My Living Meditation

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Inspiring stories of Kadampa practitioners, sharing how meditation has helped them overcome life's obstacles and transformed their lives.

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Dealing with the Fear of Surgery

The envelope arrived in the mail explaining the basic info I needed to know for my surgery. “Surgery?” I thought… I wanted to use this experience to really apply Dharma, to strengthen my refuge practice.

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Alcohol was destroying my life; meditation healed it

Each day I relentlessly chased the illusion of happiness then self-medicated with alcohol to numb out the pain. Totally exhausting all avenues, I finally hit rock bottom over 9 years ago which resulted in rehabilitation.

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Why I like to meditate on death

The first time I heard a teaching on death, it felt surprisingly like good news, like something I wanted to hear more of. What? Wasn’t the subject of death taboo, something nobody wanted to talk about?

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Letting go of overwhelming anxiety

I struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. I was so familiar with the feeling that I identified with it: ‘I am an anxious person’. This thought pattern had become a necessary part of how I processed the challenges I faced in my life.

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I was terrified of meditation

Are you terrified of meditation? Congratulations, you are not alone! I was sure I couldn’t do it. I started by watching the classes online because I was anxious about looking like a complete idiot.

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How meditation improved my family life

I feel as if I am always running, always late for something and always chasing something that needs doing yesterday. I’m exhausted pretty much all the time…

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Anger made me learn to meditate

In 2001 a small newspaper advert caught the attention of a rather angry and exasperated single mother – trying to stay sane in an increasingly difficult situation. It said: ‘Are you angry? Would you like to find some peace in difficult circumstances?’ That was 23 years ago!

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Overcoming social anxiety through love

I first encountered Kadampa Buddhism when I was 16 years old. I was full of hope and ambition. But I was also midway through a new and crippling challenge that had crept up on me and begun to ruin my life, social anxiety.

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Meditation brought me out of a dark place

I came to meditation when I was in a very dark phase of my life. I didn’t realise it at the time, but I was experiencing high functioning depression and high functioning anxiety.

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How meditation helped me find happiness after divorce

Two years ago, my husband suddenly told me he wanted to end our marriage. I was shocked, devastated, and lost – although deep in my heart, I also had wished to be free from this unhappy relationship for over half of our 18 year marriage.

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What I did when my marriage ended

In October 2022, my marriage had just ended, and I was regretful, confused, and feeling like I needed a life change. I’d dabbled with Buddhism a little in the past, just enough to know that meditation worked…

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A Steady Transformation: The Impact of Meditation on My Life

Life is not easy for anyone and we are not always taught in schools or by family how to deal with the mental and emotional suffering life can bring us.

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How I found meaning in my life

There was nothing exceptional or unusual in my ‘hardships’ my dissatisfaction and difficulties seem very trivial compared with what was going on in the rest of the world at this time. But they were dissatisfactions and difficulties, nonetheless.

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Transforming cancer through my practice

We talk about “living in the now,” but having cancer gave me this real opportunity — this knowledge that if you truly live in the now, you won’t experience the suffering of things that haven’t happened.

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Dealing with the death of my mother

Grief had stolen my life. I first stepped into a Kadampa centre shortly after losing my mom to cancer. I was angry and intensely sad.

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How meditation helped me deal with my anger

Throughout my life, there have been countless occasions where I’d go from being happy to being filled with frustration or anger in an instant. I’d feel horrible for getting angry and losing my cool; I told myself I’d be better next time…

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Learning to smile again

I just couldn’t teach anymore. I thought a change of jobs would help me, and it did for a few months. But I was still the same me, a little stressed, tired and miserable…

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breaking the chains

How I use meditation in my life

No longer trusting my distorted, agitated states of mind (my delusions) to solve my problems and make myself happy, I began to rely on developing inner peace instead.

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Sleepless man suffers from insomnia.

Overcoming insomnia with meditation

I started to suffer from insomnia. Worrying about not sleeping soon became a “runaway train” and soon was followed by general anxiety and depression.

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How meditation practice helped me deal with my wife’s incurable illness

Six years after we started with the Dharma (Buddhist meditation practice), Sandy was diagnosed with a rare and incurable autoimmune condition that resulted in periodic and progressive bouts of muscular degeneration.

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Dating with the help of wisdom

As I navigate this confusing thirty-something singlehood, I am discovering that some Buddhist principles, learned at my meditation centre, offer profound wisdom and serenity.

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Realizing I don’t need to worry

Suddenly I could see that that this isn’t necessarily who I am, it’s just a thought I’m having. I could think different thoughts. In any moment, I have flexibility…

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Share Your Dharma Journey

If you have a personal story about the positive impact of Dharma in your life and would like to share it with the community, please feel free to reach out to us. You can submit your story by emailing it to [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you and sharing your inspiring journey with others.