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Today is more than just a day …
it is a tribute, a miracle, a time for gratitude.
Celebrate life, the planet, all its inhabitants,
your strength, wisdom, perseverance, courage and beauty
today is a special day…
Start something great
Thank you for being our world
Let us all be great together.
The now is timeless.
What's on this week
Shanti Yoga has an amazing array of activities together with a timetable of regular classes
at 1/126 Scarborough Street, Southport
Nothing makes me feel better than helping you feel empowered and unstoppable. Our courses, services and products generate incredible engagement and momentum that not only make a difference in people's lives, but create astounding results. As a holistic roadmap, they are more powerful than any kind of training on offer. At our centres you will enjoy core practices:
• Body, mind and spirit retreats: Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation
• Mindfulness and Nature retreats
• Silent Meditation retreats
• Ayurvedic 'learn-by-doing' cooking retreats
• Radical Healing: Wellness, Destress and Detox retreats.
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It is our pleasure to conduct a delightful and wholesome schedule of continuing education workshops, retreats, charity events and so much more. Experience for yourself …
- Free Spiritual discussion (darshan) Monday 1.15-2pm. During school terms.
- Free Spiritual Cinema and discussion. Monday matinee 2-4pm. During school terms.
- Free Children's Yoga classes. Wed 4:00-4:45pm. During school terms.
- Free Sacred Chants. Every Wednesday 7:30-8:30-pm … and every second Monday 2:15-3:15pm
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- Free Bollywood movie lending library. Over 700 DVDs
- Free Health Assessments. Ayurvedic student clinic.
- Uplifting and sometimes provocative Spiritual Thoughts on our website.
- Find out your dosha (Ayurvedic constitition type). Student Clinic, fully supervised. Fee: $20, which is fully redeemable on any Ayurvedic product recommended by the student/teacher team, in our shop. If your circumstances do not allow you to afford the fee, we will see you free of charge.
- Ayurvedic student massages. Only $30. Prepay. Book now. 24 hour cancellation required.
- Ayurvedic treatments. Kati basti (relieve lower back pain) 30 mins. $50. Shirodhara (insomnia, migraine) $85
Bharat Natyam classical Indian dance prior booking necessary. Private Class by appointment. $80
Bollywood dance course. Thursdays 6:30-7:15pm. 10 week term $195. New course starts 5 Oct 2017
Express yourself: Speech, Dramatise and Improvise. Thursday 2-3pm. $245 x 7 week term or $45 drop in.
Private Yoga/Meditation/Bollywood/Bharat Natyam/Odyssy dance classes. By appointment. $90 per session. Prepay for 3 sessions $250. Prepay for 5 sessions $350.
Enjoy delicious, freshly cooked, Indian vegetarian lunchbox meals (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays). Meals are really light to digest, healthy and made from scratch. Suitable for vegans. Come and give them a try. @ $12 a meal. Also available as frozen meals. Stock up your freezer: $100 for 10 lunchbox meals.
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Random Reflections and Spiritual Thoughts
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
Have you found your why, your calling, your mission, the vision for the future that pulls you out of bed every morning excited to start the day? There is no better feeling than the clarity that comes with living true to your purpose.
Here is an eclectric collection of the transformational wisdom, inspirational stories and reflective blog from Shanti Gowans, that relate purpose and meditation to life. It will give you immense clarity about where you are now on the scale of evolution in consciousness, and cause you to question many fundamental truths about life that may be preventing you from fully expressing universal greatness.
Sacred truths and authentic spiritual rituals and practices are fading rapidly from our world. The contemporary explosion of interest in spirituality and religion has been exploited and commercialised in this era of individualism and rendered superficial with an emphasis on immediate rewards. The truly spiritual and sacred practices have atrophied to the point of being almost extinguished... unless we act. Here is an invitation to take your mission seriously and become custodian of the future, to re-discover and practice profoundly sacred rituals that will revive and renew sacred-spiritual wisdom.
Shantiji's synergestic combination of intelligence, discernment, love and spiritual depth presents enlightening, timeless, wisdom for the spiritual aspirant. Pushing through, often into daring, unexplored territory, with discriminating intelligence, courage and sincere, sustained care, Shantiji's brilliant advocacy on self-actualisation, self-reliance, and non-denominational spirituality (religious institutions are stifling bureaucracies, however, mentors are icons - you brought the light) will expand your own feeling-contemplation, even as they might challenge you. Read them in order, or at random. These messages are timeless and will reach you when you need them most. As you read, think about which of these messages were you meant to encounter today.
Although they are attractive and collectable, and the prose eloquent, mere reading can do little to improve your life unless their content is put into practice and lived. At some time you will need to get your head out of the map and into the territory. Enjoy the journey. I hope you have a fruitful day and that life treats you with great kindness.
Happy reading and ernest, diligent practice.
To infinite possibilities…
This is a perfect time to reflect
your presence of
peace and forgiveness,
wisdom and light,
tenderness, love, and possibility
in your own life,
Let the spirit of the holiday season fill you.
Experience the peace of letting-go of your to-do list
for just a few minutes today.
Leave the ghosts of the past where they belong
The end of the year is a great time
to put the past in the past
and start anew in the present.
You can choose to feel bad
or redirect your attention,
and choose unconditional love instead.
However the point of practice,
namely paying attention,
is to use everything in your experience
to see how you cause yourself to suffer,
so that you can drop that
and end suffering.
Never actually 'know' anything,
Deepen the practice of paying attention,
to everything in every moment
and your commitment to the process of inquiry,
facilitating the exploration of your experience.
Describe what you have seen
to assist you become aware of what you have not seen.
In some mystical way,
by questioning the 'how' of what you 'know'
you are always in the 'not knowing',
which is the experience of this-here-now.
You don't see the world as it is,
but as you are.
seeing what is, as it is,
entails surrendering what distorts how you see.
Never assume you have attained 'full awareness'.
What distorts never stops distorting.
Wavering attention brings delusion back into the picture.
Have you really looked?
In an unenlightened state of awareness
ego, our ordinary initiator of action,
represents a kind of blockage or impediment
to the interplay of fundamental cosmic forces,
cutting us off from the complete reception of conscious energies.
We don't see the world as it is,
our view is distorted.
This distorted view causes suffering.
The path to freedom
requires us to develop the capacity to see differently.
Let there be peace on earth
and goodwill to all
and let it begin with me.
You cannot do today’s job with yesterday’s methods
and be in business tomorrow.
You are here to manifest your greatness.
When you experience struggle, it is because
you do not know, as yet, who you really are,
and that your authentic, non-physical Self
is already great.
Just as everything that defines an oak tree is in the acorn,
and the acorn does not live under the illusion
that it needs to be something else
or needs to strive towards an accomplishment
that is not in its nature,
neither do you.
Your inherent greatness is already present.
The only limits you have
are the ones you are placing on yourself.
Put them aside for now.
You can always go back to them lagter, if you need to.
instead of placing huge limits of what you can do
before you have even begun to do it,
strip off all conditioning, excuses and contingencies
that have created your limited self.
Practice living in the 'flow' and in 'alignment'.
You are as great as you allow yourself to be.
Allow yourself to live your greatness.
To come to life on life's terms,
not on our ideas of how life should be
we need to heal on three levels:
physical, mental and spiritual.
However only spiritual healing has the power
to meaningful affect and impact the other two.
The universe offers the appropriate contacts, events and opportunities
to bring great prosperity into your life
in all ways, every day.
Release those people who you resent or are jealous of.
Release situations that you know are a downward slide.
Release condemnation and criticism of yourself and others.
Let go of all the stuff that no loger serves your highest and best.
Make some gorgeous space.
You are here to make a difference.
Share your gifts and message.
Experience the deepest, most restful sleep possible every night.
Bad sleep is an exceeding restrictive force in anyone’s life.
The cells in your body cannot do their job properly if you do not sleep well.
Without the total relaxation of proper sleep,
you will find that your body ages far more quickly,
and your organs deteriorate and cannot heal themselves.
You become far less attractive.
Bad sleep will also develop anxiety, overwhelm and stress.
Nothing can improve very much in your life without proper sleep.
You must learn how not to be an insomniac,
or someone who cannot fall into total relaxation at night.
With great sleep you will be filled with positive energy,
everything will feel grand, you will feel twenty-one again,
a youthful enthusiasm will awaken
and everything in life will become your playground.
Learn how to in Yoga Nidra - Yoga's deep relaxation.
It counteracts the harmful effects of stress by
lowering blood pressure, heart rate respiration and adrenaline.
Happiness is a state of mind that exists
when you enjoy life,
when you enjoy what you are doing
and what you are surrounded by.
Whilst you cannot be happy all the time,
make a commitment to pursue happiness
and remember that happiness is not comprised of things.
Ensure your happiness and satisfaction as you age
by taking up yoga, meditation, exercise, cooking…
and then sharing all this with others who are less fortunate.
Practice living in the now,
life is only available in the present moment.
Enjoy the journey
every step of the way.
Emotional wounds and past traumas
hold back your spiritual evolution.
Spending too much time thinking about a thing
Knowledge is not enough.
you must apply it.
Willingness is not enough,
you must do.
Start healing today,
You and your life are unlimited.
Sharing what's alive for you,
what's foremost in your heart and life
is real communication,
rather than telling stories,
judginge, evaluating, criticising or advising.
Love your life.
Life loves you.
The storms in the mind,
mental stress, negativity and the endless inner dialogue
cause much of our emotional suffering and ill health.
By learning to be still,
and teaching your intellect to become quiet,
listen and absorb.
You will feel happier, healthier and more emotionally stable.
What is this life about?
No matter how hard we deny it,
the answer we are left with is a spiritual one.
Never assume you know someone's intention.
We are often incorrect in our assumptions.
Forgive him/her for they know not what they do.
Release him/her, knowing that their action
was born from misunderstanding, ignorance or pain.
Forgiveness is daily work.
Ultimately we are so similar.
Even though we have good hearts,
we have failed to love and to understand.
When we understand this life,
we will meet again,
with a new and clear knowledge and understanding
and we will drop all enemity
and will ultimately be friends.
In sports we sacrifice our body in order to win.
In yoga we sacrifice our ego in order to transform.
Love who you are.
Love the ways you are like no one else,
and the ways in which you are similar to everyone else.
Love yourself for the ways you change your mind
and the ways you have grown.
Love that you are not the same person you used to be.
Love your deep potential.
Love your future wild mistakes.
Love the person you are becoming.
Love it when you are bold enough to stand alone,
and when you are fragile enough to need support.
Love your ups and your downs,
your warts and oughts,
and your hopes and aspirations for something more.
Love the parts of you that need more loving,
and the parts of you that you would prefer to hide.
Do not forget that you are full of possibility.
You are right where you belong
and the whole world awaits you.
You are just the person you need to be.
Love yourself gently, with your whole heart and soul.
Love your silliness and your seriousness.
Love your complexities.
Delight in the ways you cannot be defined
and love the ways you cannot be tamed.
Love it when you realise you have learned something,
and love it when that learning has been good.
Love yourself when things are hard.
Love yourself even when it hurts.
Love yourself enough to give yourself the things you need,
and keep loving yourself until that love becomes a habit.
Love yoursef so that the world can see
how beautifully you deserve to be treated
and keep loving yourself with joy and perseverance,
right from the tips of your hair to the tips of your toes,
love who you are,
forever and ever and always.
Open the doors mindfully
to intuitive compassion and gratitude,
and observe health, joy and harmony.
Your body has the ability to heal itself.
My prayers and healing energy
for your highest good and greatest joy.
Many happy days lie before you..
Let us always remember our blessings…
Gratitude for all that is.
You will never happen again.
Let's make the most of it.
Freedom is not about the size of your cage.
the power of your wings,
or non-attachment to a person or thing.
It is about being so deeply, madly and truly attached to your own soul
that you cannot bear, if only for a moment,
a life that does not honour it.
Every action you take
will either strengthen or weaken your power.
Choose the open sky…
a storm is always better than a cage.
Interrupting your life
will make you feel like there is still hope.
is the father of invention,
and the mother of creativity.
It doesn't have to be perfect.
It just needs to be true.
unselfish action, and
now, at this very moment
is all you need.
Fighting against yourself
or an outside source
you perceive as your enemy or obstacle
will only magnify your struggle.
Becoming your ally and friend
is your real battle.
Once this is won,
the rest is just a daily journey home,
to the heart of all things.
Focusing on your obstacles,
which you will never outdo,
is the process that exhausts you.
Why waste your precious energy
resisting, when you can rebuild,
or create a new way around them?
The love story of evolution dances through you.
It is such a privilege to be here.
Dream the dream that keeps you awake,
not the one that puts you to sleep.
'No' is both a word and a complete sentence.
Look for the next opportunity.
A holy power resides within you.
It protects and prospers you.
You are its rightful beneficiary.
Let it fuel your genius mind
to repel unhelpful thoughts
and destructive energies
to change your mind,
change the world.
The entire Universe has come together
to make your existence possible.
You are a wonderful manifestation.
Let life use you as an expression of itself.
Just as you cannot drive forward
just looking in the rear view mirror,
trying to live each day
carrying the psychological burden of the past
is obviously an ineffective and dangerous thing to do.
You will end up crashing.
On the other hand, when we focus on gratitude,
the tide of disappointment goes out,
and the tide of love, strength and healing rushes in.
Focus on the power, euphoric, magical,
synchronistic, beautiful parts of life,
to help engage your senses
and trigger positive emotions
to attract happiness and positivity,
which will encourage you to strive towards your goals.
You are what you want to become.
Our lives pull us in various directions
on paths in which we find joy, inner peace, laughter,
wisdom, compassion, serenity, balance, love,
creativity, mnotivation, inspiration and fulfillment.
Yet, it is so easy to step off these paths
and spend the majority of our time
hanging out in the alleys of to dos, obligations and chores.
Why not let the little things that would ordinarily bore you
suddenly thrill you.
Anything and everything.
How many small things
that bring you joy or lightness
can you find in your life today?
The big things - a new anything, a vacation, family gathering
are wonderful in their own right,
but they are not everyday occurrences.
It's all those wonderful small things that,
considered singly and together
make up most of the joy in our lives.
Start noticing all the little things around you
that give you a little lift.
When you go through the day being mindful
you find a multitude of little joys
and things to be glad about.
with yourself, nature, another, who or whatever,
is a love story.
It is the desire to be united, or re-united
with a better life,
a better version of yourself
and to live fully alive,
in a way that shakes the earth
and changes lives.
In the trying-fighting-living-and-dying warrior journey,
stay connected with the real, authentic
warmth, vulnerability, trust, surrender,
… the love.
Hold the intention of love in your heart
even as you struggle to connect.
Do you sleepwalk through your days,
unaware of the unhelpful, negative monologue
running rampant in your mind
secretly sabotaging your life?
When in doubt,
choose expansiveness, creativity, empowerment.
Maintain a positive stream of consciousness.
Pay attention to your inner voice, and
produce thoughts that work in your favour.
Choose the people and experienes
that will increase your freedom
and bring you more life.
You are the chief creator
of your life, love, work and reality.
Remember, the point of us is not survival,
You. We. All.
Hold the intention of love in your heart
even as you struggle to connect.
A neglected body, chaotic mind or wounded heart
will prevent you from fulfilling your destiny
as much as any outside enemy.
If you long to change the troubled world…
know that the one thing you have the most influence over
is the person looking back at you in the mirror every morning.
We experience many of the pleasures of the world
as our ego leads us down the path of glory
yet in our quiet moments
we question our feelings of corruption and distress,
that eventually leads to…
a struggle to wake up in the morning,
boredom during the day,
tiredness in the evening, and
difficulty sleeping at night.
We have accumulated a great deal of knowledge,
but this knowledge does not fill our hearts,
it does not brings us joy and fulfillment.
When we are not living an authentic life
we are fundamentally unhappy.
We can do more with our lives.
We deserve and are meant to live
an inspired life
that rises above mere existence.
Finding our way
and knowing which path to take
being emotionally wounded,
and mentally stressed
before we can take the steps
we know will transform a desperate life
into a meaningful one.
Heal your body.
With your body revitalised,
you can function at a higher level in all other aspects
Calm your mind
The more still and clear your mind is,
the better your decision making process will be.
of the 5 people
we spend our time with.
Often we find ourselves surrounded with negativity.
If we let our mind go on autopilot,
it will take the negative route.
We live in fear of terrorism
but in actuality the most devastating terrorism
comes from within,
as we continue to sabotage ourselves.
Does God exist?
Is there a soul?
Is the devil real?
What if the word 'God' is simply a symbol
that represents the essence of all religious teachings,
not the details.
The devil is in the details.
Every shift in perspective
is a shift in energy.
Every shift in energy
is a shift in what you manifest around you.
is having a sense of information,
teachings and an understanding
of how things operate.
whatever it is you have learnt, studied
or beleived that you know.
It is the result
of taking the knowing
and making it real.
In our lives, it is the difference between
living, acting, speaking and thinking that we know
and living and embodying it.
Change leads to a new beginning.
You have nothing to fear.
Your place in the world,
your highest service,
what is possible for a human being in this lifetime,
arises from awakening to the power and potential
of a life aligned with the impulse of evolution itself.
Stop looking for your destiny,
or the 'code' to success.
We truly make the biggest difference
wherever we go in the world,
and with whatever we do in our life,
simply by not operating out of our conditioning
and shifting our orientation
from the personal
to caring for the whole.
The purpose of meditation is not to control your thoughts,
it is to stop letting them control you.
Meditation brings wisdom.
No meditation leaves ignorance.
Know well what leads you forward
and what holds you back,
and choose the path that leads to freedom.
Nothing feels as good as doing good.
Changing the world from the inside out.
One life at a time.
Your life then illuminates
the vital relationship
between individual transformation
and collective evolution.
Personal change (evolving yourself: awakening)
leading to changes in social justice (making your greatest contribution: evolving your culture)
and eventually to caring for future generations (action that futhers human evolution and sustainability)
You need to be deliberate about the joy in your life.
You do not come upon joy by accident or coincidence.
Nor does it come from hard work,
or simply good luck.
Joy is released by remembering, trusting, being,
rediscovering your inner resources.
Joy is expressed as creativity, tears and laughter.
You can feel joy in your body.
It has been your guide through life's many choices,
healing the separation from your mind and heart,
and the separation from your heart and soul.
from the fearful energy of the daily world
to life's beauty, innocence,
the ocean of peace,
in this moment.
There are many silent moments each day
which can serve as real medicine
for a busy mind and hurting heart.
There is a part of you
that is more than what you do,
how much you have
and what you think.
You can feel it as a calling
to your inner river,
your passion, your flow,
you well of being,
Each of us is called to listen,
to honour our hearts,
to nourish ourselves deeply,
and unfold our true self into the world.
We have choices everyday,
to wrestle with the current plot of our lives
or find the possible joy.
Pay attention to small joys.
Be open to the moments of pure life
no matter how easy or difficult,
light or challenging.
Joy found in the midst of great difficulty
is joy found forever.
Slow down, renew your faith and unplug.
Unfold your soul in your life.
Follow your heart but take your brain with you.
Whatever is your passion, keep doing it.
Do not waste your life chasing after success
or comparing yourself with others.
Every flower blooms at its own pace.
Forget regrets. The past is dead.
Abandon expectations. The future is not here.
We've just been born. Today. And yet again, this minute.
Our story has not been written yet…
and yet our fate is already written
as our souls.
Whatever the outcome of this adventure,
however long it takes to achieve our goals,
our real success is an expanded, more authentic,
more alive experience of us.
No so-called failure can diminish that.
Additionally, there is no way to fail at being true to you,
except by not attempting.
Trusting yourself is living out what you already know to be true.
Your best comes just a few steps after your apparent worst.
Your breakthrough waits beyond your breakdown.
Your success is right on the other side of your failure,
They are equal sides of the same coin,
short stops in your warrior journey,
the necessary classes in your school of life.
Don't give up.
There is no bottom point ot total emptiness.
It is impossible for your soul to be starved with nothing to give.
You are a channel, not a deposit.
A river, not a fountain.
Your life is one of flow.
Keep on flowing and giving
just as you keep on receiving.
Energy is a renewable resource,
an asset that you can always find more of.
The obstacle is the way.
If you want to love and serve the world,
fall in love with your life.
Over and over.
When you fall out,
find ways to fall back in,
to hear your heartbeat
in all the noise.
This is the real journey.
All dualities are but other names for joy and sorrow.
All material objects, whether bodies or planets
are always in flux,
transforming into different forms and qualitiues.
People and objects display complex mixtures of these modes.
As clothes cover the body,
the primary, material elements of nature,
(viz. earth (solids), water (liquids), air (gases),
fire (radiant elements) and space),
together with our cognitive elements,
namely the mind (seat of emotions and senses),
reason (our analytic faculty) and ego (our full material identity)
cover the Self.
The fundamental "I" (the core self)
is the same, constant person,
even as the body and mind change in so many ways.
That enduring "I" is not the illusion.
The illusion occurs when we identify the "I"
with a changing, mortal body,
instead of with our true eternal self.
Completing the tenure in one body,
we enter another,
just as we
discard worn clothes and put on fresh ones.
The irony of our mundane lives
is that for all our vanity,
we drastically underestimate ourselves
and think ourselves mortal,
when we are immortal.
Attract joy, health, wealth…
If you are not living most abundantly,
loving every aspect of your life
and expecting your life to just get better and better by the day…
It may be time to upgrade your thought processes
to attract health, wealth, wisdom.
won't do it.
Stop blocking. Start manifesting.
To acquire knowledge, you must study.
But to acquire wisdom, you must observe.
Approach life's challenges calmly and with deep conviction.
Through the practies of yoga and meditation
you can conquer old habits of fear, anxiety and worry.
Connect with the frequency of abundance
and let the universe deliver.
"If you can see it in your mind,
you will hold it in your hand."
Live with joy and gratitude.
If we are going to rise above our current urgent challenges as a species,
and create a better planet for our generation and future ones,
we need to uplift not just ourselves
but the communities, tribes and societies around us.
In everything we do,
whether it's learning a new skill,
growing a business or career,
solving a problem,
or pursuing a specific passion or purpose,
we need to look beyond 'me' to the 'we'.
Giving unsolicited advice
doesn't always have the intended impact.
It can make the recepient feel
judged, small, and isolated.
Many unfortunate things that happen in life
are not God trying to get your attention,
nor a judgement or punishment of some kind,
and cannot be 'fixed'
with platitudes and second-hand advice.
Unsolicited advice is not really about the person you're offering it to.
It's not you helping them,
it's you meeting your own need
to be the hero, the fixer, to be useful,
to prop up your own self esteem
by being the person with the solutions.
It's about your own discomfort with messiness
and unresolved things.
It feels so much easier to offer a fix
and then walk away with your illusion
of a world that makes sense,
than to sit in the midst of all the messiness
and be a witness.
Often the world does not make sense,
A plus B does not equal C,
every question does not have an answer,
'evey illness does not have a cure,
everything broken cannot be fixed.
The human soul
does not want to be advised, fixed or saved.
It simply wants to be witnessed,
to be seen, heard and companioned
exactly as it is.
When you make that deep bow to the soul
of a suffering person,
your respect reinforces the soul's healing resources,
the only resources that can help the sufferer make it though
It's a journey each of us must take in our own way.
What your friend really needs
is not your answer
but your presence,
tio show up and hold space.
To hold your tongue
and offer your heart instead.
often kills our ability
to think creatively.
The moments that interrupt your meditation
or your life,
returning you to your natural state.
is to experience a field of connection
which is alive,
and how vulnerable you truly are.
Understand what is really needed.
Offer warmth. Listen.
Echo back what you hear.
Recognise the teller's inherent goodness.
Hold your tongue
and offer your heart instead.
Sacred means to regard something with reverence,
to sanctify it.
It is up to each person to choose what to revere.
Being true to yourself means looking within
to discover what you know in your heart
to be right,
and then acting on it.
It does not mean following every whim, fancy or urge
that you might have,
which is simply selfishness in disguise.
It means being true to your values and morals,
being honest in all things,
knowing the truth,
walking that truth
and living by that truth.
When we live in alignment with the truth,
our life works.
Life is more than just about reaching goals.
It surely must be about enjoying life along the journey.
Follow your bliss.
When good fortune comes, accept it -
not indifferently, but with calm gratitude
of the universal source;
and when ill fortune descends,
also accept it with calm gratitude
of the universal source.
Yoga does not free us from our karma;
it frees us from susceptibility
to whatever suffering karma will otherwise cause us.
Karma does not oblige us to suffer.
It merely obliges us to experience
the ups and downs we caused others and ourselves
to go throguh in the past.
You cannot get out of karma by simply not acting.
Living in the body we are forced to act
by the fact that we must breathe.
The best way to get out of ego (karma)
is to serve others with love
and sensitive attention to their needs.
The pains we endure
are a karmic balance
for pains we have inflicted on others.
Circumstances are always neutral.
They seem either good or bad, happy or sad
depending entirely on your reaction to them.
The change needed is a brave unveiing
of who you are at the core.
The way out is the way in.
Controlling the flow of life
is like setting up a dam.
All the flow stops
and it builds up pressure within you.
Any intellectual construct of reality
is like a noose
it will get tighter and tighter.
Life is not static.
We either grow or die.
The universal flow comes from a higher power
which creates a beautiful orchestration in nature
that holds everything together,
and gives order to life.
Its incredible genius and ingenuity
harmonises all things
into a sophisticated ecosystem
That which holds galaxies together
can handle the little circumstances of your life.
You are doing the best you know how.
And you're doing pretty great in a lot of ways.
The person who makes you angry
provides you the opportunity
to let go of some mistaken belief
that conflicts with your inner wisdom,
allowing a broad range of creative possibilities
to manifest in your life.
When sacrifice is genuine,
you align yourself with a Truth
that was not previously apparent,
to make something sacred.
Avoiding the journey because of uncertainty
keeps us from accomplishing our mission.
Driving at night, and in the fog, serves as an important reminder…
you can see the road ahead only as far as your headlights light up,
but you can make the whole trip that way.
You are good at handling whatever comes your way.
Every step of the way you avert disaster
and arrive safely on the other side of challenges, small and large.
You can rise to meet the road ahead,
even if you can only see three feet of it…
and most of the time,
the three feet in front of you is all you need to deal with.
Handle that and then you will be presented with the next three feet,
and the next, and next.
If you just take the next step,
you will most certainly arrive at your destination,
safe, sound and fulfilled.
At the moment when you are most in awe of all there is about life
that you don't understand,
you are closer to understanding it all,
than at any other time.
As you reach new levels of success,
you encounter new challenges.
Thoughts such as: "This is too hard. I don't want to do this"
are the fodder of self sabotage.
Why not focus on your unique abilities
together with the strategy you can use
to solve the problem and move on.
Your pain-filled inner voice
is an important part of your story.
When you stop fighting the inner voice of pain,
trying to remove it by force, belittle it, or numb it;
you open to the possibility of feeling, healing and revealing
another side of it.
Travelling towards it with your breath, your awareness and sensitivity
you open up to the possibility of recycling its power
for creative, soul-filled, life-giving purpose.
Facing death and acknowledging our expiry in this world
creates a sense of reality
that forces your most authentic self to surface.
Contact all the people you love
and tell them how much you appreciate them.
Whatever is going to happen
whether you worry or not.
Worry can truly suck the joy out of any situation.
It orchetrates a negative feedback loop
that just keeps going lower and lower
until you are stuck in a hole
that you feel you just can't get back out of.
Do not worry.
Do not hurry.
You are here for a short visit.
Remember to stop and smell the roses.
Spend less time worrying
and more time living your life.
That which holds galaxies together
can handle andy of the circumstances of your life.
If a problem is fixable, fix it.
If a situation is such that you can do something about it, then do it.
It is it not fixable, then worry will not afford any help.
There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.
How different life would be
if you stopped worrying about things you cannot control
and started focusing on the things you can.
Let go of anything and everything
that blocks wisdom from shining.
Worry will not empty tomorrow of its sorrow,
it empties today of its strength.
All obstacles are a mirror of our own hidden barriers.
See beyond the veil
with enlightened vision.
Nothing or no one can bring you peace
Do it now.
Who can really save you from yourself
when you are your own worst enemy most days?
You need to do the work.
mindfully and consistently following through.
It's now versus later, maybe or someday.
Start before you are ready.
For better or worse,
you and I are creators of our lives,
whether we take responsibility for this superpower or not.
The secret to improving relationships
lies in improving your spiritual health.
When you seek love and approval
you will always miss the mark.
It's never the right time, place or person
until you become the time, the place, the person.
Love is not a bond.
It is a moving sea
Life is always better
when you see it from a crystal clear lens,
without fear, worry, anxiety,
without the karmic imprints of your parents,
without re-living negative financial and relationship patterns.
The sacred system to align yourself,
and live life to the fullest
Live from your divine spark.
Don't wait for permission to be who you are.
Love yourself first.
No one is going to get you to where you want to be but you.
If you don't do it, nobody else will.
If you can't perform at full capacity
you can't reasonably expect to reach your full potential.
While overcoming the setback of poor health is difficult,
preventing it from occuring is easy.
One of the easiest ways to ruin your health
is to neglect your body's need to move.
It is simply a matter of making it a priority
and setting aside time.
Find half an hour a day to exercise.
You don't need fancy equipment, or a gym.
A walk will clear your head
as well as provide the exercise you need.
Another way to take care of yourself
and avoid the pitfall of poor health
is through a proper eating plan.
A first step would be to switch out fast or processed food
for fresh, natural foods.
Health problems are preventable.
Start taking steps today
to avoid them while you still can.
More than your IQ, physical health, social intelligence and talent,
you need to cultivate
passion and perseverance
towards very long-term goals,
over the entire duration of your life.
Persistence, passion, self-control, decisive action and creativity
are common qualities
that successful people include
as the really important values of their lives.
Opportunity is always within reach.
The most important relationship
you will ever have
is your relationship with yourself.
When you are tied up in self improvement.
self judgement and the voice of your inner critic,
you could find it easier to be kinder to others
than to yourself.
Heal your relationship with yourself.
When you accept yourself,
you become more courageous, happier, healthier
and capable of more effect in the world.
Through the Shanti Yoga practices,
we help you find yourself,
and love what you find.
Forget regrets. The past is dead.
Abandon expectations. The future is not here.
Simply be here now.
You've just been born.
Today. This minute. And yet again…and again.
Each moment is the universe
being born again and again,
feeding your soul
into a new creation.
When you are possessed
by creative restlessness,
a hunger for more life deep in your bones,
a thirst for new adventures,
a state of agitation,
of not knowing…
say 'yes' to the emptiness, the hunger,
to your paradoxes.
Suspended in the void of your becoming,
say 'yes' to You,
even when you don't look or feel like you.
This is a choice for unconditional love.
