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Random Reflections and Spiritual Thoughts

2019

 

9 June

Consciousness necessarily demands events,
real occurrences in space and time.
Events can only occur
if they are recorded in the mind.
These events are the registrations in consciousness
we call  ‘observations.’
But such occurrences,
although they themselves result in order
arising out of disorder
because mind has gained knowledge,.
require interactions
that involve an overall increase in disorder.
No matter what we do,
the universe produces more and more disorder.
Order is created in the correlative behaviour
of the function of the wave,
which holds the potential for anything physical to appear.
Thus, when two objects that have previously interacted
are not observed,
their wave function becomes entangled and inseparable.
Instead of maintaining separate functions,
each object joins a single wave function.
This results in a coperative behaviour between the waves,
even though they may no longer be in interactions with each other.
This kind of cooperation plays a vital role in life
and is necessary for the existence of all chemical activity.
Through such correlations,
where independent objects join
through mutual interaction into one wave fiunction,
disorder is decreased.
Cooperative behaviour creates order,
and human thought plays a major role in that enterprise.
We all go
where none of us have gone before.

8 June

In order to become conscious,
the mission of the universe
is to seek out all possibilities,
giving all things equal opportunity
to ‘do their own thing’.
Our planet and its life forms
are a small pocket
of the whole picture,
and a result of that grand plan.

7 June

The function of the wave
is that it holds the potential for anything physical to appear.
It is abstract and unobseverable.
But when it ‘pops’
the physical world appears.

6 June

Ethics are principles of conduct
governing an individual or a group,
Ethics shapes the decision of individuals and groups
building character as defined by their values and habits,
in deciding what is good or bad.
Morality means conforming to rules/reguilations/standards of right behaviour.
Morality is dictated to us by society, religion or culture.
Thus it is the belief of a particular group
as to what is right or wrong, defined over a period of time.

5 June

When a new idea comes to the fore,
not everybody gets excited and ready to get it.
People are very reluctant to change
the way they’ve always thought,
even when they know it’s wrong.
Yet, the observer effect,
parallel universes,
one-mind,
mind creating matter…
what we used to think was unreal
will seem to be more real
than what we used to think was real.
And what seemed real
will now seam to more unreal.

4 June

We want to understand new situations
as inevitable consequences of the past,
and not the choices we presently make.
We try to make sense of the new,
basing it on the old
to minimise our risk and responsibility.
I n other words, we make up a story
to fit the sequenes of our experiences.
We create illusion.
The maximum expression
of this illusion of risk and responsibility minimisation
produces a feeling of security.
“I failed my examination because the dog ate my term paper.”
“I was only following orders…doing what you said etc.
“See what youy made mne do!”… and so on.
Undoing the past
means forgiveness
and re-creating the present.
To really understand quantum physics
is to understand that there is no ultimate cause and effect.

3 June

In the transparency of this moment, ask:
do I really know what will happen next?
If your answer is yes, ask: how do I know?
If your answer is no, ask: am I at peace with that?
Notice what is occurring spontaneously now.
Rest in that awareness.

2 June

Can youy find the past?
The future?
The present?

1 June

Ask yourself: am I present in this moment?
If your answer is no, then where are you?
If your answer is yes, then ask: what is present?

31 May

Let yourself relax in this moment, completely relax.
In this state of relaxation, what is it that is relaxed?
If you notice anything that is not relaxed in this moment,
what is it?
Is it a nonrelaxation in your body?
Thoughts? feelings? Memories? Something else?
If you have found something that is not relaxed,
look carefully at it.
Is it an essential, permanent part of you,
or does it come and go?

30 May

If you ask what is happening now,
and then wait a few seconds and ask again:
what is happening now,
you will notice that what is happening in both cases is not the same.
Is anything the same?
What?

29 May

You are cpable
of manifesting miracles in your life.
Embrace your heart.
Love yourself.
Follow your gut.

28 May

We live, love, laugh
We hurt, bleed, cry,
stumble and fall,
we make mistakes often,
but we get up,
we bounce back,
we stay true to ourselves ,
and strive to be the best person we can be.

27 May

Let go of your attachments to beliefs and heresies.
Let go of believing you know what is going on
or that you know what is best for yourself, or for anyone,
let go of your neuroses
and love your life,
and all life,
when it seems to be a mess,
and not just when it’s going smoothly.
Challenge yourself to question
your own version of the truth
and like yourself,
not in spite of your questions,
but because of them.
Open fully to the unwanted
and recognise that you can’t be fully happy
until life is difficult,
and that you can’t assume that you or anyone else gets it right,
and can tell you exactly how to do it all,
yet, you can live with life like a friend or spouse,
not in absolute harmony,
but in real engagement.

26 May

Loving the paradox that is life
not waiting for your life to feel “right”
allows you to live now,
feeling good about you and your life.
rather than some imaginary later
when things have been sorted out.
Things will never be sorted out.
They will never be right.
You will never be right.
Life is a tough gig.
It doesn’t let you get away with much.
It pulls the rug out
from under your most cherished truths and habits.
It makes you question
exactly what you thought was beyond question.
It shows the paradoxes that rule from minute to minute
as you try to get along and make sense of life.
And it cleans the slate so that you can get on with life
freed of all the precious wisdom you have accumulated.

25 May

The path to our humanity
and to true satisfaction
entails the willingness to step into unfamiliar territory,
acknowledging our own edge,
that place beyond which we don’t want to go,
and then learning what it takes
to welcome that hard and difficult place,
and say ‘yes’ to it – warts and oughts.
Saying yes to life – all of it –
realising that our true identity knows no bounds.
This is the only path to lasting joy.

