If we are here to write about interesting people, then the founder of Zenagoy is for sure the one to make an official opening of the blog "Humans of ZENAGOY". From the first sight Ben does not seem to be any different from all of us, however if you spend more time with him, you get to know that inside this person resides an extraordinary soul.
If you had a chat with Ben last year, and asked him "What are you grateful for in this Life?", his answer would have been "I have never thought about it". If you would have asked him "Is there anything you would like to improve about yourself?" his answer would have been "I am happy the way I am, is that wrong?". However now, after less than one year of practicing yoga and meditation he would gladly share with you a long list of things he is grateful for in this Life and even tell you how much he is enjoying this journey of self discovery.
Q: How did yoga and meditation enter your Life?
A: The best things in this Life happen when we expect them the least or we don't expect them at all. Nothing even close to the spiritual practices, like yoga and meditation, was crossing my mind until the moment I was invited to attend a meditation session at my neighbor's place. I accepted the invitation not because I was interested in the meditation, but because I was interested in my neighbor (smiling). After the meditation she started talking about the well-being of this World. Myself, who has never been bothered about it, found this topic challenging. I never took time to sit and think about this World and here it was - my neighbor, whom I liked, sitting in front of me and telling how important it is to give back to this World. After that meditation session I knew that I don't want to let her go! Being far from having a spiritual Lifestyle I was thinking how to impress her so I bought her a surprise trip. It was her Birthday present from me and she did not know where we would be going until we arrived to the airport to check-in. We went to Thailand. During our holidays I experienced yoga for the first time. I remember I had a hard time doing asanas, and she had a lot of fun laughing at me!
During that trip I realised that by wanting to have her in my Life I will have to enter a completely different World. I did not look for the spirituality in my Life, but it turns out I got both (laughing). I guess you could call it the start of my spiritual journey.
Q: Was the entering into the different World smooth?
A: I think I am still entering this World, if you can say like this. My journey just started. Jurgita is good at what she does! She talks to me about spirituality and spiritual practices as if it is something very natural for each of us. She stimulates my curiosity and at the same time she gives me the space and time to open up for new experiences. Before we met, I had my lifestyle, I had my habits, I clearly knew where my comfort zone ends and now I am invited to expand my view about Life! I am literally taking baby steps, but I can feel my Life changing.
Q: What is changing in your Life now?
A: Since I started practicing yoga and meditation, I learned about myself things I did not know I had - both positive and negative. It is a part of self-discovery and I feel I am discovering the "real me". Only now when my self awareness increased, I realize how little I knew about myself. For example, I always thought about myself being calm, but what I learned was that I kept myself away from having too many feelings and emotions. Only now that I started experiencing the inner freedom, I understand how closed I was. I feel that meditation helps me to forgo some of my bad habits and on the same time creates the space for good habits to expand.
Q: Which part is the most challenging for you?
A: As I mentioned earlier, I had some of my habits that created the Lifestyle I lived. I lived in my perfect comfort zone which I see now, was very small. Getting out of my comfort zone was challenging, but entering new horizons is also a challenge! Jurgita said that she is not going to jump into my comfort zone, because it is too small for two (laughing), and if I want to be in her Life I have to leave my comfort zone and jump into a deep waters where she dives, because it is more beautiful there! So I am entering the World that I don't know much about it. I feel I have to learn a lot!
Q: Are you enjoying your learning process?
A: I guess I have no choice (laughing)!
If I am honest, then I should admit that in the beginning I was sceptical about the spiritual practices. I even tried to resist, but now that I slowly started practicing myself I can only share that yogic Lifestyle is not that scary. On the contrary, Life becomes more fulfilling. I was always a happy person, but now my happiness is getting a different meaning: I feel it more inside than searching for it outside. I feel happier when I share, I feel I am becoming a better listener. I think this new experience is helping me to learn more about myself, about who I truly am instead of transforming me into something that I am not. You know what I mean?
Q: Are you saying that the idea that yoga and meditation is turning us into something "better" is a misconception?
A: Something like this, yes. I think yoga and meditation helped me to become aware of the habits and patterns that I developed throughout my Life, which shaped the idea of who I am. That was just an idea, because only now I am discovering who I truly am. I feel those unhealthy patterns cracking when I do yoga and I feel I am letting them go during my meditation. That's how I feel, but I guess for everyone this experience is very personal.
Q: You have very beautiful philosophy behind ZENAGOY. Could you share?
A: The vision of ZENAGOY started developing as soon as the name was born. The logo followed easily as well because we clearly new what we would like to share with this World: we - ZENAGOY - asking you to look at yoga and meditation from a different angle, look at this is as a lifestyle. We are encouraging you just to GO for it. We know that it could be scary, but knowing that you are not alone is comforting and ZENAGOY is here with you through your journey. My journey is more joyful because I have my partner with me on this path and I have my favourite GO Spirit Empire blue yoga mat (laughing).
With Zenagoy story we want to share with people that even the biggest sceptic, like me for example, can open up to new experiences. I would like to encourage everyone, who is still in doubt about yogic lifestyle, to make that first baby step towards spiritual journey. As soon as you step on your Yoga mat, the benefits of your spiritual practices will start revealing themselves outside your mat.
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