When your internal self-talk
diminishes and invalidates
you or anyone or anything else,
accept the responsibility
that you have bought into negativity
and have been willing to believe it.
Watch karma unfolding.
Recruiting attention and awareness,
keep a watch
on how unconscious, conditioned patterns
determine your reactions and behaviour.
Let your shadows surprise you,
they are not as dark as fear tells you.
Embrace it all.
Make a different choice.
Any change in behaviour
results in a change in consciousness.
Maintain that change in consciousness
by increasing awareness
and a greater ability to stay present enough
not to act out of unconsciousness.
Pause and listen.
Come back to the breath.
It's in the dark night of the soul
that insights are revealed.
Spiritual practice points to
where to look
not what to do.
The way of freedom
is to become more conscious…
to start looking for the truth of yourself
instead of your programming.
I am learning and growing through adversity.
I am learning and growing through joy.
I am learning and growing.
Every situation and relationship
provides an opportunity to access your inner wisdom
and to receive and act from its grace.
When circumstances feel dark and unsettling
it means that the world needs your gracious energy
as an instrument of light.
Why discard your fantasies as merely wishful thinking?
What if they are messages from the deepest part of your being
about what you can do
and directions you can choose?
Your brain is your super computer.
It delivers both practical, here-and-now thoughts,
together with possibility thinking.
When your fantasies are fuelled from your spiritual depth
thay can provide valuable insights
about what you are really meant to do with your life
together with ways to make it happen.
I believe we crossed paths for a reason.
If you are looking for a major transformation in your life right now
that can take you out of the world of the ordinary
and place you in a brighter, better, happier world,
where you have a deeper sense of wellbeing,
more energy, and control over your life,
then I invite you to join me
and commit to a deeper level of spirituality in your life.
What we do together will change your life in amazing ways.
You are standing at a crossroads,
doors are closing, doors are opening.
The ball is in your court.
I promise that you will be happy you took the leap
and will see this as a major turning point in your life.
In an age of much intolerance, fear and global anxiety
you need to look at the potential evolution of the human psyche
towards a collective consciousness
beyond self-centred enlightenment and liberation
and towards a more humanist, mystical, planetary
and potentially universal mind
for a large portion of humanity.
You are at the leading edge of consciousness work
that will bring about this awakening.
You are a beacon and an example
of what a conscious human being
can look like, act like and work like
in the world.
You not only have to wake up
but you have to show up, step up, look up
and never give up.
And you have to take the planet with you,
raising the collective frequency of the planet
in new and creative ways.
Streamline your commitments.
Is what you are doing a testimony to what you believe?
Are you doing what you are teaching others to do?
Are you happy with the outcome?
Focused action is much more powerful
than spreading yourself too thinly.
It's the difference between a laser beam and a light bulb.
the living presence of boundless love
to fill you from within
and re-connect you
with the essential qualities
of your true nature,
which is sat, chit, ananda.
Be the solution.
Unite in positive focus,
prayer, meditation and appropriate action
towards the escalated, positive healing
and evolution of the planet and her inhabitants
so that humanity aligns
in harmony, peace, abundance and love.
No one is born hating another person.
People learn to hate.
Violence and frustration emerge
when we do not know what else to do with our suffering.
Yet, love comes more naturally to the human heart.
And there is no limit to your capacity to love.
The need to love
completely, universally and without reservations
arises from the truth that you are love itself.
You are beautiful,
both inside and out
and you deserve to feel that
every single day.
The most important relationship you have
is your relationship with yourself.
Do not listen to the voice of your inner critic
speaking loudly about your 'flaws'.
Change your struggle with self-judgement,
and the way you treat yourself
and everyone around you
and open into grace.
When you accept yourself
you become more courageous
and capable of doing good.
When some incident shatters your plans, hopes and aspirations,
considering that disappointment, pain, hurt or failure to be the centre of your life
and continuing to live your life around it, is unwise.
As you climb the mountain
you will face different challenges and obstacles,
and the plans you made at the bottom of the mountain
may not carry you to the top.
With every step, you make a decision for the next step.
The plan that worked for the previous step may fail miserably on the next one.
You cannot make the mountain worthy of you.
You can make yourself worthy of the mountain.
Such is life.
Opening to nowness
and an appreciation of artfulness
in your life
is appropriate practice.
A bird resting on a tree
is never afraid of the branch breaking
because her trust is not upon the branch
but upon her own wings.
What are you actually willing to do?
If you want it badly enough
you are going to have to do more than a wish list
or talk about it.
Make doing a part of your energy, your environment.
If you want to provoke change,
passion is not enough,
you've got to be unreasonable.
Your life is worth making a scene over.
Own it with every ounce of your being.
Yoga helps you
get back to you…
to who you are, and
what you should be doing
for yourself and the world.
Which is why the mat and meditation cushion
are so profound.
You search for your essence within
and shine it outwards.
There is no way you can create a life or love
with a cluttered, negative mind.
is to tenderly practice
the way of loving
and being loved
far beyond resistance and fear
and gratefully embody
warts and oughts.
The great way is not difficult
for those who are unattached to their preferences.
Let go of longing and aversion
and everything will be perfectly clear.
So much of the stress we experience today
arises from being over-connected with social media.
The news, phone apps, social media, TV…
are ways to search for direct hits
of worry, stress and disappointment,
with an invitation to go straight into panic mode
and jarr your nervous system
when you really, truly, don't have to.
Not listening to the negative stuff over and over
will cut down the knots in your stomach.
The amount of emotional energy and empathing you give
takes away from your ability to create your own work.
Why not set some rules
so that you can focus on what really matters?
Love technology enough for it to work for you
and not the other way round.
Take care of your own emotional health
to effectively do your work in this world.
The law of least effort
comes into play when you practice being gentle.
To force is unnatural and feels 'wrong',
to go with the flow is natural and feels 'right'.
It is unnecessary to try to solve, or force a solution.
Detach from need, want, should…
What is best for you
arises from a deeper, limitless consciousness,
and the solution arises at the right time,
and in the right way.
Letting go is a leap of faith.
You have amazing power within.
Why not access it?
There is no destination in business… or life.
It's all journey.
All of it.
You are wonderful and excellent,
learning and growing,
and doing the best you know how.
Fear is ego.
Live life's joy.
Decide on one tiny thing you can do next,
then do it.
Take one, small, consistent step at a time
and turn your life around.
Believe in yourself.
Be brave with your life.
Each step in your life is necessary
for you to continue growing.
If you don't take chances,
change isn't possible.
You don't have to like all endings,
just accept the reality of what they are.
They allow for new beginnings,
otherwise you could simply give up,
and that could mean unhappiness
and a life of regrets.
Let go of older beliefs,
and think about things in a new way.
All endings are also beginnings.
We just don't know it at the time.
You are who you are
and that's pretty awesome.
Let's revel in it,
make the most of it,
The supreme ideal is so distant…
in it's pursuit, it is easy to get lost
in a hazy dream or in imaginationi
You are the nearest to you,
beyond which is nature.
Nature is actual.
Begin with the actual,
not the imaginery.
Stressful circumstances are troubling,
and there is a harmful side to stress.
Viewing stress as toxic can cause you to cope in ways
(such as smoking, doing drugs and alcohol or binge eating)
that are evern more harmful than stress itself.
Similarly in trying to avoid stress
you could become overwhelmed or anxious.
However, stress can benefit you
if you shift your mindset
to cope with more optimism.
Stress is an adaptive state
which will ultimately help you cope with challenges.
Shifting your mindset to see stress as a catalyst
can help you to accept the stress you are going through
and allow you to stay focused and ultimately get stronger.
Why not view stress as a signal from your body and brain
that you are rising to the challenge.
This wil encourage you
to act, ask for help, or make meaning of the situation,
such as love, connection and growth.
The more resilient you are
the more you will be satisfied with your life.
The grass isn’t greener on the other side,
it’s greener where you water it!
You are a success story.
You already have everything within you to succeed.
The ability to make a decision moves you forward.
But it does hinge on your decision…
Limiting beliefs have the power to stop you in your tracks.
Some toxic beliefs can negatively influence multiple areas of your life.
These beliefs are more damaging than specific beliefs.
For instance, believing you can never learn to play the guitar
does not have the same negative impact
as the belief that you're too old/tired/fat/ugly/whatever to ……………
The power of your thinking is much more intense that you realise.
All that humanity has become today
is a result of what we have thought
over hundreds and thousands of years.
Every invention, every contraption…
started as an idea within someone's mind.
Meditation helps you dissolve all blocks.
Learn to know yourself.
Search the processes
of your own mind and feelings
realistically and regularly.
With deep, inner reflection,
scrutinise every inch of your inner self,
to allow the 'good' to wash over the 'bad'.
Look into your daily conduct
to overcome the unskillful
and develop whatever is gracious in you.
True freedom is inner freedom
to act, speak and think with self responsibility
Whatever you resist will persist.
Most everyday problems have been created
by our ability to mainfest unskillful stuff by accident,
instead of good stuff on purpose.
When you accept your life as it is,
relax, and go with the flow,
and offer no internal fresistance
to what you have created,
this acceptance frees you
from the need to re-create the same problems again,
which is what happens without acceptance.
“No one is born hating another person
because of the color of his skin
or his background or religion.
They must learn to hate
and if they can learn to hate,
they can be taught to love
for love comes more naturally to the human heart
than the opposite.”
Transformation is a passive process
that requires you
actively showing up.
Everything worthwhile takes time, energy and massive commitment.
Our relationships, health, business and personal requirements
all require significantly more time and effort than people imagine.
Open up to a sense of flow and synchronicity.
Deepen your connection with yourself and the universe…
when all is said and done, it is a benevolent universe.
Meditation opens the mind to the mystery
that takes place daily and hourly.
It widens the heart
so that it may freely feel
the eternity of time
and the infinity of space
in every throb.
Ignore the 'experts'.
Do what works for you.
Start from where you are.
Use what you have.
Do what you can.
Pade, pade… step by step.
The secular sciences leave the phenomenon of human existence and its origins unexplained.
Thinkers who want to know about this, probe into the mystery of humankind and its origins
and thus the subject of philosophy comes into existence.
Seeking to understand the phenomenon of life, within at least two dimensions:
the beings who live the life
and the universe in which they live,
the subject, scope and area of study of philosophy is two-fold, namely,
- The study of humankind, and
- The study of the universe in which we live …
Thus humanbeings and the world
become the two minimum, reducible, unavoidable subjects.
A deeper study of these two factore leads to the study of a third factor:
the origin of humanbeings and the world.
What is the phenomenon of life?
What exactly are human beings constituted of?
What are their origins?
What is the ultimate destination?
What is the nature of the universe?
What is the origin of the universe?
From where this world, sun, moon, planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae and all have come?
Who governs the phenomena of various natural cycles, such as day and night, different seasons, and the phenomenon of rains, which is just sufficient to support and sustain life?
Thus a third factor, the unknown source or origin of human beings and the universe, becomes an important part of the philosophical thought.
Allow a brilliant, somatic mindfulness
to arise naturally from the centre-point of sensuality
within your lower abdomen.
This 'felt' existence of core-Self,
as you embody a sensual and still wholeness of being,
is the still intelligence
and original wholeness of all human beings
that advances creativity, wisdom, love and compassion
in everyday life and relationships.
To unify is a mission of global importance.
To heal our wounds, and support the rise of peace and healing
within us, and all around us,
we must transform prayer into concrete action,
and unskilful action into service and meditation.
if a belief doesn't serve you
and the true vision you have for your life,
then it has no place in your life.
"Does this belief serve me?”
is a powerful question you can ask yourself.
It can be easy to get sucked into beliefs
that you feel you are supposed to have
yet that don’t help you at all.
With this awareness, start to release your limiting beliefs
and make way for new empowering ones.
Whenever you despise yourself
You hurt others.
Monday afternoon will be the first of a regular chanting session…
Sing into your bones
Light up your brain
with music, song, dance and shanti yoga.
These practices together are transformative.
They balance and heal your electromagnetic field.
Your perceptions begin to shift and change.
Shanti Yoga offers so much more than a sweaty mat practice.
Here you heal deeply,
and evolve into the person
you deeply desire to be.
You come home to yourself.
The reason for which anything is done, created,
or for which something exists,
is it's purpose.
Everything you do
has a purpose behind it,
And behind every purpose
is a certain level of motivation.
The stronger your purpose,
the more motivation you tend to have.
Purpose is the reason for your journey.
Passion is the fire that lights your way.
Obstacles in the path to self realisation
show themselves in physical or mental indisposition:
Uneven respiration is the indication.
You stand, sit, kneel, lie down,
twist, bend forward, backwards, sideways, invert
to calm the chaos of conflicting impulses and thoughts.
Stretch you body. Expand your mind. Extend your spirit.
Argue for your limitations
and they will be yours.
When you argue (and insist) that you are
sick, poor, a bad dancer/public speaker/whatever,
then it will be so.
When you insist on your limitations, or lack, or problems
you are expressing your expectation, intention and faith
in what will be… and you will surely have them.
You are creating your own reality
just like anyone else.
Everyone creates their own reality.
Only the successful will admit it.
Do you really hear it?
Do you sense it?
Do you feel it with your bones, right down to the marrow,
with every cell in your being?
or is it just another fling,
a yoga-meditation-dharma-ayurveda-whatever fling?
Touched by an incredible sense of gratitude
for having the opportunity
to hear, experience and participate
in profound spiritual teachings and practices,
you know that this is a gift
that you will never be able to repay.
In a sense this is what the gratitude is about…
appreciating your life, appreciating all life,
waking up again and again to that feeling.
and moral action
are one reality.
They are interdependent,
just like cause and effect.
The journey of a thousand miles
begins with one step.
Stop justifying, defending and explaining yourself.
If something is correct for you,
Take initiative and act.
move forward with confidence.
Take the first step,
and the journey meets you,
the other steps will follow.
Change the way you look at things
and what you look at changes you.
Guru is the voice of consciousness
during the process of spiritual awakening.
Guru Purnima is a day
when students traditionally celebrate and rejoice
in the wisdom and blessings of their teachers,
for the inspiration and instruction
they have received to further their spiritual journey.
It is a time to acknowledge, contemplate and honour
the principle of Guru,
that represents the universal force of light
that dispels the darkness of ignorance,
existing as the teacher,
both within and without each and every one of us.
Please join me on this auspicious day
with deep gratitude and love.
Breathing in I thank you.
Breathing out I love you.
When silence comes from your heart,
you are not disturbed inside.
No matter what situation you find yourself in
being truly silent,
you continue to enjoy the silence.
Step into the fire of self-discovery.
This fire does not burn you,
it burns all that is not you
It is not necessary to understand
or solve the mystery,
be willing to be dissolved
into the mystery itself.
Loving the Self
and loving the Truth
are the same.
This love is freedom.
It dethrones your mind
and sets your heart free.
Consciousness illumines the mind
and shines within it.
You cannot know consciousness
by means of the mind.
But you can turn your mind inwards
and merge with consciousness.
Let us not perish
before we have fulfilled the purpose
for which we took birth;
before we have delivered the great message
which we have embodied.
To open the lotus flower in your heart,
develop, in order, the following:
Existing in muddy water
like a lotus
thus we bow to wisdom.
In the course of our wanderings
through this beginningless samsaric world,
with both body and mind
we have caused, or consented to,
Feeling remorseful about these
we commit to abstaining from them
in the present and the future.
Take refuge in the three treasures of
wisdom, purpose and community
until you reach enlightenment.
Be strong in patience and forbearance.
Rejoyce in the entire mass of meritorious deeds.
We are the heirs
of whatever thoughts we think,
words we speak
and actions we take.
If we harm someone else,
who do we harm,
Like a person, who, facing the wind,
wants to throw dust on somebody else,
you only throw it on yourself.
We are the root cause of our ills.
Why therefore be angry with the other?
If your enemy has done some harm to you
within the sphere you regard as your own,
why do you want to inflict further harm on your own mind
which lies outside your enemy's sphere of influences?
You do not have a soul.
You are a soul.
You have a body.
Take care of your physical body.
Change your beliefs.
Clear blocked energy in your system
to restore your flow of vitality,
embrace your energy body
and uncover your life path.
and transform life.
Connecting with nature is ancient.
Wisdom cultures have always revered
the earth, the trees, the waters.
The Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree to realise the world.
Nature plays such a vital role
in human health and wellbeing.
The healing effects of a natural view
also relieves stress and prevents ill mental health.
Trek in the rain forest,
swim in the warm ocean waves,
touch the earth,
smell the flowers,
hug a tree.
You may be surprised at how deeply connected
you are to the earth
through your roots.
Let's breathe in nature together.
Initially, attuning inwardly
seems like deepening and expanding our consciousness
to become more actualised,
and unlock who we really are.
But there comes a point when things turn around.
It now becomes clear
that this depth which seemed to be
the primary purpose of expanding consciousness,
and pivitol to serve, guide, enrich
and help us deepen spiritually,
is not here to serve our individual unfolding
but that we are obligated to serve and live out
our larger purposes.
This reorientation is the moment of initiation.
We realise we have a sacred responsibility,
a blessing and a burden
to serve the deeper consciousness
and embody its work in the world.
Our soul's work goes beyond us,
it expresses the purposes of the soul of the world.
Focus on the goodness of life.
In all expressions and arguments,
by recontextualising it
rather than attacking it.
expands the sense of self progressively.
You rise above all separation
and take no position.
There is an inner fountain of infinite joy
that is available to each of us at all times,
regardless of our circumstances.
True freedom comes from this place.
To be able to operate from infinite joy
all the time is powerful.
To stand in the centre
of actual, simple everyday joys
and take it all in, breath by breath,
rather than comparing this moment of your life with others
requires practice and patience.
Count your blessings,
witness the joy of other people
to feed your heart rather than threaten it.
Mudita is the term which describes this sympathetic or altruistic joy.
It is the pleasure that arises
when we delight in other people's well-being
rather than begrudge it.
Will worrying add a single day to your life?
Stop worrying, start living.
Yoga, mindfulness and social justice are intertwined.
This is love in action.
Do what you can.
Allow your responses
to the circumstances of your life
to reflect your deepest desires.
Heed your inner compass.
Honour your soul.
The Self is not constrained
by gender, social or class structures.
Not tethered to a specific way of defining itself,
it lives in the midst of genders
not identifying as one of two genders,
nor re-inforcing institutionalised, binary gender roles.
Not constructed as an expression of gender,
an orientation, sect, particular demographic or a race,
the Self does not play any part in the division of humanity.
When you find that place within you
where you acknowledge both male and female aspects within,
and accept the capacity to embrace both
is when true liberation is possible.
Keep calm and gracious in the face of difficulties.
Live your life in a state of inclusion and wonder
at the diversity of humanity.
Yoga has touched me and changed my life.
If something burns your soul with purpose and desire,
it is your creative duty to be reduced to ashes by it.
Any other form of existence would be
a life of pain and suffering.
Creativity is a wild beast.
It demands that you leap
to make a new way for yourself,
not depending upon what is,
yet depending upon what you create
out of what is.
Your options are not limited.
They are infinite.
Your heart, that keeps creating life
would never invite you on a mission, quest or experience
that you should not undertake.
It is conspiring with you (not against you)
to help you live out your true story.
I teach because I can engage the honesty of yoga
gleaned from the very depths of being and practice
to offer truth and connection in the world.
Who wants more noise, lies and confusion?
Here there is a place for everything and everyone.
Here you don't need to wait for the stars to align,
your actions aligh them.
Transformation is deep, long lasting,
life changing and intentional.
Your existence is not random.
That you are here indicates that
there is a universal demand for you.
You have a story, a blueprint, a message
that someone, somewhere, needs to share.
You are too amazing, too complex, too brilliant, too capable
and too resourceful to be just a coincidence.
You are an important part of the cosmic script.
Take every opportubity life throws your way
as a chance to evolve and grow.
Take every failure as a lesson.
Each moment as a gift.
Recycle everything that happens to you
into new reason to push through.
Use the whole of life to benefit your sacred purpose.
Whatever you do in truth for yourself
will automatically become
an act of freedom and empowerment to others.
Why would you settle for another truth but yours?
How is your pulse today?
Keep your eyes on the journey.
You have only just begun
to yoga yourself alive.
is not about that elusive light
at the end of the tunnel,
the magical moment
when someone or something
comes to fix you,
or clear the path for you.
It is about you creating light
out of the beatings of your heart
in any tunnel, circumstance or situation.
You can waste a lifetime
waiting for the perfect opportunity, person or place
to save, change or complete you…
and yet the real revolution starts within,
the moment you take action.
Are you waiting for
the perfect person, time and place
and some one to rescue you
from your old self?
you are that place, that time, that person
you've been waiting for.
Do what you can
with what you have,
right here, right now.
All life is practice.
The art or practice
that feeds your soul,
fills you with purpose
and makes you come alive.
Ready is an illusion.
Later is a trap.
Tomorrow is a dream.
Someday is a nightmare.
YOu only happen now…or never.
And never is too late.
There is a part of us that is never ready to be more.
Yet, the real self is already more.
Fear is the only bridge between the two.
Spiritual realisation and moral action
are one reality.
They are interdependent,
just like cause and effect.
Enlightenment is not beyond good and evil
as is often popularised.
It is a way of using one's body and mind
living one's life
with a clear and unequivocal moral commitment.
Enlightenment is realised and actualised
not only in the realm of good and evil
but also within all dualities,
and is, at the same time,
not stained by those dualities.
Thinking it is a personal, invisible process,
that nobody knows about,
we generally pay little attention
to the cause-and-effect power of thought.
But thoughts radiate
like signals from a telecommunication satellite.
You project what you are thinking
in hundreds of ways.
What you think touches the world
and it touches you.
When our words are motivated by compassion and wisdom
they manifest as wisdom and compassion.
When our words are motivated by greed, anger and ignorance
that's what they will manifest.
When we express goodwill,
we creat the karma of goodwill.
When we express anger,
we create the karma of anger.
There comes a time
when you believe that everything is finished.
This is your beginning.
Great things take time.
Time changes you.
Your life is your art.
You create not because it's easy…
you do it because it is worth it.
You are amongst those
who bring a light so great into the world
that after they are gone,
the light remains.
Some days it is difficult to find motivation.
Some days motivation finds you,
and presents your truest story…
your work of art.
When you let go of control
and go with the flow,
you uncover another part of your character.
Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Resisting them creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Face your life.
Become your hero.
Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish
why not focus on how much you absolutely love what you are doing?
Every human being has been endowed with
beautiful, divine talents and gifts.
Even your flaws are gifts.
You cannot understand
or teach greatness
until you have learnt to handle
Love your life.
Connected with the universe and the Divine,
you are born to love.
As you open up your own inner resources
of inspiration and joy to the true purpose of your life,
you realise you are a child of the Sun.
Your soul is attracted to people in a similar way
that flowers are attracted to the sun.
Gratitude is love in action.
It paves the path to inner peace.
What is felt
and transmitted vibrationally between people
is more palpable than words.
The frequency sent out into the atmosphere
helps shift the consciousness of the entire planet.
Everyone is transformed,
not just those present.
Choose the company
of awakened beings
who recognise their own divinity
and the divinity in each other.
Look for and see the beauty within,
which is the basis for all interactions,
with no sense of judgement.
Embrace everyone for where they are on their journey.
Be honoured by their contribution to humanity.
It’s time to step up, rejoice and be a leader
in the transformation of the earth and her inhabitants.
Participate in a significant way
towards this wonderful shift in consciousness
now taking place on the planet.
You will not be doing it alone.
You are surrounded by other amazing beings
who are also in the process of waking up.
The cutting edge, human developmental science of Yoga
and the wisdom of its timeless cosmic principles
train you with perennial wisdom
as a fully immersive experience,
designed to rewire your body and emotional system
to create a deep, transformational path
Shanti Yoga provides a paradigm shift
in the way you perceive and engage in life itself.
It is unlike any other program you have engaged in.
Connect with your presence.
Embody higher consciousness
in every moment of your life.
The world needs you to step into your full power.
The very pursuit
of voluntarily bringing back
your wandering attention,
over and over again
is the very root of judgement, character and will.
Watch ego squirm
…and chuckle at its antics.
Beauty cannot be defined or explained in words
It is understood in the quietness of the mind.
and you glimpse peace.
The pursuit of peace is not through the mind.
Peace is not the outcome of reason.
To put an end to war
you must end the war in yourself.
Realise your responsibility.
Do not leave it to somebody else.
Lay down a burden
pick up your more natural responsibility.
Ever more people today
have the means to live,
but no meaning to live for.
You are not as disturbed by circumstances, people or things
but by the view you take of them.
To see takes time.
When you are genuinely grateful
for both the darkness and the light
as simultaneous sides
of your love affair with life
Surrender means that you stop fighting life
and learn to surf the waves of now
however turbulent or uneventful the waters.
Dancing with life,
rather than the usual fight/flight default response
you actually live
versus just striving or pretending.
Go out at night
and look up at the sky
and while you notice that you are a part of the universe
see also that the universe is in you.
Your atoms came from those stars.
There's always a level of connectivity.
Mindfulness has only in recent times
entered the lexicon of common usage.
It is such an ordinary word,
and doesn't have the allure of wisdom or compassion or love.
Yet the potential to be present,
to be aware of what's happening
is at the core of everything we do.
The more mindful you can be
as you face life, health and all sorts of challenges
the healthier you will be,
and the healthier the outcome for all.
There is great transformative power
in awakening from the dreamlike patterns of our lives.
If you want to understand your mind,
sit down and observe it.
Directly look at the nature of your mind and body,
and at the different aspects of your experience.
When you give more emphasis to the process of awareness
rather than to the particular objects of your attention
you will find out how suffering is created
and how you can be free.
Control is an illusion.
Just get out of the way
and let life unfold you
in each moment.
"Finally, brethren, whatever is true,
whatever is honorable,
whatever, is right,
whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely,
whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence
and if anything worthy of praise,
let your mind dwell on these things."
Where would you have me go?
What would you have me do?
What would you have me say?
- A Course in Miracles
Yet the universe is waiting for you to give it direction,
not the other way around.
The universe does not force you to do anything.
It is up to you to go deep within
and discover your true purpose
for being on this planet.
When you are open to the possibilities
and take action towards your purpose
the universe lines up the miracles and synchronicities
that will help you achieve your purpose.
The first step is complete dedication and trust.
Do something that loves you.
In a world that is constantly trying to make you feel
less worthy or grateful or true to your heart,
every bit of love and self-care
you invest in yourself,
Breathe in (I thank you)
Breathe out (I love you).
Breathe in (I thank you)
Breathe out (I love you).
Your soul plays amongst the clouds,
laughing with the winds of the universe,
and cascades with torrents of rain,
both nourishing the earth
and shattering it.
When life turns,
learn, grow and glow.
Stars shine anyway.
However, they are more visible
As a child of the sun,
its flame rests in your being
and blazes strongly through your form,
which is of the sky.
In a world of constant change,
if you stumble,
just pick yourself up,
float in the moving river,
move with the currents,
rise and fall with the waves.
You are not the sea.
When your part on this stage has ended
you will return from where you came,
to rest in union with eternity.
Until then, say focused, alert, motivated.
Play your part.
It's what we are that transforms the world,
not what we do.
To experience peace,
do not be disturbed by,
nor aim to satisfy,
the incessant flow of desires
that empty themselves
like rivers entering the ocean,
which is ever being filled,
but always still.
Wander through life
with a message of healing and light.
In the midst of darkness,
kindle the light that heals.
Through your travels,
in places near or far,
filled with compassion,
bring healing, truth and new life
to all you meet.
For one human being to love another;
that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks,
the ultimate, the last test and proof,
the work for which all other work is but preparation.
Rainer Maria Rilke
An elected leader who cannot speak the Truth
is a reflection of the mental concepts of the electorate.
The solution to this problem lies in my mind and yours.
If you and I cultivate the meditational skills
necessary to serve the Truth in thought, word and action,
we will change the consciousness of ourselves,
the electorate and those who serve in public offices.
When your words are motivated
by compassion and wisdom,
they manifest as wisdom and compassion.
When your words are motivated
by greed, anger and ignorance,
that is what they manifest.
When you express goodwill,
you create the karma of goodwill.
When you express anger,
you create the karma of anger.
Thoughts too radiate
like signals from a telecommunications satellite.
You project what you are thinking in hundreds of ways.
What you think touches the world
and it touches you.
Spiritual realisation and moral action
are one reality.
They are interdependent -
just like cause and effect.
Use your body and mind
to live your life
with a clear and unequivocal moral committment.
Enlightenment is realised within all dualities,
and at the same time not tainted by those dualities.
What if imperfect is perfect enough?
When you feel sad, low, down,
shift your being to express the divine.
The time is now.
When you ask:
What is the divinity asking of me now?
How do I choose to present myself to the world?
What good can I do in the world?
Before anything, divorce yourself
from the need to produce results.
Let your humanity transform your thinking
from survival of the fittest
to survival of what fits best.
People want to live with connection.
Being together is what matters most.
When we come together,
the possibilities are infinite.
Small acts, big change.
You are not supposed to do it alone.
The key is finding small ways to do your part.
Because when we add up these small acts,
that's when the big change really happens.
Can health related events and success go hand in hand?
Shifting to focus on self-care and happiness
is to discover that the heart wants simplicity.
Not to abnigate everything,
but to do whatever one does successfully
and have a fulfilling life all around.
Life guided me
and I was not disappointed.
Primary lessons have been
connection and love,
certainty with humility,
These have enabled me to act.
and have been my motivation matrix.
Life is always perfect,
and at any time, it presents challenges.
These are not the end of the world.
Nothing is final.
Always be prepared to give
under any undesireable circumstances
Your life will guide you too.
The relationship between cognition and movement
means that behaviour never lies.
By examining your behaviour, you can
get a clear picture of your commitment,
gain an innate sense of your character,
grasp a near perfect understanding
of your beliefs and confidence levels.
Your behaviour tells you exactly what you are made of.
Seva is selfless service.
Do it because it has to be done
and expect nothing.
This is karma yoga.
We look inwards for the Self
but cannot see it
because the mind acts like a mirror
- which has a backing.
This means that we just see our own ego,
in other workds our own image, our prjections,
reflecting back at us.
"As I see it, every day you do one of
two things: build health or produce
disease in yourself."
Negative reality loops, or belief loops,
are ruts which are self-perpetuating.
But the good news is that you don't have to stay stuck in them.
This is an abundant universe
with infinite possibilities
if you are willing to see them.
If your current circumstances
make this difficult to beleive,
look past them.
Imagine a different life,
a different world,
a different you.
The secret of change is to focus your energy
not on fighting the old,
but building the new.
is to see the difference between
mattter and spirit.
Wisdom is to know they are the same.
Spirit is the source of matter.
through those who are already connected
Bhakti reveals the Reality.
