I started college, I began to learn about social and environmental injustices
around the world. My studies made me wonder how I, one single human being,
could possibly make any change for the better. I felt more and more anxious
about the state of the world, and about the lack of meaning and purpose in my
all these agonizing questions, my interest in mediation took root. Figures whom
I admired such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. – who had changed
the world in positive ways – appeared to be in on some secret together, and
that secret I perceived to be the spiritual path.
also felt that meditation could help me deal with the stress of living. Whether
you’re working or studying (as I was) or both, life has its ups and downs. I
felt immense pressure all the time – to earn good grades, find the right career
path, even to enjoy the social aspects of college as much as I felt I was ‘supposed’ to. It was all a bit overwhelming. I had recently taken up yoga and
was simply amazed by how calm it made me feel. Mental and physical well-being
started to become a daily priority, and I had a hunch that meditation was the
next step forward.