24 May

It is only when we stop playing it safe
that we can recognise
what lies at the heart
of all spiritual practice:
it lies in walking the path
to becoming truly and fully human.

23 May

There is a lot of new age sentimentality
that passes off for spiritual insight.
It’s too easy to stray from the genuine path of spirituality
by focusing on reading and talking about it.
We may even start to mistake the things we know intellectually:
about wisdom, about compassion, about spiritual practice
for the realities themselves.
But in truth the only things we can truly know
are those things that we’ve learned through our own conscious living.
And the things we know best
are the once we’ve learned
by working through our difficulties.

22 May

Whatever is here, that is there;
what is there, the same is here.
Those who see here as different,
go from death to death.
By mind alone this is realised,
and (then) there is no difference here.
        Katha Upanishad iv.10-11

21 May

We die against our will when we have not learned to die.
By learning to die in each moment and we learn to live.
There is no one who truly learns to live
that has not learned to die.

20 May

Life is like a flute.
It may have many holes,
and emptiness
but if you work on it caringly
you can pay magical melodies.

19 May

Have enough courage
to trust love one more time
and always one more time.
– Maya Angelou

18 May

Depending on knoiwledge from external sources
enslaves us to dysfunction and pain.
Only by deploying your own inner wisdom
can you becomes liberated and truly flourish.

17 May

Is your soul at peace?
The power for positive change
lies within your own mind.

16 May

Scattered thinking, can’t focus
easily distracted by brain fog,
the screaming “monkey brain”
is not a normal part of aging.
It is caused by chronic stress.
Clouding your judgement,
and harming your critical thinking processes
is disasterous to both your mental and physical health.
Instantly melt away stress, reduce anxiety, ease depression
and live a more joyful and healthy life,
happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do.
Come to retreat.

15 May

It’s a mad, mad world.
The secret to understanding life
and to lifting the great burden resting on your soul
lies in developing yourself,
which is at the core of self leadership
and resilience.
You can’t change the world
but you can change yourself.
Honour yourself.

14 May

In this universe, like attracts like.
Whatever energy we project into the Universe
is mirrored back to us.
This is one of the laws of the universe,
known as the law of attraction or magnetism.

13 May

Close your eyes.
Empty your mind.
Take a deep breath, and
slowly let it go

12 May

Now, more than ever,
we have the potential to shape the world in which we live.
The question is:
Most of all in my life, what would I like to create?

11 May

KIndness matters.

10 May

By learning skills to calm our many bodies and one mind,
we learn to practice compassion for ourselves and others,
become more emotionally aware,
and learn to engage with compassion in complex situations,
building compassionate integrity:
the ability to live life
in accord with our values,
with a recognition of common humanity,
and a basic orientation to kindness and reciprocity.

9 May

Concern for others
leads to greater individual and collective flourishing.
Recognising the subtler and deeper levels
of ways that are important and necessary
to change our behaviour
regarding compassionate thinking and action in life,
it is like the peeling of an onion
for personal learning that takes place within us.
We cultivate human values as skills,
so that we can thrive as individuals, and as a community,
within a healthy environment.

8 May

Your conscious mind is your primary mind.
It reveals your creativity and desire
that will make you happy.
You can only seek the truth through the conscious mind.
Your subconscious mind is a secondary mind.
It is a program that has been transferred to you from generations
which, most of the time
controls and overpowers your conscious mind.
The yogi seeks the truth,
and having found it,
shares it with others.

7 May

Although easy to accept,
your truth is harder to live.
It requires a daily recommitment to your soul
and a daily letting go of what does not serve your purpose.
Little by little,
day by day,
another step into the light,
another breath,
until a new story of you is written.

6 May

When one thing changes
every part of you must respond.

5 May

Love just is.
Love has no introduction.
Love appears.
Despite our attempts to manage her,
she wins.
If we withdraw,
if we surrender,
if we call out,
or if we are silent
she is.
Ordinary or holy
everywehre we turn
love faces us.
Again and again,
she is here.
Are we prepared to know her?
Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive.
– Louisa May Alcott

4 May

A system of imaginary threads connecting individuals and organisations to each other, allowing for the sharing and spreading of information. Newspapers, TV stations, radio, government offies and business are examples of the spider sitting in control of her web. It’s a show that tends to swallow up the individuals that come into the net. Various webs overlap and join each other in many ways. However, in many cases they may as well be completely separate, as a spider in one web often knows (or cares) little about any of the other spiders. Many of jealous of each other and refuse to acknowledge that any other spider knows anything, or even that they have a right to exist. Along comes the fly. Instead of having to make the journey to the centre, it can be intercepted by any of the other spiders. Pretend community, be it Facebook, Instagram, Linked In etc. actually perpetuates social isolation which invariably leads to a level of suffering that we simply cannot withstand without intense distraction. The common ground, is to escape from the sorrow of this dislocation, and Instagram, Facebook, Netflix, weed, alcohol, or something harder, will not change your situation.
“Come into my network”, said the spider to the fly.
“It makes life so much simpler, you really ought to try.
I’ve webs for all occasions. I am sure that one will suit…
Are you giving or receiving? Come on, I’ve got the loot.”

Return from your exile and re-enter your true home.

 

3 May

The humming of bees and insects
The humming bee breath
The magical sounds of the soul
and AUM…
Renewing the dreamtime.
Put a blindfold on,
getting to know the bush,
you start to feel the energy of natures spirit
coming through.
Touch a tree by feeling its aliveness.
Meditate together
and watch the sun go down.
The time is ripe for people to come together
in a spiritual way.
Human beings are losing their humanity and love.
Greed and egoism are god today.
grounds individuals within themselves
and brings people together

2 May

Having worked for something so hard,
only to see it fall apart before your eyes
can be truly devastating.
Yet, I know that the universe provides everything I need
and takes away everything I do not need.
Trust and fear do not go together.
Cherish the present moment,
and who you are.
You are already a wonder of life.