To be nothing,
to have nothing,
to keep nothing for oneself
is the greatest gift,
the highest generosity.
Practice is not a process for getting someplace;
It is not a process that gets us to enlightenment.
Practice is, in itself, enlightenment.
In birth, not a particle is added.
In death, not an atom is lost.
In arriving there is no gain.
In departing there is no loss.
Nothing to choose.
Nothing to discard.
Life guided me.
Divine love is impersonal.
Yet impersonal love
is the only true love in existence.
Wake up in the burning heart of paradox
and realise that you are not a mere guardian
or poweless admininstrator of your circumstances,
but founder of your dreams,
the master of your fate,
the chief executive creator of your life.
Take adversity onto the path.
Transforming difficult circumstances
into causes for liberation is the path.
The spiritual path must combine
a recognition of the ultimate nature
of the mind and the world
together with the daily practice
of bringing every aspect of our everyday life
onto the path.
Then only, the path awakens the heart
of great compassion.
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
HH The 14th Dalai Lama
Love like you have never been hurt.
Live with no regrets.
Treat people the way you want to be treated.
Dance like you do when no one is watching.
Replant the global garden.
Practise calmness even during adversity.
Enjoy every spiritual fruit…it's all the play of consciousness.
Excess carbon in our atmosphere is causing the planet to warm
and natural disasters to intensify.
Deforestation puts more carbon into the atmosphere
than all transportation combined.
Rainforests are responsible for 20% of our global oxygen.
The more trees we plant
the better our chances of minimising climate change
and related issues, such as drought, famine, crop failures and so on.
Periodically express your gratitude for the Earth,
her plant life, her forests and jungles.
Plant your prayers into the forest floor, like seeds,
nurture them to grow and protect you and all life.
In this time of continuing environmental devastation and denial,
your day-to-day choices matter more than ever.
Thank you for all that you do
to honour and beautify Mother Gaia every day.
Current living often confuses excitement with fulfillment.
From excitement, however, tension ensues.
Tension causes all happiness to vanish.
The 'thrill' of the 'false' happiness
(equated with excitement)
shatters the nerves
and filles people with suppressed fears,
followed closely with exhaustion
from their emotional jumping up and down.
Calmness is the only possible foundation
for any true, lasting, fulfillment and happiness.
Calmness is only possible
when the ego stops shouting for attention.
God is not proved.
Calmness is only possible
when the ego stops shouting for attention.
Mind reflects like the mirror, which is blind.
Intellect steps in.
Ego then steps and brings with it some delusion.
Feeling adds attachment:
I want, I like, I need, I reject…
These are all vritti: whirlpools
creating the vortex…
desires may be forever gratified
but are never satisfied.
Yoga is the neutralisation
of the vottices of thought, feeling, sensation.
Be willing at all times to accept
the cosmic, divine will
and follow that path.
Trust in the great and glorious spirit.
Remaining deeply present to each moment,
what if you are able to let go of arriving
and engage your spiritual practice as your service to life?
The body is constantly being eaten away
by the influence of suffering, impermanence and ego.
You cannot afford to waste a single moment
but must apply this deterorating body
in the search for the essence of life.
Life has the opposite qualities to your physical body,
as it is of the nature of being truly permanent,
the origin of happiness, and your true self (atman-brahman),
which is free from the control of maya (illusion).
When you push towards a goal,
you can risk losing a sense of aliveness and vibrancy,
and this is no less true on the spiritual path.
Facing our individual and collective fears of aging and death
can allow us to live fully now,
and to actualise the sacred opportunity we've been given.
Do not allow your study and practice
to fall into neglect.
Insightful knowledge of the reality of life and the world
is the wisdom gained through the dharma
and attained through deep meditation.
The knowledge is cruicial.
It is not like mundane knowledge,
because the more you know,
the purer, the brighter, the more joyful,
more fun, pleasure, the stronger morale you get.
It is vital that you study the core teachings
to the point that you can obtain it for yourself.
It arises from something which has to be revived
rather than a modern invention.
Its truth remain the same,
and its reality is something you can still verify
by your own practice in the here and now.
Put your time to good use,
because only the present belongs to you.
Tomorrow is never for sure.
therefore make sure that today is the day
you do your best.
Live your life and perform your duties well,
imagining how you would prepare yourself
in body and mind if you knew today
had to be the last day of your life
to ensure yourself a good afterlife destination.
Motivating yourself thus,
you will avoid recklessness in life
while inspiring yourself
to accomplish the maximum of good.
All your other endeavours,
all the worldly subjects you study
will do nothing to help you
when you find yourself on your deathbed.
The only thing which can help you then
is the merit and virtues you have accumulated
with dedication and without conditions
throughout your life.
Even if, at the moment of dying,
with merit, death would hold no fear to you
because you have the confidence
that a new body awaits your spirit
which is a better place to be reborn.
Dedicatedly cultivate virtues such as
generosity, self-discipline, renunciation, wisdom, patience,
perseverance, sincerity, resolution, loving kindness and equanimity.
When it comes to the subject of cultivating these virtues,
there is no such thing as 'biting off more than you can chew'.
You should rather consider it as 'rising to the challenge'.
You will have to go against the flow,
meeting resistance and hardship
as your resolve is tested.
To be born human
and not use one's human birth
meditating to attain enlightenment
is to be born in vain.
From the first moment you start to study the dharma,
you must know that you can't afford
to waste a further moment of your life.
This human existence is like a transit lounge
to accumulate the wisdom you need
on the path to Nirvana.
Reinforce your commitment daily.
Consolidate your purpose in life for yourself
and you will find your spiritual life
replenished with determination,
leaving you with constant delight and joy within.
There are only two things that really exist:
consciousness and its contents.
There are only two things which really belong to you:
Your mind and the point inside you
which is the home to the mind.
Mind consists of the functions of perception, memory, thought and cognition.
The home for your mind is wherever you designate it to be.
With this designation, it is then at the centre of your body,
and forms the trailway, the inner path that you can use to reach nirvana.
Use it wisely to attain the source of pure wisdom
and to break free of suffering
while gaining inner knowledge of the reality of life and the world.
The most important thing, wherever you are,
is not to neglect your meditation practice.
Don't let your purpose in life slip away.
You made the decision to follow this path
out of a wish to attain the inner body of enlightenment.
Thus you should meditate with diligence,
and fulfil your chosen purpose.
Having a clear and wholesome purpose in life
is very important to meditators.
Also aim to be self sufficient materially
by earning an honest living.
Do not harbour expectations.
It is enough not to let your practice deterioriate.
When you see an improvement,
know that it is a result of your consistent effort
to maintain subtlety of mind all along.
We have all been shaped to some extent by our past,
yet none of us has the power to change what has happened.
To relinquish the hold the past has on you
requires a conscious choice,
and paradoxically requires no strength, only courage.
It necessarily involves forgiveness
not just for those who have hurt you,
but also of yourself,
for the myriad mistakes, shortcomings, wasted opportunites
and for living in a world that does not notice permanently unhealed wounds
that scar a life.
Forgiveness and justice are not incompatible goals.
However, justic should not be based on
the concept of retribution… of getting even.
Forgiving is giving up a grievance to which you are entitled.
It is neither forgetting nor reconciliation.
It is an act of letting go, of relinquishment.
It is not something you do for others.
it is a gift to yourself.
By forgiving we do not release others from accountability,
we free ourselves from the burden of bitterness.
In this sense, forgiveness is a selfish rather than an altruistic act.
If something isn't happening
and you push harder, work longer,
feverishly hop from task to task
hoping something you do will make it hapen,
you are resisting.
This is the exact opposite to allowing.
Most people surrender
when they have reached a place of total frustration…
simply sick and tired of working on the issue,
they simoly give up,
which is what the universe has been nudging us to do all along.
The usual pattern of fighting to make things happen
or manipulating things in your favour
or working till you drop
needs to give way to inspired action.
The inspiration comes from the universe
via people, things and events,
coincidents reminding us
to directly participate
in the art of allowing the universe
to guide our actions
so that you take the next step
with enthusiasm and excitement.
Stress, pressure, never enough,
fear of failure, success, blame, living a life devoid of meaning
drive people to live from 'away from' …
Towards is different.
With vision, you are not pushed by circumstances,
but puled by an intrinsic purpose
to live a passionate, purposeful life.
Make a deep commitment to finding your purpose
and expressing your mission
through oyur unique gifts.
When a person speaks from outrage,
from blame, anger, arguments, conflict,
they are telling you
what is important to them.
They are revealing their values.
Reframe the blame and conflict into values
and see beyond the story.
What is important to this person?
What is important about that?
Why is that important to him/her?
Listen through the lens of compassion
so that you can unlock your next steps.
A compassionate world is a peaceful world.
Every so often reflect on your vision, grounding and navigation,
and how your vision and the products and services you offer
makes available and achievable to people their vision.
Moving past uncertainty and fear involves clarity regarding
• how you want to spend your ‘working -day’
• how you want to take care of yourself each day
• the changes you need to make with what you are currently doing.
One strategy is to know how you want it to end, and work backwards.
Begin at the finish.
Allow yourself to dream without limits.
Allow the feeling of achievement to saturate your mind.
It is your life, therefore it is your responsibility to solve the climax first.
You get to write, direct and star in your own movie.
Choose to become the hero of your story:
You are complete, prepared and ready to unleash your greatness.
Stand on your own two feet.
Confront fear, overcome obstacles, and save yourself.
A great way to minimise the time and effort you lose
from trying to be 'perfect' is to set time limits.
'Done' is sometimes better than perfect,
when 'done' is achievable
and perfect seems to go on forever
with the need for finishing touches
or no touches at all
because perfection has not been found as yet.
What project can you imperfectly complete today?
You might be disappointed if you fail,
but you are certainly doomed if you don’t start.
Challenges present immense opportunities.
This is an excellent time to reflect on your year
and if necessary, make some immediate corrections.
as today is the start of the second quarter,
and a quarter of the year has gone by since the 1st of January.
To know, and not to do,
is still not to know.
The great waste of untapped resources in this world
are people's good intentions
that do not translate into purposeful behaviour.
Oneness is the source of love.
Real love is the One
celebrating itself as the two, three and many.
At the end of the day, most people who are in this profession don't just want more money. They want the changes that money opens up for them. Choices such as…where they live, who they help, how often they travel, which dreams thay can pursue, what they do with their time…and so on.
When you think about what you want, shift your focus away from the cost and onto the experience itself. Focus on what you want rather than what you don't want. Affirm:
"I am having the experiences I choose and money shows up to support me."
Affirmations can shift your energy and attitude in the short term. But what if you could keep those shifts in place so that monmey flows to you all the time and create a life of abundance i.e. a life of choices?
In my course, and my book, I personally guide you. This will help you recognise some ways you block money from your life, and insight to make money feel like less effort.
Fear and anxiety are states of mind.
Focus on feelings of calmness and peace.
Be present in the 'now'.
To consider yourself a spiritual being,
is also a state of identification.
Identify with no structured identity.
Personal growth is a means to an end,
not an end in itself.
Come out of the thinking: I do this to get this…
Be comfortable with the unknown.
Release any known judgements…
including judging others.
Respond rather than react to situations.
Don't judge yourself.
Don't over analyse things.
Just be yourself.
You are enough. You have enough. You do enough.
You are rare and wonderful
And there is only one of you in all of time
And the world would be a poorer place if you were not in it.
The heart surrenders everything to the moment.
The mind judges and holds back.
Across planes of consciousness,
we have to live the paradox
that opposite things
can be simultaneously true.
It's all real and it's all illusory:
Opportunity is always within reach.
Without the guidance of higher knowledge,
stressful problems become those
you must control, manipulate or obliterate,
which can be overwhelmingly burdensome.
However, when you engage higher knowledge
to determine how best to use lower knowledge,
all your challenges can become means to your fulfillment.
Cointained in every adversity
is the seed of equal
or greater benefit.
You are not the body that was born and dies.
You are not the mind that always changes.
You are the one
who is aware of the body,
aware of the mind.
You are that consciousness
which is always aware.
You are waking up from the dream.
You may not be able to do all the good that the world needs,
but the world surely needs all the good you can do.
Truth is the eternal, unifying consciousness
that dwells in the heart of each and every individual.
You access it through your conscience,
and feel it when the mind is still.
Through the absence of thought
is the ending of time.
The more frequently and attentively
you employ this inner wisdom,
to guide your thinking, speech and actions,
your alignment is your union with truth
which purifies you.
The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth
frees you to be present,
to have a clear mind
and fulfill the purpose of your life
without pain, misery or bondage.
The peak experience to beat all peak experiences
does not arise from big thrills, peak experiences, deep insights.
Real enlightenment is the most ordinary of the ordinaries.
Yet, your ordinary, boring, pointless life
is incredibly, amazingly, astoundingly, relentlessly, mercilessly
exquisite and joyful.
It is the ego's attitudes that has us looking at
what's missing, what's wrong, what's not,
and how it should be but isn't.
Why not choose to look at life
through an appreciative and expanded awareness
for all it is
and through the lens of gratitude.
You can transform your own life
and it is imperative that you do,
because only you can do it.
No guru can make your life right.
No meditation master can show you the way.
Only you have the power
to make this place you are living in right now
a realm so beautiful,
that even God herself
could not dream up anything better.
Moreover doing so will transform the universe.
It is up to you.
Only you can find the path
and only you can walk it.
When life gives you scraps, make a quilt.
Letting go of our committed pessimism
does not mean that we ignore what's wrong with the world.
Seeing what's wrong
is a big part of how we make things better.
It is vitally important that we do this
which is very much our own personal responsibility.
Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.
Creativity and decay are two major forces in life.
They are both natural laws of existence.
People die, plants die, animals die, ways of life die,
Every change is a little death…
and yet a part of us lives on.
Death is nothing but a falling leaf,
the tree in us still stands.
We are time, we are life and we are change.
Our shattered pieces and failed tries,
our burns, scalds and midnight cries
are alchemised into more life.
Start before you are ready
Your only time is now.
Your smaller self is not yet ready to be more.
Your higher self is already more.
Your fear is the only bridge between the two.
When one thing passes,
the creator does not hold on to the caterpillar's corpse,
it turns itself into a whole new creature,
powerful enough so that the flapping of its wings
can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world.
That butterfly? That's you.
Breath is the remote control of the universe.
No matter how much some people have,
they want more.
And no matter how much these people acquire,
they are never really happy.
This is because contrary to popular belief,
happiness and contentment have nothing to do
with acquiring what you think you want.
True happiness and contentment can only come
from being grateful for what you already have.
Oddly enough, when you are happy with what you have.
when you truly appreciate something, without attachment,
you receive more.
On the other hand, when you find discontent with what you have
and start chasing after more,
you quickly become enslaved by your desires,
which is the foundation for addiction…
and as we all know, addiction will, in time, ruin your life.
So let go of the need to have more of anything
and trust that what you have right now is enough.
Take all that time you have given to the chase
and channel it into your practice of gratitude,
and feel the peace that washes over you.
Contentment does not arise as the fulfillment of what you want
but from the realisation of how much you already have.
Experiencing yoga through the ages,
our paradigms have changed.
Our religion is each other (not Hindism, Islam, Christianism, Judaism, Buddhism etc)
Our practice is life (not asana!)
Our prayer are our words.
Our temple is the earth.
The forests our church.
Our holy water are the rivers, lakes and oceans.
Meditation is our relationship.
Life is our teacher.
Self knowledge is wisdom.
Natural awakeness is non-dual awareness.
Love is the centre of our being.
We remain ignorant and feel incomplete and inadequate
because of the lack of self-knowledge.
Come out of the shadows of the past.
Give yourself the freedom and liberty to question,
to test the boundaries,
to grow beyond the limitation of tradition
into new expressions
and new revelations.
The perishable and the infinite
appear to be two separate selves.
Yet both are a part of the same completeness.
The first is identified with our ego or body-consciousness,
where the self lives in duality,
always dependent upon something or the other.
The other is our inner self, core energy, the God within us,
which exists in the absolute,
being non-dual awareness.
Both are constituents of the same subject.
One is separated in its objectivity
while the other remains intact.
Leadership is not about being charismatic
and winning people over with your personality and charm.
Nor is it about the ability to control others
and force them to do you will,
Not having multitudes of followers
who are willing to follow you blindly,
no matter what you say or do…
It is not hierarchical or forceful
True leadership does not create separation
or assume that you are better than others
and therefore you should lead people
as if they are sheep.
We are all connected
The same spark from source energy
that is our essence
also creates our unique qualities as individuals.
It takes courage to be a true leader
and show the divine spark in others
before they can see it themselves.
As you trust in the innate goodness
they begin to trust you
and the others.
Then, a true team, tribe or community
is created as one world,
based on trust
and by honouring the living, loving essence
of every living being.
When people to come together
to share their unique gifts
for the benefit of everyone,
not just their own group or family,
but for the entire planet,
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability
to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Do not confuse spirituality
with thinking about God while doing the dishes.
True spirituality arises from just doing the dishes mindfully…
(with full mind).
Activity is usually a time when it is difficult to remain
in the mind of meditation.
Train the attention during activity.
To stay with the mind of the meditator during activity
trains the attention to stay in the present
and experience the sacred in everyday tasks
and the joy of service, contribution, purpose and meaning.
The presence is everywhere.
You experience it when you are present.
Just doing enough to 'get-by'
or achieve your goals may not be enough.
If you just settle for what is required.
Go above and beyond.
When you push the boundaries you grow.
What distinguishes you as a changemaker?
You have a chance
to make the most of each opportunity
to take your unique voice
and your offering
and transfer it into what moves and inspires action.
It is time you get into the habit of doing great things.
There are as many ways
to change the world
as there are people on the planet.
Your deepest answers won't come from
another person, a job, a place, an opportunity.
They are already in you.
All you need to do is get out of your own way
and let your truth come forth.
Leave your best footprint in the world
before you leave it.
Thank you for existing.
You must listen to what your heart is saying.
Make time for yourself every day
and start cultivating a relationship
a solid love affair
that can withstand
the ups and downs
that you will be tested with…
over and over…
in order to evolve.
By learning to love yourself
you are helping me
and countless others
whose paths will be affected by yours.
We are not on our journey to save the world
but to save ourselves.
But in doing that you save the world.
The influence of a vital person vitalises.
We destroy and rebuild ourselves everyday.
Do not be fearful or anxious.
Do not let these times of uncertainty, fear and anxiety
silence your voice, dismiss your soul
or make you shrink from your purpose.
You still have a pulse.
Whatever you decide to do right now with your life,
in whatever capacity,
you can't go wrong if you are following your heart.
It does not matter what your truth looks like to other poeple
is it life-giving to you?
Brahman is the ritual.
Brahman is the offering.
Brahman is the offered,
poured out by Brahman.
Brahman is he who makes the offering
to the fire, which is Brahman.
Brahman is attained by all those
who recognise Brahman in every action. (Bhagavad Gita 4:24)
When it's right, you feel it.
Everybody is born with an inner compass.
The more you use it,
the more you will be able to clearly hear
your intuitive divine guidance.
It has only one purpose:
to lead you home.
Everything you want and seek is already yours.
You don't need to learn how to manifest
freedom, empowerment, abundance…
how to live a better life…whatever…
The truth is it's your own limiting beliefs
programmed into your subconscious
that are blocking the breakthroughs
you want and deserve
from becoming your reality.
To reprogram your subconscious
and empower your life,
practice Shanti Yoga and meditation daily.
The principle of compassion lies at the heart
of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions,
calling us always to treat all others
as we wish to be treated ourselves.
Compassion impels us to work tirelessly
to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures,
to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world
and put another there,
and to honour the inviolable sanctity
of every single living being,
treating all, without exception,
with absolute justice, equity and respect.
You are blessed right now, and always.
Allow wonderful blessings of love and light
to enter every aspect of your life
and enrich it for the better.
Feel the light and energy as you
bless your life, your relationships and family,
your income, your health, your wealth and happiness,
your world, the planet and all its inhabitants…
Feel the wonderful effects
blessing has on you.
The more you think about this amazing blessings
the more you feel better and better about your life.
Do or do not. There is no try.
Action will set you free.
What you think about
and feel about
This is the guiding principle
of the Law of Attraction.
You need to get past the negatives
from the past and present
to create the life you want.
you attract vibrationally.
Sometimes you just know
that you are supposed to be doing something else.
A crisis is often the turning point in a person's life.
The transition, changing your life
driven by the inspiration
to live, love and matter
begins with being more intentional,
caring for those around you,
trying harder to notice, feel, enjoy and learn
to share and give to life
Trials and tribulations,
both great and small
to life. to test us.
Face them with courage and wisdom.
The secret of strength
lies in a quiet mind.
Accept what is.
Release what was.
Create what must be.
to perceive a constantly changing world,
and your own mind and body,
make reliable, health-affirming choices
Life is practice.
Pay attention to what you practice.
Think of yourself as being all you know you should be:
constant, gentle, loving and kind
to every man, woman and child,
and to every circumstance in life.
Be kind and tolerant in your attitude
towards all conditions on earth.
Be completely calm
in all conditions and circumstances,
quiet, yet strong:
strong to serve,
to help the weaker,
to speak the truth,
to take appropriate action
and to be a tower of strength and light.
Face the injustice and unkindness you see
bearing no resentment,
with a serene spirit,
knowing that all things work out in time for good,
and that justice is always eventually triumphant.
Be patient and trust in the cosmic process
and in the workings of the divine will.
Implementation is the key.
It's a big work that says:
Go do something.
Take one step at a time,
but take that step.
Take another step the next day,
then more steps over the next week
and a lot more steps over the next month.
Otherwise, when excitement falls away
you could find yourself back into old habits,
old fears and the old way of life
that you were not happy with.
What goals will you move towards today?
What hurdle can you dismantle
to give you the motivation to strive on?
How will you celebrate and reward yourself
for your accomplishments, big and small?
It does not matter what the outside world says you can or cannot do.
It's what you yourself believes that counts.
The only limits you experience are self imposed
and can be realeased at any time.
You can accomplish the things you put your mind to
as long as you believe in yourself.
Have a magnificient life.
Displaying many gifts…
with the gift of the senses,
the vitality of breath,
a mind made from diverse thoughts
imbued with intelligence
and love of the heart,
every being is adorned
by the myriad expressions of divinity.
Every face is the face of God.
We seek this face in the form of happiness
in everything we think, say or do.
We have been seekers from the very beginning.
All seekers have just one quest:
Where can we find the complete and ultimate object
of our lifelong quest?
Is such seeking relevant in today's hectic lifestyle
and the constant demand for more and more?
Can the ordinary joys of material life
and the thirst for the quest
give us lasting peace and completeness?
Can it be found in the material world?
Truth has never been attained by seeking,
yet ironically, only seekers have attained it.
Learn the skill of seeking Truth each and every day.
We first witnessed the agricultural revolution,
then the industrial revolution,
followed by the information revolution;
the time is ripe for a consciousness revolution.
Through the Shanti Yoga system for wisdom
that imparts the magic of awakening
and attaining truth,
we come upon the point of nothingness
within each and every one of us,
the source or centre of your being.
When you access this state,
the wisdom that stems from it
is beyond the wisdom of knowledge and ignorance.
It is the source of all knowing,
a place where nothing is concealed
and everything can be seen clearly;
a place which leads you to inner peace.
Life invites you into a dance.
You are seduced by beauty and trust,
joy and possibility.
If you feed this with action after action,
without resistance, fear or excuses
you just wake up in love,
barefoot, naturally, without struggle.
Love does not need to be perfect.
it just needs to be true.
The love that you grow for your own self
and the ongoing relationship you develop
with yourself as a result
is the only measure by which you can love
and open up to the rest of life…
whether it's another being, a job, a place, a belief…
Falling and staying in love with your life
every single day
is the best gift you can give to the world
and the only way you can inspire change in others.
If you really want to know
how much or how little
someone loves themselves,
look at their choices.
What you choose to invest your time,
heart and creative energy in,
on a daily basis
is the greatest reflection of the love
or the lack of love
you express to yourself.
Your actions define your lofe.
Your love (or its absence) define your actions.
How do you expect to receive from life
the love you refuse to yourself…
in whatever shape you are demanding it right now?
How can you truly give others
what you haven't learnt to give to yourself?
True love will never happen
unless you happen first.
Say yes to you.
Fall in love with yourself
and the rest is easy.
No matter what the wrapping,
any celebration of love,
is a gift to cherish.
Pay attention to what you practice.
Most people suffer because they practice ego.
Our programming, conditioning and grooming
become the unconscious concepts
that determine our conscious perceptions.
In everyday life we don't really experience the world,
we experience our mind.
Because so many of our stored, unconscious concepts
are neither true nor valid,
the perceptions the mind forms,
and actions the body takes,
often lead to disease, burnout and pain.
Do not be afraid of losing all the conditioning
that need to be lost.
Be more afraid of not finding the naked truth
in your depths
that screams to be found.
You can't lose what you no longer are.
What is really yours will never leave you.
the way your mind looks at what happens,
more than what happens to you
determines your living.
Here are some simple truths:
• Nothing is as it seems.
• All things are possible.
• Start before you are ready.
Your only time is now.
• Letting go is the most powerful act
of faith, vulnerability and surrender.
• The best things in life cannot be kept for oneself.
• The obstacle is the way…
The impediment to action advances action.
What stands in the way becomes the way.
You do not need to analyse
or think your way into creating everything.
This is a limited use of your mind.
Change its focus to love for all,
and intentions of unity
and you embark upon the journey of awakening,
which incorporates three keys:
When you truly and deeply accept
every single thing in you life,
Peace will manifest in every cell of your being.
When you completely trust the divine plan
for the higher aspects of yourself and your evolution,
Love will manifest in all your interactions.
When you allow it all to flow
within the beautiful currents of the universe
Joy will manifest in your life.
Out of the silence
that is peace,
a resonant voice says
Breathe in Love.
Breathe out Peace.
Breath in Peace.
Breathe out Love.
The greatest secret to life…
don't believe a thought you think.
You have reaped.
Now you must sow.
Before the eyes can see
they must be incapable of tears.
Before the ears can hear
and the nose can smell,
they must lose their preferences.
Before the tongue can speak the Truth,
it must lose its power to wound.
Before you can touch another
all toxcicity and defilements must be cleansed away.
Before you can stand in the presence of another
your soul must be on its knees.
As you travel through challenges,
and amidst adversity, take heart.
Even though you walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
fear no evil.
The divine presence is within you, always,
the rod and staff are in your backbone,
they support and comfort you. (adapted from Psalm 23:4)
If you are going through some difficulties or hard times now,
be encouraged when you remember…
'No weapons formed against you shall prosper…' (Isaiah 54:17)
No matter how dark things appear to be right now,
you can always look to the Light of the world (John 8:12)
Turn around whatever you used to hurt you
to prosper and bless you.
Only good plans await,
not to harm you, but
'plans to give you hope and a future'. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Ask "What is possible?" not "What is wrong?"
When you reflect upon yourself,
the self that is reflected
is other than the self that reflects.
are those who have arrived
at the pure spaciousnes
of our fundamental reality.
Their disciples and students
are of all levels of consciousness
and from all walks of life.
Their teaching is simple awareness.
You may distract yourself
from the feeling that something is missing
in a thouand ways…
ignoring the basic fact of your aloneness.
You can't or won't sit still,
you won't be alone,
or be unafraid to find inside yourself
the unlived dreams,
the unhealed wounds,
the changes that need to be made
if you are to face the truth.
However, in the enlightened presence
most of us either seek out the time and place
to live the dreams, or lose them,
to heal the wounds,
and to make changes as best we can.
Through yoga, meditation,
in music and dance,
in movement and stillness,
in love and awareness,
little by little
we learn to lose ourselves,
to find ourselves.
An old, feeble person, bent with age,
a poor and friendless, sick person,
a dead person
are our the three heavenly messangers.
Receive them with great benediction,
and through the doors of love.
Unless you learn how to die
you will miss being fully alive.
Death is the crescendo of life.
Hidden in it is the greatest freedom.
you don't remain as you,
defined, identified with anything.
You remain as the whole, not a part.
Celebrate the pure nothingness of your innermost being,
your essential atman or buddhanature,
the experience of that primary subjectivity.
Awareness is the silent and choiceless observation
of what is.
There is no need to have knowledge to know.
Negate the mind and there is silence…
and in that silence you are divine.
You have never been anything else.
You have always been that.
To improve your life circumstances
and live with great skill, generosity and humility,
start your morning with meditation
and a deep connection with the divine Presence.
Sit up, not down.
The simple act of sitting
provides a dynamic, vital and profoundly regenerative function.
We all have an inner awareness and knowing
that sometimes guides our decisions.
Getting in touch with yourself
and why you feel a certain way,
allows you to make better decisons
and enjoy life more.
Allow the Presence
to guide your life, your thoughts, your choices, your speech,
and all your noble efforts.
You must reason, use your will and power, and act,
but with great deference to this inner guidance.
Seek good company,
company that reminds you of the God-space,
and of the noble things in life.
Be conscious everyday of how you will schedule you day
to change some older, unskilful habits,
and how these newer habits will help you
hold your calmness and equanimity.
Every so often, check whether what you are doing
is simply wasting your time
and if you can free up some of that time
just to spend it with your deep spiritual Presence.
Even as you do this, you are on the spiritual path
because your thoughts are with the divine Presence.
If you start in the morning
and keep on working with your divine spirit,
then when nighttime comes,
you can go to sleep,
knowing you have put the day to good use,
and are evolving consciously.
As you embark on your spiritual journey,
it dawns on you that you live the dream
with one eye open,
viewing life with love and irony,
mixing cynicism with kindly tolerance,
alternately waking up from life's dream
and then nodding off again.
When you feel more alive in the dream
than when you are awake,
you invest your waking life
with a dream-world quality.
You see with one eye closed and one eye open
the futility of much that goes on around you
and your own endeavours,
yet still retain enough sense of reality
to determine to go though with it.
With no illusions you are seldom disillusioned
Without extravagant hopes you are seldom disappointed.
Just as you look into a mirror
to observe your face and body
to look your best before others,
you realise that it is more important to look daily
into the inner mirror of introspection and reflection
for what is behind all superficial appedarances.
In this way the spirit is emancipated.
It is not truth that makes human being great
but human beings that make truth great.
When you choose to align with
lofty, spiritual thoughts
such as love, peace, gratitude, grace and compassion,
and not ego-based thoughts,
you begin to experience miraculous changes in your life.
It all begins with one simple action:
paying attention to your thoughts.
You have to become more mindful
and conscious of the thoughts that you are choosing,
the words that you are using,
and the actions that you are taking.
By starting to become responsible
for the thoughts you think,
you develop a greater awareness
of how you want to change
and what you want to shift.
