Seven years ago, I reached breaking point. I was feeling the burden of everyday pressures, including money, work and family, and was not happy with my life. I was achieving things that I thought would make me happy but all these things were adding stress. I thought: “I’m not here to just worry and die.”
After starting the meditation, my life drastically changed for the better. I just became happier, and happier. You can learn to do it even when your at work. Before I would get stressed, but now I am in control of my mind…my mind isn’t controlling me and my thoughts aren’t running away, making the suffering.
Prior to meditation, we had achieved everything, but still we were not content. Everything we achieved together actually made things more stressful. The meditation has helped me to self-reflect and be more in control of my life.
Our three children are also doing the meditation. They were initially skeptical to try meditation but now they enjoy it and want to meditate. It’s a huge safety net for them. The pressures they face in life, including sport, school and friends, are easier to manage now.
Ireland (13 years old)
My brothers and I used to fight a lot but now that we all discard our minds about each other we now appreciate each other. My family enjoy doing things together and we are all much happier to be together.
Cassidy (11 years old)
I have become a lot calmer and less stressed from meditation. I used to not listen to my parents…now I can see all my thoughts, and the bad stuff I was doing. Now my minds a lot clearer there’s a lot less stuff I’m worried about. If someone says something mean to me, I don’t worry.
I’ve been really happy now and have been doing my work really good.
Evan (10 years old)
Before I meditated I was always getting into trouble and fights at school. I was so stubborn. I would feel jealous of what my friends had and I never appreciated what I had.
Why did you start meditation?
I started this meditation to quieten my mind from constantly planning for my future or thinking about events from my past. I felt that my over busy mind was draining the physical energy from my body.
What has changed the most for you since starting the meditation?
Since doing this meditation I feel I have become more confident and clear in my decision making. I am able to make decisions without all the questions, doubts and worry that used to flood into my mind at these times.
How has meditation helped you with everyday life?
I have also gained valuable “tools in the box” to help resolve interactions with people in my work and personal life. I am able to accept decisions that I may not initially agree with and move on from that negative mind effortlessly whereas in the past I would have constantly played these situations over and over in my mind and been totally unaware that I was doing it.
Anything you would like to say to people who are thinking of starting?
Doing this meditation doesn’t mean I have to shave my head and go live in the mountains. I have the freedom to do whatever I want with my life but I do it with an awareness of mind that I never had before I started meditating. I truly understand why I have ended up in difficult situations in my past and why I had reacted the way I did at that time. Now I live a far more uncomplicated life thanks to this method of meditating.
No more insomnia
I was bullied back in high school and I put immense pressure on myself to respond to it, which resulted in unbearable anxiety, poor sleep quality and insomnia. When I was older, I worked as a civil engineer and my sleep continued to deteriorate. My sleep quality and insomnia were so severe that at times I couldn’t focus on what I was doing. I took medication to help deal with the anxiety and I also tried different meditations. Although these helped, progress was slow and I still struggled a lot with fatigue.
After starting at Mandurah Meditation, I noticed a major difference, making more progress and eliminating more stress in months than in my previous eight years of meditation. It is so powerful having a method that really gets rid of the anxiety; in fact I am off the medication. And more recently even my sleep quality and insomnia have been improving – rapidly.
I have been able to make far better decisions at work and in life and have recently joined the Labor Party. I even feel much more excited and positive about my work. My team members have noticed the changes in me. I no longer feel bitter or angry towards the people and events in my life, not only because those thoughts and feelings aren’t there anymore but also because I would not have met this method otherwise. I’ve told my family and work colleagues all about this amazing meditation – it comes so naturally! I have finally found my purpose. I am much more at peace, knowing exactly the direction I am heading in – up.
If you are already seeking help because of your mind, you are already a wonderful person. This method actually works. Otherwise, you don’t know what you’re missing out on! Unimaginable happiness is right here but obscured by your mind. I really had no idea how effective this meditation would be at uncovering true happiness, the true self. It’s only while you’re doing it that you can fully appreciate it – you get the benefit as you go. Even if it takes a while, there really is nothing else worth substituting it with.
Background story of Chris’ struggle with anxiety and insomnia
At the time when I was bullied back in high school, I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be great if I didn’t care? Then it wouldn’t matter!’ I knew that it was in fact the anxiety itself that was the issue – it was my own mind. I therefore tried to get rid of the anxiety, but couldn’t. Then, one day, the anxiety simply disappeared; I was flabbergasted. However, it returned shortly after and from that point on, I went out of my way to figure out what had happened, why and how to replicate the removal of the anxiety. It became an obsession.
The insomnia severely affected my work and I was made redundant as a civil engineer. I saw a doctor about sleep disturbance and anxiety and I was put on antidepressant medication. It was very effective, blocking almost all the anxiety and putting me in a good mood. It was also at this time that I first tried different meditations.
I decided that getting a job was too difficult at this point in time, so instead I started a Masters by Research. The medication wasn’t without its side-effects. While I was working on my Masters, the medication was so effective on anxiety I hardly worked on it for a whole year, which greatly frustrated my supervisor! So, in order to finish, I came off it. The motivation returned, but with it the anxiety and obsession. I continued meditating with great diligence.
After finishing my Masters, I landed a job with the local government of Port Hedland. However, the anxiety and sleep issues again took their toll and I was struggling to keep up with the immense workload, especially as expectations were mounting. I was even struggling to keep up with my daily routine, where I was trying to do everything in order to be perfect. I was eating healthy, going to the gym and doing different meditations. There was some progress with these meditations but it was very slow. I therefore tried to figure out my own mind once again and also tried ‘Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’ which seemed to work better but was still very slow.
I went back on anti-anxiety medication and started seeing a psychiatrist after finding out I would be made redundant again. I moved back to Mandurah and got a job with the City of Mandurah. I got a fair amount of work done thanks to the medication and my prior experience but still wanted to improve on my sleep quality. I still felt fatigue to some degree. This is when I found out about Mandurah Meditation. Since then, I haven’t looked back!