1 May

When the whole body’s electric biofield is tuned,
the electromagnetic energy is transformed
from noise and dissonance
to a soothing symphony, or resonnance,
that promotes optimal wellbieng.
Depression, Parkinsons’, Bipolar disorders,
mental health issues, anxiety, adrenal fatigue,
autoimmune disorders, movement disorders, digestive issues,
and a host of emotional and health issues,
must be viewed as a resonance imbalance
instead of just a chemical imbalance
to stem their progression,
and bring the mind-body back
into harmoinic resonance.
Raise your ‘electric’ vibration
for better emotional and physical health.

30 April

Create a metamorphosis on a DNA level.
Like a caterpillar
transformed into a butterfly
you cannot go back
to the pain, hurt, sadness, sickness, poverty.
What’s even more remarkable,
is that when your state is transformed,
you can’t help but
be an amazing person,
be grateful,
achieve your soul’s purpose,
take charge of your life
and seize every opportunity for goodness
that comes your way.

29 April

1. What is your personal purpose in Yoga/Ayurveda?
2. How do you apply what you are learning to your daily life?
3. How can we improve our training to better integrate Y/A in your day-to-day life?

28 April

Wherever you turn you head
your eyes and your heart,
let the world shine in transfiguration.
You don’t have to do anything,
or bring a thing to it…
You have already brought yourself,
and your willingness to see.

27 April

Home is
becoming friends with your solitude
without reaching for any weapons of mass destruction,
or instant gratification formula.
Because it’s in the silence,
in the shapeless form of your “i-am”,
in all the empty spaces between heartbeats
and breaths
where you can drown the noise
and truly hear the music.
Where you can feel (not just know)
the greater Yes
that gives you life.

26 April

Every instance you negotiate with your fear,
irrespective of what the deal is,
you give away your freedom.
The second you give your freedom away to fear
you are no longer your true self.
If you lose yourself,
what is left?

25 April

Most of our so-called obligations
and unspoken expectations
are part of an insane consensus.
Do you want to settle for
working 8-12 hours a day
in a job you don’t love
in order to buy objects, ideas or opportunities
you don’t need
so that you can sustain a lifestyle you don’t believe in,
so that you can superficially relate to people
you don’t even like, or align with?
You have a choice
not to be pressured into living a life
not true to yourself.

24 April

If you want to change the fruits,
you will first have to change the roots.
If you want to change the visible,
you must first change the invisible.

 

23 April

It hurts to be alive
but it is also the most beautiful adventure,
that we, as souls
have come here to experience.
Celebrate more often the night
that helps you birth more constellations.
Love the ugliness
that pushes you to seek more beauty.
Trust the uncertainty
that guarantees you that all things are possible.
Welcome fear,
the kind that helps you do things you love.
Bow to the lacks and constraints
that have developed your resilience.
Thank your weaknesses and imperfections
that challenge you to accept your frailities
and yet do better, work harder, get stronger.
More than anything, be grateful
to those who have doubt, hurt or rejected you
for motivating you to choose yourself over and over.
Choose it. Accept it. Love it all.
Thank you.

22 April

To be excited when you are in the dark.
is to know that a greater light
and a deeper awakening
is right around the corner,
simultaneously happening in you,
in order to match
the degree of darkness, failure or despair
you feel.

21 April

It is not until your eyes adjust to the dark
that you can finally understand,
and if you permit it,
be astonished,
by the light of your own being.

20 April

Living authentically is the key to a happy, contented life.
I am happy to be devoted to both creativity as a spiritual path
and exploring ways in which spirituality informs creativity
and lends vitality to the aesthetic domain.
The uniquely modern intersection and cross-pollination
of interior practices such as yoga and meditation
with neuroscience, spirituality, psychology, ayurveda
has transforming power.

19 April

Incite happiess.

18 April

Ananda asked whether he was correct in his conviction
that the sangha (community) was half of the spiritual path.
To which the Buddha famously declared:
“No, Ananda. It is the entirety of the path.”
Social isolation invariably leads to a level of suffering
we simply cannot withstand without intense distraction.
Whatever you are using again and again
to escape from the sorrow of this dislocation, be it
Instagram, Facebook, Netflix, weed, alcohol, or something harder,
will not change your situation.
Return from your exile and re-enter your true home.
As you embark on the formidable journey of transformation
you will need to learn to manage intense emotional states
such as excitement, sadness, yearning, anger, joy, anxiety,
with clarity and equanimity
if you are to remain meaningfully connected.
it is heartening to know that there are fellow travellers,
teachers, teachings and a community of practitioners
which allow you to continually stroke the fires of transformation
offering support with practical and time-tested ways
to explore your highest path toward spiritual fulfillment.
The sacred homecoming
represents a step towards a deeper connection
with yourself,
and the people who matter to you most on the spiritual path
and to all humanity.
So let us keep journeying together,
to a way that makes beauty real
and God present.
Hand in hand,
with this commitment to love guiding our steps,
meanness can be neutralised,
faith can be actualised,
justice can be mobilised
and our beloved community realised.

17 April

Human beings are relational beings to the core,
advanced herd animals,
hard wired to connect.
Life is change.
People come and go.
Some stay, and some don’t.
Be thankful that your paths crossed.
Remember the good times
and follow your bliss.

