes egoic reactions, resistance and attack, is still deeply entrenched in old consciousness, as are many people, in our political and economic sysrems, and the greater part of the media. Such people cannot possibly comprehend reality as expounded by the sages. and believe reality to be phenomenal. However, the phenomenal universe appears to exist because the senses have interpreted reality in that form, which is in fact, a product of mind.
That which can be understood, does not need a statement. The truth is within you.
Such is the discipline of authentic Yoga, which is implicit rather than explicit. It leads to inner body awareness, a sense of freedom that comes from letting go of self-identification with one's personal history and life-situation, and a newfound inner peace that arises as one learns to relinquish mental and emotional resistance to the'suchness' of the present moment. You have it already. If you cannot feel it, it is beacuse your mind is making too much noise.
Go into the inner timeless and deathless realm and remain fully conscious there. Nothing you do can possibily add to or subtract from who you are. You carry the seed of enlightenment within, which will sprout and come alive within you.
Blessed amongst all days will be the day when all beings on the earth awaken to know that there is infinitely more to light than we realise. The soft, luminosity filtering through the sheaths and veils is love itself. You are that. The glory of love can be felt. You can commune with it ceaselessly everywhere. The whole earth chants its praise. An ardent thanksgiving mounts, expressing gratitude for its transformation, illumination and glory.
What you focus on magnifies and increases. It brings your conscious and subconscious mind into full view for healing, transmutation and transformation.
We all experience self-doubt from time to time. Part of the human experience is to work through our doubts and fears. Trust is an essential key. However, more than simply believing in yourself and trusting your own heart, a large part of your life's journey lies in trusting the process and understanding that everything unfolds for your highest good. All that happens is in a divine, right order. You are exactly where you are meant to be in your journey, and the place you are right now, the universe circled on a map for you.
Be continually guided towards living the peace and grace of who you are meant to be and what you are here to do. Everything in the universe conspires for your beneift. It provides the circumstances to enable you to heal and transform your life. You'll get good results if you make constant efforts. With firmness, energy and courage, shake off all torpor and lassitude. May you be nothing other than a flame of love, utterley awakened to a supreme realisation of your deepest, spiritual essence.
Thinking that a person gains by telling lies is a mistake of the intellect, whereas the profit from truthfulness is incalculable. A clear conscience is the immediate reward. When an utterance comes into conflict with an occurrence, it is a lie. A person is given to truthfulness when they relate happenings exactly as they are. The unpleasant incidents, the failures and the iniquities are all frankly admitted or confessed by a truthful peron. Do not deviate from truthfulness. Truthfulness builds character. Integrity elevates a person to divinity. More and more, may we be perfectly awakened to the awareness of the constant Presence and transformed into living torches of divine love.
All nature is quiet before dawn and after dusk. We can piggyback on this stillness and attune ourselves to it. Ceaseless activity ruins your personality and health. Resting for a while recoups it. Nature is both kinetic and static. By emulating this lesson from her, we will not wear ourselves out through toiling. Over-working amounts to burning the candle at both ends. The person of wisdom balances between activity and stillness.
A person poised in the quietude of the Self turns out maximum work with minimum effort. Mahabharata.
A loss of the 'now' is a loss of Being. Honour, acknowledge and fully accept your present reality, which includes where you are, who you are, what you are doing right now, what you have, and be grateful for what is, for Being. Gratitude for the present moment and the fullness of life in the here and now, is true prosperity. It cannot be in the future. Then, in time, this prosperity will manifest for you in various ways.
If you yearn for goodness,
then perform good deeds and feel humility.
However, the duality of our existence
has good and bad as two sides of the same coin.
Mind functions like glasses that modify our vision.
So, when a person wears green tinted lenses, the world appears green to them,
and the same goes for other colours.
Corrugated glasses give rise to distorted vision,
as does the mind, which interprets the world as good or bad according to its disposition.
There are as many interpretations of the world as there are minds.
As it thinks, so does it achieve.
Purify the glasses of your mind
and you will see wholeness and wholesomeness.
Is not the world God?
I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted, and behold, service was joy.
A caterpillar sheds its skin to find a butterfly within.
By being of service to humanity, you shed your ego
and step into the grandest version of yourself.
You have treasures buried deep within you,
which you must discover and uncover.
Tap into your hidden potential and abilities.
Power in everything is potent.
The power stored in your deeper psyche is incalcuable.
On the surface, it expresses itself in your body as feelings,
and in your mind as thought.
Just as when your body falls ill, its power weakens,
the same is the case with your mind.
When your mind is caught up with anger, envy, greed, and so on,
it wanes into insignificance.
When established in serenity, purity and continence,
its power waxes.
However, there is a distinct difference between types of human thought
brought about by age old advice you think you understand,
and that arising from the deep wisdom of the untrained, unconditioned aspect of the mind
which can break through mental barriers and limitations
that have been hindering you for years.
Ignore the real lesson, and it will always hold you back!
Your mind can be either your greatest enemy or your best ally.
Release the sheer splendour within you
that transforms darkness,
shakes things up,
not for ambitious, personal gain,
or just to be a person of success,
but to be a person of value,
with the intention of elevating the human race
and affecting the world in a positive, substantive way.
Being numb is no longer an option.
Be fully present in service.
Harm no one and nothing.
A pencil maker took a pencil aside just before putting her into her box. “There are five things you need to know,” she told the pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget them, and you will be the best pencil you can be.
ONE: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand.
TWO: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, which you will need to become a better pencil.
THREE: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
FOUR: The most important part of you will always be what's inside of you.
AND FIVE: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.”
The pencil understood and promised to remember, and went into the box with purpose in her heart.
You too will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held by the universe and allow other human beings to access you for the many gifts you possess.
You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time. By going through various problems, you'll become a stronger person.
You can correct any mistakes you might make.
The most important part of you will always be what's on the inside.
On every surface you travel upon, you must leave your mark. No matter what the situation, you must continue to do your duties. By understanding and remembering, proceed with your life on this earth with a meaningful purpose in your heart.
As we move further away from our true, spiritual goals, we begin to think that the spiritual path is simply about our own health, propserity, happiness and love. However, we did not come to exist physically on this planet just to achieve these goals. There is a deeper, more profound truth regarding what life is all about. If you are to have a deep knowing that you are here for a higher purpose, are tired of settling for less in life, and are ready to become healthier (in the true sense of the word), feel more alive and want to advance the state of health of the planet and all its inhabitants, if you want to eliminate stress, negativity and worry for everyone; breathe through your sabotage of abundance, success and happiness, and transform struggle to accomplishment. Then you are ready to step into your greatness now, and create an unlimited experience of Divinity, not a limited experience of humanity.
