Readers sharing how Unity has changed their lives
I spent 33 years in various management careers back
in Massachusetts, where I’m from. Retail stores, rental
companies, Delta Airlines, Blockbuster, and finally a
Starbucks. I was good at what I did. I was also unhappy for
a painfully long time. I was divorced, my three sons were
grown, and I lived alone. I made excellent money, had a
big TV, ate ribeye steaks every week, and drank $75 bottles
of scotch. But I was miserable and didn’t know why. I was
eating too much and drinking too much, and I never left
my house except for work and shopping.
I finally reached a point where I couldn’t continue with
the life I was living. I disliked what I was doing, both at
work and at home. I was overweight and unhealthy all
around. That’s when I decided to walk away from my career
for a while. I left Starbucks and spent a few months trying
to figure out what I was going to do. A friend came to me in
January of 2015 and said she was moving to New Mexico.
She asked if I would help her since I was free.
I agreed, and we decided to take a break at the halfway
point of the road trip to visit my friend Karen in Kansas
City. Karen had been taking yoga classes at the Unity
Tower, so she took me to see the campus. It was cold and
overcast when we pulled onto the grounds at Unity Village.
As I stepped out of her car, I remember feeling a distinct,
high vibration come up from the ground and through my
body. This was March: The fountains weren’t running and
no roses were blooming. There weren’t even many people
walking around. But it was magic!
When I returned to Massachusetts, I felt homesick for a
place I had never lived. I sold everything I owned that didn’t
fit in my truck and drove 1,400 miles with one intention: I
was going to work at Unity Village. I didn’t care what my
job was. I was getting in the door!
I began spending every day on campus. The Myrtle
Fillmore Grove, the Peace Chapel, the Silent Unity
courtyard, the Rose Garden—the entire campus was a place
of peace and meditation to me. Each day I would walk
around the base of the Tower, stopping at each of the Twelve
Powers sculptures, contemplating what that power meant
in my life at that moment. I was most grateful for “Release”
(Elimination) because of all the self-work I was doing.
I started reading books about Unity and its founders the
Fillmores, and it all resonated with me. Charles dedicated
himself to “the Silence,” knowing that all answers reside
there. I began a daily practice of finding “the Silence” (one
that expanded when I later took my first Spiritual Education
and Enrichment class on meditation).
I began working two to three days a week at the Unity
Village Bookstore and Coffee Shop. It was happening! I had
applied for other jobs on campus, but making coffee and
talking to people got me started. Within a few months I
knew just about everyone on campus, and they embraced
me as family. Everyone kept asking me to share my story.
I changed my lifestyle and started eating healthy and
exercising regularly. I lost nearly 70 pounds. I also met an
amazing woman named Ahlara who “just happened to walk
in one day.” Then I got a full-time job as a prayer associate
for Silent Unity. Ahlara and I married later that year, and
several months after that, a blessing named Ahryan arrived.
(Almost 20 years since my last son, I had another young
man in my life.)
I then became a supervisor for Silent Unity, finally using
my experience in management to start giving back to the
place I had grown to love. Today, about three and a half
years after making my first latté for a Unity employee, I
am the manager of Unity Mindfulness and Meditation
Technologies, mapping the ways Unity may pray with
others as technology develops in the future.
I can only hope that what I am here to give Unity comes
close to what Unity has given me: a whole new world, a new
way of seeing it, and a truly blessed life.
How Unity—and Making
Coffee—Saved My Life
By Matthew Kent
Matthew Kent is the manager
of Mindfulness and Meditation
Technologies at Unity Village. He
is also the co-owner with his wife
Ahlara Kent of The Light of Truth,
which offers yoga, meditation
and mindfulness instruction, and
community service projects.