IN 1999, at age 20, I had a powerful experience with an Ayurvedic doctor in London that radically altered the trajectory of my life. At the time, I was studying to become a lawyer in New York City. Following that session, I realized that whatever we want to achieve in the outside world — security, love, happiness — can and should be internally derived.
(That is a major concept for this blog.)
I abandoned the idea of having a career and "normal life," and knew I needed to pursue this realization to its ultimate end.
“My work, in its most basic form, involves resolving the root causes of poverty and suffering to allow the ease and magic of life to flow.”
Guided mostly by intuition and grace, from there I dove deeply into the study and practice of ancient systems of traditional medicine, being utterly fascinated by their power to heal on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels simultaneously. This education further cemented my understanding that we are not the ultimate "doers" of our lives and that we are wise to seek effortlessness over that which requires effort (yet another concept that permeates throughout my writing).
In 2009, I traveled to Rwanda to work with a number of orphan students who survived the 1994 Rwandan Genocide but who continued to suffer from its traumatizing effects. I found my bliss, as Joseph Campbell would put it, on this life-changing trip and made a commitment there to pursue humanitarian work and causes as my formal line of work.
In 2011, I gave up the life I was leading in the United States — including my home and the majority of my possessions — and have since been spending the majority of my time living in India and Kenya, where I engage in personal practice and facilitate programs that benefit the poor and underserved. If interested, you can learn about my not-for-profit work over at Mahtabe.
I live in a perpetual state of travel—simply, humbly, and in constant reverence. My work, in its most basic form, involves resolving the root causes of poverty and suffering to allow the ease and magic of life to flow.
Note: I am not identified with any religious or spiritual tradition. I recognize the unity of all the world's religions and spiritual philosophies and aim to communicate in a universal, embracing tone that anybody should be able to connect to regardless of identification.