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My Authentic Self

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Let me take a moment to stop. Stop physical activity, stop the thoughts in my mind and the feelings in my heart.

Having stopped let me now take a step inwards into that space that is at the very core of my being. That sacred space where I am alone with my conscience …my authentic self.

What is the authentic self – Is it my name, my role, my position or possessions? When I become focused in this space, detached from activity, thoughts and feelings, I realise that I am none of these.

My authentic and real self is the in-visible spirit within this body. Authentic is that which is original and always. That which is today and will be tomorrow. Let me take a moment to see, understand and experience the authentic self.

Everything in life changes, even my own personality and so what is authentic within the self?

 

Om Shanti

September 10, 2015 at 5:29 am Leave a comment

Deep, Deeper, Deeper Still

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Taking time out for ourselves just to sit quietly has become a luxury many of us cannot afford these days. There is just no time, we argue. A never ending ‘to do’ list.

It might be surprising however to find that it is when I give time to connect with my innermost self, that I will be able to ‘generate’ more time.

By diving deep into my inner world, I move away from the surface of my mind where I am subject to the turbulent effects of external influences. In the depths of the self I am the captain of my mind. In the still waters within I am reconciled with my own peace and stillness. My thoughts slow down. There is a sense of calm and clarity.

As I re-surface from the depths within, I sense a change in the nature of my thoughts ….fewer in quantity but greater in quality. With few but powerful thoughts my capacity for handling tasks and responsibilities has grown manifold.

Invest in ‘quiet time’ regularly and reap the reward……fewer thoughts, powerful thoughts.

 

Om Shanti

July 16, 2015 at 6:52 am Leave a comment

What is the Answer?

 

Wreasonshen challenges present themselves in our lives, often our immediate response is to analyse and find a solution – what is the answer?
What happened? Why? Where? When? How? In desperation for an answer we allow our mind to go into overdrive – thinking, re-thinking – over-thinking!

If I can take a moment to stop the torrent of these thoughts and turn inwards to see what is going on within perhaps I will begin to understand what is happening.

Instead of asking ‘why the situation?’, I ask myself ‘why is it so challenging? Perhaps rather than looking outside for the answers, I look within and unravel what is going on there, then I will begin to find answers that hold the deepest secrets about me and the answers that can transform my life.

Ask the right questions and surely the right answers will follow.

 

Om Shanti

June 18, 2015 at 7:16 am Leave a comment

Cloaked by the Mind

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Our mind is like a canvas upon which we can consciously ‘create’ and bring newness into our life.

However, we quite often find that our thinking is coloured by distractions of deeply held memories, beliefs and perceptions within our sub-conscious.

And we find that instead of being ‘creative’ we simply continue to lead a life of repetition – based on these memories, beliefs and perceptions.

Holding onto things – thoughts, images, ideas, concepts or beliefs does not allow us to be creative with new possibilities and insights.

The ‘old things’ that are on our minds create a cloak over us in a way that does not allow us to realise the potential of something new.

We ‘cloak ourselves in this way, sometimes consciously or more often unconsciously, and develop a false sense of ‘I’.

Uncloak yourself and create the new you!

 

Om Shanti

May 21, 2015 at 12:31 pm Leave a comment

Forgive and Become Free

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There is often a misconception about what it means to forgive. We believe that we are doing someone a favour by forgiving them, but are we really?

What happened cannot be changed. But as long as I choose to hold onto that scene it will continue to create walls of mistrust, anger and dislike in my mind and in my heart.

The longer I hold on, the stronger these walls will grow and my future vision and actions will lack clarity. If I do not learn to let go of it, I will carry the experience of the situation with me into the future as a heavy burden.

It is not a matter of who was right or not in the situation – the question is – do I want to carry the pain of that scene with me throughout my life – allowing it to influence my thinking, feeling and responses forever more?

To forgive means to free oneself from a situation. Let go and become free.

 

Om Shanti

May 14, 2015 at 6:34 am Leave a comment

Mirror of the Mind

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My mind is a mirror – whatever is in the mind is reflected in my life and becomes my truth

I cannot ignore the mind nor is it possible to run away from it.

Within the mind I create thoughts. These thoughts are seeds that I plant which then grow over time. The seeds become the fruits and flowers of tomorrow. They can also become the weeds and thorns!
My mind holds the key to my future – for a bright future or a sad one.

If I hold sadness and bitterness in my thoughts, If I hold sorrow then that is what will be reflected in my life – that is what I will experience tomorrow.

Do I have the courage to change the thoughts that I hold in my mind?
Do I even want to create beautiful thoughts, positive thoughts, or do I want to hold onto that which is sad and bitter and now even old?

Whatever is going on inside my mind – I need to see it and realise it – and then decide ‘Do I want to change it?’

 

Om Shanti

February 12, 2015 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

Clouds of Ignorance

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Ignorance at its worst is when I reject something I don’t know anything about. But to force an opinion, even when I know the facts, is also a form of ignorance.

There will never be a time when I know all things. In a world that is constantly changing, facts only remain facts for a short time.
Everyone has their own perspective in looking at something and perspective is not necessarily based on fact but on experience and perhaps on personal choices. In between the two – facts and perspective – there are various levels of ignorance.

To be wise is to allow everything to be ‘right’ in the grand scheme of things… to understand that my ‘right’ does not mean someone else’s ‘wrong’. It does not work like that.

Remove the clouds of ignorance and allow the mind to work openly in an unlimited way.

 

Om Shanti

January 22, 2015 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

The Devil’s Workshop

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‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’

I have heard this saying many times and yet how often am I aware of what is going on in my mind?

Actions are the result of the thoughts. If the mind remains occupied in positive and constructive thoughts, then I will certainly experience that in terms of positivity in my attitude, feeling, words and actions.

It needs constant attention and control of the mind to ensure that I don’t let the devil in. When there is nothing specific to think about, or I become lazy about cultivating good thoughts, then, like an unattended garden, the mind will become full of weeds. These weeds, over time, will outgrow any flowers that may wish to grow and the beauty and joy of the garden will be lost.

I must remain occupied checking the thoughts being created in the mind as these are the seeds that will result in the fruit of my experiences in life tomorrow.

Check, am I consciously planting healthy and positive seeds in my mind or am I allowing the devil to plant his seeds.

Om Shanti

February 13, 2014 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

Who’s that talking?

 

inner_volumnHave you ever noticed that voice that is constantly chattering in your mind?

Who is it, and who is it talking to?
If it is my own inner voice then why is it telling me things I already know?

It is a constant flow of information and advice which changes with time and circumstance. The more I listen the more confused I can become. And sometimes the chatter does not even allow me to sleep at night.

It is the voice of my likes and dislikes based on my past experiences and future expectations.

If I stop listening and giving it importance, then the voice will slowly become silent and free the mind of waste, regrets and desires.

Have I got the courage to turn down the volume of that inner voice and free myself?

 

Om Shanti

March 14, 2013 at 10:15 am 3 comments

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

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There is an increasing awareness of the food we eat: where it comes from, what it contains etc. People are more conscious of the need to have a healthy lifestyle.

We may not be so aware of the fact but a healthy mind also significantly contributes to a healthy body as well as a happy life.

Our thoughts are the food that we feed our minds. They will either nourish the mind or starve it of goodness. The thoughts that nourish are positive and generate enthusiasm and happiness. If I allow anything negative to influence my thinking then it will quickly gain force and take over.

The trick is to catch the first negative thought as it arises and make the choice to change it. Change it otherwise the negativity will procreate at a very fast speed and the mind will become infected.

Choose to have a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.

Om Shanti

February 7, 2013 at 6:26 am Leave a comment

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