By Maureen McLaughlin

Before coming to Yasodhara Ashram, most of my meditation experience was with Tara Brach’s guided meditations, which I’ve been listening to for about seven years now.

I’ve worked through a lot of anxiety in my life and those podcasts were a good first step in taking me out of that tangle of confusion and allowing me to access the calm place of knowing within me.

When I moved to Ireland in 2014 it was a big step to separate from my children, who were 17 and 20 at the time. I experienced huge depths of grief and guilt wondering if I was doing the right thing. Meditating was an important support during that time of transition, as I explored a new relationship with myself and with my young adult children.

This year, in making the transition to return to Canada to study at Yasodhara, my meditation practice has truly become my own, and I am happy to say that my anxiety has disappeared.


Photo: Yasodhara Ashram



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