Who am I to be calling myself a Guru anyway?
I’m glad you asked.
Well, I think we are all Gurus.
Sure, we can all benefit from guidance from a Wise One at times – whether that be a spiritual Guru or a knowing friend – but at the end of the day we’re the experts on ourselves. We are the one and only person who can really know what is best and true for us. So it seems to me that we are all qualified to hold this post.
But as for me, I think I’m particularly well suited to the title.
I used to be a teacher and Guru just means teacher, right? Don’t worry that I used to teach on urban planning and politics not psychology, philosophy or anything remotely similar to spirituality. I guess we’re all entitled to change our area of expertise from time to time.
Having stayed on the sidelines as an observer of things outside of myself – in my academic and personal life – I decided that a change of career was necessary and launched myself unwittingly into the centre of my own research project to (excuse the cliche) ‘find myself’. So I now found myself living a completely different life in Bali and trying to avoid another cliche (thank you very much Eat, Pray, Love).
In a nutshell I’m a recovering academic who now uses my analytical brain to understand the world of life from the inside out. Swapping universities and lecture theatres for coffee shops and conversations, I spend my time writing and sharing with others who also find themselves on a mission of self-discovery in order to navigate myself through life.
Why Coffee Shop Guru?
Because I love hanging out in coffee shops and finding inspiration amidst the hum of the espresso machine. It is in these everyday places that I connect with strangers and good friends alike to explore the unknowns of our lives.
Oh, and I like thinking of myself as a Guru because it makes me feel special.