Making the Most of the Present

shannonShannon Clarke first came to the Ashram at age four and subsequent visits chronicle significant stages in her 28-year life. She returned this February for the fifth time to listen to her heart and clarify her next steps.

I’m going into a new part of my life as my partner and I move back to the interior of B.C. This time I came to the Ashram to reflect and to make sure I direct my energy in a positive way toward the move. I’ve learned that the best thing I can do for the future is to make the most of the present, which is going to be my practice.

The approach to spirituality at the Ashram holds true for me, especially the openness, the looking within and the focus on symbolism. I find a feeling of home here. When I came for Teen Camp at age 14, I was old enough to appreciate how important it was that people stopped and reflected together. Checking in like this is an amazing way to connect, and something I want to do with people I care about when I leave.

My aunt (Elizabeth Macleod, aka Parama) originally brought my family here, and I’m so glad she did. She tapped into something very special.


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