I first found out about meditation when I was 12. I spent 2 weeks in the school summer holidays in the Scottish Highlands with my Dad. Over those 2 weeks my father helped me become aware of my destructive behavior and I started to adopt a new way of thinking. It was a dramatic change but I was at a point where I knew I had to change if I wanted me life to be enjoyable. I remember my Dad telling me, ‘change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change,’ those words have transformed my life, because the truth is we can’t change others but we can change ourselves.
It took a while for things to change, breaking two years of bad habits wasn’t easy – but my goodness it was worth it!
I kept a little journal which reminded me of my goals and I used it to focus, I would phone Dad every day after I had an argument and he would help me become aware of my actions and how they may have made the other person feel agitated and then they may have responded violently.
I also meditated. At the time this was an alien concept to me but at that time in my life, I was desperate for change, so gave it a go. I found it hard at first, but things started to get better, I started to feel different on the inside, It made me realise that my thoughts weren’t actually reality, this gave me hope and a sense of control.
“Don’t be afraid of the darkness in life because sometimes you need to learn what doesn’t work to find what does, to find the light.”
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits, watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” Lao Tzu
Small glimpses of positive change kept me motivated and before long I was up early before school having a strong yoga practice which acted as my foundation to set my day off to a great start and it massively helped me with my GCSE and A-levels getting 3A* at A-level was down to being healthy, happy and educated on my mind and how I could change my thoughts and attitude to perform well.
Just one small change every day – changed my whole lifestyle, how I feel about myself and how I interact with others.
I feel like a completely different person now, I feel compassionate and joyful and often look back and laugh with my friends at how dramatic the change was.
Age 12: started an interest in meditation, self healing and personal development
Age 14: attended a mindfulness course with my mother – with the intention for it to heal our relationship and make us the close friends we are now :)
Started getting into a physical yoga practice, after receiving a yoga DVD for Christmas from my grandparents
Age 15: started a meditation club at school
Age 16: trained to be a yoga instructor whilst starting to study for A-levels
Age 17: qualified as an instructor and started creating Bliss by Robin