Once you become willing to look at your unholy stuff
and face it courageously,
you can offer it up
and the universe will conspire with you
to bring about the change you seek.
Are you the seeker or the Source?
In the game of life are two squares you can occupy.
On the square "I seek"
you will be running your life seeking…
your life partner, a better job, more income, or even the truth.
On the other square you emanate a different truth…
that you are the source
and experience yourself as already having the very thing you desire
Whenever you feel abundant,
abundance finds you.
Everything you want from the universe is yours…
the wealth, the freedom, the spiritual enahncement…
Reprogram your mind.
Share your unique gifts with the world.
Unconditional love already exists in each of us.
It is part of our deep inner being.
It is not so much an active emotion
as a state of being.
It is not “I love you” for this or that reason,
not “I love you if you love me.”
It is love for no reason, love without an object.
It is just sitting in love,
a love that incorporates the chair, and the room,
and permeates everything around.
Love is not about possession,
it's about appreciation.
The thinking mind is extinguished in love.
The heart opens.
You don't need more money,
you don't need greater success or fame,
you don't need the perfect body
or even the perfect mate.
Right now, at this very moment,
you have a mind,
which is all the basic equipment
you need to achieve complete happiness.
Poverty, lack and illness
are part of the experience
and it's all for our learning.
How long it takes to learn how absences feel
is up to each individual.
When you learn the lessons,
you don't need the hard experiences anymore.
when you pursue presence…essences,
Create the essences…
health, love, faith, light, abundance …
Boundaries are just imaginary lines.
Know your own strength.
Inspiration and choice to live a better life
arise from your own mind.
We live in a multi-dimensional universe,
with the existence of entities which are not solid 3D beings
but purely energetic, vibrational beings.
You can move between alternate and parallel universes
when your individual vibration matches another dimension
and you cease limiting yourself to the concept of being only physical.
By vibrating at a super high frequency,
you may access any number of higher realms.
However, from a lower dimension it is almost impossible
to even conceive of the existence of other realities.
You can create and access a world,
where love is the only vibrational frequency
through the power of your own thoughts,
vibrational frequence and life,
here and now.
You don't define yourself by
thoughts, words, experiences or emotions…
all these are are only temporary.
You are your Truth,
which is unconditional love.
Live your life from the source.
Connect more deeply with those around you
and with the divine in yourself
to discover how you can better face
the unique challenges of being human.
The elements dance.
The animate and inanimate dance.
All these, the Vedas and more dance
when the Supreme Presence dances the dance of bliss.
Infinite worlds as the limitless abode,
the five chakras as a pedestal,
the central kundalini shakti as the divine stage,
thus in rapture the Presence dances.
That which is transcendent light,
dancing with the celestials,
in the golden hall,
with the 3 Gods,
with the assembly of silent sages,
dancing in song,
in ultimate energy,
dancing in souls,
is the Lord of Dance.
It is no accident that you have found Shanti Yoga
and the treasures it offers.
It is all part of the divine dance of destiny.
The treasure you will uncover is divine knowledge.
knowledge about you and the Divine,
knowledge how to live a spiritual life,
knowledge about what Yoga teaches.
All this and more awaits you in the path that follows.
Attend and practice with a teacher
who puts this knowledge into practice,
and one day you will hold Truth in the palm of your hand.
Your body acts as a library, storing all your old stories.
The practices of Shanti Yoga
serve as a spiritual catalyst and healing facilitator,
to guide your energy and adjust your DNA
elegantly resolving your deepest fears, blocks and old beliefs
to accelerate new levels of alighment, growth, health, wholeness and abundance.
The Shanti Yoga vinyasa activates light frequencies
together with the energy signatures of your personal power
which act as a series of healing attunements and adjustments.
Healing is spontaneous and transformative.
In a typical, classical Shanti Yoga led-class,
emotional and spiritual discernment
are combined with knowledge and wisdom
and through these various modalities
you play in your field of power,
dancing through a mode of potentiality
to create a new paradigm
of what is possible for you
in the field of love and peace.
Absolute blessings for your magnificent mastery.
Your contract is to heal, awaken,
and then assist others
with the process
of the awakening of consciousness.
Transcend all separation from source
and come together to support each other.
In the organic evolution of consciousness,
you need to share knowledge, energy,
and release competition.
Do not be unconscious, or sleep
through life's experiences.
Know that the most important thing you need to be doing right now
is usually what you least want to do.
Just bite the bullet, do it
and get it out of the way.
Then go on to the next thing you don't want to do
and get rid of it by completing it.
You will find how it frees your spirit
not to have them hanging over you.
Self-realisation is the goal of human life. The purpose of Eastern religion, philosophy and psychology is to fulfill that goal. Philosophy as it is understood in the East is neither a mere speculative exercise nor an intellectual adventure. The word 'philosophy' is a compound of two words philo and sophia, which means 'love for knowledge'. But this term is not applicable in the East, for those who consider the prime questions of life, such as: Who am I? From where have I come? Why have I come? and Where will I go? are not interested in only the intellectual answers to these questions. Thus the subject matter of Eastern philosophy leads the student through a systematic way of directly experiencing the truths of existence and the height of Self-realisation. After realising your real Self (atman), you know that the Self is the Self of all (Brahman). Thus the term Brahma Vidhya in the Vedantic tradition means the knowledge that leads one to realise Brahman, the Self of all. In Brahma Vidya, you come to know all the levels of your being and to finally realise your true Self.
Knowing the real Self is the first and foremost purpose of life. After Self-realisation all the mysteries o the universe and your relationship with the universe are revealed. You know what you have to do. You know why you are here. You know the answer to: Where to from here?
You do not become healers. You came as healers. You are.
You are still catching up to what you are.
You do not become storytellers. You came as carriers of the stories,
You and your ancestors actually lived. You are.
You are still catching up to what you are.
You do not become artists. You came as artists. You are.
You are still catching up to what you are.
You do not become writers.. dancers.. musicians.. helpers.. peacemakers.
You came as such. You are.
You are still catching up to what you are.
You do not learn to love in this sense.
You came as Love. You are Love.
You are still catching up to who you truly are.
You can either have/do/be what you want
or you can have your excuses for not having/doing/being it.
Fear can have two meanings:
Forget Everything and Run, or
Face Everything and Rise.
Discover and uncover the way you vibrate.
Heroes are never perfect, but they are brave,
authentic, courageous, determined, discreet
and they have grit.
The choice is yours.
Spiritual practice can ground and anchor you.
In times of great challenge.
it will help you transform dark emotions,
using them as grist for the mill
to awaken with clarity and resolve.
It will help you merge your fiery passions
for justice and peace
into one sacred flame.
You walk the path of sacred, nonviolent resistance
and yet effect powerful change
to birth a new era in the world.
Since the beginning of time
there was light
and the light was good.
It had warmth, radiance, promise.
It was life.
It is in you, in me, in us.
It is still good.
Be the light because you are.
Those times when you life is turned upside down,
know that the universe is offering you a guiding hand
to help you address a correction to your path
with better alignment with your purpose
so that you may exist in your most radiant expression.
When your light is dim
it is difficult to see the signs on the path
that point to many loving miracles,
and parts of you which have been hidden away.
All the universe wants
is what you want for yourself.
When you stumble, therein lies your treasure.
Turn anguish into opportunities.
Dark times can galvanise the next level
of your sacred practice and leadership.
Going down into the abyss
is where you recover the treasures of life.
Strength does not come from what you can do.
It comes from overcoming the things
you once thought we couldn't.
To change the world is not your mission.
To change yourself is not your duty.
To awaken to your true nature is your opportunity.
What greater truth than this:
the simplicity and beauty of being authentic.
What sets your soul on fire?
Be fearless in pursuit of what sets you free.
When you are tired, learn to rest - not to quit.
Do not respond to circumstances with your moods.
Never reply when you are angry.
or make promises when you are happy.
Never make a decision when you are sad.
You cannot pour from an empty cup.
Take care of yourself first.
Only the unloved hate.
The less you respond to negativity
the more peaceful your life becomes.
We each have to find our own way
and our own happiness.
Find the sweetness in your own heart
that you may find sweetness in every heart.
The energy from "thinking about it"
often provides reasons not to go ahead
to do, have, or try something.
Your decisiveness is the catalyst.
Let go of your fears and worries.
The universe response to 'Yes' energy
is to line up possibilities
to birth a new part of you.
Your soul always dares you to play bigger.
Act upon your inner guidance.
Your life is made up of the choices you make.
Every single choice you've made
has resulted in exactly where you are right now.
Look at your life …and it will reveal your thoughts.
Your life today is an outcome
of where your thoughts have been yesterday,
and today is no different.
The thoughts you make now
are going to create a specific outcome in your life.
If you don't leave your past in the past.
It will destroy your future.
To be happy you must
Let go of what is gone,
Be grateful for what remains, and
Count the simple blessings in life.
Live for what today has to offer,
not for what yesterday has taken away.
Don't stress about the future, it hasn't arrived.
Whilst you can be optimistic about what is coming next,
Live in the present and make it truthful.
TRAINING THE MIND
When the mind wanders, accept it. Then bring it home.
When the mind chatters, accept it. Then quieten it.
When the mind is unconscious, accept it. Then awaken it.
You mind may not believe everything you tell it,
but it thrives and survives on what you feed it.
What are you feeding your mind?
Feed it hope.
Feed it truth.
Feed it with love.
In science, Truth is that inference in its theory of Reductionism.
In philosophy, Truth is what it constantly seeks.
In spirituality, Truth is an experience of now in absoluteness.
Listen to the ocean of possibilities
within and without.
What door do you find yourself knocking at?
Perhaps it is time to open it
and see what lies on the other side.
What you are seeking is seeking you.
The miracles you are seeking are seeking you.
But are your miracles finding you?
If you spend a large portion of your life running away,
avoiding the certain things that will cause you temporary pain,
Ignoring it, pushing it down, pretending it isn't there
it will continue to control you (until you control it),
and will come back in other ways until you stop
and face the obstacle, fear or challenge.
What if the path to freedom, joy and even your next level
to the fulfilled life you desire lives on the other side of it?
What if you were able to completely embrace
wherever you are in life,
the beauty, lessons, growth, challenges, light and dark
as all necessary parts of your journey.
Face it. Be gentle with yourself.
Allow yourself to show up in your living room
in whatever clothes you are wearing,
as you are.
The sweet exploration in self-acceptance and love
is the practice.
You are already whole.
Human beings cannot develop humility
nor the capacity for self-improvement
without the basis of spiritual thinking.
In the absence of spiritual thinking
merely carrying out social service
can mesmerise you to beleive
that you are a servant of humanity,
while still needy of praise, personal gain and obedience.
The false sense of pride
often leads to enemity and destruction
instead of serving each other,
the planet and all her beings.
The law can protect your rights
but it cannot develop the thought process
from where your happiness or misery arises.
All problems can be solved
with the help of Yoga and its spiritual path of upliftment.
With yogic culture, real strength and transformation
We are all members of the Gayatri Parivar,
the family of light beings.
Human beings are born to love
and certainly not for quarreling and fighting.
You do not learn to love.
You came as Love. You are Love.
Yoga helps you catch up
to who you truly are.
May all living beings belong to our race.
May love be our religion.
Before we look at the faults of others
may we be aware of our own shortcomings.
Before exposing another's evils,
may we first exmine ourselvs to see if we harbour any evil.
The time spent in censuring others
can be most beneficially spend in our own self development.
In this way, instead of increasing ill will
we will progress on the path of divine pleasure.
The truth is in you,
you have only to become aware of it.
It is all very simple.
You have only to become what you already are
in the depths of your being.
Divine grace will never fail you -
such is the faith you must keep constantly in your heart.
In the divine's love
you will find all support
and all consolations.
It is a mistake to complain about the circumstances of your life,
for they are the outward expression of what you are yourself.
Focus on what you have,
not what you do not have.
You are on earth to manifest the Divine will.
To understand our divine purpose,
we must have no more preferences.
Notice how beautiful, grand, simple and calm
when your thoughts turn to the Divine.
Bodies come in so many remarkable shapes and sizes,
and yours is unique and beautiful, because it is an original.
Take a moment to reflect on your body
and acknowledge all the beauty it holds.
What an incredible creation your body is.
Reflect on all that your body is capable of:
physically, mentally and spiritually.
Glossy magazines airbrush their photos, and film is edited
to display a touched-up "ideal" body
which, in many cases, is not real.
Besides regardless of how beautiful you are,
if your heart is ugly, you are ugly.
And you are not alone in finding flaws
with your body.
Disordered eating and disordered exercise
brought about by body image
progresses from image to illness.
Stop hating your body.
Learn to love parts of yourself that no one applauds.
You can begin to find beauty in those perceived flaws
by learning to love yourself and your body.
A beautiful face ages.
A beautiful body changes.
But a good heart remains a good heart.
Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world
no matter what you look like.
Remember that every body is beautiful.
Motivate and inspire yourself and others
to embrace a healthy self image.
The power within you is endless.
It needs to be greatly celebrated.
Here are some ways to begin loving your body
and celebrating the beauty you hold within:
Physical exercises make you strong.
Meditation helps you strengthen your mind.
Give yourself 5 minutes every day
to sit quietly, clear your mind and simply be.
Affirmations can remind you to be positive.
Find just one positive thought
in any negative thing happening to you.
This will give you strength to deal with any challenge.
Be patient with yourself in your recovery.
Chanting makes you feel joyous.
Identify what spirituality means to you
and incorporate your essence, your soul and inner life
into your daily activities.
Gratitude is love in action.
It paves the path to inner peace.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what you have into enough and more
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.
it can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home. a stranger into a friend.
Yoga is as mental as it is physical and spiritual.
Make yoga your life.
There is no mind but MInd.
The universe thinks through you.
Consciousness is the only reality.
Consciousness alone is.
Consciousness alone is us.
I do not experience
I am that experience.
Phenomena only 'exist'
in the mind that perceives them.
We live in a mind-made universe.
Karma, action, must surely be active, not passive.
It is not ours, rather we are its.
We are like corks in a turbuklent eddying stream of karma.
Karma is the force field of circumstances
to which we are subject on the plane of phenomena.
All actions the body is to perform
are already decided upon the time when it come into existence.
We do not become healers. We came as healers. We are the healing.
We do not become storytellers. We came as carriers of the stories…
We, and our ancestors actually lived the story.
We do not become artists. We came as artists. We are a work of art.
We do not become writers.. dancers.. musicians.. helpers.. peacemakers.
We came as such. We are already all of it.
We do not learn to love in this sense. We came as Love. We are Love.
Some of us are still catching up to who we truly are.
Our liberty of 'action' lies in our faculty of understanding.
Freedom is whether we decide to identify with the body
playing our part in the role we call our life.
Play your part. Do not identify yourself with the role.
You are, and always will be,
a perfect reflection of divine Presence.
4 January 2017
Thoughts and emotions
come and go,
arise and pass away,
as part of the flow of life.
Thoughts have no roots
unless you plant and nurture them.
Depression, self-judgement, guilt…
ego puts a stop to your natural state of being.
Learn to develop an optimistic thought
in a dark moment.
Understand the difference
between your deep reality and everyday existence.
3 January 2017
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
2 January 2017
When you truly step into another's shoes,
even for a moment,
your personal karma doesn't go with you.
1 January 2017
What a year awaits us ahead!
May all challenges of 2016
be a matter of the past,
and may this transition into 2017
be the beginning of a new chapter,
opening new horizons.
May all of you and your loved ones
prosper in good health
physically and mentally.
May you keep being receptive
and seeking the deepest Truth.
May our Shanti Yoga family-spiritual sangha
all keep inspiring one another.
May the perennial, blessed teachings of Shanti Yoga
keep you strong, flexible and calm,
as you bear the challenges
that inevitably arise from time to time,
both in the larger world
and within your intimate connections.
Let peace be the message
shining from your heart,
for all beings everywhere,
and remember to strive hard
to put an end to the vast array of animal suffering
caused by human beings around the globe.
Do what you can to help.
Become a vegetarian.
Support as many animal rights groups and shelters
that work towards the ethical treatment of animals,
and please inspire others to do the same.
Thank you so much for everything.
I wish to thank everyone who has come to love and honour
all the hard work we do at the Shanti Yoga Centre,
especially our tireless main team,
who make sure that Shanti Yoga
maintains and delivers a firm and loving presence
on the Gold Coast, in Australia and globally.
They ensure the high standards and quality
of our Yoga Teacher Certification programs,
and our strong and vibrant Ayurveda training.
I wish to thank our teachers
for their amazing dedication and perseverance,
our administration and support team
and our very special and dedicated Karma Yogis.
Your presence, smiles, love, dedication and committment
are strongly appreciated.
We love what we do and love that you love it too.
We look forward to having our many students and teachers
join us at our scheduled classes, weekend programs and courses,
including my own teaching
on the Yoga Sutras, Psychic Development, and other Intensives,
fun Bollywood dance classes,
evenings of Kirtan,
and enjoying amazing vegan meals
at our beautiful, peaceful venues.
Happy New Year to one and all.
Om Namah Shiva.
Om Shanti Om.
What didn't work?
What were the highlights?
What do your highlights say about you?
Time to reflect…and as we look back at where we've been, all we can do is say Thank you! The Shanti Yoga International Centre on the Gold Coast has a robust schedule of classes as well as one off events. Together with running nineteen residential retreats in 2016, we also hosted retreats for several external groups at Nirvana Wellness Sanctuary, and led a wonderful group tour through India. Through the Health Institute Australia we've had students graduate in both Ayurveda and Yoga, as well as commence our new intake of students from around the world. We are grateful to have been able to have offered free training and internships in Children's Yoga instructor training with the help of Linda Bailey and Sonja Stauder. Subsequently, free children's yoga classes have emerged. We are also grateful to have been able to incorporate some of our recent graduates to facilitate yoga classes and Ayurvedic practices.
Growing an equitable and multicultural home away from home, we are grateful to Sue Green, Sonja Stauder, Hilary Sullivan and Cheryl Stubbs who will continue to lead as our Guiding Teachers in Yoga and Ayurveda with the outstanding support they receive from Lynanne Mckenzie, Lyn Moore, Roxy Williams and Louise Hall. We are grateful for the deepening of Ayurvedic knowledge and practices that Dr. Shilpi and Dr. Swapnil have provided and to our wonderful support team: Irina, Dalal, Glee and Darren. They help us meet the daily challenges at Southport and Nirvana. Bollywood dance, with Kamalaji has been a wonderful joy. In 2017 the class will be held on Saturday mornings after Yoga, and we are happy to offer the class free to all our international students, so that they can gain a further perspective on our multiculturalism. As always, the wind beneath our sails is Peter, the rock. Thank you to our team of phenomenal, inspiring, unique individuals, and for our uplifting collaborations that make everyone feel good.
Foot fractures, an eye operation, the death of Socrates and then Peter's mum - all we can do is be the best we can be. In the midst of life's challenges, remind yourself that everything is impermanent and this too will pass. But life goes on and this Christmas we were priviledged with the gift of a 4 year old, rescue, German-Shepherd-Husky called Portia, who is rather beautiful. Thank you. We have had very generous donors which is what helps us keep going and make the wisdom teachings of Shanti Yoga available to whomever is interested.
Shanti Yoga remains committed to being relevant to what's happending in our world, and internationally, we have been able to assist The Rotary Foundation with providing financial aid and other support to the people of Fiji after its devastation by hurricane Winston. On a national level, I have been involved as the Ayurvedic Industry expert and representative on the Complementary Health Industry Reference Group, which provides the government advice on our industry. Closer to home, we have been supportive to our student and homeless communities. Your support makes this possible. Community, sangha is the word. The world at large is presenting more challenges and we will continue to support the movement against injustice with a commitment to change lives for the better, and end suffering wherever we find it. Meditation leads the way. Before anything, ask the question: What is the real intention?
We are looking forward to 2017, and more time to teach, write and be creative. Thank you for being part of our extended sangha and making all this possible. We hope you will stay with us as the year unfolds.
With deepest gratitude we wish you the best for 2017 and look forward to seeing you on or off the meditation cushion and yoga mat.
Fill up you your cup,
Strip off your mask,
Awaken to the wisdom within you
and feed your soul…
Then you can serve those around you
from a full, whole place.
Serving from a deserted place
creates the illusion that you need others;
thus you look to them
to replensh your spirit
rather than develop an inner reliance
You have all you need
to feel complete and whole
Take the leap.
Dive deep, not wide.
Stop trying to be everything
Navigate the subtle and tricky waters
back to your own north star.
Step into the spotlight of your life
and let your life shine.
Love what matters most, more.
Each time you take a step
from an honest, authentic and heart centred place,
the return from the universe is overwhelmingly pusposeful.
transcends all layers
of your being and personality
"Every single part of life,
from glaciers to every species
to every particle on the food supply chain
to every religion
to every form of currency
to every form of communication
to absolutely everything else
is undergoing some form of transition.
We are experiencing a collective journey
unlike anything that has ever occurred
in the history of civilization - imagine that.
Truly, just imagine that."
"When one door closes another opens;
but we often look so long
and so regretfully
upon the closed door
that we do not see the ones
which open for us."
Alexander Graham Bell
Anytime you run into an obstacle in life,
no matter whose life it is,
it’s as if the universe is saying:
“I’m just steering you this way.
I didn’t want you to keep going that way.
I placed an obstacle in your way
so that you would come this way.
It’s OK. This is part of your journey."
"Use what talents you possess;
the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang there
except those that sang best."
Manifest from your core…
your body, mind and soul.
Express your manifestations, wishes and intentions
in a more powerful and direct way.
Achieve your childhood dreams.
Enable the dreams of others.
Seize every moment…
time is all you have,
and you may find one day
that you have less than you think.
Life is about living.
Life a life that inspires.
Consumerism isn't happiness,
Consumerism isn't memories,
Consumerism isn't contentment,
fulfillment or meaning.
Shopping, credit cards, spending,
crazy, jam-packed, hectic schedules,
long lists, crowded shops and hectic plans
should not define Christmas.
Stop for a moment and think…
What if worship is more important
than a perfect Christmas dinner?
Less hurry, more time?
Less spending more giving?
Less me, more you?
What if everyone could carve out
fine, quality, unhurried, uninterrupted time
with people they love?
It's time to focus on bringing joy to others
and be inspired by
the amaxing potential
for creativity, light and generosity
in the human spirit.
There are many beautiful holidays
that have emerged from the great traditions and faiths
to bring us together
and carry us through the dark nights of the soul.
Let us celebrate in a simple, peaceful, loving way.
No matter how you are celebrating this season
and the holidays that are significant to you,
I wish you a happy and peaceful day, week… and year.
And if you’re celebrating Christmas… Merry Christmas!
The whole spiritual transformation
brings us to the point
where we realise that in our own being,
we are enough.
The new year stands before you,
like a chapter in a book,
waiting to be written.
You can help write that story
by setting goals.
May we be joyful.
May we be peaceful.
May we be free from suffering.
May we be filled with loving kindness.
There is still time to give the gifts from yoga.
Are you looking for the meaning of life
or are you looking for
the experience of being fully alive?
It's a humbling indeed
to realise that
God loves your enemies
just as much as God loves you!
Remember that the 'word' is not the 'thing',
the 'map' is not the 'territory',
and that 'God' is 'a word,
that points to the God space,
the Source Energy
When you do not love an individual,
or a group,
the problem that is caused,
is caused by you,
and the problems it creates
comes to you,
not to your enemy.
When you do this
you are not in alignment
with your Source Energy.
To focus on anyone
with an attitude
that is not pure
splits your vibrational pattern,
which feels like a negative emotion
If you keep it up,
you experience a stronger indication
Positive and negative emotions
are indicators of your alignment
with Source Energy.
This is how who you are
can be in conflict with who you are being,
in the moment.
Everything that happens in a life
is an indicator of your current vibrational stance.
If you do not change the vibration emanating from yourself
the indicator cannot change.
The indicators will stay the same
until you change your thought and vibrational energy.
It will only take a few few moments
to bring this new awareness
to instantly dissolve limiting thought and beliefs
and put you in the flow.
I acknowledge each of you
as you recognise yourself as a master of transformation
when dealing with all that is occurring in your life
and on our planet.
We are making a difference.
I acknowledge your magnificence
as you willingly heal and transform
all that you encounter.
I invite you to live in gratitude.
Together we will continue to envision a reality
that is life sustaining for all.
With blessings of grace and joy,
True powers already exist within you.
They are not something you need to create.
They are totally natural.
If you are not being true to who you are, your natural self,
these powers will be dormant at present.
They will need to be ignited and released.
The truth of being a living being
is that you are a creator,
a born manifestor.
Yet you behave like a reactor.
Hope is not a plan.
Nor does it empower you
or lead to mastery of your life.
Take the reins.
Open the universe's treasure chest
that reveals possibilities for you to experience
that are beyond your wildest hopes.
Bloom. Express yourself. Learn to succeed
and experience what your real purpose actually is.
The universe is a mirror
of your heart.
True humility is not thinking less of yourself.
It arises from thinking of yourself less.
Life never repeats itself.
Every moment is new.
Each moment is the universe.
Don't miss it.
Taking responsibility for what happened
is not the same as believing what happened was a mistake.
It is not happines that makes us grateful
but gratefulness that makes us happy.
Joy is the most humbling sign of the Divine Presence.
It is never too late to be
what you might have been.
Take pleasure in activities
that bring health to the body
and peace to the mind.
This is right enjoyment
Remember what your heart desires.
Turn the 'No'
into a 'Yes".
All things are possible
until they are proved impossible.
Even the impossible may only be so
as of now.
The way to really find yourself
is to lose yourself in the service
Piglet: "How do you spell 'love'?"
Winnie: "You don't spell it...you feel it." -
A. A. Milne, Winnie-the Pooh
Did you offer peace today?
Did you bring a smile to someone's face?
Did you utter words of healing?
Did you let go of your anger and resentment?
Did you forgive?
Did you love?
Every situation and every moment
is of infinite value.
It points to the whole.
To truly love,
the happiness of another person
is essential to your own.
Your gift is needed in the world.
What is your soul saying to you today?
Act upon this inner guidance.
Live your dream.
Unleash your potential.
There's simply too much at stake if you don't.
Your light radiates far and wide.
You are making a difference in the lives of others.
In many way that you may not even know,
many benefit because of you.
How can you make a difference in your world?
Take steps today
that will make a difference in the life of another.
Commitment is the natural evolution of relationship
from its inception
to a literal or metaphoric marriage.
A true commitment
is a responsibility of the heart, mind, body and soul.
Partnerships thus formed are harmonious and powerful.
Remember that your partnership with Spirit
and the highest version of your own self
will engage in the highest self in another.
Only to the degree
that you are in touch
with your own, unique soul's path
can you guide others on theirs.
Unless you regularly access and employ
a higher state of consciousness,
you will not overcome
the power of conceptual conditioning.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
A smooth sea never makes a skillful sailor.
Unique is normal.
Why fit in
when you were
born to stand out?
Living is an act of courage.
One morning, consumed with writers block, an author walked along a beach covered with thousands of starfish that had washed up during a storm. Now they lay dying in the sun. He saw a young girl picking up the starfish one by one and tossing them into the sea. As he approached her he couldn't help but ask, "Why bother? There are too many of them. You won't make much of a difference." She picked up another starfish and tossed it into the water. Then she turned to the author and said, "I made a difference to that one."
What if one life could make a difference?
What if that one life was yours?
How do you make a difference.
What difference do you make?
Life is too short to be unhappy.
Open the door to everything.
Awaken your divine self.
Invited and encouraged
to support life-sustaining outcomes and realities,
you are here to assist in the powerful shift
in humanity's consciousness.
You play a significant part
in lifting up the collective mind-set.
Do your best.
Be who you are.
Energy follows thought.
You generate and offer powerful energy with each thought,
especially when it is infused with your passion and emotions.
Consider for a moment that your thought/emotional energy
joins other thought/emotional energy that is similar in nature.
Now collective consciousness holds an energetic pattern
that is imprinting the quantum field of all possibilities.
We are living in exceptional times.
We are being challenged
as well as reminded
that we are here on special assignment.
You are here to truly seed and anchor
the new reality that will come forth
from the chaos and limitations that you witness.
Acknowledge and recognise yourself
as a master of transformation
when dealing with all that is occurring in your life
and on our planet.
You are making a difference.
Acknowledge your magnificence
so that you willingly heal and transform
all you encounter.
I invite you to live in gratitude.
Together we will continue to envision a reality
that is life sustaining for all.
May you bless all you encounter
with grace and clarity.
May you continue to call forth and anchor
a life sustaining reality
by your thoughts and actions.
May you transform all that is before you.
Take a deep breath and remind yourself:
"I am aware that I am aware",
each time anchoring the statement
with a feeling of gratitude and appreciation.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose
and a life of purpose is created
through constant service to throse around us
First you make your beleifs.
Then your beleifs make you.
And when you go out into the world,
the world will support your beleifs.
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 become alive
and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far
than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
The Yoga Sutras. Patanjali
I love you.
Be kind to yourself
and all those you encounter today
The winds of change are in the air.
The world is receiving a strong message
and while you may not agree with the way the message is delivered
or the messanger,
yet the global plea for change is clear.
The question is, what will change look like?
Will it be a change for more fear
and a greter sense of separation,
or will it be in the direction of love and unity?
When those who claim to be powerful leaders
have duped us with insecurity and lies,
it is time to see yourself as a leader,
every bit as powerful and capable
of initiating change.
What will it take for each of us to come together
and declare the kind of world we want to create?
In clamouring for change,
the world is looking for a saviour.
Yet, we are being guided and helped
by the most powerful force in the universe.
And the only saviour in your life is you.
You are capable of shifting your life
and sharing your light
in a way that provides a beakon of hope
in the apparent darkness of the void.
The world needs your light.
This is a good time for you and me
to stand up and shine our light together
with confidence and spirituality.
When you live a spiritual life
you do the same thing today
that you did yesterday
and that you will do tomorrow.
This lifestyle makes you immune to
political upheaval, recession,
economic crashes and tragedy.
Invest in yourself.
You are magnificent.
Love your life.
Be grateful for today.
I bow to the divinity in you.
When times are scary,
move past the temptation to hide.
This is when everyone around you
needs you to show up
as your best self
and light a better way.
I want to encourage and invite you
to be a beacon of hope.
That's what we all need from each other
We are one
we are many and
it is time
to complete the revolution of love
This will be possible
if on this day
you commit your life
to walking the hard road
because there is now only one way:
and it is forward.
An invitation has arrived for you
to step into your courage
and into your full humanity
From this day forward, understand that
harm can only unfold
and multiply and spread
with your silence
with your consent
with your participation
Do not be silent.
Do not consent.
Do not participate
in legitimating violence, lies and division.
Live the love that you are,
the love that connects all
the love that bends history
even in the darkest moments
Be happy for this moment.