Connect with the mystery of existence. Be guided to fulfill your true potential, and live a balanced and inspired life.
You are not average. Your fingerprints are different from everyone else's on this earth. You are a unique combination of DNA that has never been, and will never be seen again in the world. While you are here, find out what you love to do the most, and do it. Dive deeply into your calling. You are not here just to do a job. You are here to embody your spiritual mission, to carry the lamp, to be a light unto others. When you do, you will find yourself literally showered with meaning and fulfillment.
Be present and watch your mind. Do not judge or analyse what you observe. Just watch your thoughts. Feel your emotion. Observe your reactions. Do not make a personal drama or problem out of them. Be more interested in your reactions than the situation or person that 'causes' you to react. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. The moment you realise that you are not present, you are present. You are now the still, observing presence, the silent witnesser behind the content of your mind.
Universal laws govern every area in everyone's life. They are the matrix for reality. Here are some of these laws:
• The Law of Supply
Infinite abundance, without beginning or ending, is the source of supply. An infinite array of possibilities is available from the vast, quantum field of infinite solutions that can change lives forever. The primordial energy or parashakti, expresses itself in divergent forms. The key to abundance is meeting limited circumstances with unlimited thoughts. If you feel drained from all the stress around you, tap into this unlimited energy source. You’ll be rejuvenated and raring to go.
• The Law of Non-Resistance
Love is what we were born with, fear is what we have learnt. Where there is no resistance, a tiny stream is the starting point for raging torrents. Nature’s life systems, teach us the experience for greater abundance.
• The Law of Attraction
Emotions are magnetic. Like attracts like.
• The Law of Receiving.
Givers gain. The more you give, the more you get. Simple, systematic and random giving, all unleash returns.
• The Law of Increase
Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense, everything that comes from love is a miracle. Magnify praise and amplify growth. What you praise grows. We raise by praise.
• The Law of Reciprocity
Reflect and act on what you must you do to propel yourself from where you are to where you deserve to be. Learn, take action, implement.
• The Law of Forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, to forgive the one who inflicted the wounds feels more painful than the wounds we suffered. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness. When you feel unloved, uncork a bottomless wellspring of forgiveness by unlocking an all-encompassing embrace of affection. Supressed anger is the root of all psychosomatic disease. Once you dig it out, you can achieve unprecedented health and wholeness. Have you properly forgive the person who has wronged you? When you truly give it a shot, you’ll realise that you’ve encountered redemption. It’s almost as if everything wrong has been totally washed away. It’s a spa for the soul that flushes out all toxic emotions.
• The Law of Sacrifice
Delay gratification. Exorcise the demons from your past that have tormented you. Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech that you will regret forever. Lose the story. To not play the victim nor need victims is the singlemost, fastest way to enjoy emotional freedom.
• The Law of Obedience
A mango seed does not produce grapes. Violating this concept is the real cause of not reaping the bountiful harvest you expect. (In other words, if you keep doing what you've been doing you'll keep getting what you've been getting. To expect otherwise can be a definition of insanity!)
* The Law of Cause and Effect, action and consequences
What you sow, you will reap. You cannot gain what you do not sow; and what you sow you will surely reap. To ignore or reject the simple logic of the balancing law of cause and effect is foolish. Whatever is put in, will one day, in some way, complete its full circle and come back out. So if it’s happiness you seek, spread smiles, laughter and good cheer.
• The Law of Success
What do you really want? Keep your eyes on the prize, despite your past mistakes. The new wisdom is where you realise that even your failures make you more beautiful and are turned spiritually into success if you became a better person because of them. You became a more humble person. You became a more merciful and compassionate person. Conquer the fear of failure and overcome the paralysis in stepping out.
Begin each day with an expectation that the happenings of the day contain a clandestine message addressed to you personally. Expect omens, epiphanies, casual blessings, and teachers who unknowingly speak to your condition. Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognise how good things really are.
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney
…including the dream to wake up. (Shanti)
We rarely manifest what we want.
We manifest from our beliefs.
Don't wish it were easier, become more skilled.
Don't wish for less problems, work out more solutions.
Don't wish for less challenges, develop greater wisdom.
It all comes back to attitude, belief, committment.
These are the ABCs of life.
As is one's attitude, so is the reaction of the world to that individual.
The mirror faithfully reflects all expressions on the face.
It responds precisely to a person's relationship with it.
Be kind towards all, and the world is kind towards you.
Take up a rough attitude and the world does likewise unto you.
Right attitude is the first condition to make life on earth smooth and profitable.
Opening up a mainstream newspaper, turning on the TV, visiting facebook or Twitter often pushes our buttons because of our exposure to bandwagon promotors of negativity, doom, and pessamism.
The solution? If you are doing wrong things or doing things wrongly, then stop doing it and reassess what you're doing.
If you believe this or that won't work, shift your thinking from struggle, negativity and pessamism. Reprogram your mind. Learn, take action, and implement what will work.
If you have been learning from the wrong people, move beyond all selfishness and an ordinary outlook on things. It's not all about you, your success, your achievements, your wants and desires. Make a difference to people's lives. Love the people who hurt you the most. Turn around any suppression. Join those who are waking up to a new paradigm of spirituality that is being transmitted on the planet today.It is forming One Mind, united in seeding minds, and hearts and souls with benevolence and vision. An infinite array of possibilities is available from the vast, quantum field of infinite solutions that can change lives forever.
The difference between human beings is not their origin, or in the profession of faith, but rather the intensity of their adherence to virtue. Whilst virtue might vary from country to country, it's effect on a person's character is the criterion. Whatever act weakens you physically, mentally, morally or spiritually is a vice. Whereas, whatever sttrengthens you in body, mind and self is a virtue. It builds your persona. It enriches your character. Virtue engenders excellence. It is therefore to be fostered all through your life. With all your strength, aspire to identify your consciousness with the eternal consciousness, that you may accomplish sublime work in each and every thing you do and in every moment.
A child is simple and straightforward in its behaviour. We can all strive for this sort of behaviour. Crookedness and craftiness are not noble characteristics. They contaminate the mind. Being guileless and truthful cleanses it. There is no gift greater than a clean mind. A person intent on purifying their mind is straightforward. May everyone escape from the ordinary consciousness of hankering after things, attachment and addiction to material things, and awaken to the knowledge of the divine presence. Harmonise your speech and actions, and unite yourself with your supreme consciousness. This is the criterion for building character and developing sattvas, purity.
Many human beings take refuge in material things and sensual pleasures for their safety and happiness. However, as we begin to suspect that our happiness can never be sustained from outside ourselves, we start to seek a reliable, internal refuge, and a way of practice and lifestyle that supports us being wise and compassionate.
