Take Me to Your Guru
Having a guru has become rather trendy, especially since the popularity of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller Eat, Pray, Love and recent release of Mike Myers’ film, "The Love Guru." Gurus can be the guiding light on your journey to living more spiritually and help you to put everything in your life in perspective by providing wisdom and enlightened answers. Still, you might want to hold off on running down to your nearest temple to ask for an experienced guru with great references to help guide your journey.
According to Rob Sidon, spokesman for one of the most well-known female gurus, Amma, the concept of a guru should not be taken lightly. He describes the subject as “sacred” and “deeply mystical.” Rather than seeking out a guru who ultimately serves as your guide, you should allow a guru to find you.
For more information, see this New York Post article on finding a guru. You might also talk to yoga instructors, acupuncturists or anyone else knowledgeable on the subject. Remember that a true guru will not take anything from you. If one ever asks you for money, you’ve been bamboozled.
If you are not ready for a guru quite yet, try incorporating meditation into your daily routine. You don’t have to buy a yoga mat or sit Indian style—just take five minutes at your desk, before bedtime or whenever you can, and concentrate on your breathing to relieve your body of stress and your mind of negativity. Need some tips? Check out our meditation expert Arjuna Ardagh's advice on Beliefnet.