Tell us about yourself Mete?

I am originally from Istanbul, Turkey. Studied college and lived/worked in Chicago for 11 years and moved to London 4 years ago. I have been working in quantitative trading at various trading firms and hedge funds as a trader and manager.

How is life?

Life is pretty good to be honest, really cannot complain. Quite happy with how things have turned out in my career, family and I am quite grateful.

How many years have you been Meditating?

It has been 3 years since I have started practising Transcendental Meditation.

What drew you to Meditation in the first place?

I was at a quite miserable spot in my previous job. It was quite stressful and amount of money I earned definitely did not justify the torture back then. I quit without planning the next steps which was something I never did before and that made me even more stressed because of the ambiguity in my future right around when I was getting married as well.(Being a Turkish citizen finding a job that sponsors you in London could be quite challenging when there is a big-time pressure.)As I was researching potential tools and techniques, and after a few failed solo attempts at meditation, I found out about Transcendental Meditation on an online post. Reading wonderful various reviews of many people, I decided to give it a shot.

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

Bliss, clarity of mind and inner peace

How has it affected you in the workplace?

The nature of our job is quite stressful in the day and the meditation puts me into a state of mind where the challenges become fun and easy. I don’t lose my composure easily and always have the energy to attack the next problem or mission. The effect got compounded over the time and I achieved success that I couldn’t possibly dream of but really it did not even feel difficult.

Outside of work has there been many changes?

Outside of work the benefits were huge as well. First of all, let’s say after 5-6 months into your Transcendental Meditation (may vary from person to person) you realize the real happiness what we can call bliss comes internally from the mind and I cannot think of anything else that triggers it more than Transcendental Meditation including some of the popular drugs such as MDMA , marijuana etc. When you actually figure that out, you realize you really don’t need external triggers in fact you know external triggers are not going to be as good and satisfying so you stop feeling FOMO or unhappy when you miss parties or when you cannot travel or when things don’t happen the way you planned it in general. Similarly, you stop caring or feeling bad about little or even big things that go wrong in your life. If your boss yells at you or if some guy steals your spot in a queue or if you have an argument with your spouse, you don’t feel as angry or unhappy anymore. Ironically though, it does not make you oblivious in any way, it just becomes a lot easier to handle your negative emotions while trying to resolve a challenge  It is definitely a life changing skill and experience. Everyone’s goal in life is to ultimately be happy.

Why would you recommend Meditation to Colleagues and Friends?

Everyone can have different goals and means to reach that happiness but the goal is the same.  Meditation is the most powerful tool I have experienced so far that can get you to happiness in the fastest way.

Finally, anything you would like to add?

One of the greatest things about learning Transcendental Meditation is you get lifetime support from Andre as well as joining a community of people that are passionate about this practise. Having access to him and this community of experienced meditators is crucial because the reality is learning to meditate is not the easiest thing in the world. Everyone talks about meditation, and probably attempted at some point in their lives yet still a small percentage of the population meditates regularly and gets these great benefits. Lot of people give up easily just like the way I did before starting my course with Andre.  Along with self dedication, discipline and patience, It requires external support until reaching a certain level and then it becomes the greatest habit that is almost impossible to ever give up. Having access to him beyond the 4 days of courses is crucial. One really masters this art by sharing his own experience to get feedback and learning from other meditator’s experiences.

For more information on upcoming events including courses on Transcendental Meditation please contact me directly at hello@andreberrymeditation.co.uk

Tell us about yourself Felicity ?

I am a Solution Architect supporting companies on their Cloud adoption journey. My area of focus is data.

How’s life Felicity?

Busy in a good way – it never feels like there are enough hours in a day for everything I’d like to do and learn.

How many years have you been Meditating?

I’ve been meditating on and off for several years, experimenting with different techniques. I’ve been more successful with maintaining a regular practice in the last year and a half since I started Transcendental Meditation.

What drew you to Meditation in the first place?