16 April

Now is the time
to move beyond visualisation
and start operating
from the highest expression of yourself,
connected with your soul
and attuned to the divine.

15 April

Asana and meditation practice
will not eradicate all human ills.
It’s not that if you
just practice long enough,
sit in meditation often enough,
are just empty enough
and detox the body enough
you will live a life
untroubled
by sickness, emotional upset or mental anguish.
Yoga and meditation
are not panaceas
for all the “bad” things
that
might befall you.
They are a training ground
to how you might come back to inner peace
despite a heart that is broken,
losing a home, a job, a partner, parent or child,
being in financial strife,
and amidst concerns for a colleague, friend or the world.
Yoga teaches that equanimity is possible
regardless of our circumstamncesand
and that freedom is possible with every breath.

14 April

You can choose to colour your hair,
tattoo your skin,
exercise to stay in shape,
botox your wrinkles,
get implants inserted,
choose the foods you eat,
and the places your feet walk.
Taking control over your physical manifestation
will not stop your body from walking its own predestined path.
Your body changes.
You cannot stop it.
Sit with your fears
and learn your body’s new language.
It is still the container and vehicle
for your journey.

13 April

The future is actually already here
we are in it
and this is just the beginning.
12 April
The power that has led you here
will not lead you astray.

11 April

Explore both,
the truth that is out there
and in here.
10 April
Live the ‘we’ way
with everyone,
everyday.

9 April

When you take ‘mind’
out of mindfulness,
fullness remains.
Centred in your heart,

8 April

Time has nothing to do with movement.
Things move. Time stands still.
When we say that time passes, we mean that we pass.
When we say we observe the passing of time,
we are doing no such thing,
we are observing the passing of our minds,
the movement of our thought processes.
The notion that things move
and my mind observes the motion
carries with it a sense of impending,
which is one of the root causes of fear.

7 April

Time has nothing to do with past, present or future.
These are events in time,
but not time itself.
Time as an experience,
in itself is, paradoxically,
timeless.

6 April

We construct reality ‘out there’ after the fact,
with hindsight,
but become aware of it as a storyline,
a history, even before it is completed.
There is no ultimate cause and effect.
Undoing the past means forgiveness
and re-creating the present.

5 April

The future,
which consists of waves of unpopped possibilities
(seeds that haven’t as yet sprouted)
and the past record of popped actualities,
decides the present
and the past falls under the control of the present.
What if we viewed every ‘ thing’ as an event in time.
Things do not pass away in time.
It is always possible to undo the popping
and re-create the past.

4 April
 
We live in a river of time
in which the source of the river (our past)
and its final destination ahead of us (our future)
already exist.

3 April

Everything that is,
is, was, and will be.
Things do not pass away in time.
Every moment remains.
Each moment is the universe.

2 April

The world is malleable,
infinitely changeable.
Not only are we capable of changing the present,
but also the past.

1 April

Nothing is certain.
No past event is in existence.
Its only record exists in our neural creases.

31 March

Each day there is a new dawn
which brings to the world its healing light.
Though you may be in the darkest night,
find comfort in the lighted moon,
and increase hope…
the rays of the sun
will warm your body soon.
The light of the sun
is always sure.
Renew your faith
in the light of a glorious dawn.

30 March

You don’t need a parachute to skydive.
You only need a parachute to skydive more than once.

29 March

The awakened life
is a transformational journey
that opens you up
to the miracle of awakened consciousness
and provides you with the tools
to sustain and deepen this awakening
over time.
Natural qualities that accompany awakening
include profound intuitive wisdom,
deep emotional resilience,
genuine empathy,
remarkable flexibility,
and surprising creativity.

28 March

By giving up any investment
in the mind’s power to know,
we can discover the primordial innocence
of our own true nature
which paradoxically open the door
to an infinite source of wisdom.

27 March

Stepping on the path of awakening
we find ourselves called
to leap beyond everything we have ever known,
and embrace a mystery
our mind will never be able to comprehend.
Letting go of all attachment to knowing,
we relax into the essential mystery
at the heart of reality itself.

26 March

The world is changing.
We’re either on board
or left behind.
We can focus on directing these changes
towards the evolution of human consciousness
and the creation of a new humanity.

25 March

If you quit your job today
what would you do for the rest of your time?
Would it be enough?

24 March

When you are asleep,
you are in the passenger’s seat.
When you sit in the driver’s seat,
you take control of your journey.

 

23 March

When you make time to do what you love
you also give your life more meaning.
Make a list of what you can do
to give your body and brain
the love they deserve.
Call your list:
Simple ways to practice self-care…
and meet me on the mat.

22 March

To say that above and below exist
is also wrong,
and cannot be applied
to the reality of the cosmos.
They are only concepts
that help us relate to our environment.
They are concepts that give us a point of reference,
but they are not real.
Reality is free from all concepts and ideas.

21 March

Our nature is truly the nature
of no birth, no death.
Only when we embrace our true nature
do we transcend the fear of non-being
and the fear of annihilation.

There is manifestation
…we say it exists
and there is the cessation of manifestation
…we say it does not exist.
Nothing is born,
nothing dies.
In reality, there is no such thing
as totally existing or totally not existing.
Notions of being and non-being
cannot be applied to reality.

20 March

We have borrowed this body
from the planet.
This body is not yours alone
but a living continuation
of your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents,
all ancestors.
These hands are not just your hands,
these feet are not just your feet.
Just look at the palm of your hands
and remember.
Together, you and your ancestors
are leaving footprints
on the damp soil.

