Lessons From Living in an Ashram in India

Lessons From Living in an Ashram in India

For most entrepreneurs in their first year of business, the idea of taking an entire month offline to pursue something they feel is valuable or worthwhile seems unthinkable. We’re drilled into believing we always need to put our clients first, need to be accessible at every moment (waking or not) and should be working all the time. I’ve built my business on the premise that in order to serve my clients and community best, I need to be the best version of myself. So, when the opportunity came to live in an Ashram in the Maharastra province of India for a month, I acted upon it. I decided it would be a smart investment for my business and my life to live in an Ashram for a month. I was hoping to gain insights into a different lifestyle and culture, with the intention of applying the lessons I learned to the way I live my life. I was lucky to absorb some key concepts and important lessons from Ashram living which everyone in the West can benefit from, either personally or professionally:

How to Listen

Six of my thirty days in the Ashram were spent in complete silence. In the context of Ashram living, silence means not only not speaking but also not communicating with others…

The 5 Reasons Why I Trekked to Everest Base Camp

The 5 Reasons Why I Trekked to Everest Base Camp

Why Go To Everest Base Camp? Aside from the superficial allure and bragging rights of hiking to the bottom of the top of the world, I knew there was something stronger pulling me to the mountain. With the incredible lessons from summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in December 2016 fresh in my mind, I decided to return to the mountains and High Altitude. Here are the five reasons I went and what I learned:

 

1)     I went because I can

There is no time like the present. Ever. In fact, It is the only thing we can be certain exists. The biggest reason why I went to Everest...

The Four Reasons I Took My Legal Practice Online To Travel The World

The Four Reasons I Took My Legal Practice Online To Travel The World

As I write this from a small café in Kathmandu, preparing to leave for a hike to Everest Base Camp, I can barely hide my smile. While the Nepalese air is a bit polluted from the traffic outside, I still breathe it in with a sense of pride. A few months ago, I decided to take my law firm, Conscious Counsel, online. The impetus for doing this was so that I could continue to grow and build my passion of lawyering for heart-leading businesses, but also live my dream of traveling the world at the same time.

Is there any proposition that seems more paradoxical then ‘lawyer’ and ‘traveller’? In our current paradigm, the answer is no. But...

Why I Shaved My Head and Donated My Hair

Why I Shaved My Head and Donated My Hair

I recently shaved my head and donated my hair to an organization which uses hair to make wigs for people who need it. It was something that I had wanted to do for a long time and the decision was deeply laced with intention. Here are the five reasons why I shaved my head and the significance behind a seemingly innocuous decision:

 

1)      People Need It

Let that sink in for a second...

Why I Ran a Half-Marathon Barefoot

Why I Ran a Half-Marathon Barefoot

I never thought of running half-marathon barefoot. But, as I crossed the finish line on Vancouver’s beautiful seawall with the sun glistening in my face, I knew I had made the right choice. The decision was less than 24-hours old and I trained 0.0kms barefoot, but completing the race reaffirmed some deep beliefs surrounding the execution of a goal once you commit to it. As I reflect on the experience, it is clear the lessons and impact run deeper – and I am more than happy to share.

 

Before getting into what I learned from the experience and how it relates to everything about life...