This moment is your life.
Why wait for the world to change
when the only thing that really matters
is when you are going to decide to change,
when you are no longer beguiled by the world outside
life becomes a sacred blessing.
Life keeps going on and on.
Does the way the government is run,
your boss, your neighbours…and all those other factors
really contribute to your happiness?
How about your choice to be in healthy relationships?
Or the decision to be successful and prosperous?
Do they stop you from living your dreams?
Or from choosing to be a free individual?
You alone are responsible for self-governing your mind.
This will enable you to change your perception of your world.
Blaming others and the world will get you nowhere.
It just leaves you to stagnate.
The world is not responsible for your personal relationships,
your financial situation,
your career choice,
or your happiness.
Your inside world is the cause of your outside world.
Your infinite mind has full control over what you wish to experience.
Your mind is responsible for creating your reality,
and you get to decide what kind of world you wish to exist in.
Why wait for the world to change
when the only thing that really matters
is when you are going to decide to change,
when you are no longer beguiled by the world outside
life becomes sacred.
There are so many people poisoning their peace
by fear, panic and worry.
I trust that you are not amongst them.
You have been elected divinely
to wake yourself up
and vote for the one thing that matters:
You are now on the ballot.
Believe in yourself and say "Yes"
to changing your life.
There is another way:
vote to self-govern your mind.
Peace, Peace and more peace.
Everything you ever experience
is a result of how you treat others.
Mental seeds are planted in the mind
by you being aware
that you are doing or saying or thinking
something towards someone else.
Seeds enter their storehouse
and wait to be called up.
No one plants a seed into the ground
and then waits there
expecting it to be ready for harvesting
in a day or two.
However, certain seeds,
such as intense anger, profound kindness
They get to move ahead of the others in line.
It takes time for the ripening process.
However, anything good you do always comes back good.
As does bad.
When it seems differently, that's just an older seed taking off in between
action and consequence.
Embrace the bold endeavour of planting new seeds
for a perfect world of freedom.
Your wisdom is vast.
You need to be awakened.
Things are not themselves
They are ourselves.
To love is to recognise Self in other,
you in another,
the other in you,
Consciousness pervades the entire universe.
It is one, whole and complete.
Everything that exists is a manifestation
of the same infinite consciousness.
All manifestation is a reflection
of the one, infinite consciousness
We are all reflections of the whole.
Could it be that we reflect each other?
Go to that place within you
in which the entire universe resides,
It is a place of love, of truth, of peace
beyond light and dark,
beyond joy and sorrow,
a place where all is One
When you and I are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me
we are still one.
on a single breath.
This is just the right moment
Why so many hands
when holding out just one
would be enough?
How do we go about making two hands one?
two hands united.
spring from the yearning
to be the fullness
of who you are.
As fire is covered by smoke,
As a mirror is covered by dust,
or as an embroyo is covered by the womb,
the living being is covered by different layers of wanting.
Truth is emptiness.
There are no frontiers or divisions
in limitless reality.
When Self is everywhere,
there is no division
between duality and union.
When you see the Self
you don't see the non-Self.
The non-self does not exist.
The march toward the infinite is a long journey,
not to be finished within a few hours,
a few days, or a few years.
Though you see many around you falling or retreating,
you must go forward.
In the beginning there was neither existence nor nonexistrence.
All the world was unmanifested energy.
The One breathed, without breath,
by its own power.
Nothing else was there.
Hymn of Creation. Rig Veda.
The one that is many
drew upon the unknowable otherness
to convert into a knowable essence,
two tendencies of our universe to be.
Why question the darkness in the world?
You are a light to the world
through your thoughts, words, behaviour and actions.
When you understand this
the world will already be brighter.
An echo reverberates around the planet…
It can be heard in your neighbourhood,
in the streets, markets, gardens, forests,
in the voices of friends, students, clients and colleagues,
in headlines, in shouts, in whispers and in the silence.
This is the call for humanity to wake up
to the truth of who we truly are,
all Divine Beings.
It is a call to break free
from the illusions that do not serve you, others, or the planet,
and step into Reality.
It is the call to live in the light,
to serve with openness, love, truth and peace,
right here and right now.
I know you hear it too.
When the call is unheaded,
it heats up
making your heart beat faster,
so that your voice can be stronger, truer,
and your purpose higher.
The timing is perfect.
The world's needs
are evolving, expanding and growing
in ways for you to serve humanity
beyond anything you have done before.
Deeply conditioned to relate to the world
from the assumption that something is wrong,
can become pathological
when it generates the fundamental neurosis
that leaves you existentially uncertain
in a world that feel inherently unsafe.
Habits of control make life feel like a strugle.
Merely understanding spiritual ideas
isn't enough to cause transformation.
Moving from an idea to a lived reality
requires a leap.
When you give up control,
you find yourself floating in a space
of ease and simplicity
that takes you
far beyond fear, worry and self-concern.
Don't worry about what the world needs.
Do makes you come alive
The world needs is people who have come alive.
Profound new vistas of awakening
to the freedom of not knowing,
bring you to a beautiful, free space.
Open your heart.
You will infuse your life with deeper meaning,
align your life with the most powerful force in the universe
to activate your own awakened consciousness,
and unlock boundless energy, intelligence, creativity and love
that have always been your true nature.
Yield to the breeze
of ceaseless change
and the winds
of vast impermanence.
like a cloud
within the eternal wholeness
of each moment.
Not knowing where to go
yet never leaving the vast Oneness
of your true home.
Tenderly care for the bright, wisdom body
of ease and joy.
Compassionately let go of chatter
and being chattered.
the celebral functioning of the ego-self.
a beginner's spontaneity and wonder.
Just wander along
this timeless and ever surprising path,
a respectful and curious earth-dweller,
a peaceful and honourable future
with all human beings.
Smiling at the waxing moon,
Winking at twinkling stars
Savouring the liquid silence
of enlightened dew
passionately enjoy the pristine freshness
of beginners heartmind.
Here not one thing is lacking.
Embrace boundless intimacy
with all beings and things.
in all relationships.
and be loved
far beyond the shackles
of resistance and fear,
sit as core-self
inside of just sitting.
Wings do work, but only after you jump.
Mountains can be moved, but only by how hard you can dance.
The life you imagine does exist, but only iof you dare to create it.
There is a whole universe in you waiting to happen
when you start trusting yourself enough to let it become.
How wild is your soul today?
How do you express love?
How do you like to be loved?
What is your relationship with love and fear?
Masking fear morphs love into attachment.
Shoulds, woulds, have-tos exhaust your spirit.
Compromises, ifs, i-don't-knows, maybes,
represent the uncertainty of dreaming without doing,
hoping without acting,
talking without walking.
Trading your creative aliveness
for an uneventful, comfortable or 'safe' form
of emotional or financial survival
ignores your heart
Do you need to give up seeking, aspiring, being comfortable?
‘Ready' is an illusion.
‘Later' is a trap.
‘Tomorrow' is a dream.
‘Someday' is a nightmare.
You only happen Now or Never.
It’s never the right time, place or person,
until you take creative action and become them.
Unblock your core beliefs,
uncover the process mind (rather than the content mind)
that drives behavioural and health/disease outcomes.
How you do any thing is how you do everything.
Content merely provides examples
that validate your processes
and illustrate your core beliefs.
Love yourself alive.
Invest in your freedom and not in what takes it away.
Invest in your growth, not what dismisses your creativity
and wastes your potential.
Fight the battle for your heart and soul every single day,
for out of you
all your creations will come forth.
Your best is yet to be created.
We live a life filled with wonderful moments, difficult moments and everything inbetween.
However, for many of us, even when we are most joyful
there is fear behind our joy.
We fear that this moment will end,
that we won't get what we need,
that we will lose what we love,
or that we will not be safe.
We are afraid of things outside ourselves that we cannot control.
We worry about becoming ill, ageing, and losing the things we treasure most.
Often our biggest fear is that one day our bodies will cease functioning.
Thus, even when we are surrounded by all the conditions for happiness,
our joy is not complete.
We think that to be happier we should push away or ignore our fear.
We do not feel at ease when we think of the things that scare us,
so we deny our fear away
or think that if we ignore our fears, they will go away.
We hold tight to the things we care about:
our positions, our property, our loved ones…
but holding tightly does not ease our fear.
It simply builds dysfunction, attachment and strangulation.
Many of us spend a lot of our life acting out of fear,
and in so doing we affect each other and the larger society.
We create a culture of fear.
The undercurrent of fear constantly shadows us,
and we are upset and worried.
Fear buried deep in the heart is like a sharp knife
hidden under many layers
that makes us behave in such unkind ways.
You do not see the knife, or the arrow in your heart
which causes you to suffer,
and to make others suffer.
Masking our fear,
keeping it out of sight and unacknowledged,
we live with attachment and revulsion,
anger, resentment and violence,
unhappiness, illness, restless, negativity and doubt.
The first thing we need to do is to acknowledge our fear.
The pain caused by the knife has been there for a long time.
As long as you continue to hold onto it,
your pain magnifies and grows so large
that you want to punish
those who you think are the cause of your suffering.
Practicisng mindfulness of fear
and looking deeply into its origins,
we can recognise and embrace it
rather than acting out of it.
You can learn to recognise the knife inside.
Once you have found it,
you can remove the knife in your own heart;
then you can help find and remove
the knife in the heart of another.
We all have original fear in us.
Fear is a primal instinct for survival.
It is also a divine gift
that wakes us up from deep sleep
into the lucidity of the present moment.
Nothing is good, nothing is bad.
Nothing is complete, nothing is incomplete.
These values are meaningless.
There is no sinner, no saint,
nothing is pure, nothing is impure.
Things are as they are.
Nothing is ever defiled and nothing is ever immaculate.
These are all mind games that we play around with.
We create the idea of purity and then comes impurity.
We create the idea of a saint, and then comes a sinner.
For the sinner to disappear, then your saints must disappear.
It will not happen before that.
For immorality to disapper, morality has to go.
Purity, impurity, are mind attitudes.
Is a tree moral or immoral?
Is an animal a sinner or a saint?
There is nothing to improve, no where to go.
There is no goal, because there is no value.
The journey without a goal is play, leela.
And there is nobody behind it, doing it.
Do not create the problem
It does not need a solution, nor a saviour.
You are as perfect as you can be,
'more' is not possible,
it will only create problems for you.
Live naturally, simply, spontaneously, moment-to-moment,
and there is holiness,
because you are whole,
not because you have become a saint.
Negate the mind and there is silence.
In that silence you are divine.
You have never been anything else.
You have always been that.
We all have blind spots, or things about ourselves that we just don’t see,
which seem painfully obvious to others.
They often stay in our blind-spot for years,
if not a lifetime,
crushing our dreams in the process.
We have negative and disempowering beliefs
about ourselves, the world, wealth and success.
To live your happiest, most fulfilling life
it is crucial that you tackle the elephant in the room.
It is difficult to reach your true potential
and become the very best version of yourself
while you are still struggling and juggling
to hide things from yourself and others.
This cripples your health and relationships.
This same stress also takes its toll on your mind and body
and can lead to depression, anxiety,
and even life-threatening events
such as heart attack or stroke.
The good news is freeing yourself is very simple:
Just meditate daily.
You will wake up.
Knowing is your nature.
There is no need to have knowledge to know.
It’s not becaus you are not good enough, or smart enough.
Your ‘hardware’ is fine.
The problems arise from your ‘software'.
Even the most powerful computer on the planet,
If forced to run faulty software, is going to crash.
That’s what’s been happening with you.
You have been consistently feeding yourself misinformation
that’s been corrupting your ability to achieve freedom.
You have programmed yourself to struggle.
Coded with beliefs that can only lead
to the cog-in-the-wheel life you have now come to dread.
Put simply, you were never the problem.
The problem is you have been putting anything in your tank
So it’s no surprise that you have a hard time.
You need to upgrade your mental software,
and wipe out your hard drive of faulty, bigoted beliefs
Install cosmic paradigms and codes.
to the unconditional wisdom
of your heart.
Infinite and sacred knowledge
lies within you.
To uncover and discover it
listen to your heart's voice.
It expresses the deepest truth
about who you are
See each and every situation,
experience and moment in your life
as an opportunity to explore,
and say "yes".
Saying 'yes' does not mean
adding more and more
to your to-do list…
it's a way of approaching life
as it unfolds,
open and curious,
rather than fearful and resisting.
May you continue to be blessed and prosper
so that you may continue to lift others.
If you sincerely desire to live a better life
and fulfill your mission on earth,
practice applying the timeless truths.
Live by faith in the little things
so you will be prepared to live it well
when it matters most.
On the anniversary of Gandhi Jayanti, here are some reminders…quotes from him:
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
It is not the strongest of the
species that survive, nor the most
intelligent, but the one most
responsive to change.
Subject must always have object,
perceived as object.
There are no objects anywhere, at any moment
that are not integral in their subject.
All objects have only one subject.
Subject and consciousness are one.
Objects are the consciousness of their subject.
Objects have no consciousness,
other than the consciousness which is their subject
and of which they are.
An object only exists figuratively;
A single object is an aspect of objects
it's apparent separation being a limitation of perception.
All objects are one
and they are subject.
Such is the dualistic aspect of Reality.
Objects can have no 'free will' of any kind
for they are only an aspect of subject.
But the energy which constitutes their appearance
may be misappropriated
and expended ineffectually
and in opposition to
the inevitable sequence of events
in time and space.
This inconsequent struggling
may be misconstrued as 'will'.
Subject, as pure Reality,
is free from constraint;
but as one element of dualism
it is conditioned by
the other element thereof,
which is its object.
Dualistically therefore it is not free.
Ther is no 'free will' in duality.
There is no 'predestination' in reality.
When you manifest what is known as 'will'
you are thereby identified with your object.
Can any distinction be made
by the figment that is called a 'will'
and the figment that is called an 'ego'?
Take up the way
of speaking truthfully,
of speaking of others with openness and possibility,
of meeting with others on equal grounds,
of cultivating a clear mind,
of taking only what is freely given and giving freely of all that you can,
of engaging in sexual intimacy respectfully and with an open heart,
of letting go of anger,
of supporting life.
In a world that's round,
it doesn't make sense to take sides
Walk through doors of opportunities
and walls of spiritual endeavour.
Be open to a world in transformation.
The world is changing.
Allow your heart to be your beaming guide
and everyone you meet to be your teachers.
Transforming from an unknown to a knower,
from an ego to a seat of Self,
from a person to a divine being,
dance barefoot on the edge of change,
pushed by the sense of fear,
yet bathing in the light of courage.
The universe believes in you.
You are strong enough
to break free from the shadows
and move into the light.
Do your ritual.
Hear the call from the deepest level of being.
Listen to the song from nature within
and continue to burst forth
with the rainbow colours of your truth.
You are a a divine being, wild and free.
Wander the earth full of love, passion and with a healing heart.
You are energy.
You are light.
Recognise your reflection in everyone and everything.
Free yourself from worry.
Be open for the change that has already begun.
Breathe all the way into your core of both darkness and light
and let dreams unfold.
We are all united.
We are all free.
We all share the same moon and the same sun.
We need each other to realise that.
Pure heart, pure mind.
Lovingly allow yourself to release
all old behaviours and doubt
and receive abundance
of outrageous and wild
You don't have to be perfect.
You don't have to know all the answers.
You don't have to already be successful.
You don't need to help people change their lives or solve their problems.
Everyone can find the answers themselves.
You don't have to be anything other than who you are, right now.
Awaken to the powerful implications
of taking a stand for Love
as a choice,
and a practical way of being,
rather than just a feeling
or fleeting experience.
Nurture a profound, abiding care
for the whole
that includes but isn't limited to
the personal realm.
Make spiritual practice
a way of life.
Come off the meditation cushion
and the yoga mat
into the world
and live your awakening
in every single moment of life.
Activate the evolutionary impulse.
Awaken to and align with the powerful, creative force
that animates the entire universe.
Your experience of life
will now be infused
with deeper meaning
and higher purpose.
Sankalpa, which means intention.
offers a powerful foundation
for engaging in anything.
Much more than just an imagined future goal
for you to strive toward,
intentions are like seeds
planted deep in your consciousness
that will come to fruition
as long as you create the proper environment
for their growth.
Intentions must be set before any project or endeavour
to anchor and connect you directly
to the living reality
of your own potential
for a truly awakened life.
Living in a digital world of technology,
and a host of other distractions
and fast everything,
is the reason over stimulation
in your environment, your mind and your emotions
is at an all time high.
You have constant noise
on you time and energy.
This results in feelings of depletion, exhaustion and fatigue.
The antidote for this
is to create a sense of spaciousness.
away from stimulation,
in the quiet of your own mind and heart,
where you can gather your thoughts, emotions and ideas,
process your environment,
get in touch with your feelings and ideas,
and connect deeply with yourself.
Redirect yourself to a more peaceful place within you,
where there is space to breathe, to play, to recover
where you can feel safe,
In silence we grow,
in stillness we heal.
Correctly interpreted, 'immortality' (amritattwam) is not a state or condition that comes to you after your departure from the world. It is a state of continuous existence which has in it no experience of finitude. The disturbances caused by the multiple experiences that rise and fall in you are the causes for all your sorrows, and human beings, knowingly or unknowingly, struggle hard to continue their experiences, with an anxious impatience that seems to whip them from all sides. However, immortality is the perfection here, within you, by which you can, irrespective of the circumstances that play around you, come to live the continuous experience of tranquility and peace.
The attitude with which you should hear (sravana) the scriptures is totally different from the attitude with which you are asked to reflect (manana) upon what you have heard. Neither the faith (sraddha), nor sravana, nor the intellectual freedom of manana are permitted to poison the deep serenity of thought-less meditation. Thus, the student of Vedanta is taught, from the very beginning, to be original at every moment and live in the white heat of inspiration, which is thriling, divine and ennobling.
Do not be dismayed
by times of uncertainty, chaos and crisis,
which are symptomatic
and the results of unwholesome living.
Live in tune with nature,
and spiritual ideals
of brother/sister-hood, love and peace.
As an immortal child of the universe,
you can face and successfully meet
all life's challenges
with perpetual prosperity
and spiritual happiness
Most of the yoga world completely neglects the body’s electrical system. The effects of yoga on the nervous system are what distinguish it from other movement modalities, and this is where much of the magic of practice is hidden. The benefits of yoga practice are at least 70% nervous system related. Classical yoga provides a biofeedback mechanism that allows the mind-body to 'sneak peek' into the autonomic nervous system and regulate it. Thus any serious yoga student can quantify, track and better understand what’s going on, electrically, inside them, which allows them to completely revolutionise mind-body wellness and the way they practice. This in turn, restores the free flow of positive life energy that attracts beneficial things to you. On the other hand when your life energy is turned off, you repel people, money and success.
Truth is the substratum of all and therefore, the real nature of all manifestaion. Truth exhibits itself as existence even in an inert and insentient rock, but the rock is not as yet aware of it. A little more evolved is plant life, which seems to be more aware of the world outside. In animal life, different species exhibit different degrees of awareness, not only of their external worlds of stimuli but also of their emotions and feelings. Human beings through their intellectual conviction and rational conquest can obtain a firm control over the emotions of the mind and apply this regulated and controlled energy for purposes of transcending psychological existence, and thereby peep into the boundless realms of bliss, beauty, love and perfection.
We meet thousands of seekers, who, without understanding fundamentals, aimlessly struggle along a so-called spiritual path. They suffer agonies of painful disappointment, although they have put in, and have behind them, years of painstaking practice.
The study of any sicience cannot be undertaken without a preliminary understanding of the exact definitions of the terms and terminologies employed in it. The fundamental beliefs, accepted theories, observed modes of behaviour are all necessary data with which a modern scientist freely launches their new adventure into the realm of science. Similarly in philosophy and spirituality too, a fundamental knowledge of the terms used and the correct connotations in which various terms have been employed is an unavoidable preliminary.
However, it is not necessary to only confine yourself to the direct bearing of language, which serves as guidelines. Deep, independent thought is necessary. Reflect again and again upon salient features. Words and language also have great suggestive wealth, and you must give birth to the pregnant suggestions behind brilliant language. Perception arising from the sense organs, human emotions, and reasoning intellect can be experienced and understood as the ego's real nature. The essential Truth, and the essence of who you are, dis-associated from the body, mind and intellect, is beyond the reach of the known instrument of perception.
we are truest to our nature
Know and live from these eternal truths about yourself:
• You are good enough just the way you are.
• You are worthy of love, bliss, success, health, peace of mind…
• You are innocent.
• You are perfect.
• You are forgiven.
Love what you are.
Let go of what you are not.
It has been fifteen years since the attack on the World Trade Centre,
and something big shifted in our world.
A profound and powerful cry went out
for things to be different,
so that these types of occurrences
would only be a part of our past
and not part of our future.
Perhaps we are still learning
that revenge and killing does not make us safer;
nor do endless wars
and attempts to manipulate other people for our own gains
create a better world.
The world is still crying out,
more than ever,
for peace, global community
and a world that works for everyone.
We are slowly emerging to be a part of the change we want to see in the world,
and create a world of true freedom
based on love, co-operation and oneness
rather than separation, divisiveness and hatred.
These do not serve anyone.
We have now experienced enough conflict
to finally make a commitment
to creating true peace in the world.
Governments can keep the best interests of people it serves foremost
rather than being callous to the pain and suffering some of their leaders cause
in their crazed pursuit of power and wealth.
The universe is abundant,
and nature and the planet can serve all who inhabit her.
The minority do not need to capture and hoard
at the expense of the majority of the polulation
and the planet herself.
What God and the world is asking of you right now
is to keep your eyes and heart
on the amazing hope that the future holds.
Love all living beings wholesomely,
and be actively engaged
in bringing your unique piece of the cosmic puzzle to fruition
…there is a piece that only you can bring to its completion.
You are here at this time on the planet to liberate the truth
by being who you are.
Something incredible is happening for us as individuals
and for humanity.
The planet needs a breakthrough and it begins with yours.
You have the power to change your world
if you fully commit to living powerfully with love and peace.
And those dreams? Don’t let them go unlived.
Life is like an onion,
When it’s raw it makes your cry,
and if you cook it
it is really sweet.
The mind is capable of opening to what exceeds it,
yet the enthralling paradox is that to communicate the vastness of spiritual life,
we often need to narrow our focal point,
which perhaps is the crucial difference between regular and spiritual life.
Make the spiritual journey the central expedition of your life.
It is not our human forces which brings about transformation from fear to love,
but an increasing conscious surrender to the divine forces.
The body is a heavy weight holding the soul to earthly nature,
thus temporarily preventing its ascent
either to spiritual fulfillment in the supreme
and the dissolution of this individual being in the supreme.
Conceive of a divine life on earth,
and liberation of the earth nature itself
as part of the total purpose of the embodiment.
You are amazing.
Be an individual.
Know that creativity is contageous.
Share a smile.
Share your light.
Know that your friends like you for you.
Like yourself too.
In the world, some people make things happen
Other watch things happen
and still others ask: what happened?
Which one are you?
Millions of people like you are waking up
to challenge the current social, financial and political systems.
It is totally possible to reinvent reality,
elevate belief systems
and expand world views,
both scientifically and spiritually.
by bringing the wisdom sciences back
into the modern world.
Express yourself, your personal mission, with your dharma in mind.
When you act according to your true nature,
your calling, your purpose, and your whole reason for being,
you are following the path to self-liberation, abundance, and joy.
This will permanently transform you,
enabling you to live a fulfilled life,
which in turn creates an awakened collective consciousness
and a more peaceful planet.
Living a meaningful life
requires that we live in service
to the whole of creation.
You are living in dharma, your true purpose,
when you are in your creative reality,
Dharma is your active opening,
a mission, a doorway, a destiny,
but also a process of surrender.
The whole Universe will support you.
Make creativity a priority and practice it on a regular basis.
Allow creativity to lead your life,
so that you always stay connected
to the great spirit, source, divine, Universe
. . . the Self that is everywhere.
The act of creating keeps you in the flow.
Whenever there is sincerity and goodwill,
the sacred presence is there.
If you see the Self in every living being, you see truly.
If you see immortality in the heart of every mortal being, you see truly.
If you see the divine presence within every man and woman,
then you can never do harm to any man or woman.
If you see the divine presence in yourself, then you attain perfection.
When you see the Self in every living being,
you see that all actions are performed by this energy,
though the Self itself does not act.
You see the divine inspiration behind every movement
though the inspiration itself does not move.
Whey you see that amidst the variety of living beings, the unity of life,
then you attain fulfilment.
The Self has no birth; it cannot be divided into parts; and it has no death.
It dwells in the body, but it is not touched by the body.
It pervades the entire universe, but is not affected by anything in the universe.
The Self can never be corrupted or stained.
As the sun lights up the world, the Self lights up the body.
Those who possess the eye of wisdom,
can distinguish the Self from the body
and can therefore break free from attachment to the body.
Bhagavad Gita, Chap13 v17-34.
Your own worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unskilful thorughts.
No one can help you as much as your own compassionate thoughts.
Never measure the height of the mountain until you reach the top
then you will see how low it was.
Meditators and yogis soon experience the unity and panoramic vision
natural to those who stand at the top.
Every present moment act,
every wakeful step,
every mindful thought
is the direct path to awakening.
Wherever you go, there you are.
Love from the past is a memory.
Love in the future is a fantasy.
Only in the here and now can you truly love.
A shift in perspective is a powerful moment that alters your view of the world. It can often feel like an epiphany,
after which, the problem that you had will no longer “fit” within your new point of view. This makes the problem rather “un-usable” to you, which can be ideal if you do not want it anymore.
We all know there is a lot of information, and a myriad of courses out there, to teach you how to do just about anything...
And we all know the best
way to get results and experience true transformation is to work with a coach/mentor in person. I know this to be true for myself, as well as the hundreds of people who have worked with me in person. They all acknowledge how powerful it is to be with me face-to-face, and say my events have an impact unlike anything they had ever experienced before.
Facilitating life-changing, transformational lives is my greatest gift. It is what I have been doing for longer than four decades in Australia. The results my studients and patients receive shift their lives profoundly: they feel empowered, confident and supported to go out and do their work in the world.
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When you embark on a spiritual path
it means that you are on a path of unlearning fear
and remembering love.
Being out of alignment with love
arises when you forget about who you truly are.
Clear the path to living.
Relinquish the need to control.
Relax into a sense of trust and freedom.
By mindfully living a divinely guided life each day.
you can transform fear into faith.
Know that the universe is a mirror of your heart
The individual dimension of self actualisation or self realisation
refers to an awakening to a deeper aspect of Self,
the true presence.
Open your heart and explore ways to advance yourself
towards the ultimate Truth of your existence.
Reconnect each day with your true Self.
Self realisation, true wisdom
is the highest aspect of human knowledge,
and the very essence of dharma.
It permanently uproots the cause of human suffering
and reveals a human being's true nature of love and bliss.
Self realisation is yoga: union or oneness with truth,
the direct perception or experience of truth
by the all-knowing, intiutive faculty of consciousness.
Knowing in mind, body and soul
that you are one with divine omnipresence
is Self realisation.
You are not merely near it at all times,
You do not have to pray that it comes to you,
the divine omnipresence is your omnipresence.
You are just as much a part of God now
as you will ever be.
All you have to do is improve your knowing.
Are you living well? Are you living the life that you truly want to be living, or are you living the life that you think you ‘should’ be living?
In our endless pursuit for happiness and creating better and bigger things, we can sometimes forget to slow down and really think about what makes us genuinely happy.
We can mistakenly think that being busier and having more things will bring us joy, only to discover that we have created less time for ourselves to do what we enjoy the most.
If you would like to start living with more purpose or simply would like to infuse more joy into your life, I encourage you to meditate daily. Meditation gives you the clarity to choose between old stories the mind keeps repeating
and the truth that's before you right now.
We are all deeply connected by the Universe.
The universe is a mirror of your heart.
Your heart is universal and is real.
The moment you start living with your heart
you will feel the beauty and aliveness within you
reflected around you.
Compassion arises from within the heart.
When you are with yout heart
you help and care for others truly,
and with kindness
because you genuinely feel that we are all one.
Feel the love in your heart.
It is very peaceful.
You can be relaxed and present.
Living with heart, you connect with your very source,
and encounter the universal experience of Love.
Mind needs lots of distraction and attention…
This and that, that and this…
analyse, figure out, organise,
various unwanted concepts and knowledge
taken from outside world.
connect it to the outside world. .
Love in the mind is all about benefits
… ‘what’s in it for me?’
:and the choice whether mind or heart?
Live within your heart in every moment.
Start feeling this greatest experience from this very moment.
You can release light, expansion, unconditional love, happiness and contentment
that will completely free you.
It is also the heart of your mind.
Creative visualisation is a practice of shifting beliefs
and then visualising your life as you want it to evolve.
Essentially this process trains the subconscious mind
to develop a new belief,
and is based on the idea that the subconscious mind
cannot differentiate between a real and imagined experience.
Use imagery that feels powerful, healing and authentic to you.
We live in a universe which is benevolent, all powerful and loving.
The sun powers all life on earth,
and we are constantly surrounded by giant waves of cosmic energy
which we cannot even see
but which play a major role in our lives.
Live in harmony with everything that exists
and in total alignment with your surroundings.
This is one of life’s greatest blessings.
When you are connected, anything can happen.
Let the universal presence and energy pour into your body
and bring you all of the health, relationships and happiness
that you need.
Gratitude or thankfulness,
counting your blessings,
noticing simple pleasures,
and acknowledging everything that you receive.
It means learning to live your life
as if everything were a miracle,
and being aware
on a continuous basis
of how much you have been given.
Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks
to the abundance that is already present.
Surprising life improvements stem from the practice of gratitude.
Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient,
it strengthens relationships,
it improves health,
and it reduces stress.
I am eternally grateful for you.
Activate these four key realms which are critically important to step forth into your destiny
• The Physical-Sensory realm
Your senses help you connect with, and develop your physical and subtle bodies by tapping into the cosmic forces to empower inner and outer change.
• The Psychological realm
The mind can be trained in creative imagination to master the practice and experience of deep bliss.
• The Mystical realm
By mastering your emotions, you must become the conscious creator of your nystical adventure, its cohorts and tribe that help you co-create it.
• The Spiritual realm
Be ecstatically and completely transformed as a person and live from a more deeply connected place.
Everything you have done in your life so far
to discover your purpose,
and develop the latent powers within you
has all been to prepare you
for the next chapter of your journey.
Isn't it time to allow the Universe
to fully express itself through you,
in every moment of your day,
as it has been trying to do, since you were born?
This is the calling you hear and feel inside you
that is always there, beneath the surface,
urging you to become more than you are.
It is the calling to the heroic journey you are here to undertake,
to the fulfillment of your greatest potential as a human being.
