The experience of your mind is the experience of your life!
As I shared with you earlier, I wasn’t born a Swami. From a cowboy with a rifle over his shoulder I turned into a hippie experimenting with altered states of consciousness.
What I didn’t know at the time was that this was just the beginning.
Much of my most profound learning came through my teacher, with whom I lived in India. After training intensely, the simplicity of the yogic lifestyle began to unfold in me.
Simplicity here doesn’t necessarily mean living a minimalist lifestyle. Even if we are living with only the basics — I owned two sets of clothes at the time — we can also fill our lives with restlessness, tensions and frustrations.
Simplicity starts as a disposition of the mind. So naturally, my training involved freeing my mind from its limiting tendencies. It was also a process of learning to welcome and accept whatever comes and to release what needs to go.
As I was quite attached to living in close physical proximity to my teacher, he soon made it clear to me that his role was only that of a catalyst.
So one day, 16 years into my training, he said:
“Muktidharma, this little man that you see standing in front of you is NOT your real Guru.”
He told me that everything I needed to know was within me. “The whole world is your training ground”, he said, “the Divine teaches you through its different manifestations”.
I left the ashram with empty pockets, but rich with simplicity.
My teacher had always encouraged me not to just blindly follow him. Instead, he invited me to always examine the teachings for myself and, ultimately, follow my own heart.
My own experiences in search for truth have inspired a little book…
My hope is that it will remind you of simplicity and inspire you to notice the silent teachers that surround you.
Because when you pay close enough attention, everything becomes your teacher.