Tell us about yourself Jessica?

I’m a general lover of life! and am passionate about many things , cooking and eating! , reading and learning, Exercising and more …. I enjoy my work , I am a self employed Massage and Beauty therapist and offer lots of different Treatments .

How’s life?

Life is good! And I’m very grateful to be back working now. Through lock down I haven’t worked much as close contact services have been closed , in the main , with glimpses of being Open . Ive had quite a lot challenges lately with grief and loss as some family members have passed away . Meditation has really helped me And has been absolutely invaluable in helping me to cope better. In general though I am feeling positive , life goes on. How many years have you been meditating On and off since I was 18 years old , but I seriously started meditating daily 12 years ago, and this was when I discovered TM meditation. Its the type of meditation that I like the best , having tried lots of other methods of meditating. I am currently very committed to my meditation practice and meditate twice daily.

What drew you to meditation in the first place?

Meditation is always something that fascinated me, even in my teenage years when I practised I felt much calmer. At 18 years old I went to visit a Buddhist monk and he taught me to focus on my breath , a very simple form of meditating. Also my mums partner at the time did yoga and meditated so I was exposed to the practise from a young age.

What first there words come to mind when describing the benefits of meditation?

Peace Re-charging A feeling of coming home to myself

How has it affected you in the work place?

My job is very busy! And pretty physically and mentally demanding. In my massage and beauty treatments I give a lot, listen a lot and It can be quite physically draining sometimes. That being said I love my job and meet some amazing clients but I do need to re-charge My energy so I can do the best job possible. Meditation gives me the deep rest, peace and energy I need at the beginning and end of my day. If you give a lot you need to equally receive A lot and for me meditation is a form of receiving energy, peace, self love and more.

Outside of work has there been many changes ? 

Yes! …. I feel more comfortable in my own skin and calmer. In the past I have gone through periods of feeling quite anxious and shy and meditation has helped me with this . Not that I don’t ever now feel anxious as I do! Sometimes ,but it is much less and easier to handle.  I am more productive and have gained confidence.  I am less tired and have more energy.  Also my relationships have improved as I am more peaceful within myself

Why would you recommend meditation to colleagues and friends? 

I find committing to regular meditation practice brings a feeling of calmness and helps to balance you on a physical , emotional and spiritual level. If I have a headache I can meditate and 9 times out of 10 it will disappear ! This has happened countless times ! If I’m feeling particularly stressed and have a buzzing mind , just showing up and meditating can help to calm me down. I have also found meditating Has an accumulative effect and I can very quickly relax myself much quicker these days than I ever could. I have become less intense! Which has a wider Effect on my relationships which is a great bonus too! I am more trusting , intuitive and generally go more with the flow of life! 

Finally , anything you’d like to add? 

If you have been thinking about trying meditation then give it go , for me it has been life changing and an invaluable daily tool to use.

Tell us about yourself Alexandra?

I am a partner in a City law firm and a mother of two.

How’s life?

Life is great! I needed a pause in my hectic life and I used the year of lockdowns to the max. My husband and I learnt TM just before the first lockdown and we used the time to establish a regular TM practice.

How many years have you been Meditating? 

I have been meditating for just over a year now.

What drew you to Meditation in the first place?

I was practicing Mindfulness meditation for a number of years however I felt that whilst I was enjoying it I was not loving it. I also was not sure whether I was doing it correctly. A good friend suggested that I try TM, as the technique is effortless and easy and the feeling of stress leaving you is almost imminent.

What first 3 words come to mind when describing the benefits of your Meditation Practise?

Calming, De-stressing, Energising.

How has it affected you in the workplace?

I deal with high value complex cases which can be rather challenging and stressful. TM helps me maintain focus when dealing with various urgent issues in a collected and calm way.

Outside of work has there been many changes?

Outside of work, I feel I have a lot more energy and patience which really makes a difference especially when dealing with teens.

Why would you recommend Meditation to Colleagues and Friends?

I believe everyone should meditate. Mediation is a holistic and easy way to improve the quality of life and strengthen mental health. I only wish I learnt it when I was in my early 20s.

Finally, anything you would like to add?

