Time you wake up? I get up right about 7:30. I’m not that much of a morning person, and the really nice thing is, is that I live a block away from work, so I really don’t have to be.
Morning Routine: I just sleep until the alarm goes off at 7, then I sit there for about a half hour just relaxing getting ready for my day.
My best habit: My best habit is being aware of all the thoughts that are going through my head through the day. I have found that fore most of my life I had no idea who I was, and today I continue to explore my thoughts because the self is infinite.
Worst habit: My worst habit is letting my irrational mind trick me and fool me into behavior that doesn’t help me or the people around me, for I believe I should be the best service towards others because to love others is the only true way to love yourself.
Your personal philosophy: I am a philosophy major in college, and that has told me that, in the west, I am a Neoplatonist, and in the East, I am a Visishtadvitan. I have found this to be true for me, but I also believe that all belief systems are true.
Books you are reading: I read a couple of books at the same time. Right now, I am reading Orpheus and the Roots of Platonism, Plotinus’ Enneads, Ramanuja’s Commentary on the Gita, and Greek thought and the Origins of the Scientific Spirit.
What time do you go to sleep? I usually go to sleep around 1pm. Before I go to bed I stay engaged with politics because I find it interesting and I believe it is my duty as a citizen to stay involved. Also, before I go to bed I meditate for 45 minutes. I have always been more of a night person, and that is why I don’t do the mediation in the morning.
What motivated you to be a life coach, and author? I am someone who has been through a lot. I have nine disorders, and I have been able to over come all of them. I was on SSDI for 15 years. Since then, I got one college degree in business, so I could make a living in accounting. I am going for another one in philosophy because I find the nature of truth fascinating. I am a pro-bono life coach because I want everyone to succeed. I have been able to overcome my disabilities mostly through my thinking. I am a writer and I wrote my first book, A Vicious Cycle A Change for the Better, when I could barely read because of my learning disabilities until 5 years ago. What my drive and motivation has shown me is that no matter what is happening in the world I only have one problem: myself. I believe that this world, and everything in it, is the way it is meant to be. I was an atheist for most of my life, but now I define God as everything I do not know, and I do not understand. This way I can learn from everything I go through. Learning is what all the Saints and philosophers, as well as Darwin, says that life is about. I will always have more to learn, and I will always have a drive to achieve something else, and the only thing that stands in my way is my irrational thinking. This is something that I help others explore and overcome.
What has been your greatest professional success and your biggest setback? My greatest professional success is getting off of SSDI, and making above the median income in America. I learned how to read about 5 years ago because of all of my learning disabilities, and today I finished writing my first book called A Vicious Cycle. It has inspired me to write even more, and I am working on another one right now. I now have a passion to help others achieve the goals that they want in their life. My greatest set back is when my mind takes me into my old ways of thinking, and I get stalled or take backward steps in my life. I have a long way to go no matter what, and there are times I forget and get frustrated, but I refocus and get back on track. Hopefully that will always be the case.
What do you love writing about the most? I have written A Vicious Cycle A change for the Better, and I am focused on writing another right now. I made the first one applicable to the average person, but this next one I have going to be submitting to the Ibn al-Arabi Society for publication. I am working on writing about ethics and the way we all live our lives. I love exploring the nature of truth, and trying to reveal it to others. I love contemplation, even in my free time, and with the mediation I do every night, it has shown me that all of this is with me and everyone else. Truths are universal to all of us.