Activate your destiny today.
Each day as I interact with people all over the world
who are doing remarkable things for their neighbors,
their communities and their brothers and sisters around the world.
I know that they are surviving on hope,
and that life need not be troubled,
but that it can be filled with happiness and fulfillment.
Many of them are driven by the hope:
that things will be better,
that we are smarter than we appear to be,
that children will live in a better world in the future,
that we can heal the planet.
Perhaps if they didn’t have this hope
it would be difficult to near impossible
to get up in the morning.
Each day we make wonderful connections
between people, organisations and local initiatives,
and each week we receive countless messages for help:
everything from people wanting to find housing,
to individuals who want to build a compassionate community
in a neighborhood that is rife with hatred and bigotry.
We do our best to put people in contact with one another,
to offer hope,
and to continue to do this we need your assistance.
If you are bale to devote several hours a week
to helping with our emails and other work, please contact us.
I believe that is what the Charter for Compassion movement offers.
Be stable in your body.
Purposefully slow down your movements,
and be un-rushed
so that you relax naturally
into your presence and internal stableness.
Speak more slowly.
Say the appropriate things in the moment.
to experience your stable presence.
Control time and do not let anything interfere with
your present moment of activity or non-activity.
Look at people with full attention
in an absorbing way.
EXPAND YOUR HEART
Breathe, soften, rest in your heart.
Receive the vast presence of silence
that is your heart essence
and dissolve into peace.
Breathe, expand peace, love and happiness.
Take time to remember
and renew the greater part of yourself.
STILL YOUR MIND
Instead of being preoccupied with your daily stress
and all the ups and downs of life,
experience peace within
by practicing letting go.
Soften the hard edges of awareness,
soften mental activity
and expand infinitely.
Pure peace is within each of us.
Your peaceful heart is a gift
to everyone and everything.
In the silence of the heart
your true wisdom, inspiration and purpose.
Let go of your busy mental life,
so that you can appreciate an inner life.
Free yourself from the intellectual bondage,
from rules that exist in your mind
because someone else has planted them there…
Rules that limit your success and cause you to live below your potential.
Rules that make you feel inadequate, uninspired and disempowered.
Will you heed the call for an intellectual revolution in your life?
You can break through with the right framework.
The key does not lie in personal growth
but in personal diminishment.
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” Joseph Campbell.
Be yourself effortlessly.
Cultivate a "can do" attitude.
What life is offering
Ego arises to fulfil the need for permanence and significance.
Accept its function and language
so that you can integrate, balance,
and, if necessary, transcend it.
Explore sowing seeds
rather than hoping to get rewarded with results.
Understand your own consciousness better
and develop compassion for those who hold different values to yours
so that you expand the scope of what you are able to value.
Understand the dynamics of transition.
Recognise the limitations of goals and planning.
Connect personal transformation
with social, political and ecological issues.
Obstacles arise to help you grow into your best self.
Foster your own innate, intuitive abilities.
Unlock your infinite potential.
Embrace your authentic self.
Choose food, spiritual practices and thoughts
to enable you experience
a healthier, happier, mind, body and spirit.
Becoming is the art of transformation.
It is the process by which life flourishes and blossoms,
forever arising as something new, creative and fresh.
Continuity arises when the observer
is a collection of memories, ideas, and abstractions
who builds the image.
In a beginner's mind, infinite possibilities exist.
Mindfulness is the practice of non-judgemental awareness.
Just as the surface of water
can clearly mirror the sky and the trees
as long as its surface is undisturbed,
so too, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self
when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.
Just as a precious jewel
temporarily buried in mud,
remains completely brilliant and unaffected,
you true nature too
could be buried by life's circumstances.
You simply have to uncover it
and experience it's luminosity.
When you become still and silent,
you can access your essence,
and then, most importantly, act on it.
Stop waiting to be loved, liked, appreciated or approved of
and take a risk to 'like' them,
not because they did something to deserve it,
do it because it is who you are.
By being you, authentically,
without the desire to 'do' being,
or an expectation of some return on that investment,
will you ever be fully content.
into your soul
When you do what really makes you happy..
You impact everyone around you..
and create a ripple effect
that could change the course of history.
If this is all you have to do
to set the ripple in motion,
why don't you?
What you focus on magnifies and increases.
It brings your conscious and subconscious mind
into full view for healing, transmutation and transformation.
We all have self-doubts 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 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 born 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 a life.
You will get good results if you make constant efforts.
With firmness, energy and courage,
shake off all torpor and lassitude.
May you be nothing else,
any more than a flame of love,
utterley awakened to a supreme realisation
of your deepest, spiritual essence.
The origins of yoga asanas (postures)
lie in the cosmic dance itself,
the sacred dance of Shiva,
known as the Nataraj,
which means Lord, King, Ruler of Dance.
Lore has it that as Shiva descended
from the lofty heights of divinity (heavens) to earth,
his dance steps (footprints)
formed the blueprint for the universe,
morphing all its inhabitants,
such as stars, minerals, animals, plants and human
Each shape or form,
captured and illustrated
is yoga, which means unity.
The spirit of the world is yours
as soon as you know how to move your self
in the yoga way,
Everything is connected.
Release your heart from your mind's vicious grip
and turn your dominant thinking
from being fear-based to intimacy-based.
The mind-body-spirit aspect of Shanti Yoga
can transform every part of your life,
your career, finances, friendships, health and more.
Experience more energy,
more intimacy and
more fearlessness in your life,
through simple practices of the ancient sages
which not only unleash
more passion and drive in your life,
but also slows down aging.
Three core issues that you must deprogram from subconscious mind
are based upon the fears most people live with:
• I am unworthy. I am insufficient. I am not enough.
• If I make a mistake, it will be catastrophic and I will be alone, ostracised.
• I am unsafe, I can be harmed. I cannot trust others to support me.
Looking ourside yourself for validation of your worth,
or the love you need to fill your emptiness,
and the security that you believe the world can provide,
builds anxieties that block your super powers
so you don't use them.
Go within. Abundanced and resources you can use lie within you.
Know that you are already filled with
abundant possibilities and capabilities.
In addition to
the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art
of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life
consists in the elimination
Three aspects determine an exceptional life:
Relationships, Experiences and Contribution.
- Cultivate a warm, loving relationship with yourself, your source, with other living beings and the planet itself.
- Create memorable moments that enrich and expand your horizons.
- Help others by contributing in some way to their life.
Accumulating money or things fits in only as far as it enhances each of these three aspects and enables you to experience them on a larger and more profound scale
Accumulating wealth is useless if it costs you loving relationships or if you do not use it to help others. When the pursuit of money becomes an overriding focus of your life, you tend to neglect these three aspects. When faced with a choice about whether to engage in something or not, why not ask yourself whether it will enhance one of these three areas. If you can do all three simultaneously, then it is a no brainer.
Look at ways you can expand your life in each of these three areas to create the most execptional life possible.
Fear, poverty, misery and cold
have no vibration, energy, essence, or reality.
They are an absence of…
Learning how to direct energy and create reality
arises from focusing on essences, not absences or lacks
and will transform your life.
To create reality you have to know what is real and what is not.
Is your life what you thought it would be, many moons ago?
Do you have the relationships that empower you,
the abundance you believe you deserve,
and the genuine fulfillment from your daily activities
that you imagined you would have had?
Yet, your mind has put in place everything in your life.
It is not exactly your 'fault',
because most of us are taught that we cannot control our minds
and that we have to deal with what we are given.
Some people takes these beliefs to the grave.
Yet, the truth is you can harness the full power of your mind
to create new circumstances, and your own joy-filled, abundant reality.
Make your mind your most powerful ally
Start meditating now.
When you control your mind, you control your reality.
We can’t escape life’s wounds. They are just the normal wear and tear that come along with living.
Frustrations, disappointments, rejections and pain pop up throughout our busy days gnawing away at our patience, confidence and self-control, and force us to face the difficult questions, such as:
- Why do I keep getting into situations that leave me frustrated and wounded?
- Why can’t I get my needs met in a relationship, no matter how hard I try?
- Why can’t I find satisfaction in my work life?
- Why do I use food/alcohol/cigarettes/etc as a crutch in good times and bad?
While we must accept that pain is a reality of life, but it doesn’t have to control our lives...
Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed...
It means that the damage no longer controls our lives.
The practice of Shanti Yoga opens your mind and heart
to a whole new approach to dealing with the past
and healing your present.
Commit to living an extraordinary life,
one that's all about love, contribution and never-ending growth,
one that improves the quality of your life,
and the lives of others.
You don't have to settle,
or tolerate the life you have,
even if it's good.
Great, magnificent and outstanding
are around the corner.
THee's something to be said for having those kinds of standards
for yourself and others.
The universe and nature are so amazing.
They give us so much.
Be grateful and place your hands together.
Be still and take it in.
With every gentle reminder
open your thankful heart to the abundance of life.
Make time for gratitude.
Emotional and mental health have a huge impact on your physical health…and vice versa.
When you feel happy, with an optimistic outlook on life, you naturally exude more energy and vitality. Whereas, on the other hand, if you are stressed, or life hits a snag, whether it’s in career, business, relationship, health or finances, it is so easy to end up stuck in a rut, dwelling on the past, which can become a vicious cycle that can sap the life out of you.
While it’s not possible to be happy all the time, what is important is that you learn the art of being mindful, so that you can ‘catch yourself’ and ‘rewire’ your emotional and mental state, to create a compelling future whenever life’s inevitable challenges arise. Surround yourself and stay connected with positive and optimistic people who have cultivated the skill of seeing things as they are, but not worse than they are - which is a great place to start when needing a positive change in direction.
An old Cherokee teaching his grandson about life stated to the boy: “A fight is going on inside me.
It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil: He is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed...”
Make sure that you feed the right one.
The plight of animals - be it farm animals, companion animals, marine or wild life animals - is one of the foremost reasons why many people around the world choose to eat a vegetarian diet, or vegan diet. As people who care about the animals of the earth, we believe that, like human animals, they have rights and deserve to have their best interests taken into consideration, regardless of whether they are useful to humans.
Animals are not ours to use for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or any other reason. By switching to a plant-base diet, human societies will be able to alleviate the needless suffering and deaths of countless animals, the irreparable damage done onto the earth like air and water pollution, the erosion of lands, waste of precious energy, and deforestation. Raising and eating meat leaves behind an environmental toll that generations to come will be forced to pay. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian spiritual leader
Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.
If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.
How do you choose to verbalise your instructions, directions and feedback?
A meaningful chat (choose words that would do the least harm and most good) with thoughtful listening. Then allow time for evaluation of discussion points, and for meaning and relevance to sink in.
When discussing any criticism, reaction or response, consider these three questions:
Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?
Your words have power.
Use them wisely.
Shanti Yoga: Try it. Share it. Teach it. Lve it.
We all win, or we all lose.
Unnecessary to strive for Truth.
Sources for inspiration can be found in many places. Love this one…
"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down." Mary Pickford
Populist anger, partisan warfare and the breakdown of public discourse are tearing apart families and communities, endangering our future and blocking the kind of bold, unifying leadership we need. Stand by your sacred principles. Your higher mission is fulfilled when you are in service to All.
Leave some things undone.
Trying to be everything to everyone
and be everywhere
may end up getting you nowhere.
Be real with yourself
and make some decisions about actions
that are truly worth your time.
Micro-transformations in your life are easy,
because they are small.
Yet, small, incremental changes and actions,
lead to monumental results.
Take action now.
Think big, start small.
Negative people are afraid of change. They’re not really trying to bring you down.
If it’s your spouse, best friend, or even your children resisting change, it is because they think that if you change, their future with you becomes uncertain. They may even assume you’re going to force them to change...Or that they will feel bad about themselves once you start living better.
- Explain what you are doing and why.
- Be sure to emphasise that you will not judge their life decisions that could be different to your own.
- Do not be a know it all.
- Do not force your new choices on them.
Then, follow through and just do your thing, be yourself, be a light, and you’ll inspire them to follow you naturally.
If you make small changes consistently, rather than making a lot of big, scary changes in bursts, you will freak them out less, and and you are actually more likely to maintain that habit for longer. Small change isn’t alluring, because it doesn’t feel fast enough. But it works to bring your family on board. They believe in you, and know you can do it, and so do you.
Notice your thoughts, they become words.
Notice your words, they become actions.
Notice your actions, they become habits.
Notice your habits, they become your character.
Notice your character, it becomes your destiny.
Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps,
we must step up the stairs.
The happiest people in life do not have the best of everything…they make the best of everything they have.
Opportunities are like sun rises.
If you wait too long, you can miss them.
Choose to take part in rejuvenating the planet
while also finding joy.
You seldom get what you go after
unless you know in advance what you want.
A clear understanding
of how the universe works
involves learning about
the dual nature of the creative process.
This provides a holistic view of manifestation.
Accept that you have been living under a set of rules
that you created,
and which you can change at any time.
When you step out of a random, chaotic mind
into one of peace and contentment
you have access to, and can connect with
a wisdom beyond your own.
Slow the wheel of personal doer-ship.
Empty the cup of "I, me, my, mine".
Drop your karmic story.
Redirect your attention
from conversations in the conditioned mind
what is, is.
This then, is the divine knowledge of emptiness.
All beings, devoid of individual self
are danced by the divine.
Focusing on eliminating what you do not want
is like being in a dark room
and trying to push all the darkness away.
Darkness represents an absence.
It has no vibration
and does not respond to your desires.
Focusing on what you want
is as simple as turning on a light in the dark room.
Suddenly the darkness (absence) is gone.
Light has a vibrational level (an essence)
and will respond to your desires.
The fundamental essence is light - light is existence itself.
Find the analogies of the light and darkness to your own life
Uses the power of your thought to create images of light.
Magnetic images of incipient light
then clothe themselves with denser light
called matter and materialise in our physical world.
The starting point to anything, is your mindset.
THis then needs to be followed up with intention, sankalpa.
The next step is action.
Create the intention,
spread it far and wide into the Universe around you,
and then take action.
This is when hardcore manifesting begins.
This is true about money too.
Money will always match your mindset.
Money will always follow your intention.
Money will always manifest through action.
First comes mindset,
then comes intention,
and finally, the big finale is action.
If your mindset about money
is one of scarcity, victimhood, blame, anger, shame, guilt, or undeservedness...
then it doesn't matter how much you intend money,
money won't be attracted to you.
To change this mindset,
Feel appreciation for the money you do have.
Feel appreciation for the money you can make.
Feel appreciation for the money you pay bills with.
Feel appreciation for the money you give away.
This will immediately begin to shift your entire mindset
from one of lack and scarcity,
to one of abundance and prosperity.
Next, take action. Any kind of action.
Anything that you think will help bring more money into your life.
Anything that follows your intentions to bring
more abundance in your life.
Do this, and I guarantee a shift.
Mindset, Intention, and Action.
...And the money will follow...
Today is the most important day of your life.
Did you know that when you woke up?
It is true
Because this day is your life.
Nothing else is under your control except this very moment, here and now.
Everything that happened yesterday is done, gone, and in the past.
Just like every day before that.
And the same goes for tomorrow.
You can plan ahead, take action, and set yourself up for the future,
but you never really know what it is going to bring.
This is why today, this moment, right now, is the only time that truly matters.
So what are you going to do with this, the most important day of your life?
Make every second important.
Be present. Embrace the moment, and love life for all it is.
Spread love and hope to your friends, family, and even strangers on the street.
Love and joy are contagious. They spread like ripples, and you can be at the center.
You can choose to make this moment the best for everyone around you, no matter what.
And take a moment to love yourself as well.
Make every day the best day of your life.
Come join us, the Shanti Yoga team,
as we dive deep into building
the healthiest, happiest, and most fulfilling lives possible.
In this non-dual world
all is one, nothing left out.
In this unmeasurable truth
one instant is ten thousand years.
Things do not separate into here, or there
infinity is manifested everywhere.
One thing is everything
all things are One.
If you know only this, then
don't worry about attaining perfect knowledge.
Many people live their lives desperately seeking to draw attention to themselves, to be noticed, accepted, and adored, as if they were in the center of a ring, and as if the world should sit around applauding their every move. But there are a small number of people in this world who live their lives to make others smile, to remind others of the magic and hope in the world, to help them discover the possibilities that live within them. Whenever people like this end up in the spotlight, they use their moment to help others through the dark. These people are the miracle workers.
Consider the perfection of nature…
Everything in nature has a part to play in the grand design.
All the pieces fit together to form ecosystems that have sustained life
and allow innumerable species to thrive for millennia.
You are part of all of it.
Planets have been spinning, colliding and clustering to form galaxies
since long before recorded history.
Stars explode, implode and shine their life-giving light on those planets
in a manner that seems random and chaotic,
yet, when gazed upon from a distance,
it forms beautiful patterns of brethtaking symmetry.
All the forces of the Universe since the beginning of time
have now culminated in the creation of you.
The odds against your birth were staggering.
Of all the cells that could have combined to crete a fetus,
only two survived to merge.
Your parents then provided a unique concoction of nutrition and experiences
that fed that newly combined cell
as it grew to become a child ready for the world.
Post-womb, you transformed through life experience, education,
personal choices and gifts of fortune
to be here today,
an adaptive amalgam of miraculous humanity.
As you can see, there have been forces at play since before the beginning
that have created the unique cluster of circumstances
known by your name.
Do not use the talents, skills, gifts and possessions of others
to minimise your own accomplishments or abilities.
Comparison can be the thief of joy.
You don't have what others have,
because you are busy enough with all you hold.
Remember to play the part that is uniquely designed for you.
If you are ready to connect more deeply and fully
with your essence/presence
and discover its truth,
this is the perfect place to start.
There is only this moment.
Give thanks to everyone in your life.
Give more compliments to people to make them feel uplifted.
Give money, clothing, furniture or anything else to charity or those in need.
Give to a palce of worship and other spiritual places
Give helpful advice and your honest opinion to people who seek it.
Tell your family and friends how much you appreciate them.
Change your mental attitude to project love and affection out to the world.
Give, applying the amasing law of detachment
at mental, physical and spiritual levels.
You will always receive
whether you expect to receive or not.
As 'cosmic' infants in the big picture.
we will have many learning experiences to come.
Essences have a positive reality and a vibrationa level,
and can be exerienced in light, heat, kindness, goodness, abundance.
Absences do not exist in things,
they are only a lack of essence,
and experienced in darkness, coldness, cruelty, poverty of spirit.
If you focus on an essence, it will grow.
If you focus on absence (a lack of something),
that lack or absence will also grow in your life.
Desiring what you don't want
is a way of fcusing on an absence.
Cultivate the essence.
You are the culmination of your habits.
Who are you?
Are you a physical body?
A collection of experiences and memories?
A partner to relationships?
There is so much more to you
than any of these can define.
Your identity is to be found in your consciousness…
the fact of your ability to observe yourself
and the world around you.
By dwelling in the present moment
you can let go of the inner dialogue you live with,
and its painful snd distracting thoughts and memories
that keep you from the happiness
that arises from self-realisation.
In an enlightened way, overcome the tendency
to close down to the rest of the world.
Your psychological and mental distress
can be a gateway to spiritual awakening.
Acknowledge the spiritual power
of this process of transformation:
Shatter modern ideas of ego and entitlement,
self and society,
lift the veil of fear.
Breaking down is waking up.
Shine an illuminating light
that leads to happiness and health
Open your heart to the energy of experience
and the embrace of universal consciousness
that permeates your life.
Complete the process of spiritul growth
that you have begun.
Take a moment, or many,
to be still in mind and body,
be more conscious
about the way that you are engaging
with the world around you,
and attend to your inner self,
it's essence and presence.
No yoga. No peace.
Know yoga. Know peace.
Love is ever present, and lives in all things.
The energy from love is everywhere.
This goes for all forms of love,
not just romantic love.
You can embrace love's energy
and bring more of it into your life at any time.
Love your life as it is, right now.
This is the secret to transforming.
Profound, positive life changes
are the aftermath to enlightenment.
Enlightenment offers the possibility
to become permanently less stress-prone,
to break bad habits,
to improve your collaboration and creativity skills,
and to lead a happier, more satisfying life.
It is the paradigm for deep and lasting changes.
Love is the highest form of enlightenment.
Be good to yourself. It is like the oxygen mask on the airplane. You cannot do an ounce of good in the world if your cup isn’t overflowing first. Put away the distractions for just a few minutes. Be present. If you can find one pure, quiet moment of honesty with yourself, you will find your truth. Once you do, express your truth without shame. That will unleash you. You will be able to live every day with true love and passion. Then, you can be overwhelmingly good to your friends and loved ones. You can be uncommonly good to the stranger on the street. You can live with love and without fear. Love will always win. Raise the level of love in the world by starting with yourself. You can change this world a little, by starting with yourself. Please let me know what I can do to help.
Do not scatter your powers. Focus, concentrate and engage in one kind of practice only, and stick to it faithfully until you succeed, or until your experience indicates that you should abandon it. A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched and union achieved. When your undivided attention is centered on one object, your mind will constantly suggest improvements of value, which could escape you if your brain is occupied by a dozen different subjects at once.
What you believe you will receive.
Stop focusing on what you do not have.
Be grateful for what is in front of you.
When you put an end
to jealousy, anger and judgement
towards the success of others,
and instead allow yourself
to be fuelled by their elevation,
Gratitude is a protection spell,
repelling negative energy,
as much as it is a magnet for abundance.
It's possibilities are limitless.
Being grateful is saying an energetic "yes"
to what is now.
Trust in the divine timing of your unveiling.
Place your left hand on your heart,
your right hand on your abdomen (lower belly),
and breathe deeply.
Give thanks for what is in your life.
Mean it and feel it.
for aliveness, joy, beauty, love and inner peace
Self worth can be discovered and recovered
through a consistent practice of self-acceptance.
Beware of trying to mould yourself
to fit another person's idea of
aliveness, success or happiness.
The person whose acceptance of you
is most important
Learn to hold a space for you.
Replenish your self worth.
Give yourself permission to feel this presence
in every fibre of your being.
When you follow your bliss
you place yourself on the track
that has been there all the time,
waiting for you,
and the life that you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
Follow your bliss
and do not be afraid.
Doors will open
where you thought there were walls.
To live for results
is to sentence yourself to continuous frustration.
Your only sure reward is in your actions
and not from them.
Health is your first wealth.
Find the grace.
If something you desire to manifest isn’t coming into your life, even after you have set your intentions (sankalpa) and embarked on the inner work, please understand that there is nothing wrong with you. Hitting a plateau is an important mile marker on any journey, and a sign that you're reached a great teacher of heart. A block is an opportunity for you to re-align with your essence. Your personal manual for dream weaving and manifesting, namely your soul, relies on these pauses to write and reveal itself. The key lies in learning to become aware of your stagnation's creative voice, verses trying to resist or control its wisdom. Perhaps you need to create a vacuum for it, and shift from frustrating lull to vital check-in: is what you are trying to achieve still worth fighting for, or is it just stressing you out. You've probebly already felt the inklings, dremt the symbols, and heard the inner call to drop certain beliefs or habits in order to magnitise, not repel. You are already your personal manifesting guru
When you create a vacuum, the universe works to fill that vacuum right away.
Here are some suggestions :
- Clear any junk or clutter from your home. Get rid of old clothes and get things organised.
- Recycle old furniture or other things that are literally no use to you. Let go of what no longer serves you (including trinkets from the attic, and stuff in the garage).
- Move to a new town or country. When you press the reset button on your whole life, you are creating an opportunity to allow new things to enter.
- Change your circle of friends. Press the reset button and create a vacuum for new friends to enter.
- Quit your job or change your career - again, a great way to create a vacuum for new things.
So think about what type of vacuum you can create and fill it with goodness.
Here are some empowering statements
that will create a shift in your vibration right away.
Try them and see!
I give thanks for
- for all that is beneficial and wholesome that enters my life.
- for riches, prosperity and abundance that enters my life.
- for beneficial decisions and actions in my life.
- for excellent relationships with those around me.
- that I don't gamble with my health and am becoming healthier and healthier every day.
- that I am becoming wiser every day.
If you've been feeling restless
with creative hunger
and summoned by your intuition
to re-connect with your wild side,
you must embrace the three major soul signs
that play out in your life
presenting you with opportunities
to dig deep and uncover
- your deepest ache,
- your greatest passion
- your ability to respond to yourself, others and the world.
Otherwise pain turns to hurt and bitterness,
passion to empty pleasure,
responsibility to obligation.
Your mission on this planet,
or a great part of it at any given point
in your journey through time
can usually be found
at the intersection of these three.
Your mission must attempt to heal a wound
or solve a problem
or change a reality
that has caused you deep pain or hurt
in a way that seeks redemption.
Your mission will always try to atone for this damage.
It will attempt to heal the world in some way,
as you heal yourself.
You are the blueprint
through which you can inspire, touch or change
any other life.
Your healing must begin with you.
Passion is the heart of life,
the fuel of your desire,
the contagious element in you.
You'll know passion by the way it moves you.
No substitute will do.
The sooner you accept what you love
and let it take over your life
and build you a new home
the less creative energy (and lifetimes) you will waste
trying to fit (or suffocate) in other people's worlds
or ideas of you.
Signs you've found your passion include:
a deep sens of joy,
an always hungry satisfaction,
and an attitude of abundance.
As long as you feed your soul daily,
you will never run out.
The freedom you experience
when you accept your pain
and embrace your passion
will find another addiction or prison to settle in
unless responsibility holds them together.
Responsibility will keep you accountable
for what you do with what you love
as well as with what hurt you.
Creative responsibility is the binding contract
you must sign (first within, then witrhout)
with the reality you are trying to change,
the discipline required not to quit,
the hard work,
the commitment tht will save you from distractions.
The rsult is resilience, perseverance, trust
and ultimately, power,
until at last your world is built.
These three ingredients combine
to release creative alchemy.
Mix all three together
and there's your joy,
from which come real and long-lasting
change and revolution.
Reclaim your life.
Fight for your heart.
There is so much you could do
with this short, beautiful life,
and do it well.
There are so many projects you could begin
and weave your magic into.
But what is it that aligns
with your soul's blueprint
at this point in your human experience?
Your real purpose?
Your mission on this planet?
Your ultimate Why,
behind the Who, the How, or the What?
over all your projects, jobs, works of art, creative offerings, people
and everything else you invest
your heart, mind and time in, daily?
Furthermore, could you turn it into something
that will leave you,
and those who cross your path,
with a deeper sense of fulfilment
and a renewed, creative energy?
This mission will certainly shift
as you dance your way through life.
Yet, it is our duty as constant creators of our reality
to do regular soul checks
to make sure that we are constantly aligned with our North
as we navigate this human experience.
Life is too short to be spent on second bests.
Is what you are chasing what you really want
or is it what you think you need?
Is it a have-to vs. need-to vs. want-to?
How to make real sens of it,
considering our constant state
of change and evolution,
which is not absolute, or chronological.
We grow partially, unevenly,
sometimes in one dimension,
and not in another.
We are relative,
wise and mature in one realm,
childish and petulant in another.
The past, present and future mingle
and pull us backward, forward,
or fix us in the present.
We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
How do we dig deep into ourselves
without any other footprints to show us the way in,
but only those we are creating as we go?
Being alive, in itself, is a holiday.
Life is too short not to be attempted to its fullest.
and by atempting, we are alredy living it.
It's all right here,
waiting to be found.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer
it sings because it has a song. (Maya Angelou)
Where do you go to escape?
Don't be fooled by calendar thinking, that there are 365 days.
There are as many days in the year as you make use of.
Live every day with love.
Find the place where pain meets passion.
Meet responsibility (your ability to respond).
Mix all, and make a world.
If you have a goal you can achieve all by yourself,
it's probably not that big a goal.
Meaningful and significant goals inspire and motivate us.
Small goals don't.
Many of us are probably guilty of playing too small.
Play the bigger game, a game worth playing.
Only to the degree that we are in touch with our unique soul's path
can we guide others on theirs.
Let go of who you were told you should be
and allow yourself to be the truth of who you are
Energy is not something you use up.
It is the essence of who you are.
You channel energy from who you are,
when you plug into a source greater than your ego,
and thus never need run out of it.
You are not a finite being
and it's not just that you have access
to a finite, nor an infinite supply…
You are energy.
Your thoughts vibrate.
Powerful thought frequencies
are created now, in this very moment,
with each single thought.
Your thoughts are cosmic waves of energy,
the Law of Vibration,
that create and penetrate all time and space.
Whether your thoughts produce
high frequency or low frequewncy outputs
is all under your control.
What amazing power you possess.
Your purpose is not something you make up,
it is something you are made of.
The unique pattern projected all around you
carries your heart and soul's signature.
Vision is missing or blocked
in those times when you are not giving.
Giving will instantly and permanently shift the energy.
You generate everything you need
no matter what your circumstances.
Doing what is expected of you
is no longer enough.
Going above and beyond what is required
opens up your life.
It is largely a matter of conscious choice.
The reason the universe is eternal
is that it does not live for itself.
It gives life to others as it transforms.
When your soul is thirsty for meaning
and hungry for connection
yoga and meditation pave the way
for you to discover the path
When the tougest times
barge into your life uninvited,
yoga and meditation help you be
physically, mentally and spiritually prepared
to have and to know how to
tap into your own healing sanctuary.
The path of conscious, awake living
gives you better control of your emotions.
The unified nature of the universe
means that we are all brothers and sisters,
part of the same cosmic family.
Take the one step you must take
to change your life.
You are already this close.
All is mind.
The cosmos is an enormous mind
that contains everything.
The cosmos needs you to manifest herself.
You construct creation in several ways, for instance,
from external materials, such as making a pot out of clay,
or by giving birth, which combines elements of a male and female
to create a child;
or a thought, which needs no external materials and no prerequisites.
The cosmos is created as an idea in the mind of God.
The entire creation is simply a mirror of your heart.
simply your reflection.
Is there a thinker who creates a thought,
or is it the thought that creates the thinker?
You are not held back
by the love you did not receive in the past,
but by the love you are not extending
in the present.
Clear your mind and heart.
Heal past hurts.
Plug into the current of life.
let your passion drive you
and live with inspiration.
Dissolve all boundaries.
Connect with the energy field
and collective consciousness
that transcends the self
and enjoy the feeling of
a sense of unity with all life.
You do not need to struggle in life
to make something of yourself.
The infinite power within you
is unlimited in potential,
Harness this power.
You can create anything you desire
by letting your mind do
what it was divinely created to do.
Work with the laws of the universe
and live life to its fullest.