19 March

There is no birth, no death,
no coming, no going,
no same, no different,
no permanent self, no annihilation.
These are all notions.
They are not real.
Thinking that they are true
makes for a powerful illusion
that causes our suffering.

18 March

When conditions are sufficient
to support life,
we manifest.
When conditions are insufficient
we withdraw
and go into hiding,
waiting for the moment
to manifest again.

17 March

Time is born when you are born.
Before time, you have been free.
Birth and death are the sacred thresholds,
the doors through which we pass
on our journey.
Birth and death are a game
of hide-and-seek.
You have never been born
and you can never die.
Our greatest pain
is caused by our notion
of coming and going.

16 March

Your thoughts are your best leverage
to transforming your life.
Stilling your thoughts could be even better!
When movements in mind cease
you reside in your real nature.

 

15 March

Wake each morning
with deep gratitude
for empty moments given to dreams,
and for the thoughtful people
who help those dreams come true.

And to those people who have the gift of finding joy
here, there and everywhere,
and leaving it behind when they go.

14 March

Bring all the great blessings of your life
into the present,
in your thoughts today…
and every day.
Some people add so much beauty
to being human.
Wake each morning
with deep gratitude
for empty moments given to dreams,
and for the thoughtful people
who help those dreams come true.
And to those people who have the gift of finding joy
here, there and everywhere,
and leaving it behind when they go.

13 March

Our roles as mentors and teachers have changed.
It isn’t always appropriate
to advise on the norms and perspectives of the past,
such as teaching women how to be docile,
and every day how to please their man.

But think about the wisdom we have gleaned from being wrong.
We have learnt to establish independence
and empower everyone
to find balance
to live a truly satisfying life
in everyday spirituality.

12 March

When you face your fear,
you transform it.

11 March

Don’t try to solve the world’s problems.
Don’t try to figure out what you are going to do
about the challenges in your life.
Let go of judgements.
Stay in the now.
Be with the moment.
Open your awareness
to a borderless vastness of well-being.
Spend time in the giving, living silence.
Give yourself the gift of real peace.

10 March

The path to success is not always straight.
Sometimes, whether willing or not,
you have to go sideways, even backwards,
to reach your goal.

Courage
means having the strength to accept
that you will make mistakes sometimes,
and that setbacks
can be part of the journey to success.
Mistakes and failures can open doors
to new opportunities.

9 March

What thoughts are to the mind,
feelings are to your body.
Your body thinks in feelings.
Breathing slowly and calmly

8 March

International Women’s Day…
nice thought!
It’s always international women’s day with us.
In our organisation, women are empowered 24/7.

7 March

Life is exciting for itself alone.

6 March

Loving what hurts
is the hardest thing you will ever have to do.

It requires you to confront your own ego,
to expand your sense of fairness, comfort and safety,
to forgive yourself out of your temporary ideas of
You vs. Me, Us vs. Them, He vs. She,
to let go of expectation and regrets,
to choose being kind over being right.

From this place, empty of you and others,
to even exist at all
is an act of love and gratitude in itself.

Love, in its purest form,
is unconditional by default.

 

5 March

The hardest thing that love will ever ask of you
it to understand, accept and even love
a person, issue, set of circumstances,
or even your own darkness or shadow
that has caused you
pain, hurt or distress.

Loving an enemy
is the most redeeming, alchemical power of love.
It goes so far and so deep
that you cannot truly experience love
at its fullest,
unless you let it touch, change
and transform you in this way.

 

4 March

Deep within
is only one single magic,
a single power,
a single salvation.
It is called loving.
Beyond time,
beyond death,
love is.

Time and death cannot wear it away.

 

3 March

Open your eyes.
You cannot be what you cannot see.

 

2 March

Correlation does not prove causation.

 

1 March

Foundational practices are those which nurture our being
so as to develop in us the necessary spiritual force
and neurological entrainment for success
in higher practices.

These are not confined to the meditation seat,
but span the entirety of our daily lives.

 

28 Feb

Live a life of self-love, peace and empowerment.
Transform the way you think about yourself,
and your life experiences
and step into the powerful, extraordinary, lovable person
you are.

 

27 Feb

Attraction is passive.
Attention is active.
Both empower.

 

26 Feb

Words are containers for power,
and we need to decide what kind of power
we want our words to carry.

Words can increase or decrease our level of joy,
affect the outcome of our search
and have a positive or negative effect on our future.

Words are like a movie screen
that reveals what we have been thinking
and the attitudes we carry.

You can immediately take control
of your mental, emotional and physical states
by using words that nourish and empower.

Speak love and faith, not fear.

 

25 Feb

Our world is going through rapid change.
As individual consciousness expands,
it shapes creativity, collaboration,
competence and compassion.

This, in turn, leads to
greater potential, capacities,
resonance and harmony
in individuals,
and in the relations within and among
groups and societies.

Workplace, employee engagement
and marketplace advantage also soar.

 

24 Feb

The human soul on fire
is capable of anything.
Follow your gut.
Rekindle your inner flame.
Cease and desist thinking
that you are not good enough.
Embrace your heart.
Love yourself more.
You can manifest miracles.

 

23 Feb

You cannot control everything.
Sometimes you just need to relax
and have faith that things will work out.

Do not underestimate the importance of relaxation.
Let go a little
and just let life happen.

22 Feb

The people that come into and out of our lives
contribute specific notes.
Some help us hear when there is a passage of music
that we’re playing in our heads for too long,
or one that doesn’t harmonise with the other sections.
The friction of tumbling against another human being,
filled with their own stories of love and loss
helps us uncover the most truth about who we are,
who we want to be, what we desire, what we love.