- in your own potential for awakening
- in the path that leads to your awakening
- and the community that supports you on that path.
Attainments are in accordance with the patience we envince. Patience is not inborn, it is cultivated. Conscious attempts to grow patience are imperative. Pleasure and pain, loss and gain, failure and success, fame and disgrace, heat, cold, illness, discourtesy, calumny and so on are factors that provide us with opportunities to practise patience. Its acquisition requires to be reviewed now and then. Patience is a form of self-discipline that acts as an antidote to anger. Just as an anvil remains unaffected by the blows that are delivered to it by a hammer, so too will patience be your proof against pain and the trial and tribulations of life.
Do your best wherever you are.
Believe you deserve the grace already demonstrated to you in your life and
you will surely be blessed with more.
This is the secret!
Live your gratitude.
Repeat sacred sounds (mantras) and remember.
There is a never-ending stream of abundance in everything.
There is no shortage whatsoever.
Shortage is only a perception.
There is some purpose behind everything that happens.
It is all divine will.
From the very depths of your heart,
ardently call upon and connect with the deep Presence
in every instant, and in each and every being.
It is the sole reality of being,
the spiritual feast of true light, sublime love, divine essence,
the guide, protector and redeemer of life,
the source of all light and living,
the single support, the one goal,
the only reason for existence.
Join in the ever-present spiritual feast.
Yoga means to unite yourself,
or to realise the underlying, existing unity behind everything,
and to identify yourself with what is.
Thus, liberated from wrong identification,
dethroning human arrogance from one pedestal after another,
previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos drop off,
and we make the transition from being self-bound to self-realised.
Yoga is a form of natural living.
It's practices are nerve oil for the restless mind.
If we can achieve a sense of ease and peace, then we can become useful too.
Through yoga, human beings make themself competent.
They can achieve anything, in any field of endeavour.
They find doors open - but were doors there in the first place?
During the Golden Age in India, people thrived living in peace and prosperity. It was during this time that extensive inventions and discoveries were made in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, dialectics, literature, logic, mathematics, astronomy, religion and philosophy.
There is something timeless and precious about the ancient wisdom of India from this time which was preserved in the oldest texts in the world, known as the Vedas.
The essence of these four Vedas, encourages us to live with integrity (sampoorti), authenticity (shraddha), responsibility (upaayanam) and enrichment (apyayanam).
The core principles, ethics and values that have been derived from the Vedas, have been used over the ages, time and time again, to bring to those who know them, unlimited health, wealth and success. As they are universal truths, they can be applied to any of your current life's circumstances.
The word dharma has no equivalent term in other languages. The core of a thing is it's dharma. The dharma of fire is to burn. The dharma of water is to wet something. The dharma of life is to express itself. The dharma of a predator is to prey. The dharma of the preyed is to flee to save their lives. Our dharma as human beings is to be social, community minded, and serve all living beings. Thus dharma upholds the universe.
Treating human beings with dignity, is a mark of culture and civilisation. Exploiting the poverty-stricken at any level is undharmic. However, doling out charity to the idle, indicates a false sense of generosity. Helping human beings to help themselves is right service. Behold humanity as the manifestation of divinity and serve all in accord with this undertanding.
Storms and hurricanes are not just coastal weather phenomena.
They also represent the weather patterns of the mind.
You are the centre of it all.
Yet, in the eye of the storm, is the still point,
which is free of stress, struggle and suffering.
You can unveil the ocean of peace and happiness
that lives within you.
Meditation honours your intelligence and quest as a seeker.
It liberates you from worry, fear and anxiety.
Whether you are a beginner, or would like to advance to a deeper level,
meditation offers profound results.
Through meditation, you will discover the lightness of your being,
experience immense healing, emotional and spiritual benefits,
and open up to a whole new world of insights.
The Cosmic will is both intransient and infallible. To conform with it, is rarely wrong. To turn towards it, to unite with it, live in it, and for it, is supreme happiness, unmixed joy, immutable peace. It is to breathe in infinity, to soar in eternity… Here, one is free from anxiety.
If you can't find happiness within you, you'll never find it in the outside world, no matter where you are, or what you own. Wherever you go, there you are. You take yourself with you. The essence of happiness lies in learning to find inner contentment in any situation. It arises from attaining a more profound understanding of who you really are. Accept yourself fully and feel yourself to be 'in the flow' no matter what you are doing, or what challenge you are facing. Speak your truth confidently, without fear of judgement or conflict. Relax more, knowing that things will always work out just as they should. Then you can operate from a place of calm contentment, in every aspect of your life. Life isn't fair, it's just fairer than death. Thus we cultivate a deep sense of why we are here and what to do about it. What you feed your mind changes your energy. What you think, you become.
The bee and the house fly are so very different. The latter sits on filth and then on pure edibles. Whereas the bee alternates between its hive and fresh flowers. It does not land anywhere else. It is forever industrious, and lives a useful life, for the collective benefit of the hive. Selfishness is alien to it.
In the present is the Presence.
Presence alone is, and all is That.
No words can describe it.
No example can point to it.
Samsara does not make it worse
Nirvana does not make it better.
It has never been born.
It has never ceased.
It has never been liberated.
It has never been deluded.
It has never existed.
It has never been nonexistent.
It has no limits at all.
It does not fall into any kind of category.
Streams of it's infinte grace fill and overflow the world.
If you can't find the truth where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
Enlightenment is the recognition that non-duality is, has always been, and will always be, the reality of our experience. Duality is an illusion. Consciousness is not private and personal, but impersonal, universal, and eternal. It is the light behind all perception. There is no limited personal entity, no conscious ego. The ego is a perceived object, not the all perceiving, subjective awareness. The subject that can be seen, is not your home-ground, neither is the subject that can be talked about. Both are still in the duality of the subject-object relationship.
The light of consciousness passes through the film of memory and throws images onto the brain. Because of the deficient and disordered state of the brain, what is perceived, is distorted and coloured by feelings of likes, dislikes, sloth, restlessness and doubt. However, when thinking is orderly and free from emotional overtones, people and things can be seen as they are, with clarity and charity. In quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Silence. Emptiness. In a quiet mind, freedom is causelesss.
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love expects no rewards.
Love knows no fear.
Love is not easily angered. It never puts anyone out of its heart.
Love is not self seeking. It does not demand.
Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love is the divine giving.
Love is not proud, does not envy, boast, or dishonour others.
Love thinks no evil, imputes no motive, rejoices with the Truth.
Love is the bridge. To love is to share, serve and persevere.
With love, there is always hope, always trust, always protection.
