For the better part of the last twenty years we’ve intentionally lived without television, radio, newspapers and magazines. Until just under three years ago we didn’t own a computer and we still don’t carry cell phones. Why?
This has been an experiment in search of a simpler way of living, and a more meaningful way of being. Welcome to my world.
I’m a lucky man. I wake up every day in paradise and I go to sleep in the same place.
In the last year we’ve lost almost every penny of our savings, after having been mortgage-free most of our life together.
Yet I don’t feel sorry for myself. I am so lucky.
I was introduced to yoga by Lucia 20 years ago when we met in the Himalayas. I continue to start nearly every day with a refreshing taste of yoga and meditation, the ultimate breakfast for me. Now, after many years away from it, Lucia has resumed teaching—two early morning classes each week here in our house. I attend them, along with a small malleable group of good friends. I feel like I’m living in an ashram. I am so lucky.
Late most afternoons, when much of my work for the day is done, I retreat to my room for Six Healing Sounds and relaxation. This quiet time feels so good to me. I am so lucky.
Most Wednesday evenings I walk along the beach, turn inland and up a hill to the radio station where I interview some amazing person for an hour on radio and cable television. I call that show Voices from the North and I love doing it. I am so lucky.
Most Thursday evenings a dear friend leads a small dedicated group of us in Sanskrit chanting. I walk along our beautiful beach to and from her home. I am so lucky.
Other evenings I walk alone or with Lucia, work in the garden or play outside with my children, the air alive with the heavenly fragrance of Queen of the Night and Datura. What more could a man ask for? I am so lucky.
Every month my family attends our local Ceilidh, an alcohol-free evening of live, quality music performed by talented local musicians. We dance for hours, swept away in the joyful atmosphere of community. I am so lucky.
I have one small problem: finding the time to put into place all I am inspired to do, write and share. I take it one small happy step at a time.
At night, before bed, I pick up my guitar and sing one or two of my devotional songs, make a simple prayer asking that I can continue to be a clear channel of service to humanity, and I fall peacefully asleep. I am healthy, I am happy and I’m in love. I am so lucky.
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