Volunteer Introduction — Ayla

by Ayla
(Montréal, Canada)

"Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brené Brown.
"Breathing in, I see myself as a flower. Flower. Breathing out, I feel fresh" — Thich Nhat Hanh

This whole concept sounds incredible. An enlightening junction for beings along their paths to join, to gather and share their knowledge, to learn, to grow, to let go, and to heal. Through this we can experience and learn more ways to love and to fully express ourselves. I wish to come to The Sanctuary to connect on that much deeper level, on the level that pervades sensory experiences, that transcends the mental and the physical. I wish to practice deepening my presence and my experience of this light, the light that can be brightened within all of us.

To briefly introduce myself: My name is Ayla. I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and I am now soon to graduate from McGill University, Montréal, Canada. I will be graduating with a BSc. Hon. Psychology, minoring in Life Sciences and Musical Science and Technology. For the most part of my life now I have been interested in this "something else" that we can experience that modern-day science and modern-day ways of thinking have yet to fully elucidate. I have experience working with Chinese doctors on TCM and working in meditation and neuroscience research. I have also completed my yoga teacher training learning "The Dr. Bali Method of Yoga" — a profound method of yoga designed by 92-year-old Madan Bali, which focusses on the science of yoga to help with stress relief, depression, terminal illnesses, anxiety, and many more. I have had a most recent experience with traumatic amounts of stress, which led me to believe and do things that are "not me". I have managed to heal so much over the past year and I attribute this to my deep yoga and meditation practices, but primarily I thank the love: the love from my family, my friends, and from the world.

I with to come to The Sanctuary to heal, connect, learn, and grow. I wish to be able to share love and knowledge with anyone and everyone.

Since someone else shared a quote they liked I thought I'd share this extract I enjoy and I wish to embody in my life:

In dark night live those
For whom the world without alone is real;
In night darker still, for whom the world within
Alone is real. The first leads to a life
Of action, the second of meditation.
But those who combine action with meditation
Go across the sea of death through action
And enter into immortality
Through the practice of meditation.
So have we heard from the wise.

— Isha Upanidhad

And although I can not wait to come to the Sanctuary/meet you all...I can wait. :)

"Even if you are going to die tomorrow, keep yourself straight and clear and be a happy human being today.” ~Lama Yeshe.

Nice to meet you all! ~

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