Reflecting on love on Valentine's Day
Society has crafted the notion that being in a relationship is a mark of success and being single somehow makes us incomplete, an unfinished work of art. However, being in a relationship that isn't working is far more detrimental to anyone, than being alone. Nevertheless, you are rarely alone. There is so much love in many parts of your life, that it's worth just as much, if not more, than romantic love. From family and friends, to a stranger in the street, on the road, or in the supermarket, if you open your eyes and your heart, you will begin to realise how much love there is around you. We need to acknowledge and be grateful for that love. Learning to appreciate what we have, rather than focusing on what we do not, helps us feel much more fulfilled.
Love extends beyond conventional, romantic notions of love into the primacy of love in spirituality and consciousness. This love is not dependent upon an object of love, but on the state of your being. Whether the other person changes, becomes different, or a friend turns into foe, does not matter, because love is not depenent upon another person. It is the highest form of enlightenment. We grow in our capacity to love. This apprenticeship never ends. To begin this love affair with the Love that creates everything, implies that we relinquish control, even about knowing who we are, in a willingness to recognise that which is real.
Watching the thinker of your thoughts activates a higher level of consciousness. Love is not just something you affirm. It is the sternest master that asks everything of you, and is the task of a whole lifetime, in this movement and in every moment. Enlightenment is the end of suffering.
Always remember, love is all around you. Notice it and be open to receiving it. Sit in silence, think about everyone who loves you and be filled with their love. Send loving vibrations to everyone in your life, one by one. Affirm to yourself: I am love. I am loving. I am filled with love. My life is filled with love. Make a shift from being needy for love to being the source of love for others.
Your inner life longs to express itself
in a form which can be seen, felt and touched.
The body is its outer mirror, a sacred threshold.
Here, the secret world of the soul experiences
comes to expression.
Inner meanings are embodied immediately and directly
and can be known without the need for words.
Your soul is not trapped in a body.
It permeates every part of it.
Your soul and your body are not separate.
Every single cell in your body contains your soul.
You are an embodied presence.
Your body is not merely the means for your transportation on this earth,
the cumbersome container
that houses the divine spark of who you really are.
Thinking that your body is inconvenient,
it needs this and that, it ages, it can't be trusted,
wishing that some parts of your body were bigger or smaller,
while valuing your thoughts and feelings so much more
than anything happening below your neck,
implies that you live in your head.
Many people live as if they were a detached head
bobbing around on the hot air of their thoughts.
To maintain your body in good health, is your duty,
otherwise you will not be able to keep your mind strong and clear.
You carry within you the wonders you seek.
Gunas are qualities in the mind by which we live.
Prakruti is awakened.
The equilibrium of rajas, tamas and sattvas is disturbed.
Yoga presents the opportunity to get into a sattvic (pure) state of mind.
It helps you unravel yourself.
It allows you to be forgiving of your body's fallible, human form,
to experience it in a much more wholistic way,
and move through the world with more awareness, tenderness and gratitude.
It shows you that the easiest way to centre yourself is to connect with various parts of your body
and to get back into the moment, through the breath.
With yoga, you inhabit all parts of your being,
and you see yourself as a whole: body, mind and spirit intertwined.
You are one, whole and complete.
Presence fills your being, animates it
and sets in motion its hidden springs.
Presence illumines its understanding,
intensifies its life,
increases its love.
Gunas: three material omni-substances in nature required for creation of anything
Prakruti: represents a balanced state of sattvas, rajas and tamas
Rajas: activity, pride, aggression
Tamas: resistance, sloth,
Sattvas: purity, truth, balance.
Both deep within every form, as its innermost invisible, indestructible essence,
and also beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death,
is a timeless and deathless realm,
with an undercurrent of peace that never changes.
This is your deeper nature, the witnessing consciousness,
the deep knowing within you, that dwells behind the thinker.
You are not an experience, nor a state, or a condition.
Your true nature is beyond name and form.
The sacred quest is 'who am I'?
'I am' is prior to 'I am this' or 'I am that'.
By becoming conscious of Being,
identifying with it,
and being constantly and integrally at one with it,
you will overcome every obstacle
and triumph over all difficulties,
both within and without.
Looking over the world from all eternity, and seeing the need for some particular, specific role to be fulfilled, some task to be done, the universe forms the being who will do that task, who will fulfill that function, who will be that being. That is why you incarnated as you. Each of us exists, not only to do something that no other being can do, but even more significantly, to be that being that no other being can be. Each of us is unique, an individual like no other, and in this resides our dignity. In this very singular sense, the infinite Universe needs each of us as we are. That is why we are here, to complete the story. At some level, so profound, that we most often experience it without being aware of it, we are made for each other. We are made to want to help.
We are born from the earth.
The sun, our father,
the earth, our mother,
oceans flow through our veins;
we are protected by our kin,
and the breath of all green things
that is fired up by the divine fire within us.
Through generations of observation, experience and conjecture,
we have acquired, accumulated and woven together
skills, knowledge and our stories,
which have been our priceless legacy for our survival.
They have provided us with our narrative and worldview.
We are now in between our stories.
The old story, and the account of how we fit into it,
is no longer effective.
We are learning the new story,
of sacred matter,
the song of the people,
and the law of love,
that provides hope and guidelines
towards creating ways
that will allow us to lead rich, fulfilling lives,
while protecting the Earth's biosphere for all of life.
The way we live, often threathens our ability to meet our needs.
Whilst we must recognise the fact of our inescapable biological nature,
with biological and physical needs.
We must, in addition, recognise our social and spiritual needs.
The most powerful survival principle of life is diversity.
Perhaps there is no single right way that works,
there are hundreds and thousands of ways.
An important key to enriching human life
lies is in the vibrant, increasingly autonomous and self-reliant
local groupings of people
that emphasise sharing, cooperation and living lightly on the earth.
To alienate ourselves from this community
is to become destitute from all that makes us human.
To damage this community
is to diminish our own existence.
Through the Shanti yoga community
we can restore the sacred balance of life,
with the natural world (Nirvana wellness retreat)
as the larger, sacred community to which we belong,
the material source of our being as earthlings
and the life-giving nourishment
of our physical, emotional, aesthetic, moral and spiritual existence.
Herein lies the future for this millennium and the dream of the earth.
Let the pure perfume of sanctification burn brightly,
rising higher and higher, and straighter and straighter,
the ceaseless prayer from an integrated being
seeking to unite and regenerate all forces
in the transfiguration of being.
Our ability to do tends to outrun our be-ing. Be cautious with the power that tempts you on the spiritual path. There is always the risk of falling into traps that provide a taste for immediate results. If you have the supreme faith to give up seeking, and just wait, in each moment placing yourself integrally, yet with service, as soon as all effort disappears, it becomes very simple - as simple as a flower opening, manifesting its beauty and spreading its fragrance without clamour. In this simplicity, lies the greatest power, the power which is the least mixed and which gives the least rise to harmful reactions. How sweet is the purity of this Presence.