Each random passerby
lives a life as vivid and complex as our own,
populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries
and inherited craziness,
an epic story that continues invisibly around us,
a web sprawling here, there and everywhere,
with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives
that we never knew existed,
in which we might appear only once,
as an extra in the background,
as a blur of traffic passing on the street,
in a lighted window in the dark…

Even though we might spend a life
devoted to understanding ourselves better,
it’s when we interact with others
that we realise that
People are our greatest teachers.

21 Feb

How wonderful it is
that nobody has to wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.

Anne Frank

To really improve your life and the world
starts by showing up
and not checking out.
Show up for yourself,
your family, your job, your community,
and be present.

20 Feb

The great aim of education
is not to amass vast quantities of facts.
It is to take what we know
and use it to shape our lives
and impact the lives of others.

What is one idea that you would like to put into action,
starting right now?

19 Feb

We hang onto our anger, our hurt, our pain, our wounds

becasue we believe that if we hold on long enough,
somehow we will change the past.
However pain does not live in the past,
it invites itself into the present,
constricting our thoughts and behaviour
and we neglect what we can change.

When we lose our preoccupation with our pain story
we develop confidence and optimism
to let ourselves walk into the next phase of our life.

 

18 Feb

Put aside judgement.
Anger is like a hot coal
that burns the person holding it.

 

17 Feb

Irrespective of the ‘story’
everyone is equal to their life.
We all come to this realisation
from a place of clarity,
from which we honour and respect
everyone’s life.

We can offer one another what is truly helpful:
unconditional love.

 

16 Feb

How is your heart today?
Does love and devotion.
engender a bond
or bondage?

 

15 Feb

Those tasks that have to be done,
that you really don’t want to do
won’t just disappear.

The longer you wait to begin,
the more they feel like thorns in your side,
consuming your joy.

Save yourself time, and pain
and do ‘the worst’ first.
Sometimes they are the ‘worst’
because you are looking at them in their entirety.
Breaking large tasks into smaller pieces
makes the smaller crumbs easier to scoop up and finish.

Once they are off your list
you will be better able to focus on
the remainder of what else you need to do
and be a lot less stressed.

 

14 Feb

You are a masterpiece in the making
an ever-changing journey
of endings and beginnings.

Every phase in this work of art, love and life
that you are here to create
has an initial period of creative incubation,
a space of possibility between heartbeats,
a hopeful pause
between an expired version of you
and the renewal that awaits.

 

13 Feb

We all show up in the world uniquely,
but we are not separate.
Choosing acts of love
is how we nourish each other and ourselves.

Smiling to a person,
patting a dog,
paying someone a genuine compliment,
cooking a nourishing meal for a friend
being thankful…
there are so many ways we express love in the world.

These also happen to be the foundation
upon which you express love to yourself.

 

12 Feb

When you make a decision
you often burn a bridge.

This can be scary,
because you cut off options…

but so can standing still.
It can also be liberating,
because you choose direction.

 

11 Feb

We live in a noisy world,
with people telling us what to do
and how to live.
But the fact is, nobody knows.

You are the ultimate authority
of your inner and outer world
Your soul speaks to you daily.

Trust yourself to
Grow with soul.

 

10 Feb

Do not take anything personally.
You can be a ripe, delicious, juiciest mango in the world,
and there’s still going to be somebody
who hates mangoes.

Not everyone will like your art.
Not everyone will read your book.
Not everyone will want to be coached by you.
Not everyone will fall in love with you.

None of that changes your inherent worth
as a lovely fruit of a human being.

Another person’s opinion of you, or your work
does not change who you are at your core.
The only opinion that really matters is your own.

 

9 Feb

Don’t be afraid to give your love away.
Love is not meant to be hoarded.
Love doesn’t run out or get all used up.

We never protect ourselves, or make life better
by holding tightly to our love.
Loosen your grip.
Put your technology away.
Drop your judgement,
and allow your heart to get involved.
It wants to choose the thrill, the vulnerability, the self-abandonment.

Every time we choose to give love away,
our capacity for it grows exponentially.
Don’t close your heart off to being tender,
or even to loving someone who doesn’t love you.

Intentionally experience empathy.
Feel sad when you see people hurting.
Laugh, even when you’re supposed to be quiet.
Choose joy.

Ask yourself the hard questions and listen for the answers.
Choose to know love deeply.

 

8 Feb

Love wants to change you,
to strip away bitterness, judgement and prejudice
and exchange them for understanding, compassion and joy.

It wants to tear down the walls of insecurity, hurt and fear
and morph us into a creation
where love begets love.
Just close your eyes…

or keep them open
and breathe the moments in…

slowly and deliberately.
Don’t hold love back.

 

7 Feb

When you no longer want to lie to yourself,
you will discover that your story
is not sweet, harmonious or invented.

It tastes of the folly, bewilderment, madness and dream
that arises out of a deeper story contained within it.

Its themes underlie your most significant moments,
and the burning truths between your lines.

Your life is the greatest story
your soul will ever tell.
It is the background narrative
to everything you will experience in this lifetime.

 

6 Feb

Walking meditation teaches that
each major life creation
is a series of small, committed actions.
You just get up
and take one step after another,
until your path…your journey…your life…your world
is achieved/built.

 

5 Feb

You don’t have to know how your story ends.
You don’t even have to know how it will come to life…
or continue.
All you need to know is that
you are worthy,
strong
and ready enough to create it.

 

4 Feb

It’s time to claim your freedom
and create yourself anew
without the tales that dismiss your soul
and keep you small, or hurt, or fearful.

Surround yourself with people who
believe in your dreams,
encourage your ideas,
support your ambitions
and bring out the best from within you.