Your potential is unlimited,
Most of us have been taught to follow the crowd. We subscribe to ‘tribal’ thinking, which is thinking of the masses. It is not easy to break from this type of thinking, or non-thinking. A lot of people find this a huge stumbling block because they believe what social, political, religious and other authority figures have told them is ’true’. There is a lot of fear tied up in leaving the tribe. But true freedom requires us to think contrary to what the tribe is thinking, and always requires us to question the beliefs we hold - on everything. This is not easy because we are addicted to certainty. Most people would rather be certain about their beliefs than believe the fact that what we believe may not be true. The more you question what the tribe believes, the more you realise that they are hypnotised. You don’t have to wait for them to wake up from the trance. You can do it right now.
it is obvious to me why we have been ‘guided’ together. Your soul is awakening and prompting you along the spiritual path, even whilst the other aspects of your life need to catch up. The path we are on, is the journey that allows all the other things to drop off. This means all our separate parts…all separation…ceases, to bring us back to that state where we are One, whole and complete. This state of Oneness is our God-space. In this state, hunger, thirst, desire, greed, pain, insecurity, fear all cease to exist. It is time for us to step forward into our power, emerging as a co-creative force for conscious evolutionary change. It is time for us to come together to build a better world, and we are being called forth in the next phase of humanity’s movement. We are becoming a new archetype: the feminine co-creator.
What does this power hold for you? For us? For humanity?
To determine if your practice is beneficial,
just reflect upon the ways you have become freerer
from your personality
and its rigid likes and dislikes.
Uniqueness is normal.
Not necessary to judge yourself
on the mat
or in your life.
Do not obsess about the angle of your knee,
or how far away you are from reaching your foot,
The whole process of yoga
is far more important than the pose or poses.
The experience of yoga is an intuitive one.
Come out of your head
and into your breath.
Listen to your body.
Yoga is primarily about the inner work,
not the outer form.
Trying to make your dreams a reality
without tapping into your soul
is like trying to drive your car
You won't get anywhere.
Everything you wish for
is embedded in your DNA.
It's part of your soul's blueprint.
All you have to do is access that blueprint,
follow it all the way to the fulfillment
that is already yours.
Once you begin to think about the mystery of life
and the links that connect you
with the life that fills the world,
you cannot but accept
the principle of reverence for life…
for your own life,
and all other life that surrounds you.
You are then impelled to act in accord
with this ethical affirmation principle of life
in everything you do,
decoding it as the desire to serve others more,
with an increased life for all.
In every respect, your life will become more difficult
than if you live for yourself,
but at the same time, it will be richer, more beautiful and happier.
counting your blessings,
noticing simple pleasures,
acknowledging everything you receive
Shift your focus from what your life lacks
to the abundance that is already present.
Learn to live your life as if everything is a miracle.
You will be happier and more resilient.
Strengthen your relationships,
improve your health,
reduces your stress.
Be aware on a continuous basis
of how much you have been given.
Life is a struggle…
One step forward, two steps back…
are examples of imprints and triggesrs
that structure throughs around them
that hold you back.
One you identify the thoughts that are valueless to you,
you can choose to stop repeating old mistakes
and activate those thoughts that support you,
help you find opportunities,
and overwrite the negatives one that are holding you back,
instead of being stuck in re-creating what you fear.
Recode your imprints,
and life begins to change.
If you do not change direction,
you may end up where you are heading.
The secret of change
is to focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old,
but on building the new.
Like the little stream
making its way
through mossy crevices
I, too, quietly
turn clear and transparent.
Toi be one with life,
to be completely one with all that is,
to embody unconditional love and acceptance,
to be empty of the ego process that creates the illusory world
of opposites, preferences, something wrong, and not enough,
be completely still
so that you do not pose any threat to any form of life
and simply say "yes" to what is.
The universe is a mirror of your heart.
Is it time to reassess?
You grow and evolve…
The massive light bulb that needs to go off
is that you need to create a life that fits you
rather than you trying to fit into
what you think a life should look like!
On the spiritual path, you can get stuck over-analysing, which doesn't really help. While there is a time and place for self-reflection, you can get a lot done in a little time and make better progress when you stay out of the drama and the incessant questioning in your mind. Simply own what you need to own and move on. Staying objective will keep you from getting wrapped up in your own head and will make the path more joyful. Openness, ease and trust in a deeper guidance enables spiritual success with the challenges encountered on the path without getting bogged down with heaviness.
I never came upon any of my discoveries
through the process of rational thinking.
I am grateful for you.
Grateful that you are in my life…
Grateful that you read my emails and blog…
Grateful for brightening up my day…
making my least bearable days bearable…
So I guess all I want to say
is a big "Thank you" for being who you really are.
While we are at it, who are you grateful for?
How about sending a message like this?
They will love it.
Check your energy field
to assess its needs.
Fear programs you.
distorts the flow of high-frequency light
through stagnant and damaged
'fiber optics' in your aura.
and low energy feelings.
Quieten you mind and open your heart.
Love programs you.
creates a profound clearing and activation
which accelerates your evolution
and expands your capacity
for ego to merge into god-source.
You are amazing.
You make such a huge difference.
Consider the following:
• 'Me" is the name and voice of your undeniable and inescapable reality.
• Divine revelation and God's word must be compatable with evidence.
• Genesis, and the creation story is a part of your big history.
• Theology must not be estranged from ecology.
• Define and measure progress in long-term, universal (not human-centred) ways.
• Stop the free or subsidised polluting of the earth, sea, sky.
• Stop using renewable resources faster than they can be replensihed.
• Stop using non-renewable resources in ways that harm or rob future generations.
• Stop exploring for coal, oil, and natural gas. Keep most of it in the ground.
• Stop prioritising the wants of the wealthy over the needs of the poor.
* Challenge the language of religious condemnation.
You empower what you fight.
You withdraw power from what you release.
Leave the situation or accept it.
All else is madness.
What you are today comes from your thoughts of yesterday.
Your present thoughts build your life of tomorrow:
Your life is the creation of your mind.
You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks,
jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls
that are always going to be palced in front of you.
If you don't have this kind of feeling for what you're doing,
you'll stop at the first giant hurdle.
I wish for you all that makes your heart sing.
Wish this for yourself too.
Give yourself the gift of freedom and choice.
You deserve the life you love.
If you don’t live in right relationship to primary reality or nature,
you are inevitably on a path to self-destruction.
Humanity is violating so many aspects that can only limit grace.
The glory of the human is shaping the desolation of the planet,
which is our greatest shame and biggest threat.
Surely all programs, policies, activities and institutions
must henceford be held accountable
by the extent to which they inhibit, ignore or foster
a mutually enhancing human/earth relationship.
All previous generations sacrificed to give to the future,
now it is time to reverse course
and become saviours of the future.
We must ask of everything:
is it pro-future or anti-future?
What if everything you think you know about how the world works,
your ideas of love, education, spirituality, work, happiness,
parenting, money, sex, health and life itself
are shaped by conditioning and habit?
Thus you live by inherited, limiting rules and outdated beliefs
that get passed from generation to generation
and are long past their expiration date.
Break free from the shackles of an ordinary life.
Break free from the rules of the past.
Question, challenge, hack, and create new rules for you life.
Redefine happiness, purpose, health, success on your own terms.
Give yourself heartfelt access to
tears, gratitude, wonder, inspiration, grief, and moral care.
Live with grace.
It all starts with your mindset.
To change your reality,
shift the dream
of body, mind, soul consumerism
to a dream that is
more life-affirming, spiritually fulfilling and sustainable.
This is vital for our personal wellbeing
and our collective ability to thrive and survive.
A shift in perception,
a fresh course of action,
the smallest, seemingly insignificant changes
enable us to eventually make giant evolutionary leaps.
Take your life in a new direction.
Let go of all the attachments that are holding you back
and set sail on a journey of self-discovery.
Can you really change things by fighting the existing reality?
Why not consider building a new model that makes the existing model obsolete
Are you sailing with the wind or against it?
You surely understand then the ease and struggles.
Meditation empowers the mind to witness both the unconscious becoming conscious,
and the superconscious transforming your own energy into practical wisdom.
Spirituality should discovered, not inherited.
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Stories we tell ourselves about our lives
are not usually investigated for accuracy or meaning.
Our identity is like a frozen photo album,
snap shots taken by someone else
that are edited to be familiar,
but in reality are filled with gaps and omissions.
Our spiritual autobiography however,
is more about the mystery,
what has been left out,
and what reconnects
with the sacredness, beauty and courage
of our human story.
Beneath shutdown and hatred lie the fears we have been trying to escape.
Beneath these fears is genuine saddness and pain.
Staying with natural openness and compassion
does not mean powerlessness,
in fact the opposite is true.
The more we stay open
the more we open
our minds and hearts to further dimensions of not-knowing.
The process that opens from this inquiry
can reveal life's most precious secrets.
Human connection is innate. We are born connected. Connection of all types, such as romantic, friendship, family, community, and so on can be the most joyful of human experiences. Yet, if we are not mindful, the most painful.
Human beings are buit to communicate, yet we often ignore our most basic perceptions, leading to unnecessary misunderstandings, conflict, unrealistic expectation, unnecessary, harsh self-criticism and a lack of confidence in our relationships. Applying mindfulness to relationship provokes us to find the grounded reality beneath the suffocating effect of our fantasies, and to find the depths of love within our basic humanity. To be mindful in communication, cultivate a mindful heart.
The mantra leads you beyond the boundaries of thinking and feeling into the happiness, peace and wisdom of
If you don't take control of your mind, then life is going to be like a ship without a rudder.
The most powerful starting point for any endeavor is not the question “What do I want?” but “What does the Universe want from me? How do I serve the whole?”
There is a story about how Albert Einstein was traveling to universities, giving lectures on his famous theory of relativity. One day while on their way to a university, the driver said, “Sir, I've heard that lecture more than 30 times. I have learned it by heart and bet I could give it myself."
"Well, I'll give you the chance," said Einstein, "They don't know me at the next university, so when we get there I'll put on your cap and you introduce yourself as me and give the lecture." Einstein continued.
At the hall, the driver delivered Einstein's lecture so wonderfully that he didn't make any mistakes.
When he finished, he started to leave, but one of the professors stopped him and asked him a question which was very difficult. The aim of the question was not gaining knowledge, but embarrassing Einstein. The driver thought fast and said, "The answer to that problem is so simple, I'm surprised you have to ask me. In fact, to show you just how simple it is, I'm going to ask my driver to come up here and answer your question.” Then Einstein stood up and gave an incredible answer to the question of that professor.
So much of our religious and Vedic teachings are like this. They have been written by someone who knows, and delivered by somebody who has not got the same clarity. Thus you must awaken real genius within you to see the truth for yourself.
Many cycles of the dissolution of the universe,
Many cycles of its evolution.
The "I" of such and suich name, clan, colour, livlihood, suffering,
such pleasure and pain,
and having such end of life
passing away thence,
I was born elsewhere…
there too I was of such and such a name, clan, colour, livlihood, suffering…
Memory of past births,
knowledge of destinies of beings
and destruction and corruption
all abide in trance.
In space, shapes and colours form
but neither by black, or white, or colours
is space tinged.
Descend into the reality of human experience,
and allow your heart to speak.
Life is so much kinder to us than our minds.
To change your body
you must first change your mind.
Live life in radical amazement.
Arise, awake, and look at the world
in a way that takes nothing for granted.
Everything is phenomenal.
Everything is incredible.
Never treat life casually.
Life is a gift.
To be spiritual is to be amazed.
You are amazing.
The hallmarks of living Shanti Yoga:
• You are alive. Many others have never made it this far. You are fortunate. Life is a gift. Cherish it.
• Some people feel like strangers in their own homes, but you are grateful for the roof over your head and your house feels like home.
• You are rich with life experiences. Every lesson you have learnt has made you smarter and wiser, and there’s still more to learn.
• You know yourself and know what is good for you, which is why you won’t rush to settle for things that do not feel right and know who to turn to if you need help.
• You have accesss to an infinite reservoir of knowledge that allows you to learn something new everyday.
• You know that you don’t know everything. you wonder and ask questions, which is an indication of your intelligence.
• Your senses allow you to see, hear, feel, smell and taste the miraculous world around you.
• You’ve overcome many obstacles, accepted what which you cannot change, and it has made you stronger.
• You may occasionally be worried about the next step you are going to take but it just indicates that you have passion, freedom and the will to decide for yourself and control your life.
• Your possessions tell your life story. They remind you about those once-in-a-lifetime moments that you will always remember.
• You understand the meaning of balance in your life and know what’s important and where your priorities lie.
• Whether you’ve made them laugh, think, smile or excited, you’ve influenced people, and probably given them hope exactly when they needed it.
• You have the ability to give life and pour meaning and values into it and have probably done so successfully.
• You’ve got someone to reminise with, a friend or family member that misses you and looks forward to seeing you again and close friends who’ll do anything for you.
• You are love and will want to share this reminder with others.
In the present is the presence.
When you sit immediately in the 'now' moment of awareness,
this presence makes itself known as love.
Love is the eternal dynamic of the mind,
the inherent energy and basic goodness
of its all-pervading, all-inclusive omnipresence,
its ceaseless, absolute, sentient power
and natural creativity.
Mind is not only empty and lucid,
it has a quality of dynamic presence.
Lucid clarity is the mind's natural knowingness.
What is known is an entirely separate matter.
The point is, lucid clarity is a state of knowing
which is its basic quality,
The sound of one hand clapping (zen) is Namaste (Vedic).
Making changes or taking a new direction
can sometimes seem frightening to the point of paralysis.
However, all it takes is one step
to lay the foundation for a new pattern.
Just take one step.
One more step, and the pattern is established.
The brain loves patters, and thrives on repetition and routine.
Then momentum takes over, to carry your forward.
We all did it, one step at a time.
Let every step be your first step.
Don't brood about the challenges and struggles before you.
Immensity is overwhelming, sometimes even crippling,
however, one simple step us totally manageable.
Focus only on the path right before your feet.
How relieving is understanding that the journey of a thousand miles
begins with the first step.
Take a deep breath and let go of all the fear, worry and I don't know how.
When breath, mind, body, spirit and circumstances merge
you are in the right place.
Not only do we need to understand the importance of role models in life,
but also how important being a role model is, in life.
Role models start with those people we admire, look up to, aspire to be like.
Who are those people in your life?
Once you know who they are, ask yourself "are those the right people?"
Are they walking their walk?
Can the person sleep at night?
Are they wholesome and healthy?
Do they truly help others take their lives to the next level?
When we are bedazzled by fame, fortune, cliches, one liners and the 'talk'
we can inadvertedely be chasing exploitation, greed and unwholesome models
which could destin us to go down whatever path it is
that that person leads us down.
Beware of room full of miserable millionaires
who know how to enhance your bottom line
but not build your spiritual capital.
Keep your heart, your mind, your ears and eyes open.
It comes down to 'mirror, mirror...'
Without your spirit, passions, mission, meaning, inspiration,
your soul's path is empty.
Each retreat, the gong striker looked a lot the worse for wear. The grey tape on the handle was coming unstuck, the bark was beaten to ribbons, and a serious crack had developed right down the middle. I knew that we would have to get a new handle.
However, recently, I noticed that someone had repaired the gong striker by carefully taping it up. It looked as good as new. I picked it up and struck the gong. It sounded beautiful,
Clearly that gong striker was not yet ready to be retired. Someone intuitively sensed that and respectfully made the repairs that would enable the striker to joyfully continue being of service until it has finally given everything it has to give. Thank you, nameless one, for this incredible selfless dedication and reverent care.
Hearing the gong now, appreciation deepens as the habitual sense of separation fades. The life energy animating this gong striker is the same energy animating this being. Of one essence, and serving one purpose (to love and be of service to all) gong, bell, striker, being, sound (and everything else in the Universe), it’s all One, and all worthy of care and attention.
We received a lesson today on caring in the vegetable garden. Eddie walked us right over to where the full gross tomatoes were planted intertwined the cherry tomatoes vines. The tomatoes in the garden are struggling a bit because everything is overgrown. The central vine is like Jack's giant beanstalk, its branches are prolific, some are sporting blossoms and leaves, some are growing little sucker stems, many have pillarbox red fruit on them.
Some sacrifices needed to be made. Take off the dead parts, remove some suckers and leaves, make sure enough remain to protect the branches from sun scald and from wind, aim to have as many of the nutrients as possible go to where the tree will bear fruit. Even as Christine realised what needed to be removed, and was actually removing a few vines to demonstrate, we were excited and beaming at the plants. She handled them with great care. There is no sense in the garden that there is anything wrong about the parts of it that die, the suckers that actually won’t produce fruit, the vines that we should cull, the leaves that we should thin out. All are just part of the cycle of life, in relationship with nature, and human and other beings who nature tends. Everything is the universe, the live parts, the struggling parts, the abundant parts, the straggly parts. The trunk that gave the morton bay fig life to begin with and has now died. Yet it’s all connected. What a great reminder. And how appropriate that it came through the garden, a place where the life cycle opens and closes, moving from seed to compost to new life, again and yet again.
Mindfulness meditation retreats at Nirvana are set up so that at every point in the schedule we are doing just one thing: walking-standing- sitting-lying meditating, cooking, eating, cleaning, attending to some task, and so on. Here, within this structure, any better ideas about how to do something, what should be done, or who should do it, is revealed.
If for instance, one is in the middle of gardening, attempts to distract with a conversation about, well, anything, the lack of a readily available distraction (surfing the Web, checking for new email, etc.) makes it possible to see that the pull to anything other than what Life has placed in front of us is our conditioning that cries out for our attention. Looking at this from outside the retreat, the number of distractions in a person's everyday life is countless and the pull to engage with them while we're ostensibly engaged in some task or project is quite strong. Everything seems set up to support going down this road.
To bring the spirit of mindfulness experienced at retreat into our everyday environment and set up and support doing just one thing at a time, can we:
- schedule each day in time blocks for each activity?
- work without the radio or music?
- read or listen to music with our computer and mobile phone turned off?
- work on a project without a computer or phone nearby?
- schedule time to do something that is otherwise a distraction (surfing the Web, checking email)?
Everything is cared for when the attention is on just one thing. Meditating, or eating or working or whatever you are doing… keep that as the focus. When something attempts to distract you from that, it’s clear, because meditating is all that is going on in that moment.
Contemplate the nature of emptiness in the assembly of the five aggregates:
bodily form, feeling, perception, mind functioning and consciousness.
Move from considering one aggregate to another.
Clearly see that they all transform, are impermanent, empty and without self.
The assembly of all phenomena are like this.
They all obey the law of interdependence.
Their coming together and disbanding from one another
resembles the gathering and vanishing of clouds
around the peaks of mountains.
Neither cling to, nor reject the five aggregates.
Know that like and dislike
which belong to the assemblage of the five aggregates.
The five aggregates are without self and are empty,
but they are wonderful,
as is each phenomenon in the universe,
wonderous as is the life which is present everywhere.
The five aggregates do not undergo creation and destruction
for they themselves are ultimate reality.
By contemplation, try to see that
impermanence is a concept,
non-self is a concept,
emptiness is a concept.
Do not get imprisoned in the concepts
of impermanence, non-self and emptiness.
You will see that emptness is also empty
and that the ultimate reality of emptiness
is no different from the ultimate reality of the five aggregates.
YOUR TRUE FACE BEFORE YOU WERE BORN
Concentrate on the point of your life's beginning.
Know that this is also the point of the beginning of your death.
See how both your life and death are manifested at the same time.
This is because that is.
This could not have been if that was not.
The existence of your life and death depend on each other:
One is the foundation of the other.
You are at the same time your life and your death…
the two are not enemies, or opposed to each other,
but two aspects of the same reality.
Now conncentrate on the point of the ending
of the twofold manifestation,
which is wrongly called death.
See that it is the ending point
of the manifestation of both your life and your death.
See that there is no difference before birth and after death.
Search for your true face in the periods before A and after B.
Contemplating on the body of a loved one who has died,
know that the flesh of this person has decomposed
and only a skeleton remains, lying quietly beneath the earth.
Know clearly that your own flesh is still here
and in yourself are still converged
the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space,
and the resulting five aggregates
of bodily form, feeling, perception, mental functionings and consciousness.
However, 80 years after your burial,
all your flesh has decomposed
all that is left of your body
is a white skeleton lying on the face of the earth.
Imagine seeing clearly
the bones of your head, your back, your ribs, your hip bones,
leg and arm bones, finger bones…
Your skeleton is not you.
Your skeleton is only one part of you.
Your bodily form is not you.
You are not only a bodily form,
or even feelings, thoughts, actions and knowledge.
You are present everywhere,
and in every moment.
Be at one with life.
Live eternally in the trees and grass,
in the birds and other beasts,
in the earth, the ocean waves and the sky,
and in other people.
Focus your attention on a photo of yourself as a child.
Recreate and live again the five aggregates
of which you were made up of
at the time the photo was taken:
the physical characteristics of your body,
your feelings, perceptions, mind functionings
at that age.
Maintain steadiness for 15 minutes.
Do not let your memories lure you away or overcome you.
Now turn your mindfulness to your present self.
Be conscious of your body, feelings, perceptions,
mind functionings and consciousness
in the present moment.
See the five aggregates which make up yourself.
Ask the question: "Who am I?"
not as an abstract question to consider with your discursive intellect…
Let the question be deeply rooted in you,
like a new seed nestled deep in the soft earth damp with water,
the question not confined to your intellect,
but to the care of the whole of the five agregates.
Do not seek an intellectual answer.
Stay with your breath to prevent being puled away
by philosophical reflection
27 March: Easter Bunnies
Daisy the Wise, and Peanut the Not-So-Wise, were two bunnies who were good friends who enjoyed their strolls together. On this walk, they came upon two carrots. One of the carrots had large leaves sprouting out of the top and the other looked much smaller from the surface.
Peanut was excited and ran up to the carrot with the larger leaves. “I’ll have this one,” he proudly exclaimed and proceeded to extract it from the ground.
Daisy shrugged her shoulders and pulled out the other carrot, which turned out to be much bigger.
Peanut was surprised and asked how this could possibly be.
Daisy looked at her friend and replied, “You can’t always judge a carrot by its leaves.”
They kept on walking and came across another pair of carrots, again with differing sized leaves. This time Peanut allowed his friend the first pick.
Daisy hopped to each carrot, inspected and sniffed them carefully and, to Peanut’s surprise, chose the carrot with the larger leaves. As they each extracted their carrots from the ground, Peanut was bemused to see that his carrot was smaller than Daisy’s.
“I thought that you said that small leaves meant it would be a larger carrot.” He said.
“No,” replied Daisy, “I said don’t judge a carrot by its leaves. It’s also important to remember to think before you choose.”
Peanut nodded and they ate their carrots before continuing their stroll.
For a third time, they found two carrots, again with different sized leaves. Peanut looked confused and didn’t know what to do. Daisy indicated that he could choose which carrot to eat. The poor foolish bunny, pretended to inspect each carrot, but he didn’t really know what to do. He knew that he wasn’t as smart as his friend and he looked to Daisy with a confused expression on his face.
Daisy smiled warmly and hopped over to the carrots. She inspected them and pulled out one of the carrots. Peanut shrugged his shoulders and went to the other one before he was interrupted by his wise friend.
“No Peanut, this one’s your carrot,” she said.
“But you made the choice and I’m sure it’s the bigger one of the two. I don’t know how you do it, but I guess you’re just smarter than me.”
“Peanut, there’s no point in having wisdom if you’re not willing to share the benefits of it with others.
You’re my friend and I want you to have this carrot. A smart bunny with a full stomach but no friends isn’t really wise is she?”
“I guess you’re right,” said Peanut with a full mouth, “As usual.”
This story is a reminder that in our search for wisdom, we must also search for a way to assist those around us with what we’ve learned.
The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus once said,
“Of all the things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.”
Be wise, share what you’ve learned with others and help make the world a better place for those around you.
WHO AM 1? YOU ARE THE UNIVERSE
Sitting silently under the stars,
bring your attention to your breath
and contemplate using your finger to point to yourself.
Then, instead of pointing to your body,
point away, in the opposite direction.
Contemplate seeing yourself outside your bodily form.
Contemplate seeing your bodily form present before you
in the trees, grass and leaves, the moon, stars and sky…
Be mindful that you are in the universe
and the universe is in you.
There is no birth, no death,
no coming or going
If the universe is, you are.
If you are, the universe is.
Who are you?
Habit is the foundation of all success.
Being present is the foundation of enlightenment.
strength to quieten my mind,
to take better care of my body,
to carry the weight on my shoulders,
to be the best version of my self,
and bless this day,
even when I feel overwhelmed by my challenges,
I know I must be the instrument of peace.
Where there is hatred, I will sow love,
Where there is injury, forgiveness,
Where there is doubt, despair, grief,
I will embrace uncertainity, vulnerability, not knowing, and saddness.
To embrace the darkness, to see the dark, and in the dark,
is my journey to light.
Not so much seeking to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that I receive,
it is in forgiving that I am forgiven,
and it is in dying to the past
that I am reborn in the present.
Adapted from the Prayer of St Francis.
Pay your bills with a smile.
Joe asked about the difference between heaven and hell, and an angel said: “Come with me, I’ll show you”.
They first visited hell. Here they saw a big group of people sitting around a large pot that had a stew cooking in it.
Despite that, they were all starving and desperate. Each person had a spoon that was long enough to reach the pot, but too long to reach their mouth. The suffering was devastating.
”Now let me show you heaven” said the angel. Joe was surprised that heaven had the same set up: The big pot of stew in the middle, and people with the long spoons. But everyone was happy and satisfied..
“How is this possible?” asked Joe “Why are they all happy here, and miserable in hell? The conditions are the same!”
“It’s simple” said the angel “In heaven they learned to feed each other!”
On first reading, you too might think that this is quite inspirational, and that people are their own worst enemies when they think only of themselves. And perhaps this story leans towards unselfishness and loving each other enough to be of help, one to the other. It fosters a joy that’s grows larger and larger than the entire group itself. It send the message that there is no satisfying ‘I’ , but there is a satisfying “we/us” in love.
However, a at another level, perhaps a place isn’t heaven when its inhabitants must share a single pot, and lack the intelligence, will, or power to make their own bowls and spoons. A “heaven” on those terms is a hell.
Do something worthy.
If an act is not one of work or courage,
then it is not an act of love.
On some level, spiritual growth, and therefore love,
always requires courage and involves risk.
Courage is not the absence of fear;
it is the taking of action in spite of fear.
Grow in any dimension
and pain, as well as joy
will be your reward.
The only alternative is not to live fully
or not to live at all.
If we can make ourselves into totally disciplined, wholly loving individuals,
then, even though we may be ignorant of theology and give no thought to God,
we will have prepared ourselves well for the coming of grace.
While we cannot will ourselves to grace,
we can, by will, open ourselves to its miraculous blessings.
Self aware = Self care
What's in the way
is the way.
Not dwelling on the past.
Not dwelling on the future.
Not thinking that now you are practicing meditation.
Not constructing a view of emptiness that posits 'nothing exists'.
Not getting involved in intellectual analysis or discursive thinking,
pondering questions concerning this and that.
At least for a while, simply devote yourself to practice,
keeping the body as calm as a sleeping baby,
so as to let the mind abide in its natural state.
Just resting in one's own nature.
Undistracted is the path of all the Buddhas.
The faith in an all-powerful, omniscient God
has its roots in the helplessness of human existence,
and the attempts to cope with this helplessness
by means of a belief in a helping father and mother,
represented by God.
Needing someone or something to blame,
religion somehow attracts those
who like to lay down the law
and point the finger of accusation,
that the congregation just adores a colourful scolding.
Would that they could see
all faces as the masks of God,
all characters as God's roles
which then presents the scenerio:
"to whom shall I preach?"
Only you can save yourself.
The teachings of the great teachers,
the loving help of parents, friends and loved ones
can help you, but only to dare to accept
the challenge of existence
and to react to it with all your heart.
However, giving up the illusion of a fatherly God as a parental helper
doesn't mean you give up the aims of all great humanistic religions,
overcoming the limitations of an egotistical self,
achieving love, objectivity and humility
and respecting life,
so that that aim of life is living itself
and human-god beings become what they potentially are.
With nobody but the awakened ones to guide humankind,
yet being able to be guided,
because human beings
have within themselves the capacity
with a higher knowledge
that comes from unknowing.
What are you living for?
What is the aim for all your strivings?
While paying lip service to the aims
of happiness, individualism, initiative,
saying you live for the family, others,
'to have fun', to make money,
you actually have no aim.
Not knowing what you are living for,
you have no goal except the wish to escape
insecurity and aloneness.
The 'new age' religiosity
is an ideological reaction
caused by insecurity and confusion
and only covers up
a profoundly materialistic and irreligious attitude.
End the seeking, the striving
the mind's endless search for something more,
the notion that you are a little person in a big world
somehow separate from the whole.
Oneness is not somewhere out there.
Is there anything separate from anything else?
a 'me' separate from 'you'?
Uncover the spiritual in the material.
Freedom and enlightenment wait right in the midst of life -
A life which is finally seen to have
no solid, suffering, separate personality
at its centre.
There is no language of the holy.
The sacred lies in the ordinary.
All things radiate forth an intense aliveness.
Each is aware of every other.
Motion slows and becomes still.
The luminous quality of the radiance is overwhelming.
The continuum completely includes everything in its total Oneness
so that everything is interconnected, in communication and harmony
by means of an awareness that pervades the essence of everything,
and shares the basic quality of the essence of existence itself.
Nothing you see is real. You are seeing the image of what was once an event, yet even that image, that energy burst, is something you are interpreting. Your personal interpretation of that image is called your image-ination.
You can use your imagination to create anything. Because, and here is the greatest secret of all, your image-ination works both ways.
You not only interpret energy, you create it.
Imagination is a function of your mind, which is one-third of your three-part being.
You image something in your mind, and it begins to take physical form.
The longer you image it (and the more of you who image it),
the more physical that form becomes,
until the increasing energy you have given it
literally bursts into light,
flashing an image of itself into what you call your reality.
You then “see” the image, and once again decide what it is.
Thus, the cycle continues. This is the process.
This is what you are. You are this process.
This is what God is. God is this process.
This is what is meant when you hear
that you are both the Creator and the Created.
Moving, yearning, workaholism,
more time, more space,
hanging out in the creative cave,
without a shadow of doubt
there are a lot of changes heading your way.
Still deeply in the process,
the path is constantly evolving,
teaching you as much as you are teaching others.
Examine your hopes, beliefs, truth.
Love the years that are behind you.
Embrace your age.
Know your shadows,
and how to shine a light on issues
so that you can unravel them from any angle.
Make your peace.
Plant a seed.
Let it take root.
The plot twists keep on coming.
Feeling like you are trying to wring water
out of a bone dry cloth
slowly refill your cup,
reflecting on what is coming next.
The pure heart and pure intention
You are the sky
everything else is the weather.
Love is not a possession.
It is the divine flow.
In its relentless journey to the sea,
if water encounters an obstacle on its path,
it will joyfully flow over, under, or around the challenge.
