I am a physician by profession. Nominally retired since 2008. My professional activities are voluntary. As in the picture above, on a medical service mission to Peruvian villages in the high Andes last Spring. (And where I will be returning in 2017 with my wife, Johane and “Project Helping Hands”. It is a wonderful, non-religious, international medical service organization based in Oregon. (projecthelpinghands.org). I also provide cancer patient / survivorship support and advocacy in my second home in Baja California, Mexico.
My medical career was varied and fulfilling: 10 years in Emergency medicine in San Diego; 7 years of volunteer tropical medicine in Africa and Family Practice; 10 years as a laser surgeon in Oregon. But in 2007 I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. It could not be cured with surgery plus radiation plus chemotherapy. So I am living with cancer. Grateful that it is not currently aggressive. So I feel great and can live fully and enthusiastically. Like all of us, I don’t know how much more time I will be granted.
So in 2008 I decided that my journey in medicine was complete. I needed to turn from full time practice and devote myself to what was most important. What did I come into this life for? I have always known the answer to this question. Since a child I knew that the reason I was here embodied in this life was to learn about love. To learn to know, to embody and to serve the highest principle of non-conditional and universal love. It was time to turn completely to the fulfillment of that in my life.
Though some amazing teachers in the teaching traditions of Yoga, specifically teachers from the Anusara tradition. And the amazing philosophy that gave access to the pinnacle of meditation practices: that which is called the Shaiva-tantra teachings of Kashmir. Through these I found my meditation teacher: Professor Paul Muller-Ortega of Blue Throat Yoga, the thoroughly modern and thoroughly authentic iteration of these teachings and meditation practices.
After that my life has been unfolding and transforming in the most amazing, beautiful and fulfilling way. It is the caterpillar of my own small self becoming the butterfly. I want to share some glimpses of the extraordinary gifts that unfold in a life lived with this meditation practice (called Neelakantha). Thank you for your interest.