 

3 Feb

We can’t regret the things that are out of our control,
our mistakes, our weaknesses or imperfections,
or our raw and messy beautiful humanity.
We do regret the chances not taken,
the potential not used,
the talents not developed,
the love not attempted,
our creativity unexpressed,
the untold stories of aliveness
burning in our hearts.

But can we regret falling
if it comes as a result of flying?

Let go.
Get over what you have lost
in the fires of your life.
Use all the ashes
to create your masterpiece.

 

2 Feb

Chasing what we think we want,
many days are spent in distress and anxiety.
Yet when we rest in our own space of patience,
what we need flows to us, without pain.
From this we can understand that
what we want also wants us,
is looking for us, and attracting us.

The universe has selected you specifically
to bring the great work of your life into the world.

 

1 Feb

What would your life be like
if you could forgive everyone,
all the time,
for everything,
even future transgressions?

Forgiving is a powerful force for self-liberation.
And while sometimes remembering
is what keeps us from repeating past mistakes,
we can still forgive while remembering.

Forgiveness is the single, most empowering action
if you truly want to eliminate stress and pain.
The gratitude that emerges as a result
can truly transform your life.

 

31 January

If you live with the belief
that you need to pile up money
to be safe and secure,
you can earn millions of dollars
and still be insecure and unhappy.

Are money problems
really thinking problems?
By applying the principles of alignment and flow,
you begin to realise that you already have all the security
you wanted money to give you in the first place.

You also notice that it is a lot easier to make money from this position.
A clear mind is in the flow
of creating what it wants and needs,
without fear.

Success is a concept – an illusion.
Without a “story” we are always successful,
wherever we are.

 

30 January

There is great happiness in knowing one’s direction.
Even if you have not started along the road,
simply knowing which road to follow in life
is great elation.

 

29 January

When there is confusion in anything
there is frustration…
and then the spread of even more confusion in the mind.
Once confusion is cleared up
it provides the inner platform
to be creative in how to apply what you know.
And this is when things become fun and exciting…
even an adventure in how far you can take things.
You get new wings to creatively direct your life.
Have unwavering trust in your own unconscious.
Remain calm, serene,
and in command of yourself,
so that you can explore
the adventure and privilege of being you.

 

28 January

When we race through our lives,
living lives of habituation,
unaware of our daily choices and responses,
we live mindlessly.
We become like zombies
and lose consciousness of the preciousness of life.
Mindfulness and Heartfulness
helps to bring life back into balance
without sacrificing success
in an increasingly demanding world.

 

27 January

Healing doesn’t mean
that the damage never existed.
Healing is when the damage
no longer controls our lives.
It allows us to come out of our past
and into the present
to celebrate life.

 

26 January

Knowing that some broken pieces of you
will never be the same again
you don’t let that stop you from
believing again, after losing all hope,
starting over, after hitting rock bottom,
and loving again with all of your being.
This is the value in healing

 

25 January

Striving for perfection
can sometimes make you feel
accomplished, and in control.
The problem is that the drive to be perfect
often weighs down your health,
peace of mind and relationships.
It places a great strain on your life.

Moving forward
is about progress
over perfection.

 

24 January

A Zen master taught his students about focus, using a target board.
One day, he told his students that he wanted to demonstrate
something connected with the technique of shooting an arrow.
He got them to cover his eyes before shooting his arrow.
He missed the target.
He wanted his students to know this:
If you want to be successful in life, don’t forget the target.
You have to keep an eye on the target,
otherwise you may miss favourable opportunities in life.

 

23 January

Perception, thoughts, feelings and emotions
will come and go.
What remains constant
is awareness.

 

22 January

Wisdom is an ideal state of
intellectual and ethical excellence
which can be achieved by human beings
through entirely human means.

 

21 January

Choicest blessing that you have the strength
to face the challenges of life with confidence
and the wisdom to chose your battles carefully.

 

20 January

Success isn’t one big life-changing moment.
It’s a path, a journey, a habit,
and a few simple disciplines, practised every day.
Set your goals. Create a plan.
Train yourself to take action again and again.
Correct the course along the way where necessary.
Face your fears and continue to press on.
Celebrate your progress, however small.
Be grateful for all you have right now
and have already achieved.

Choicest blessing that you have the strength
to face the challenges of life with confidence
and the wisdom to chose your battles carefully.

What are your disciplines of success?

 

19 January

Paramahansa Ramakrishna reminded us
that you can’t change the direction of the wind,
but you can adjust your sails to reach your destination.

The pessimist complains about the wind.
The optimist expects it to change.
The realist adjusts the sails.

 

18 January

Perception binds us to the world
whereas mindfulness liberates us
from the tendency to get attached to things.

 

17 January

As meditation becomes established
into the states of absorption,
calmness and insight arise.

 

16 January

To withdraw the mind
from automatic responses
to sensory-impressions
is training the mind.

This leads to a perfect state
of equanimity and awareness.

 

15 January

 

True education fosters human values.

 

14 January

Wisdom is an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection
which can be achieved by human beings,
through purely human means.

 

13 January

A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood. The next morning at the breakfast table the young woman sees her neighbour hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean”, she said. “She doesn’t know how to wash, perhaps she should use different laundry soap”. Her husband looked on, but remained silent. Every time her neighbour would hang her wash to dry, the young woman would make similar comments. About a month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the neighbour’s line and said to her husband, “Look, she has learned how to wash cleanly. I wonder who taught her to do that”. The husband quietly said, “I got up early this morning and cleaned the windows!”

 

12 January

What is seen is not what is.

