Michael Rossato-Bennett lives in NYC. He is a householder with a wife, two beautiful children and two dogs. He has accepted the challenge to become Enlightened in one year. Will he succeed?

A conversation: Is Hari a good Teacher? from Michael Rossato-Bennett on Vimeo.


Thoughts before starting DAY 1 – Why am I doing this?

Today, is Valentine’s day, my anniversary.

Today, I will meet my Teacher, as her Student for the first time.

Today, will be the first day of my project to become Enlightened.

I can hear you laughing-

This is going to be me in one year!!

I am going to tell all of the people that I know that I am going to become enlightened in one year.

I will look really stupid if I quit.

I don’t want to quit.

This way of living has to end, and I haven’t figured out how to do it myself in 50 years.  So, I am finally going to put myself in the hands of a teacher…

I know it is possible to be happy.  My daughter is happy.  In fact, my daughter’s life, and all her beautiful little friend’s lives do not suck.  They are full of joy.

My daughter a few years ago

But, except for 8 year-old’s, most everyone I know right now, in some way, is living a life that sucks.  (Like my neighbor Brian, gets dressed every morning and tells me he is  going to Hell! {a bank actually})

Here I am on the starting line of my year.  After all these years on this planet you’d think I know how to turn my mind around, but I don’t.   How about you?  How is it going for you? It’s probably different for you – you’ve probably mastered your mind already, right?

Well, I have not and that is why I am doing this..

Am I wrong in thinking the ‘people caught up in their own stupid thoughts’ club is the biggest club in the world?’

Today I will have to do my practice that Hari is going to give me.

I will check in tomorrow

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