You surely know that
You can't be all things to all people,
You can't do all things at once,
You can't do all things equally well,
You can't do everything better than everyone else.
So, you have to find out who you are, and be that.
You have to decide what comes first, and do that,
You have to discover your strengths, and use them.
You have to learn not to compete with others,
Because no one else is in the competition to be you.
Then, you will have learnt to accept your own uniqueness,
You will have learnt to prioritise and make decisions,
You will have learnt to live with your limitations,
You will have learnt to give yourself the respect that is your due,
and you will be a most vital human being.
Dare to believe that you are a wonderful, unique person,
a once-in-all-history event,
and that it's more than a right,
it's your duty to be who you are.
Life is not a problem to be solved, but a gift to be cherished.
To stay on top of what used to get you down,
Cherish yourself. Serve others.
You will hear it at early dawn.
Stop and listen.
Attune your hearing.
In the midst of all fleeting conditions,
never fail to be ever watchful,
so that you are ready for the call.
Mind will stretch its wings, but to no avail.
Why the call?
Don't you want to know its will?
Awaken in your heart a living consciousness of the divine presence.
Our lives become fruitful only when we do things with noble motives.
The work itself is neither good nor bad, but the motive which actuates us determines the merit or demerit of every action.
If we learn to do what is given to us with an exalted spirit of consecration,
then our actions will bear fruit in abundance.
Serve the highest good with your whole heart and soul, with strength, steadfastness and faith.
Be inspired by spiritual ideals.
This is the highest motive of all action.
Search inside yourself.
All who seek should understand that the sought is always present, whenever it is needed.
Think what it means to every cell in your being that,
as you walk through life, you are eternally with the divine Presence.
God so loved the world that she breathed herself into it,
and individualised herself into the several billion people, animals and plants that are here now.
Behold the breathtaking beauty within and around you.
Feel this Presence. Cultivate true devotion.
For her peace, lay your weary heart, at her transcendent feet.
Let this divine presence be your life's consummation,
your abode of unbroken rest,
your source of inspiration and joy.
Perceive beauty and sublimity in all things.
Always know that this is home.
Climb the spiritual ladder rung by rung. Ambition and striving because of pride, prevent the potential of the real self from developing. Cease chasing after, preserving and aggrandising the ego. Experience yourself in the act of being, not by having, preserving, coveting, using, or doing. Live and experience life without the need for praise, or being positively evaluated and labelled, or being singled out as unique. In each instant, what must be, surely is, as perfectly as is possible, for all those who know how to experience Presence in everything and everywhere.
Presence everywhere and always; nothing but Presence in both essence and manifestation. No more fear, no more uneasiness, no more anguish; nothing but perfect serenity, an absolute confidence, a supreme, unwavering peace.
It is not possible to take notes in class. The 'ahaa' moments are preserved in the hearts and minds of participants. No one can forget the upliftment from these hallowed times, the intense spiritual consciousness that is felt within, the Presence of the unbounded spirit of everything, everywhere. And that Presence provides a sense of beauty, peace and aloofness from the turbulence of the world. You enjoy a sense of aloneness and peace, but never loneliness. Think what it means to walk through life and be eternally with this Presence: all doubts are satisfied, all questions answered, every fear soothed. The world weary heart rests in this peace. See you on the mat.
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of brave people who are overcoming it. Not by words, but by your love, by your service, by your life, feel that the crushing weight of life has fallen from you. Fill your heart more and more with selfless love, humility, patience, gentleness and egolessness. Be bathed and refreshed in this new life. Allow a new wave of hope to soothe your heart and bring your soul to peace.
Nobody has a perfect life. Everybody has their own problems. The practices of yoga and meditation help us to deal with life in a perfect way. From the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to everlasting life, turn towards the Truth… the Truth which reveals, the Truth which redeems, the Truth which restores and replenishes. May holiness and peace reign in your life.
Our lives today distance us more and more from our deep, inner truth and wisdom. Rarely do we come home to our self.
Yoga is the vehicle which allows you to access, and then act on, the wisdom from your body. When you engage your body and become ever present to your whole being through the medium of your body, something extraordinary happens. Your body is your teacher. It has amazing wisdom to share with you, and just waits for the right moment to reveal it. Spiritual practice ensures renewal, in every way: new ideas, new thoughts, new life. Even the body is renewed and sanctified. Tune in to those 'ahaa' moments. Structure your yoga practice on-the-mat in ways that lead to greater wisdom and insight available to you via your body. Apply it to your life in practical and insightful ways, off-the-mat. Life application is the primary goal of yoga practice. This is not just expressed in words, but in the choices you make in shaping yourself and your life. The process of choice is ultimately your responsibility and it continues until you die. Yoga mind-body awareness opens up life changing potential. See you on the mat!
Fill your heart with unwavering faith and whole-hearted devotion to the conscious, eternal Presence, abiding in the hearts of all conscious beings. Surround yourself with this holy protection, enduring peace and satisfaction. Let your great life pervade your little life, your mighty love strengthen your lesser love.
You can have anything you want.
You can do anything you want.
You can be anything you want.
You can change.
You can grow.
You can love.
You can ...
Believe in yourself. You are amazing.
Before you can realise the depths of your spirituality, you must witness and experience the play of your emotions, thoughts, beliefs, attitude, subtle energy and wastage, so that you can actively reflect on your observations, mind games and various perceptions.
The reality of the physical world does not change for a spiritual person, who simply understands the impermanence and relative significance of all the events happening in life. Spirituality helps you to be true to your authentic, original self. It does not provide life's comforts or conveniences. The opium of spiritual sloganeering for the masses certainly has a calming effect but that's all, it's not spiritual. You cannot cover ever unsatiated greed with the finest of clothes. Acts of kindness are not spiritual, but a spiritual person will certainly be kind. With spiritual alignment, one does not waste a life, or time, with negative, exploitative mind games, but works with an attitude of servitude, where every act has a purpose and benefit for others. Spirituality removes all negative energy, and what is left is all value: the self becomes selfless…becomes spirit.
Rest your life in the fundamental facts of being. If your life is empty, you must fill it - but it can never be filled from outside yourself. The more you live in the material world, the more trapped you will find yourself, and the more easily you will be overcome. But when you live with the all-absorbing Presence, nothing can overthrow you. Fill your life with wholesomeness and peace. You are the embodiment of all blessings. From the earthworm to the cow, from soil to space, each being helps us in so many ways to live our best life. Live your life fruitfully and wholly dedicated to making wherever you are a better place for all beings. By giving importance to all living organisms, we protect them and us.
