I have been meditating for nearly 50 years, having been taught as a young teenager at school. I naively thought all schools offered meditation on the curriculum and looking back it seems somewhat precocious, but at the time it felt normal and straightforward. It was only when I left school and started travelling and getting some experience of life that the true value of learning to meditate was fully appreciated. When studying at university and starting my career I realised that the many benefits from meditation were having a direct impact on my approach to people and work.
In the early years of working for an international auction house I was travelling extensively around the world, working to strict deadlines and challenging targets, as well as managing a busy family life.
Meditation helped me maintain perspective and keep stress in check, and I seemed to have all the energy I needed for my demanding life.
Gradually, in the rush to fulfil my employer’s demands and spend more time with my family, there was less time for meditation and slowly it became a less frequently used tool technique to deal with pressure, maintain perspective and achieve calmness.
There followed some years in the wilderness when I needed support and encouragement and in those pre-internet days it was difficult to find and connect with a teacher. During a particularly stressful period I felt a strong need to reactivate my meditation practice.
Fortunately, through my long-held interest in yoga and Pilates, I came across my teacher Jillian Lavender, one of the most experienced teachers of Vedic Meditation in the world. Together with her partner Michael Miller, she helped me get back on track.
With their encouragement, compassion and comprehensive instruction, I deepened my practice, studied for extensive periods and attended numerous meditation retreats in the UK and India. Now over ten years later I am a fully qualified Vedic Meditation teacher.
My experience as an employee and entrepreneur, having a family, losing a job and changing career is not that unusual, but my reaction was different to most people's as these personal challenges were eased by meditation.
Meditation reduced my stress levels and anxiety, helped me to keep centred, encouraged better sleep and boosted my energy levels.
The benefits of practicing meditation are widespread and everyone experiences them in different ways. It is humbling and inspiring to see the changes that people make to their lives when they make the decision to learn to meditate.
With my broad perspective on the challenges of life my purpose now is to share my knowledge of meditation with enthusiasm and integrity. I want to help people use Vedic Meditation in an easy and effective way which gives them a quality of life which combines calmness with energy and focus.
The part of a person that enables them to think, feel emotions and be aware of things.
A quality that attracts people to you and makes you successful and full of energy.