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Mike writes here about his journey into awakening and how that experience has informed and shaped his life since.
“As a young man, I experienced many years of emotional and mental suffering and after a serious physical illness in my late twenties, began seeking for relief and for answers to my questions from spirituality, teachers and from spiritual practices. Like so many of us, my seeking was initially a form of spiritual consumerism, fuelled by the desire to experience less pain and discomfort and more pleasure and happiness and for many years was concerned chiefly with self improvement (some of which was effective) and with creating a more fulfilling and satisfying life experience.
However, I always ended up returning to the same old familiar sense of discomfort, dissatisfaction and lack. For most of my early adulthood, I assumed that all human beings (and indeed all expressions of sentient life) lived in a state of incomplete yearning, a deeply dissatisfying state of feeling forever unfinished, of never really arriving anywhere, of feeling permanently hungry and utterly tormented by that. Eventually, the persistent pressure of that brought the structure of my separate self to collapse.