Keep the light from presence burning within you. Kindle your little lamp with the Great Light, and live your life in perpetual light. Always do the right thing. Never leave your inner house in darkness. Where there is light, life and guidance, come. Value relationships above all else. When you shine the light upon your path, you can be confident with loving protection. You can be creative, innovate and have fun.
List your core values today.
Represent the ideal in your life. You are a child of light. Walk in the light. Rest your thoughts in the spiritual presence. There is great joy, bliss and happiness in a life of spiritual consecration, if we understand it. Carry this sense of consecration in all that you do and say. When your thoughts dwell on the self, in spite of all your efforting and calculating, you end up giving way to anger, hatred and jealousy. When your spiritual understanding deepens, spiritual truths become living for you. With love in your heart, you become a channel for what can be known spiritually as the Highest, and as its channel, your power is unlimited.
Surround your life with divine peace
and allow this holy peace to reign in your heart and life.
Cherish your hands, they are sanctified by the gift of touch.
Cherish your feet, they are sanctified by the gift of locomotion.
Cherish your eyes, they bring gifts from your vision;
Your ears, for the gifts from hearing; your tongue, the gift of speech
Cherish your mind; it brings gifts of thought.
Cherish your heart, it brings gifts of offering.
When we are imbued with the true spirit of consecration of the ever-living, ever-blissful Presence, all our activities are worshipful; all tasks before us, small and large, are of deep significance. We no longer feel the weary weight of life. We seek holy guidance from the divine peace that surrounds us and reigns in our hearts and lives.
Love before you breathe.
Breathe before you think.
Think before you speak.
Feel before you hurt someone.
Understand the reason 'why' before you judge.
Learn the facts before you assume.
• Wake up with the sun. There is no purer light than what you see when your eyes open first thing in the morning.
• Meditate. Instead of rushing into your day, take a moment or a few, to go within. Mindfulness without meditation is just a word.
• Make your bed. The state of your bed is the state of your head. Enfold your day with dignity.
• Empty the laundry basket. Have an intimate encounter with the very fabric of life - do the laundry without resentment or commentary.
• Wash your dishes. Rinse away self-importance and clean up your own mess. If you leave it undone, it will get sticky.
• Focus. If you’re distracted by the weight of what’s been left undone, set a timer and, like a monastic, devote yourself wholeheartedly to the task at hand until the bell rings. How to decide when to quit and when to commit? Make it mindful.
• Rake the leaves. Rake, weed, or sweep. You’ll never finish for good, but you’ll learn the point of pointlessness.
• Eat when you are hungry. Align your inexhaustible desires with the one true appetite.
• Let the darkness come. Set a curfew on technology and discover the natural balance between daylight and darkness, work and rest.
• Sleep when you are tired.
Fear is slavery, work is liberty, courage is victory. Let all your thoughts and sentiments move towards the Divine, as a river flows towards the sea.
Pursue a job that brings personal feelings of contentment and accomplishment. If you have a job you want to keep, then develop and maintain positive feelings about it. Our work consumes a great deal of our lives. So, feeling positive about your job will go a long way towards increasing your quality of life. Our trust in the Divine must not depend upon outward circumstances.
The world can be chaotic and hectic, so make it a point to design your living space to bring you comfort, enjoyment and tranquility. Incorporate elements of living that bring you peace, such as greenery, colours, or a room to do indoor (contemplative) activities you enjoy. Give your home some thought: What can you do to enhance your surroundings in ways you’d like? When you experience positive feelings as you walk in the door, you’ll know you have just the perfect space.
Pursue your interests with a vengeance. You know what is said about all work and no play. Having interests isn’t only enjoyable, it’s also a healthy outlet that will bring you hours of personal pleasure and feelings of accomplishment. Regardless of the work you do, where you live, or the kind of lifestyle you have, immerse yourself in your favorite interests. You’ll be surprised by how much more relaxed and happier you will feel.
We’re juggling various bodies: our physical-chemical body, our mind-body, our pain-body, our TV body, our seductive chip-body (computer, tablets, cell phones, which currently dominate all bodies), yet trying to focus on physical and psychological solutions to become the amazing, successful and happy person we know we are meant to be. Our children who have always thought they know it all, and don’t have to listen to adults, now have the world at their fingertips, and the time to explore it, while their beleaguered parents are working day and night to keep them in designer clothes, shoes and more and more expensive phones, pods and apps. However, with rapid world changes, we live in a post-fact world. Information has no staying power. It’s not about having the ammunition to be ahead of others in the information game - there are too many answers in the information sphere to establish a conclusion on any issue. The 21st century person has access to all the answers but doesn’t know the questions. Real power lies in the questions not answers. But then hasn’t it always?
You are the everlasting Truth,
the essence of all that is, was and will be.
All things flow through you
All things are you
You are the inextinguishable divine light,
Darkness serves at your command
You are embodied brilliance, enacted love.
Your thoughts and emotions may change
Your body may decay and die
But your true being is indestructible.
As long as you live and breathe in this body
You are an instrument of light, love and life.
Today is the greatest day of your life
Today you are free to choose your destiny
Today you stand for truth and wisdom
Today you are what you are.
Affirm: I AM, that I AM
We hold the paradox of living in these edgy, wild times, with our world in crisis, but it is also abundant with extraordinary possibilities. It calls to us, asking for our services, our awakening, our greatness, and our activism. It's asking us to evolve.
The organic call for your emergence happens when you listen to what is authentic in you and in your life, for what life is wanting from you and for you…for what's ready to happen organically. In answer to that call, you will encounter things that never existed before finding their way into being. The transformation of our time is from darkness to light, from the unreal to what is authentic, from death and rebirth to everlasting truth.
To reconstruct our shattered spiritual lives, we must embrace simplicity. We must stand once again before life to breathe, stretch, feel, touch, experience, share, laugh, celebrate and allow life to evoke sacredness within us. This implies putting life first. All other concerns, including security, status and ego trips of all kinds, come second. Perfection has nothing to do with getting it right, or high standards. It is a refusal to let yourself move ahead.
Spirituality arises when life holds priority over everything else…where life is sought for its own sake. Then living becomes a radical response to life and its mysteries. Heaven is not a place that you go to when you die; it’s that moment in life when you actually feel alive. Maintain your practice commitments and be loyal to the precious human form you live in.
The password for life is 'delight'. You have already won the lottery many times over. You were born on a habitable planet, in a universe of far-flung, celestial objects. Your father’s sperm found your mother’s egg. The odds are said to be one in trillions. If you are reading on your computer, you are the one in one hundred who can afford a computer. Today, and each day, live with gratitude.
