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Journey to the Supersoul
Paramatman (parama - supreme, atma - soul), is a Sanskrit word which translates as Supersoul. "Yet in this body there is another, a transcendental enjoyer, who is the Lord, the supreme proprietor, who exists as the overseer and permitter, and who is known as the Supersoul" - Bhagavad Gita 13.23
We learn that deep down in every being there is the fundamental idea of God, which sometimes is blocked off due to material circumstances. Our job in this life is to unblock ourselves from God so that we may begin to cultivate a loving relationship with our higher power and true selves. God is always present - we just choose to ignore him.
This is my journey over the past 6 months to the Supersoul:
On June 1, 2016 I moved to Supersoul Farm, with two very inspiring mentors of mine, Raghunath and Bridget Cappo to study yoga more deeply. Originally from New Jersey, I had a well-paying job with many perks and a good standing in my company as well as the local communities that I served. I have a loving and supporting family, but I was always a seeker, wondering what more there was to life. Pained by the materialistic existence I lived, not feeling any bit true to myself, I decided to change one simple detail in my life. Everything. I packed my bags and moved to East Chatham, New York.
Over the past months living here, the internal as well as external transformation I am experiencing is astonishing. I came to upstate NY with no sense of direction in my life. I had no conception of feeling any basic human emotions like love, gratitude and joy and was spiritually numb. Moving into Supersoul, I have been able to create this space to enable this vital growth and manifestation of my true self. For the first time in a very long time, perhaps my entire life, I feel a strong connection to my higher beliefs and the higher forces working in my life. I have been able to develop a very strong sadhana (spiritual practice) and spend a lot of time meditating, studying yogic philosophy and offering seva (service) to the community. The Mike you see today is able to show up in such an authentic portrayal of who I really am.
When I ask myself what my purpose is, or more importantly what I have to offer, I realize that it's my uncensored authenticity that I am able to offer. From this I draw so much self-empowerment. All the experiences of my life have enabled me to build a toolbox of interpersonal skills which not only aid myself, but others. It's my fierce determination to constantly better myself, as well as to show that determination and share personal experiences of what I have experienced or am currently experiencing, that can be channeled to inspire others. This is my gift to offer people, whether working individually or during my yoga asana classes.
This is my journey to the Supersoul, that guiding force within myself that is my direct connection to my true self, to my true creator. When people ask me how life is in upstate New York, I have only one answer to give them: moving upstate was the best decision I've made in my life, and it's a decision I'll never regret.