The very first thought I had after being immersed in more than ten minutes in pure silence was “My people need to know this...”. It was right at that moment, more than one and a half year ago that I knew I wanted to become a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique.
For the first time in my life that day I was left with clarity in mind, a silence that could not be disturbed by anything, an awareness of presence and life itself, a lightness in my body and fulfillment that emanated from my core. I knew right then and there that all the answers I had been looking for in other people, in my culture, in my travels, studies, and religion, I could so easily find within me. I started to look at the world with a different pair of eyes and for the first time, I had encountered the inner silence, space, stillness...
During the growing months of practice that followed, I started to experience an inexplicable synchronicity of human life, sublime experiences of subjectivity and wonder that I cannot describe in any language. The practical benefits of practicing Transcendental Meditation 20 minutes, twice daily, however, were abundantly clear to me and to the close group of people around me. When we allow our minds to settle into calmer states of activity and our bodies to gain a profound state of rest, we start to get rid of the accumulated stress in our nervous system. This is how we start living a life that is guided by a strong sense of self, clarity, reflection, and purpose, rather than a life that is just a mere projection of our reactions towards the daily stressors or bigger events of life. Like that, Transcendental Meditation does not only serve as a great relaxation technique but gives insight into our own nature and the nature of all that is.
You and I have seen, in ourselves and in others, where reacting rather than reflecting takes us as individuals and as a collective. What I have noticed while traveling and living in 5 different countries in the last 5 years, is that this mode of functioning has not only created a massive individual and societal struggle in the past but is debilitating our youth, our future...
As a young woman in the 21st century, I strive to better myself in my relationships with others and self, in my work and commitments, in my learning and personal development; and while it has not always been easy, my practice of meditation has given me the groundedness, empowerment, and resilience that I need. This reservoir of potentiality and happiness resides within us all and my desire is for it to be tapped into by everyone I come in contact with.
It could be that little kid who came begging for money last year when I visited the country I was born in, Albania. The kid that has experienced so much poverty and disdain that the only thing he asked with a frozen smile was a croissant from the corner shop... Or the teenager who is willing to do anything to fit in, even if it would be something totally opposite to their nature. The teenager who is struggling with self-confidence and faces bullying on a daily basis. The underserved university student who is struggling with the uncertainty of the present and the future; still relying on the family even for the bus ticket to go back home. The high achieving student whose peer and parent pressure gets too much to handle. Or it could be that incredibly smart college student in New Zealand, who can solve an intricate calculus problem in less than five minutes, but has attempted suicide three times... I got the chance to observe, study and work with young people battling with depression during my four-year stay in New Zealand. This beautiful country has, unfortunately, the highest suicide rates among young people in the developed world. The pain in the eyes and weakness in thought and action of these full of life young people can be attended to. It is my deepest desire and the highest goal to see and make that happen.
Personal development is a work in progress. However, I feel like the time is right for me to not only learn, but also share. This is why I will be heading to Chanthaburi, Thailand this coming September to attend a 5-and-a-half-month TM Teacher Training Course. This invaluable training will give me the opportunity to make a difference, wherever I will be in the world.
With infinite gratitude and appreciation, I am hoping to receive your support in making this dream come true. The money that I need to raise is only a portion of the full course fee and I am running a bit out of time as I need the full amount before the 15th of July. The €8000 will go towards the accommodation and meals from September 2019 to February 2020; and the flight to Thailand. My full attention and commitment for the two years following the training will be in teaching as many young people as possible, whether it is in New Zealand, Albania, Sweden or wherever my assistance will be needed in the world.
I value the time, support and love I have received from the beginning of the process and that continues to grow every day.
In appreciation to and for all.
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