Joined the Sun Of Even Pressure Disciple Council: December, 2016
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Born in Canada’s Capital, Ottawa, I was raised in the vast province of Ontario. The most memorable years being the ones spent in the wilderness of the north where I developed an appreciation for nature and its prolific wildlife.
I pursued my post-secondary education in Toronto where I graduated with a BSc in Psychology. This field along with anthropology and astronomy fascinated me because of its study of human behaviour, cultures and civilizations which to me held many mysteries. The next 20 post graduate years of my life were career focused which included a lot of travelling. My occupation in Tourism and Hotel Management introduced me to cultural diversity around the world. During my travels, my academic background provided me with an interest in indigenous groups and their spiritual practices. Gravitating towards Buddhism, I started spending more time visiting world Buddhist pilgrimage sites and assuming a semi monastic role in monasteries and retreat centres in Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent.
Upon returning to Canada after several years of absence and having acquired a deep sense of responsibility towards our planet, I decided on a new career in the field of sustainable agriculture. At the turn of the century, Monsanto ruled, organic food was rare to find and the word sustainability was largely unknown. After completing my academic studies and apprenticeship in California I would spend the next 12 years helping land owners, communities and NGOs start-up or expand organic farm businesses around the world.
My work in organic food production and sustainable technology continues to this day in close collaboration with my spiritual practice. I currently live and work in an off-grid Buddhist dharma community in BC’s Garibaldi Mountains, which promotes sustainability, selfless service and benevolence to Mother Earth and Her children.
Lessons learned from my I Am Presence
Pursue your dreams by harnessing your heartfelt passions for they are the fuel that propels you to succeed in all your endeavours
Release old patterns which lock you into a stagnant state of inactivity. Cleanse that which remains so as to make space for new patterns and healthy habits which will serve to reacquaint you with your soul
Find time in your busy schedule to serve others or support causes dear to your heart while expecting “Nothing “ in return. Doing so will bring you an abundance of wealth and joy beyond measure
Build the courage to overcome fear which prevents you from stepping into the shoes that you wish to wear
Progress can be achieved in great leaps and bounds when willing to risk everything for the greater purpose
Reconnecting with nature is one of the easiest means by which to reconnect with your true self. As a microcosm of Mother Earth, she will help you bring harmony to the elements which make up your body
Overcome daily distractions which are drawing you away from spending true quality time by yourself and with others
Simple active meditative practices such as smiling, walking or mindfulness are very transformative towards achieving peace, confidence and joy
Be gentle, loving. Kind, generous, grateful and forgiving with yourself so that these may easily be practiced with those who surround you