When I lived as a monk, my guru (Sivaya Subramuniyaswami) taught me a phrase he coined: ‘Where awareness goes, energy flows.’ It’s probably one of the most important things I’ve learned. First, we have to learn that awareness and the mind are two separate things. Second, our mind does not wander; our awareness moves within the mind. If you are a person whose awareness races through the mind all day, then your energy is also flowing all over the place. Most people allow this to happen and perpetuate this habit by practicing it all day. Life is a manifestation of where you direct your energy. When you can concentrate your awareness toward one thing, you begin to direct your energy toward it, and that thing starts to manifest in your life.
In the years leading up to me becoming an ordained Hindu monk, I had so many people tell me how I should be living my life. They knew I was very spiritually inclined and in the year before becoming a monk, I made my intentions to be a monastic clear to people. It was fascinating…Read More
The last 18-months have been challenging to say the least. For many, as a result of this pandemic, so much of life has changed – from work, income, lifestyle and more. For some, it has been devastating with the loss of loved ones, side effects of the virus and other severe repercussions. No...Read More
I once observed a man walking a big Rottweiler dog on a sidewalk. As he passed along the fence of the front yard of a home, a small dog came running up from the front door of the home to the fence barking. This little furball threw its front paws on the chain-link fence that…Read More
Do you get affected by other people’s emotions? Do other people’s emotions impact how you feel? Many people surf the wave of other people’s emotions but emotional surfing is optional. The words that people say to you contain emotions. Sometimes they don’t contain much emotion at all and at...Read More