My last home was Stamford/Westport, Connecticut, which I so fondly dubbed as my very own “Walden Pond”; the hatchery for my soul.
In the beginning, the post-college loneliness begged me to move back to Chicago. To get through the frustrations of a Quarter-Life crisis, I consoled my heart by continually saying “1 more month, you can do this…”, and “No one said this was going to be easy – nothing worth doing is ever easy…”
The daily tug-of-war on my mind and heart was the first internal demon I needed to silence. I began to take a keen interest in life – both at work and out of work. The local Starbucks became the only oasis between work, prayers, and home. The Saugatuck River evolved into the relentless companion; never shying away from an opportunity to see me in the evenings. On many nights, I questioned the purpose of living in Stamford, CT – a place so foreign to me initially.
While reviewing my learning from the last 18 months, I realized that Westport, CT was my training-ground in order to prepare myself for the future. Victory is yours, when you desire it with clear intentions, backed by belief and faith. Simple enough? I think so.
As I spend the next few weeks at home, I will continue to build on my learning so that I am truly prepared – mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for what lies ahead.
I often chart my growth with the books I have found to be most significant in shaping my thoughts and experiences. All of them have been gifts from teachers and mentors. I strongly believe that each book was handed to me to weave together whatever it was that I needed at that stage of my life.
It would be a great disservice to you if I did not share any of the texts and/or learnings. So, below is the first piece I’d like to share with you.
The Bhagavad Gita (translated by Yogi Ramacharaka) was given to me by my most recent mentor and friend, who I will leave nameless, in order to demonstrate my newfound understanding of the “One Life” teaching. Nevertheless, with each moment of increasing clarity, my gratitude deepens for this mentor’s time, kindness, and guidance.
And with that, I leave you with an excerpt of the Bhagavad Gita to illuminate what I currently perceive to be my unspoken, but written, personal mission and purpose.
Part XI of the Bhagavad Gita, The Universal Manifestation: http://bit.ly/dAsNBj
Cheers to new beginnings,