I’m a workaholic by nature, and I felt that I had to manage stress better and be able to switch off after work so that my mental and physical health didn’t suffer. I wanted to be able to maintain equanimity and empathy, whatever the situation.

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

Stillness, clarity, self-awareness

How has it affected you in the workplace?

One of the effects of meditation that I noticed almost immediately was that I was no longer drawn to the biscuit tin in the office. With the improved focus that meditation has brought about, I enjoy my work more and am more creative. I react less frequently to triggers; when I do, I am more conscious of it, and can find the space to pause so it doesn’t escalate.

Outside of work has there been many changes?

My evening meditation is one that I always look forward to as a time to reset and recover after a busy day. The mental exhaustion I used to feel at the end of the week is no longer there. I enjoy my weekends more, with the mental space and ability to be present to enjoy leisure activities.  Encouraged by my experience with meditation, I have built other healthy habits, such as regular exercise. My daughter commented that it has helped to maintain domestic peace during the lockdown.

Why would you recommend Meditation to Colleagues and Friends?

Meditation has been key to helping me be more productive and focused, while experiencing an increased sense of wellbeing. Life feels so much better!

Finally, anything you would like to add?

When I signed up for the meditation course with Andre, I wasn’t at all sure that I would be able to persevere with a daily meditation practice. In fact, it was so easy that it became a habit without much effort. The group support sessions on offer have also been a source of inspiration in maintaining my practise; it’s been amazing having this community, especially in this last year.

Tell us about yourself Candace?

I’m a bridal wear and accessories designer from North London.

How’s life Candace?

Life now is great despite the current pandemic and events of the past year; it has been a real period of personal growth for me. I account part of that to my daily meditation and yoga practice, which I find helps to keep me balanced and grounded and has helped me to gain a much more positive perspective on this past year! I’m very grateful that many things have changed for the better both in my personal and work life.

How many years have you been meditating? 

I learnt Transcendental Meditation in April 2008 and have now been meditating for 13 years.

What drew you to Meditation in the first place? 

I was in my first graduate job at the time; while things overall were going well in my life I had an underlying and gradual building level of stress leading to anxiety within my new role. My mum had read about Transcendental Meditation and suggested it as a good option to potentially manage my stress, so I booked onto the course with no expectations and an open mind. My mum and sister ended up learning the technique a year later, and we often do group meditations together which are wonderful. I can honestly say while the benefits initially seemed very subtle within myself it has been life changing for me, as it’s one of my greatest tools to manage stress and maintain life balance!

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

Calming, Release, Recharge

How has it affected you in the workplace? 

I run my own business, and my hours can be unpredictable (I often work late evenings). I stop at 6 when I’m in my studio; whatever I’m doing I take a break to meditate and currently I tend to join the online group meditations. I find they’re great for refreshing both my body and mind as I’m usually flagging by that time! My morning meditations help me to focus and give me a more positive mindset with which to start my day, which in turn helps to get my workday off to a productive start.

Outside of work has there been many changes? 

Overall I can manage my stress levels better; I also enjoy being present and taking in the moment more – previously (and something I’m still working on) I would always be thinking about the next thing and not practicing mindfulness, which is something I now like to integrate into my everyday life.

Why would you recommend Meditation to Colleagues and Friends?

It’s a great way to manage your stress, have some time to yourself without distractions to recharge and can really help with sustaining a better work/life balance. Plus, I find the actual meditations very relaxing and enjoyable!

Finally, anything you would like to add?

I’ve met some of the nicest people and made some friends for life from the lovely community of people I know that practice Transcendental Meditation; something which I didn’t expect at all and a bonus of learning the practice! I also love attending Andre’s Retreats and Rounding Saturdays, as they are all incredibly restful and give me such a boost of energy – especially meditating with so many people at once. I’d highly recommend them!

For more information on upcoming events including courses on Transcendental Meditation please contact me directly at hello@andreberrymeditation.co.uk