There are only so many hours in a day, and a finite amount of energy in your body. Pace yourself. Stop running around in mental circles in a whirlwind of activity and expectations. Commit to doing just one important thing every day. Sometimes the most important thing in the day can be the rest between two breaths.
The still mind of a sage arises from a deep understanding about the distinction between activity, inactivity and non-activity. It is not shaken by anything. Deliberate action and deliberate inaction include a sense of personal doership. Perfection cannot be achieved by merely ceasing to act. Freedom from activity is not achieved by abstaining from action, but the absence of personal doership. The non-action of a wise person is not inaction. The sage is quiet because she is not moved, not because she wills to be quiet. The heart of a wise person is tranquil.
You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will.
Work for the sake of the work itself. You have no say in the consequences of your actions, which are not in your control. But don't let this fact make you lean towards inaction. You will not be able to be inactive for any significant length of time, because the energy within your organism will compel you to act - in accord with your natural characteristics. In other words, not to act is itself not in your control. Reground yourself. Remember never to touch anything with only half of your heart.
What you consider as your actions, are in fact only your reactions as an individual organism to an outside impulse, such as a thought which occurs, an event you see, or something you happen to hear. Each of us reacts acording to the natural characteristics, the genes, the DNA of our organism, and the conditioning and programming that it has received from the environment in which it has been raised: physical, mental, intellectual and tempermental. Deluded by our egoism, we think that “I am the doer.” However, with true insight into the workings of the energy within our organism, we need not get involved in the actions which are the result of the senses attaching themselves to their respective objects.
Feelings of heat and cold, pleasure and pain, and so on, are the result of the contact of the senses with their respective objects. They are ephemeral. They come and they go. Accept them as such, without getting involved in them… without like or dislike, attachment or revulsion. The yogi accepts all changes as they occur, with equanimity.
The six most expensive words in life or business could be: “We've always done it that way.” Can this be the way you transform your life?
A group of frogs were travelling together when two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs in the pit that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and did their best to jump up out of the pit with all of their might, to the cacophony of the other frogs who kept telling them to stop their pain. Finally, one of the frogs took heed of what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop his pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. You see, this frog was deaf, unable to hear the other's pleas. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
This story reminds us about the power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down, can lift them up and help them make it through the day. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to finish them. Be careful about what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. An encouraging word can go such a long way. From this day onwards, aim to think before you speak. Remember and recognise the power of your words.
To worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, is to ignore what is. Be present. Seize the moment. The creative energy that has driven the evolution of the universe for billions of years, is now becoming conscious of itself through you. This recognition helps to liberate ourselves from the contracting concerns of the ego, inspiring us to awaken our creative potential, open our hearts and serve the bigger picture with humility, gratitude and a profound sense of our unique purpose in this awesome cosmic story. Form seeks spirit. Thus we evolve.
You cannot gain what you do not sow; and what you sow you will surely reap. To ignore or reject the simple logic of the balancing law of cause and effect is foolish. Whatever is put in, will one day, in some way, complete it's full circle and come back out. So if it's happiness you seek, spread smiles, laughter and good cheer.
Love permeates the universe.
It is evident in all levels of life.
Jealousy, envy, hatred, lust, greed and so on, poison the system and cloud the mind.
When your thoughts are unkind, don't think them.
What you think today could be a fact you cannot retract tomorrow,
and perhaps, with an unforgettable ending.
If your behaviour or actions are harmful, don't do them.
You cannot predict or restrict the eventual pain that can ensue,
and how soon down the track it could bounce back.
In which case, the one who might be sorry might be you.
Guard your thoughts and actions well.
They create your reality.
To an unexamined life, it is common to be a creature of the impulses of the mind. The animal body craves for sense-pleasures, hankering after sex, drugs, and entertainment. The yogi conquers the elements (mahabhutas) that give rise to base urges, and beholds Self grandeur.
Nature (prakruti) is fraught with difficulties and obstacles to the inexperienced person. Thus is the path.
However, by attuning oneself to the environment, and converting the seeming hurdles into auspices, the path becomes one of training (sadhana).
As you progress in self-culture, the world presents a corresponding change of panorama. All ills become wells. Life is a great opportunity. It is full of auspices. You need only to avail yourself of them. To the person tuned to yoga, everything is auspicious. Auspicies are within, auspicies are without. Auspicies are everywhere.
Applied Truth is yoga. It has four aspects:
- the path of action, or karma yoga
- the path of devotion, or bhakti yoga
- the path of knowledge, or jnana yoga, and
- the royal path of self-control, raja yoga.
Comparison is the thief of joy. Separatism and segregation are not in tune with the plan of nature and hence are the ways of the ignorant. Most, if not all of our troubles with living arise from fear and smallness within us. Atonement is at-one-ment, or a coming together. It is the way of the wise that leads to enlightenment.
Human beings make progress by harmonising and adjusting themselves agreeably. By helping and promoting the general welfare of all, human beings add to their own prosperity. Assimilation leads to plenitude. Success is not about perfection, it's about progression.
Truth posits itself within three features: Absolute, Transcendent and Immanent.
Absolute Reality (nirguna brahman) is the fundamental Truth that admits realisation, but defies verbal definition.
Transcendent Reality (saguna brahman) is the infinite existence, knowledge, bliss that governs the immanent reality.
Immanent Reality is the phenomenon, constituting all that is sentient and insentient.
The cosmos is one, integrated unity. Variety within this unity is not in conflict with its underlying unity.
Deviations from this understanding have to be set aside as being false doctrines.
New year isn't just confined to January.
There is no holiday for spiritual consciousness. If you have chosen spiritual life, make it real and vibrant. To stir the higher, nobler impulses of the soul, and impel one towards consecrated living, an earnest aspirant must seek, commune, and graciously give way to the yearning within.
The search for Truth is inborn in all human beings. Geographical limitations and traditional upbringing are no barriers to this search, which is ceaseless. The quest can only stop with its attainment. All our love,
As the New Year approaches many people think of new beginnings, New Year resolutions, sankalpa, sacred intentions for new ways to start our days, and so on. Unfortunately many of us also take the baggage from the old year into the New Year and therefore sabotage ourselves right from the start.
Because I spend the New Year with retreatants, and we often explore our New Year's resolutions, I am often too aware of being privy to lists of New Year's resolutionsthat are excessively long. At a time, when people feel that many areas of their lives need changing, these lists, while well-intentioned, are often too general and far-reaching. Of course, when confronted with people who seem so motivated to make these life changes no one wants to curb their enthusiasm. I mention they may want to scale back a bit, but people can be so 'gung ho'. And, as you might guess, they are usually unable to reach any of the goals they have set and fell back into their same routines and lifestyle. A year later it is déjà vu...same people, same list, same outcome.
