But first of all, who is Sadhguru? I was told to check this guy out back in 2012. And so I had a google. Up popped a stream of YouTube videos. I caught myself in some sort of digital/spiritual loop, as videos autoplayed one after the other (I guess a little like most people would experience Game of Thrones or binge worthy Netflix series).
I was clearly looking for answers, but of course when in search of answers you must start with a question. At that time however, I was lacking clarity in a big way so simply absorbing multiple subjects was my immersion into his world and way of thinking. How refreshing it was to find someone that could tackle as sticky a subject as depression with sensitive wit, and kind honesty: The man who can make an audience laugh through their tears and hug each other despite stranger status is I believe a true leader.
Now, years later, in fact just two weeks ago, I chat to a lady on a plane who tells me about a yoga practising friend I should meet. He turns out to be the very same Sadhguru and he was speaking in London last Saturday. So of course I had to go.
The clinical white metal walls and grey concrete floor of the Excel Centre was an incongruous venue for meeting this yogi/mystic/philosopher. Not the jungle of Tamil Nadu nor the roar of the lions but the roar of the sports cars racing in neighbouring London Motor Show. But why would I question it? This is, after all, London Town. Instead I sat in gratitude, along with everyone else, in essentially a cold car park, listening to the man speak for five hours.
Sadhguru’s brief was to tell the audience that in order to understand who we are, we must first understand who we are NOT. So the homework was set…spend five minutes each night processing who we are not, removing these layers. With repetition and understanding, we will eventually, after removing all of these layers, be left with who we truly are at the core of our being.
So from me – two rounds of homework:
- Google Sadhguru and see if his words resonate with you as they have with me.
- Practice the ‘who I am not’ each night in order to figure out who you truly are.
I look forward to hearing how you get on with both. Feel free to leave me a note or an email!