Since learning TM I have not missed a single session. I love it! I am so grateful to my incredible teacher Andre Berry – whose patience and great knowledge supported me throughout my first year of TM. I really look forward to each session and to many years of meditation to come

Ok, so I was asked to complete my own questionnaire so here goes.  It will probably come across promotional, that’s not its intention.

Tell us about yourself Andre?

I am an Independent Teacher of Transcendental Meditation (founder of Andre Berry Meditation), Mentor, Wellbeing Speaker and soon to be Podcaster (watch this space).  

I spend most of my time delivering Wellbeing Talks and teaching Meditation to Individuals, Groups and Organisations within the Corporate Sector.  When not doing this, I’m supporting them to ensure best practise is maintained through 1-1 Sessions, Rounding Days and Retreats. 

How is life?

Wonderful, I go to bed every night excited to be alive and wake up every morning with a feeling as if I am hovering over the floor.  Life is a joy and only gets better and whilst like everyone I have my ups and downs.  They don’t seem to affect me quite as much as they used to and I just love that.     

How many years have you been Meditating?

I have been exploring meditation for 17 years in which 13 of them I have been practising Transcendental Meditation (TM).  Since learning TM I have meditated twice a day, every day.   Only missing 1 session and even that was deliberate (will explain another time)   

What drew you to Meditation in the first place?

I had a great job, within an amazing industry and was paid well. I did what I wanted, when I wanted to.  Yet it never felt enough and the more I tried to do to rectify this, the bigger that feeling became.  

It started to affect me in all that I did.  Short temper, frequently frustrated, periods of depression and generally blaming the world and everyone around for how I felt etc  This was actually familiar territory, Throughout my life I had been reliving these same feelings time and time again.  Maybe a different environment but always led to the same inevitable outcome.     

Finally realising this and knowing that if I didn’t address it, it would be the same thing repeating itself over again for the rest of my life.  I had to do something, I had to change.

I decided to explore Meditation at this point (TM came later) as it made the most sense.  After all as many of the great teachers say, we need to “water the root to enjoy the fruit” and that root was very much within me, not around!

What first 3 words come to mind when describing the benefits of your Meditation Practise?

Energised, Focused and Present 

How has it affected you in the workplace?

I am more energised, focused and am far more efficient with admin which is what I usually find most challenging.  

When teaching or delivering talks my levels of enthusiasm have increased (and they were pretty high when I started) considerably and when I say that, I don’t mean bouncing up and down and from side to side with a big cheesy smile on my face rather than a genuine and pure passion for what I do. 

I also have regular experiences of dropping into a very present, flow state without trying to be and in doing so have become a more expansive listener and communicator during teaching as well as when connecting with potential clients.    

I rarely, if ever get bored and I often find myself humming with a smile on my face.  Many people often notice and comment on this.          

Outside of work has there been many changes?

In general the “never feeling satisfied” comment mentioned in the “what drew me to meditation” has now been largely replaced with a feeling of being excitingly content.  

My relationship with loved ones has also developed as a natural urge to support the glorious connection that we have is enhanced and whilst of course I loose my temper, get agitated and frustrated (I am only human after all).   It seldom lasts long, before I find myself just letting it go and moving on!       

I enjoy much of what I do and feel very satisfied whether that is washing the dishes (I can’t believe I am typing this right now and kind of know I am going to be set up at some stage and reminded of this), cooking, going for a walk or clubbing.  I love to dance!   

Without even trying, life has become simple, easy and pretty effortless yet at the same time highly fulfilling.  

Nowadays, I go to bed most if not all nights being very grateful for my day.  It’s not an intellectual experience packed with affirmations forcing one’s mood.  Rather than a genuine appreciation, that naturally resonates throughout.        

Why would you recommend Meditation to Colleagues and Friends?

If I’m honest, I’m a little wary of recommending, partly because I am teaching it but also I know in many ways people need to find it for themselves. 

But the reality is I just feel so good for it.  It has literally save my life!  I now wake up every morning raring to go and with a belief that I am going to be just fine whatever I undertake and that feeling just grows and grows with each passing day.         

Finally, anything you would like to add?

Going to use the famous shoe wear slogan here “just do it” I mean it doesn’t have to be TM and it certainly doesn’t have to be with me.  But if you are struggling in any part of life.  The unfortunate reality is if you don’t do anything about it, it’s not going to go away.   So please do something!