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Throw Out Your Designer Handbag And Get A Guru!

When I was in college, I fancied myself very enlightened with my five-day-a-week yoga practice, my lotus flower tattoo, and my tattered copy of the Daoist text Zen Mind, Beginner Mind. Post-college, I experimented even more with New Age spirituality. There were Indian sweat lodges, psychic vortex tours, aura pendulum readings, natal chart mappings, and Sanskrit chanting sessions. Before you giggle, I will be the first to admit that, in retrospect, I was a bit misguided in my pursuits. What I didn’t know at the time was that I was desperately searching for my purpose in life. Once I had more of a clue about what my actual purpose was, the luster of New Age activities wore off for me. I wanted to spend more time gazing into the eyes of fellow human beings than at my own navel. Not that I discredit the knowledge gained from these experiences—hey, I still make time for yoga once a week and I would totally go to that sweat lodge again because it was crazy cool. I just now understand that engaging in New Age rituals doesn’t make you any more enlightened. Feeling secure with your place in the world does. Keep reading »

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