I first heard about Vipassana at the age of eighteen during my first year at University. I didn’t know too much about it, but I was intrigued and remember thinking that I would return to it in the future when the time was right.
I first came across Geneen Roth's eating guidelines in my late teens. It was an excerpt from an interview with Oprah Winfrey which included a list of her seven principles. The notion of eating intuitively instantly resonated with me, although it was the opposite of what I knew dieting to be. Initially I felt conflicted and struggled to let go of my restrictive dieting beliefs, but eventually I was convinced it was the only sane path.
I was told about Ami: Child of the Stars by Enrique Barrios, during a chance conversation with someone. It woke me up to a world of wonder and infinite possibilities. I recall lighting up when first reading it as its message resonated so deeply with me. The emblem on Ami’s chest encapsulates this message, a heart with wings which “represents unconditional love; a winged love that goes beyond all attachments and borders.” The author communicates the language of love with such simplicity and speaks to people of all ages particularly those interested in a shift towards a new planetary consciousness.
I came across Designing Your Life: Build a Life That Works for You by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans at an airport bookstore. The title of the book instantly grabbed my attention and I immediately started to read it. As happens quite often, it just wasn’t the right time, so after eagerly reading the first few pages it quickly found its way on my bookshelf. It wasn’t until a couple of years down the line that I found myself drawn to it again, this time I was ready to implement their design tools to create my version of a well-designed life.
"Not many people know internal freedom. Not many people have tasted internal freedom. They might have had moments of release, pleasure, but not freedom. It is a taste which cannot be forgotten nor replaced. Once a moment of freedom has been experienced, it calls to you. In your sleep, during your waking hour, at your desk, at your dinner table. Moments when this illusory veil lifts everything makes sense, everything is aligned, everything is peace. You can kid yourself but proof lies in true feeling. How do you feel?
One of my greatest passions is learning about the human spirit and understanding what animates us and makes us feel most alive and connected to ourselves and to one another. As a teenager, I was moved by a feeling of dissatisfaction and a sense of unease which, although subtle, was deeply unsettling. There was no apparent reason I could identify that caused me to feel this way and this experience sparked my curiosity about the nature of our mind.