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Repost: Towards Clarity

Two years ago when I was going through Ayurveda school, I wrote this reflection on the class material regarding the three gunas and states of psychospirituality. Since we will be diving into the three gunas as part of our exploration of Yoga and Ayurveda on the 31st as part of our Balanced Living program, I thought it would be a great time to revisit this. If you find this content relatable, always feel free to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

Originally written for my blog The Art of Being Nothing on January 31st, 2019.

As Paulo Coelho wrote in The Alchemist, “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

I revisit this time and time again, because when I have moments of clarity and I find myself taking action to fulfill on my higher purpose, things just seem to happen magically and naturally, with everything in synchronicity.

I’m not talking about superficial wants here – I’m referring to the highest yearning of the soul to fulfill on its purpose. In The Alchemist, Coelho is referring to a person’s decision to follow in pursuit of his or her own personal destiny. This decision requires a clear mind and unshakeable faith because there are challenges one must go through in order to learn the lessons that need to be learned for one to become the person that achieves his personal destiny. At the core, it is about transformation and transcendence.

It feels like no accident that this past week was the week that we started exploring the world of Ayurvedic Psychology in class. In the past, reading a textbook was mildly interesting at best, boring torture most other times. Reading through this week I felt like a Muggle discovering a book of magic spells.

Over the course of my life, I’ve spent more time questioning reality, being unsettled, unsatisfied with the norm, and searching than I have being happy and content. Never satisfied with myself, I’ve put myself under self-improvement effort after self-improvement effort, whether through development programs, school, or even dance lessons. Underneath this effort was a whole lot of frustration at myself, never understanding why I never measured up to my own perception of others’ expectations. Little did I realize that the