You don’t have to do it alone

by Alex, Open Circle student

I recently completed six years of university study. Upon completing my undergrad degree I returned for a Master’s in Kinesiology and to continue playing rugby for McMaster. I had to delay the start date of my grad studies after sustaining a severe concussion that sidelined me from almost all aspects of life and upon returning to school half a year later I definitely wasn’t well enough to continue playing rugby. I had always been extensively involved in extra-curricular activities and so this was a confusing and challenging time for me.

Shortly after starting my Master’s I discovered Open Circle and attended an open house to learn more. I immediately realized this was a group I could become involved in, not simply to pick up another hobby to fill space in my life; but rather to create space and inquire (in a playful manner) about life itself. I participated in multiple personal discovery courses, weekly meditation meet-ups, one on one spiritual mentoring sessions, and overnight retreats. This provided me with an avenue to engage in perhaps the most fundamental kind of study, and though one does not need much to do so, it is far too easy to get lost along the path. Open Circle provides a framework to do this kind of essential work. A spiritual mentor of mine says, “You have to do it yourself, but you don’t have to do it alone.” I am very thankful to Jeff and Marybeth, the excellent facilitators of Open Circle, as well as the rest of the crew, for providing me with an opportunity to realize what is truly important to me and steer my path in a direction that is conducive with my values and mission toward a meaningful and fulfilling life.