Being raised in the Bronx, New York was quite a challenge for my sensitive nature. I was raised in a severely dysfunctional family. My Mom was a controlling and angry person while my Dad emitted a strong silent presence yet remained emotionally absent. At some point, as a young boy, I decided that it would be safer to stay withdrawn and as a result I spent a great deal of time searching within, to find my place, peace, and purpose in life.
In my senior year of college I started Transcendental Meditation and my search for peace was over. I had found something that filled my being with such grace, calm, and peace that I decided in that moment that helping people was my true calling in life. A few years later, at the age of 26, after teaching a TM course in Las Cruces, New Mexico, suddenly my mind became very clear and I awoke to my own true nature. It was then that I realized that the goal of the journey was not just bliss and peace but to gain a clear recognition of who we really are and how the engaging mind holds us hostage to fear and suffering.
Along the way I have discovered that the path to self-realization is not easy, is not always blissful, and can be confusing due to the many turns and time it takes to reach the goal. Many seekers believe that realization solves all of one’s problems and this is just not true. To paraphrase what Adyashanti says….Our enlightenment is not defined by what we detach from in this life but by the integration and attaching of our true self to every aspect of our world.
I am in wonderful relationship with my wife Rita, who in her own right is a wonderful transformation coach. We often teach together and our life is devoted to each others spiritual development. I am so fortunate to have her in my life.
We have four wonderful grandchilden that grace our life with innocent, grace, and unconditional love. Our time is so precious as we teach each other what we need to learn in that moment.