 

11 January

Through the practice of tranquillity on Shanti Yoga
you will come to understand and accept
the principle of impermanence
and see how you erroneously view things as permanent
through the application of the senses

 

10 January

Life consists of moments
that appear and disappear
at superspeed.
This is the truth of impermanence.
Yet we want to believe in the continuity of our lives,
so that we can say, “Yes, I exist!”
We try to escape the cruel fact
that impermanence constantly cuts off our lives.
Unconsciously our minds decorate time
with many ornaments
in order to make our lives more secure and meaningful.
We develop remarkable civilisations
of culture, politics, beauty and pleasure.
We create intellectual disciplines,
such as history, economics, science, philosophy or psychology
and then we believe that they make life meaningful.
Perhaps we believe that a spiritual life can help us find meaning.
So we create ideas such as
God, Buddha, universal energy, the last judgement, paradise after death,
theology, mythology or morality and ethics,
and then we try to depend on them to make us feel that life is worth living.

 

9 January

All beings in the universe
appear and disappear
in a moment.
Impermanence
expresses the functioning of moment,
or the appearance and disappearance of all beings
as a moment.
You already exist within the domain of impermanence,
together with everyone and everything in the cosmic universe.

 

8 January

To live a life of peace and harmony,
first we have to see in a proper way.
Then we have to think in a proper way.

To see in a proper way
is to see the true nature of time and things.
Nothing is permanent.
Become yourself,
as you really are,
with joyful, open eyes.

Thinking in a proper way
is not to understand your life
through your intellect.
It is to contemplate deeply
how to live every day
based on wisdom.

Then we can liberate ourselves
through the activities
of speech, conduct, livelihood, effort,
having a calm mind based on meditation,
and concentrating the human life force.

 

7 January

Everything in modern life is moving quickly
Finding it hard to keep up with the dizzy tempo
and the bewildering, quick changes of time
doesn’t feel good.
We feel uncomfortable, upset or sad
and want to escape.
So we cover our eyes,
turn our mind away from our dissatisfaction
and live lives based on having pleasure.
Yet something is missing.

The exploration of suffering
and how to be free from dissatisfaction and suffering
is a big topic in Buddhism,
and the subject of the historical Buddha’s first teaching.
In the Four Noble Truths,
Buddha explained the nature of suffering
the cause of suffering and the end of suffering,
and then taught a way to be free from suffering
called the Eightfold Noble Path.

 

6 January

Reality is beautiful.
The scale of our lives
is larger than we can imagine.
We can experience this when we
grow love that is stronger
than anger or fear.

 

5 January

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure that you seek.

Joseph Campbell

It’s not your story that keep you trapped,
it’s not telling it… i.e. accepting it,
that does.
It is so much harder
to carry the burden of pain, shame, and guilt
than it is to set it all free.

When we live in a culture of emotional repression,
judgement, fear, bullying, prejudice, discrimination
and a lack of imagination and courage
stop us from living differently and doing better.
When we get down on ourselves,
we think that art, creativity, authenticiy, freedom and healing
are limited to a chosen few.
The dreadful “stuckness” and hopelessness
we sometimes experience in life
comes from the habits of
comparing, competing, criticising,
and from waiting and denying

Sharing parts of yourself that appear to be taboo,
unconventional, rebellious, off the wall, or intimate…
sharing your mistakes, failures
and experiences of trauma and emotional pain
lights a tranformative fire in the dark
and invites an aching world to connect
with the counsel of our hearts.
so that we feel, reveal and heal.
We can grow beyond
the woundedness, shame and self-limiting beliefs,
and live the possibility for what has felt impossible for so long.

With both collapse and utopia looming in consciousness,
the urgent message about what time it is on the planet,
and for us,
is to evolve or die.
Ordinary people such as you and me
are the heroes that are being called for
in this challenging time.
Our deep, inner work is crucial
for catalising the whole-system-change needed,
and it’s a moral imperative that we stay positively oriented
and gounded in trust and gratitude.

 

4 January

Changes that suddenly shift our world,
or changes that we initiate
present their challenges in all our lives.
Everywhere you look,
you perceive the challenges of life.
What can keep us balanced
and even joyful
amidst the threats of disaster and
the myriad challenges that face us
causing us to lose hope
and become overcome by fear?

Hold onto the knowledge and faith
in the loving benevolence of the universe,
which is consistently organising itself
for your continued growth.
Look for the gift
and the learning it represents immediately,
instead of waiting 20 years
to realise that the calamity that befell you
was necessary for your next step
in your evolution.
in the creation of a world
of pure light and love.
Cultivating this perspective
enables you to navigate the difficult times in which we live
with joy, love and confidence.

 

3  January

Much of our illness in society is self induced.
Our habits, including our habits of mind,
are literally killing us.
We say we want to change,
but more often than not
we don;t change our unbeneficial habits.
Put your health first in 2019.
Think in terms
of the day’s resolutions,
not the year’s.
Beneficial habits established today,
and this month
pave the way for a healthy year.
Let’s work together
on a healthy, happy 2019.

 

2 January

Air is the breath of life,
water the drink
and earth the food of life.
The green earth is the meadow we graze in,
the ground we are shaped from,
the daily bread that keeps body and soul together.
Preserve Nature,
and nature will preserve us.

 

1 January

We are homo sapiens.
Born of the earth,
made from the soil,
with the breath of all green things
kindled by the divine fire within us.
Protected by our kin,
as biological beings
we have physical and social needs.
The oceans flow through our veins,
nourishing the sacred matter from the law of love.
For our spiritual needs to be met,
there is no single, right way that works.
The most powerful survival principal of life
is diversity.

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About Shanti Gowans

Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community. Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television.

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