Ananda left college in Flagstaff, AZ at age 20 to live at a yoga monastery in Denver Colorado for 5 years. Graduating the ashrama he felt strengthened internally and clear about what he wanted to do in the world. He finished his degree in psychology and received his certification in transformative communication. After getting married, he and his wife moved from Denver to Michigan where he has now built a career supporting people around the globe as they learn to build a sacred container for their life. Ananda believes in everyone's personal story and is passionate about helping people write the best one possible for them.
" The caterpillar can't imagine being able to fly because it has not yet experienced (suffered) the cacoon. "
- Ananda Murari
I decided after two years in college to drop out and jump in a van with monks who spent their life traveling across the country teaching others how to meditate and find meaning. Learning from the monks, while simultaneously sharing and speaking with people from all over the world, I began to appreciate how universal our human experience is; how our needs and fears aren't much different, mostly unconscious, sometimes running our lives. I then decided to spend 5 years studying as a monk in a monastery located in Denver, Colorado. There, I tried to further embody the holistic practices of transformation and self-actualization. It was those powerfully formative years that clarified for me the gift of selfless service, sacred practice, and deep relationships. After graduating from the monastery and finishing a degree in Psychology, I applied those cultivated values in the field of transformative communication to better integrate all that I had learned.
During the time of my transition from monastic life into family life, the growing awareness of my responsibility became increasingly clear. I didn't have the right to not share what I had been given, lest I become like a clay pot with a hole in it, only to have the contents waste away from my vessel. I was to build a container for my life, a soul’s vessel if you will, by which I could effectively serve and distribute the substance of everything I had learned thus far and benefit those I came in touch with.
This period was not without confusion, as it's common in any shift of the times a need for adapting our way of thinking arises, and much of what that vessel would ultimately look like became a constant question.
At that time I received some insight from my teacher that has illuminated my journey since.
He said “as we go through our life, giving attention to the various areas of relationships, wealth, health, purpose, and most importantly, our spiritual connection, we’ll be faced with many challenges in our attempts to maintain a harmony between them. And those challenges will make us a Whole Person”.
So much of what I do as a coach is supporting you to step into that next major chapter of your life. As you discover and give a voice to the version of yourself much larger than you’ve known, a profound sense of empowerment and authenticity guides your decisions, overcoming fear and unconsciousness.
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