What's on your New Year Resolutions list?
Cut back on processed food? Learn a new language? Drink more water? Spend more quality time with the family? Plan a vacationto India? There is no doubt that these are health goals that will bring about beneficial returns for your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. But what about resolutions that serve your soul? Ones that are aligned with your unique purpose and guarantee karmic rewards far more than any diet, workouot, textbook or travel agent can. Make 2016 the year you discover the fascinating truth about who you really are and what your future holds.
New Year's resolutions are great in that they reveal our goals and what we hope to strive for in the future. In the beginning, the motivation to accomplish our New Year's resolutions is incredibly strong and commendable. For most folks, that strong momentum slowly begins to dwindle not long down the road, and those positive changes we hoped to make, rarely become a habit.
Two of the biggest issues include:
Too many goals: When we choose more than one or two goals at a time, we can't give all of those goals our full focus. So, we may achieve a little bit here, and a little bit there...but not enough to make a big difference. Then what often happens is we get discouraged, and give up on all the goals.
Goals that are way too challenging: So many people set goals with an 'all or nothing' perspective, such as, 'Starting on January 1st, I'm giving up all desserts' or 'When the new year is here, I'm going to exercise for an hour a day' (even though that person hasn't been exercising for even 10 minutes a day), or 'I'm going to get my entire house organised in January' (even though organising isn't a one-time-event, but a lifelong journey).
When we set lofty goals that are too far away from our current situations, it is easy to throw your hands up in the air and say, 'Never mind. This is too hard' after just a few days.
Here are two recommendations:
1. Feel free to set as many goals as you'd like, but only work on one or two, maximum at a time. Put the others aside for later, until you accomplish the most important ones.
2. Look at your current lifestyle and set your goals slightly above where you are right now. For instance...
a) If you never exercise, make a commitment to walk or attend a gentle yoga session once a week, on Saturday mornings. Once that goal is achieved, you can always add another day, or evening session.
b) Choose just one room in your house to organise, perhaps your bedroom. Better yet, make it just your bedroom closet, or a drawer in your bedroom dresser. Then, move onto the next goal when that first one is done.
c) Rather than trying to eliminate all desserts from your diet (especially if you eat dessert after all meals), try to replace one meal's dessert (perhaps Wednesday lunch) with fresh strawberries and bananas. Again, once you can do that, you can then make a new goal.
When you zero in on your most important goals and make them specific and realistic, you'll notice you're suddenly achieving more. You'll be more motivated and enthusiastic about all the goals you set in the future-- because you'll know you can rise to the challenge, and succeed.
However, New year’s resolutions don't work for everybody - in fact, I don’t know if they’ve ever really worked for anyone. They always sound like a list of rules that we know we will break. If you're not great with structure and schedules so it makes sense a list of
rules resolutions would make you feel hemmed in. Perhaps you need more s p a c e. You want to be inspired not instructed.
What if, instead of resolutions, you choose a word as a guiding light for the new year. One that feels more expansive. A word can be embraced as a mantra, a meditation, a reminder, a promise. A word can be interpreted in different ways. A word can’t be “broken”, it feels gentler somehow.
Choosing a word for the year, can change your life for the better. Some of words can prove to be wildly empowering, such as brave, expand and open - all dynamically useful words that can help you create change in your life. Other words perhaps less helpful if you use them as a bit of a cop-out: compassion, for example. Nourish can be both supportive and nourishing — pun intended. I’m excited to see how your word for 2016 evolves.
The more you do this practice the more you will understand why it’s such a valuable thing to do each year. If you need some help uncovering your just-right word, can we help you find your word for 2016?
However, you will reach a time in your life when you begin to understand that the real goal in life (and how nothing can make you as happy) is living a mission-oriented life. This is when you stop setting goals for yourself and choose to intuitively receive guidance and direction.
Looking back through the year is both amazing and sobering. Stuff happens that you cannot predict, and as much as you may want to control the outcomes, you can't always. The waves of life will toss you up in the air, only to take you to shore in the next moment. Being alive is the wildest ride.
Why not start 2016 as you mean to go on,
with loved ones,
ready for the new,
waking up on January 1st without a hangover?
We live in this extraordinary world where unspeakably cruel things happen every day, and yet the person who delivers the mail makes us smile, the people we meet chat away, like we're all in this together. And we really are. We're all doing the best we can to make it through with our sanity intact and our loved ones safe. Choose to beleive in this as you step forward into a new year and recommit to doing your part to add more love to the world. In your work, your relationships, your emails, paying your bills on time, the mundane and the magical…choose to do it all with love. Have plenty of aspirations for these next 12 months. Wholeheartedly believe that everything is possible in 2016.
Who am I? Time, space and causation, and the Cosmic Human
Uncover your true potential and feel ultimately free both mentally and spiritually.
Believe in yourself. Dramatically increase your self belief
Find inner peace, and accept that the past as the past.
Let go of events and perspectives from the past that are holding you back.
Engage your true passions to inspire your life.
Visioning your life from your soul.
The big picture: New year, new you. What do you want most in life? Health? Happiness? Love? Wealth?
Stand up for yourself and what you believe in. Very little separates you from success.
The nature of abundance and how to atttain it.
4. Love, Relationships and Heart Healing
Having more love, joy and freedom in your life
Deepen your relationships with those you love and connect with them on a whole new level.
Be more optimistic. Explode your success with optimism
5. Authentic Success
Purpose. Pleasure. Abundance. Feedom.
Increase the universal flow into your life
Deliver your intentions, with sankalpa. Sacred resolutions.
Reach the goals you've been putting off for years.
Accelerate your manifestation power
6. Health, the elixir of life
Explore your elemental blueprint to better understand your life.
Three primal qualities: activity, resistance, balance
Understand your digestion, metabolism, elimination, toxcicity.
Rejuvenate your mind and body with your breath
Become more organised.
Increase productivity, and get things done.
Develop your intuition. Gain the ability to read people and trust your instincts
Make a living that actually affirms your life.
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Medicine, Yoga, the arts, humanities, social sciences, phyiscal sciences, religion, all represent distinct networks of language and rules that describe reality variously. Seeing and being through any of these lenses takes us into a different way of construing reality. This in turn becomes the meshes of our nets that trap our experience, creating the tapestry that depicts a life. And like the flowers in the fields that make wonderful views, when we stand side-by-side in our wonderful hues, we make a beauty so wonderfully alive. We are specail and different, and just the same too. But what really is real?
One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say "thank you"
and wish your dreams come true in the new year.
With a heart full of gratitude to you,
for being part of our community,
and why we do what we do.
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