Let this action of water be your preceptor
in fulfilling the purpose of your life.
Love is not a possession. It is the divine flow of energy.
The ego is a by-product of free will, which is constructed through the cumulated thoughts, experiences and perceptions we have. These form into something that can orchestrate our lives at will, through doubts and suggestions which sound exactly like us, so an unstructured mind considers them us.
Our ego considers it is always working in our best interest, but as it is only constructed of things which have happened, or things which may or may not happen, our perceptions, and our take on our experiences, then it is limited in it's ability to accurately predict what it doesn't know or understand. So, as it's job (reason for being there) is keeping us safe, then it (usually successfully) gets us to avoid what it doesn't understand, and in doing so hinders our growth or progress, as it perceives that growth and progress may be dangerous. Hence we appear stuck.
Animism is derived from the the root word: to animate, enliven or move.
Paranoid distortions about yoga arise from weak, insecure perspectives
that subscribe to thinking religion is a competition
and there is one that is best.
Recover from this religiosity.
Revere yourself and everything else.
This will bring you closer to yourself and the divine.
When yoga came into existence
there were no Hindus, Buddhists, Christians or Religions,
Whilst doing any asana mindfully,
be it the cat, cobra, forward bend, or a twist,
you move away from the assumption
that your body is just there to carry around your head and arms,
and feel, 'I am actually in the body'.
Being thus embodied connects us,
and we become so much more a part of the world around us.
As we stretch and roll out the body on the mat
making it straight, flexible and strong,
the body gets warm,
we are enlivened from within.
Don't just face your fear,
Take the next step,
even when you feel that you are not ready.
You will never feel ready to make the impact
you are placed here on earth to make.
Listen faithfully to the little voice within you.
Find the courage to do what your heart is telling you to do.
Don't live with your regrets or what you didn't, couldn't, wouldn't…
In the end, we build a life, not a resume.
Be a reflection of what you would like to experience from others.
If you want love, live love.
If you want respect, live respect.
If you want honesty, live honestly.
You get what you live.
Yoga is about self directed learning. Its practices directs us to learn about ourselves.
Asanas are tools, not goals. They provide feedback about the dance of control and surrender, heating and cooling, strength and flexibility, traction, torque and leverage, active and passive holding … we learn to listen, resonate with awareness, acceptance, and gratitude. Each position changes the frequency with which our bodies vibrate. To be conscious of this, as we breathe, turns the physical posture into a devotional one, and we connect via resonant vibration to the cosmos, turning the instrument of our body to a higher symphonic purpose.
an organised, systematic body of information or study,
for instance, the natural sciences,
and their laws of operation, as confirmed by application.
In addition, information is theoretical (academic)
as well as clinical, demonstrable, and confirmable pragmatic.
The study of the nonlinear
has historically been referred to
as ontology, metaphysics, theology and philosophy
as well as historic religions.
An awareness has emerged
of an intrinsic core of spiritual reality
that lies behind the historic, seemingly divergent revelations of religions.
Traditional religions were often naively inclusive
of ancient cultural myths and legends
that were expressions of allegorical folklore
rather than verifiable. literal, spiritual reality.
Human beings today are still seeking the core of verifiable spiritual truth
that often throughout history has been sidetrcked and obscured
by eccestiastical dogma or contentious promulgation.
The sufferings of human beings,
now, as well as throughout history,
with the exception of natural disasters,
have been primarily due to the inability to differentiate
truth from falsehood,
reality from illusion,
perception and appearance from essence
and opinion from verifyiable reality.
Non-dual advaita provides a paradigm
from which to assess the entire human condition
over great periods of time.
The scale provides a context and an expanded paradigm
that simultaneously includes both
the lineaer and nonlinear realms.
Truth is only possible by the simultaneous statement
of both content (linear),
and the influence of context (nonlinear)…
motive, situation, intention, mental capacity, circumstances, etc.
All historic attempts at defining verifiable truth
lacked a standard of comparison
that was absolute, invariable, definable and confirmably demonstrable.
The emergence of a confirmable, pragmatic means
of identifying and corroborating truth
presents an entirely new, enlarged dimension
for the advancement of human understanding and comprehension.
Trust such 'non-tangibles' as silence and presence.
These help evoke the living experience of oneself
as THAT which IS awake
even while expertly exploring how this 'understanding'
connects with our psychological nature..
when awareness is centered in the moment
and is creatively responsive to what is…
Then, that which is awake,
directly and intimately
touches what is.
It is because it isn't.
Shift your perspective,
see the bigger picture,
unlock your visionary intuitive,
receive messages of healing,
express your inner self:
come home to nondual awareness.
Listen from the heart of silence
Shift consciousness within all relationships,
experience divine contact,
reconnect with your awakened self.
Love is the beginning, middle and end.
Love is the answer:
Awakening and healing together at last!
Many people incarnated into this realm have had difficulties and challenges attempting to navigate life. Would this be if you knew that your purpose was to go through the day planting miracle seeds wherever you are. You are an undercover divine being. Uplift yourself and all around you. Wake up from the dream and be the leader you are meant to be. There is a call being put out to all the cosmos. Listen to the Earth and the Universe so you may tune in to the vibration that is your true frequency and function as the fully awakened being you are meant to be.
The shifts that are occurring on the Earth at this moment in humanity's evolution are raising the vibratory frequency. Divine messengers are incarnating onto this planet now. They are being asked to raise their frequency to hold the portals open to the higher dimensions. Many interdimensional beings, fully activated, are here to protect Gaia. Your role on Earth is to remember who you are. Each being that wakes up will wake up others around them exponentially due to their vibration. You are being called to spread your wings.
The aim of all mystical endeavour, since the dawn of human culture, is to return to our Natural State, the original condition of lucid awareness that we once knew prior to the time when vision became distracted by the play of thought and trapped in the narrow domain of the five senses. In its pure form, this is the highest mind teachings that exist on the planet and the most direct path to enlightenment. It needs to be unwrapped as it is actually the key to realise the universal mind essence of galactic life.
Explaining the meaning of 'association', Swami Vivekananda said: "The rain drops from the sky. If it is caught in hands, it is pure enough for driking. If it falls in a gutter, its value drops so much that it can't be used even for washing the feet. If it falls on hot surfaces, it perishes. If it falls on a lotus lead, it shines like a pearl, and if it falls in an oyster, it becomes a paerl. The drop is the same, but it's existence and worth depend on with whom it associates". Remember to associate with people who are good at heart.
To think that life is a straight line from start to finish, like some sort of tight rope from birth, to teenager, to adult, to senior, to death is a misconception. In your personal experience, you would have found that life is more like a roller coaster, with ups and downs and highs and lows, with love and hate and sadness and joy. Life has never been as simple as a straight line, but rather a beautifully, well written story with its ups and downs, and it is these the ups and downs that make a life. Life without them would be like a body without a backbone. Enjoy the ride.
Are you ready to deepen your yoga practice? Not with handstands, hip openers and downward dogs. What we have come to know as "yoga" in our western culture is just the tip of the iceburg in terms of what this 5,000 year old practice can offer us. If your practice has been whispering to you, calling you to something more, then the next important step along your path may well be beyond asana. Bhakti yoga is love, it's service, it's devotion, it's laughing and singing and crying. It's ritual and offering. It's the yoga of life. It's recognising the divine union happening all around you, all the time. The path is strewn with the seeds of sacred sound, music, story and community. We invite you to join us.
Although happiness is the goal of all goals, the paradox is that happiness is not a goal in and of itself, but the joy that arises of its own accord in a life that is sourced with honest relationships, hardships, triumphs, ordeals, loss, hard work, love, laughter, grief and wholeness.
Just beyond the confines of our six senses,
is a field of universal intelligence.
This field is a limitless sea of energy, wisdom and truth.
And while being human means we can’t fully assimilate with this field,
we do have the ability to dip our fingers in it
and draw from it unimaginable power
to elevate our lives and our planet.
Anyone can dip into this field of universal intelligence.
The only thing holding you back is you.
There are no easy answers.
Life can be difficult.
On the journey towards spirituality
there is birth, death and suffering.
To discern either the presence or absence of integrity,
just look for what's missing,
has anything been left out?
To consider all the angles
in our contemplation of ourselves and our lives,
we find ourselves thinking holistically,
Grow deeper into their wisdom, and your own.
The notion of a phenomenal self is altogether dependent upon memory.
This notion has been constructed from memories, just as a building is constructed of bricks.
Memory is a series of records, images or photographs,
of sense pereptions of past presents,
which is therefore subject to time.
Without time there could be no memory.
Outside time, the notion of memory makes nonsense
for there could be nothing to remember,
since one cannot remember an absolute present.
Time is a fabrication of our receptive apparatus.
It is linked with space.
Time is basically a spatial concept
and is essentially the measure of movement.
It is our interpretation of the limiting dimension.
We (quadripeds, reptiles and birds) can only see the superior dimension,
that which lies beyond those to which our senses are attuned,
in series, as one thing after another,
and so in movement,
which is ultimately a measure of space-interpreted as movement.
The notion of movement,
that the senses appear to perceive
in our mind-made universe,
is dependent on angles in the superior dimension,
(straight lines and circles being only theoretical).
Yet, everything is made from one thinking substance.
Every living thing must have the sensation of itself,
just as every 'thing', animate or inanimate,
from nebula ro atom,
must have a centre,
without which it would disintegrate.
The I-concept/percept is not a necessary evil.
It is necessary, but not an evil.
The I-concept/percept, unconditioned, is real.
The aggregation of affective impulses,
which gather round it,
form a purely imaginary entity,
built up from memories,
which appear as in impersonation.
This is the inexistent thing,
the notion that must be subjected to dis-integration,
which must be pulled to pieces,
resolved into its vaporous component elements
and reduced to a state of dissolution.
Notions, however aggregated,
do not constitute a thing or an entity.
Zeros (nothing), added or multiplied,
never become anything but zero.
A structure composed of a million notions
could never be anything but a notion itself,
and the only reality it could ever have
would be the I-reality,
whose conditioned aspect,
allowed the dream notions to appear.
You are, and always will be, a perfect reflection of divine presence.
What is your happiest of happies?
Who are the superstars of your life?
Attention is the act or state
of applying your mind to something
Understand. Explore. Connect. Breathe.
Feel. Move. Focus. Relax.
Yoga is body centered mindfulness practice.
Keep it real.
Acess your inner strength
and authentically connect with your greater purpose.
Resolve emotional and spiritual scar tissue that limits you.
Repetitive patterns of suffering in life arise from
the known and unknown wounds in your heart
that separate you from your authentic self.
Resolve and heal your heart's pain
rather than covering it up.
Align with it's intuition.
Your heart will guide you home.
You are not meant to be normal.
You have what it takes to be extraordinary.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Your innate potential is just waiting to be unlocked.
Build and maintain overall healthy balance in life.
Quieten your mind.
Open your heart.
Experience challenges as passageways to a more successful life.
Remember your own amazing capacity for greatness.
Infinite possibilities await.
Listen to your intuitive guidance.
When you are able to hear that voice,
you significantly reduce
the obstacles and challenges you face,
because you have a direct line
to Universal wisdom.
It's an incredible way to live.
Growth begins at the end of your comfort zone. So does adventure, self-knowledge and a life well-lived.
But you must be willing to take risks to get there. The first risk is to pull away from the dock and set sail for the life you believe you want.
To experience life to its fullest, you must stretch beyond your own comfort zones and leave the shores of the familiar to set sail for new horizons. It will be scary. You will encounter turbulent squalls, intimidating waves and more than your fair share of pirates. But with each challenge you meet, you will be closer to discovering new lands, new people and new opportunities. Without a willingness to take the risk, in spite of your fear and uncertainty to seek unfamiliar shores, you resign yourself to a life of mediocrity, in a familiar port of call.
Challenges, hurdles, feeling nervous, unsure and all the rest is the path. Don't trade it for anything. Each and every step of the journey is how and when you arrive. You were meant to be here and you are equally meant to live an amazing life.
Can you be alone with yourself?
Do you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments?
Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor,
parent, teacher, spouse, student
are roles you play in life,
none of which reveal your true identity.
The only way to discover who you really are
is to go into the depths of your inner being
and in the quiet, ask yourself "Who am I?"
At the center of your being you have the answer.
You know who you are and what you want.
Where you live,
what you do for a living,
how much money you have,
how old you are,
is not nearly as fascinating about you
as what you ache for with your life,
dare to dream of meeting,
and your your soul's longing.
To risk the adventure of being alive,
be willing to be with joy,
laugh with wildness,
and let ecstasy thrill you
to the tips of your finger and toes.
See beauty everyday,
even when it's not pretty.
Touch the centre of your sorrow,
open your heart when life betrays you,
sit with pain, yours or anothers,
without moving to hide, fade or fix it.
Often well meaning people who caution you
to be careful, realistic or remember the limitations of being human,
are themselves shrivelled
and closed from fear of further pain.
You may need to disappoint another
to be true to yourself,
to bear the accusation of betrayal,
so as not to betray your own soul,
to be faithless,
and therefore trustworthy
You need to give to yourself
so that you have the ability
to give more to others.
Source your own life
from its presence.
The entire universe conspires to shower you with blessings.
Thousands of things go right for you every day,
beginning with the moment you wake up.
Even though you've been unconscious for many hours.
through some mystical power you don't fully understand,
you're still breathing and your heart is beating,
The air is a mix of gases that is just right for your body's needs,
as it was before you fell asleep.
You can see.
Light of many colours floods into your eyes,
registered by nerves that took God, or evolution, or some process,
millions of years to perfect.
The spectacular gift of these vivid hues comes to you
courtsey of an unimaginably immense globe of fire, the sun,
which continually detonates nuclear reactions
in order to convert its body into light and heat and energy
for your personal use.
Your soul's essence is constructed from the very fabric of the universe
and has existed from the beginning of time.
It is this part of your consciousness that is non-material,
that will live on, after the death of your physical body.
Your brain is just a receiver and amplifier
for the proto-consciousnes
that is intrinsic to the fabric of space-time.
When your heart stops beating,
your blood stops flowing,
the microtubules lose their quantun state,
the quantum information within the microtubles is not destroyed…
it cannot be destroyed
it just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large.
Not only does it exist in the universe, it exists in infinite universes.
If you are resusiciated, revived,
this quantum information will go back into the microtubules
and you will say: "I had a near death experience."
If you are not revived, and the body dies,
this quantum information can exist outside the body, indefinitely,
Later is never.
Always is now
The one you are waiting for is you.
We've been walking the talk for decades,
fighting for our hearts
through our art, culture, sacred calling,
despite the fear, limitations and costs.
We know this not by books,
thought we love to read and write them,
but through our blood and agony,
breath and experience.
This is the reason we found each other in the first place.
The spiritual path is healing, life changing and revolutionary.
It gives back the reigns over your life
and restores you to a fuller, more creative existence.
Whatever your adventure on this planet,
your job, your art, your call, your passion…
no one can tell your story better than you.
You are the author of your life.
You are your greatest masterpiece.
The body is nothing but food for the consciousness.
The essence of all the food that you consume is sattva
Just as the quality of sugar is 'sweet'
so the quality of sattva, the essence of food,
is the knowledge of self, "I"-consciousness.
By meditation, the sattva quality becomes predominant,
panchapranas, the five pranas, become purified,
concomitantly the sense organs become purified,
and the mind also becomes pure.
When the mind is pure,
the language and teachings of the sages becomes intelligible.
Without such purification,
it is not possible to understand wisdom.
Then the knowledge of the Self is made possible.
Ultimately this purifications leads to self-knowledge.
The quality of sattva is your beingness
or the knowlege that we are,
Every Rome burns.
Even the best ideas get old with time.
Creative block comes under many shapes for each person
and it has a specific cause.
Stagnation in the journey is because at some level in you,
you've let the harships of life,
or fear, or other people's ideas of who you ought to be,
determing your worth as a creator,
and tell you what you can and cannot do.
Your journey may be full of ups and downs
but you are more than your troubles, your doubts,
your fears and limitations,
or someone else's version of you.
You have the power to direct the course of this journey
in any way your soul calls you
if you just take the first step.
There is no stairway.
You create it as you leap.
Like a volcano on the verge or erupting,
the more you give, the more you have overtaking your regular life
burning anything that comes between you and your calling.
Your life becomes unrecognisable
as you unblock your creative aorta
and infuse your heart with aliveness.
Live yourself alive.
The catalyst, the gift, the fire, the flow
of becoming so much more
saves you from your smaller self
and offers you the outlet you so desperately need
to escape your prison.
We are conditioned to think that we can offer, or give
because we possess something that can be given.
And, for those of us who have so much,
giving seems the only way.
But the real offering, in a spiritual sense,
is humbly surrendering to receive what Life gives.
It is to be empty,
to dissolve all identity
that we may be the offering.
The concept of a life without limits
differs from the idea of overcoming limits.
Ground in your Light
To act out of love, not fear
any time you choose,
you need to differentiate
your deeper self guidance
from programmed emotion.
Trust your ability to make strong, empowered choices.
Embody your light.
Live from a place of joy.
All things that make us feel good
help us be well.
Nothing to know,
nothing to beleive.
Direct experience is all
Can you say "I can live on my terms"?
Commmitment is action.
It's the shortcut.
See it, hear it, feel it, taste it, smell it,
experience it every day,
and the shift happens.
That's how Gold medalists do it.
That's how you do it.
The only question is… what will you do with it?
Systems are just a tool
Your mind is the power.
Everything is a mindset.
Enhancing external situations - the job, business, status, the accumulation of material things and so on, has become one of the main objectives in life today. Yet, inspite of all our efforts, our personal and professional lives too often painfully lack happiness and fulfillment. For a true sense of inner peace and wellbeing, we must shift the focus. Your culture, greatness and glory are not in your past or future, but in the kind of life that you are aspiring and striving to create and live.
"I am" is the same in all sentient creatures
whether it's an insect, a worm, a dog, a human being,
or even an avatar (the highest form of being).
This basic 'I am" consciousness, in one form
is no different in any way, from the consciousness in another form.
In order to manifest itself, consciousness needs a 'base',
a particular construct in which it can appear.
The base can be anything, any form,
and the manifestation can last
only as long as that particular form endures.
But until that consciousness appears,
there cannot be knowledge of any kind.
Knowledge depends upon consciousness
and consciousness needs a physical matrix or form.
There exists no particular reason, or explanation
for the coming about of consciousness,
or how this seed, or knowledge "I am" has arisen.
But once it is in existence, it cannot stand still.
Consciousness, now tantamount to movement,
forms the eddy we call mind.
All movement takes place and expresses itself
through the *gunas, which are inherent in the knowledge "I am".
These gunas act according to the form whch has come about
and that form has resulted from a particular food.
Behaviour and actions result from
the combinations and permutations of the three gunas.
The only thing you have with which you can utilise
to unravel the mystery of life,
is this existential knowledge.
Any experience of "i-am-ness" that is based on time,
and the birth of the physical body as the base point.
is a product of the five elements.
Appearance is the illusion.
It holds consciousness from the perspective of the body-mind.
However, "I am" is without such identification.
The spiritual aspect of "me" comes about
without our knowledge
or as a result of the five elements.
"I am" came from pure Absoluteness
which has no place, no shape, no form, no time, no causation.
Who is asking the questions?
Is it the person who sees themselves as existing in time?
What was there before the body came into being?
Only that may remain after the disappearance of the body and the elements.
And before the body is gone, on that final day,
even the memory of existence during the prior period will disappear
What happens between appearance and disappearance of the body
is a bundle of memories.
Whatever has been accumulated is merely entertainment.
All that is memory and everything will disappear.
The three gunas: sattva (purity, clarity, harmony), rajas (passion, energy, activity) and tamas (inertia, resistance, darkness) are the basic attributes or qualities that undelie and operate the world process, according to Vedic teachings.
Today I choose to magnify love more than my problems.
Today I choose to see with vision and understanding, and not just by sight.
Today I choose to praise, despite my circumstances and how I feel.
Today I choose to look at you, and behold the magnificience your represent.
Today I choose to place trust in the ability and willingness to deliver all beings
through (not away from!) every giant challenge in life.
Evolution is the powerful, creative force that animates the universe,
and love is the fundamental force in evolution.
Nothing is greater than love.
With it, there is no challenge that cannot be transformed.
In a world so often ruled by its opposite, today I take a stand for love,
Thank you for loving with me.
Thank you for living your awakening
in every single moment of life.
At the end of the day, there is only love.
Life will not always be a walk in the park
that tells us what we want to hear.
Like a ride in an amusement park
when one goes down, one will come up.
Crisis times and opportunities
go round and round…
have thrills and chills,
can be brightly coloured, loud and fun,
for a while..
Till you question:
"is this real, or is it a ride?"
The meaning of life is to be happy.
And you will never be happy if you continue to search
for what the meaning of life is.
You are the answer.
Be still and know.
Human beings are a confluence of
spirit and form,
earth and sky,
radiance and darkness,
active and receptive.
Just as the world could not support life as we know it,
without the groundedness of earth,
and the openness of sky,
our health and vitality
depend upon the mingling
of these complementary, primordial qualities,
which are inseparable in all forms of existence,
and structure our physical, energetic, emotional and mental domains.
Any imbalance in our body/mind organism
can be traced to either an excess or depletion of these.
Shanti Yoga provides the foundations of a quiet practice.
It focuses on enhancing the grounded earth energy within the body
with the vibrant spaciousness of the spirit that gives rise to it.
Meditative awareness is both the ground and fruition of practice.
It aids in dropping from head-centered habits
to fully inhabit the body in a wholesome way,
providing non-distracted attention
disengaging mental reactivity and developing insight.
This cultivates natural wellness, ease of being
and contentment in daily life.
Make “Just breathe” your mind's go-to,
to remind yourself to fill with prana instead of stress.
Mantra consists of powerful words, not only for meditation,
it could be any saying that speaks to you.
Some examples are: "I am calmness",
"I choose love", or
"this will pass"
- just anything that will allow you to find clarity
and act accordingly in a situation that calls for it the most.
Say it a few times and the moment becomes yours.
Consciousness just is.
You think that you are looking at the world but the world is looking at you.
You are, and always will be, a perfect reflection of the divine presence.
That which arises as ‘I’ in the body is the mind.
The moment is created by your presence.
The way you experience it tells you something about yourself.
The flow of energy and intelligence through a system acts to organise the system.
Have you ever wrestled with forgiving someone, or rebuilding trust after it’s been broken? Human beings are complex creatures. No matter how good your intentions, you can pretty much guarantee that at some point or another, you’ll hurt those you love. Naturally, you’ll feel hurt by those you trust and love, too. And when you feel that you have been wronged, that’s where things get tricky. Because as conscious, loving and growth minded people, we all know we ‘should’ forgive. Forgiveness is vital to maintaining long-term relationships. (A fact we cling to when we’re the ones hoping to be forgiven!). Studies also indicate that forgiveness helps us lead happier, healthier lives.
However, sometimes, the whole ‘forgive and forget’ thing doesn’t quite add up. There’s a pattern of transgressions. And, something deep within you suspects that just ‘wiping the slate clean’ is not the wisest or safest path ahead, emotionally, spiritually, financially or physically. We are also acutely aware of the unspeakable events that occur, for which forgiveness can seem outside of our current capacity.
Yet, forgiveness is an enormous subject. Most of us spend our entire lives trying to embrace and embody this virtue.
If you’ve ever wondered whether you really need to forgive and forget, meditation may give you a fresh perspective to consider. Because the only way we’ll soothe pain, for ourselves and others, is by accepting and sharing our stories with open hearts and by staying open and willing to the possibility of healing.
With as much love and compassion as you want and need,
Your own… Shantiji
For most people yoga usually begins on the mat.
Moving and breathing brings you down into your body
and creates a feeling of strength, support and possibility.
Taking that out into the world… and the world looks a bit better.
However, when you go deeper into the practice
that yoga is so much more than your mat.
It allows you to receive information in a non-reactive way.
It teaches you to respond gracefully, thoughtfully but using the voice of truth.
Yoga teaches you to come back home.
To embrace your vulnerability courageously and with radical authenticity
Yoga tells you it's perfect to be you.
You are to be you…
exquisite and powerful.
If you want to dive in deeper
come and join us.
You'll be in the presence of a great yogi, mentor and sage.
Here you will meet other beings who are ready to engage
in deep conversations
enjoy beautiful chanting,
and experience peace.
You've come home.
Brahman is the ritual.
Brahman is the offering.
Brahman is that
who makes the offering
to the fire,
that is Brahman.
By recognising Brahman in every action,
you will verily be absorbed into Brahman.
Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 4, verse 24. trans. Shanti Gowans
There may be 10 seeds in an apple,
but how many apples are there in a seed?
Every person has unrealised ability.
You can achieve new heights
and achieve great things.
Harness the power of your mind
to master any skill.
Learning happens everyday.
- Honour the ever-present nature of learning.
Learning is not an event to be scheduled. It's an unbounded resource.
- Make your learning easily accessible.
Don't just wait to be told what to do. Find your own answers,
- Value learning as a path to self mastery.
It's safe to take risks, make mistakes and have failure. Celebrate 'aha' moments as much as easy wins.
- Aim not to be rigid.
Blend, bend, maximise your options and learn at your own pace.
- Be your own best manager and coach.
Use appreciative inquiry and cultivate your own wisdom, confidence, and competence.
- Recognise learning hunger and commit to satiating your appetite.
We're biologically wired to learn.
We just can't stop ourselves.
Learning is necessary for survival.
It's a natural instinct.
We constantly absorb information,
determine what's important,
and decide how to act.
In times of change
learners inherit the earth,
while others find themselves
equipped to deal with a world
that no longer exists.
The criteria on the path
in search for enlightenment,
is the final cutting of the ego mind
and waking up in non-dual reality.
Various experiments, substances, relationships, experiences and practices,
have indicated that this 'waking reality' is a dream.
Directly experiencing yourself as self-conscious immortality
does not guaranteee that the egoic suffering will stop.
In fact, the ego claims the realisation as its own.
Transformation is the expansion of consciousness
through transformation of your worldview.
It's the act of changing how you see and do things.
Restraint on the spiritual path,
begins with giving up your own ideas.
When you pursue the spiritul path,
the path of self-knowing,
all your desires and attachments will just drop away
provided you investigate and hold on to that
with which you are trying to understand the self.
Stay put in your true state.
It is ever there, in its pure state, undisturbed.
Now the 'I-am-ness' consciousnes recedes from the Absolute;
that you…you are present only.
There is not the slightest movement fom you.
It is winding down the show.
This consciosness is slowly extinguishing itself;
knowingly, it is disappearing.
But nothing affects You
because this is the Absolute.
The flame is gone,
the smoke is gone,
the sky remains.
"I am" is an announcement
it is not real.
It has come out of something else.
What is real cannot be described or explained
because it is beyond expression.
"I-am-ness" continues as long as the food-body is visable.
Similar to when the food body is dropped by the vital breath,
the "i-am-ness" consciousness is not permanent either.
Sages who claim that they are established in the Absolute
are actually in 'beingness'.
They propogate certain concepts and ideas,
but an 'idea' is not the truth.
Truth is a state beyond concepts.
When you have a sense of individuality or personality
you have many wants.
As long as you are separate from things
you need everything.
Forgetting yourself as an individual
gives you deep rest.
Whatever behaviour exists in the world
is because of attributes, tendencies, qualities.
But that which witnesses this behaviour
is beyond attributes.
When the witness itself, which is "I am" subsides,
The witness gone,
all other things have disappeared too.
By the same token, upon the arising of the "I am"
the whole of manifestation takes place.
These two are not separate. They are one.
"I am" is the witness:
the entire manifest world is there because of this.
3 January 2016
It looks like an individual,
yet the power is impersonal.
Because of its presence
the world carrys on its activities.
This power is the root of existence and maintenance
of the entire universe.
It is present in your body
and in everybody's body,
yet everyone is concerned
more about the 'corpse' they are living with
rather than that which lies within the corpse.
Whatever upheavals occur in the world
are movements in that power,
for it is that which make the world go around.
Whatever events take place
are movements in that consciousness.
Because we associate ourselves with the events
there is unhappiness.
Understand the impersonality of this power
which nobody seems to have any capacity to control or manipulate.
Thinking that you can, is the biggest part of the illusion.
There is a series of events, a scenerio, karma, whatever,
according to which things happen.
Whatever you complain about doesn't bother the five elements.
Why should what happens in the five elements bother the individual?
How is the source of those elements, upon which they depend, concerned?
Why would it be concerned?
The moment you see things in proper perspective…
that all you can do is witness what happens,
and whatever happens is independent of your thoughts,
…no volition as far as the individual is concerned,
then there is a diffferent state,
a certain peace of mind.
2 January 2016
Very few stop to think about thinking.
When thought has no customers,
there is no thought.
and living starts.
The frown turns upside down.
Human warmth graces your every moment.
You live what you love.
1 January 2016
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. What is on your New Year resolutions list? To 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 healthy goals that will bring about beneficial returns for your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Have plenty of aspirations for these next 12 months. Welcome the new year full of things that haven't been. Wholeheartedly believe that everything is possible.
Unfortunately many of us also take the baggage from the old year into the New Year and therefore sabotage ourselves right from the start. As we transition from one year to the next, I encourage us all to let go of something from the old year so we can create something new in its place. Whether it's an old idea, an old habit, an old label, an old fear, it's time to let it go and leave it behind in 2015. 2016 can be your year with a powerful and wonderful fresh start. Remember nothing much will change if you don't.
Because I spend the New Year with retreatants, and we often explore our New Year's resolutions, I am often privy to lists of New Year's resolutions that 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. When confronted with people who seem so motivated to make these life changes and not wanting to curb their enthusiasm, I am tempted to mention that 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 fall back into their same routines and lifestyle. A year later it is déjà vu...same people, same list, same outcome.
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, for instance 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 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?
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, 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. I hope that 2016 will be the year you discover the fascinating truth about who you really are, and what your future holds.
Did I set resolutions? No. I don't play that game. Instead I wake up every morning and focus on doing something beneficial, following my passion, and improving the lives of others in any way that I can that day. And I do the same thing the next day. And the next. Do it 365 times and you create a year of magic, miracles, progress, inspiration and improvement. Whether it's a new year or a new day what can you do today - just today, to express your mission, act on inspiration, accomplish something good or improve someone's life in some way? It doesn't have to be big. It's just something for today. Through the gates of a new year, the distant variegated decorations of future achievements glimmer at you, daringly luring you to give pursuit. What can you do? Do it.
The air this time of year is filled with inspiration, motivation and courage. Feel this energy and harness it as you look inside you at your deepest desires for the coming year. On offer is life, with its smorgasbord of emotion and experience. Every encounter in the past has shaped you in some way. Remember to celebrate it all before you start hustling your way into the new year.