Following is the full text of heartfulness meditation trainer Mamata Venkat’s talk titled “How Meditation Changed My Life” at TEDxWayPublicLibrary conference.
Meditation has been a part of my life. Ever since I can remember, I personally have been practicing it for the last five and a half years.
I have been a trainer for the last 8 months. But I will get into that a little bit later.
My college career has been unconventional to say the least. I started out as pre-med, got halfway through my freshman year in college, before realizing that really wasn’t for me.
I switched my major about four times before finally landing on international studies and eventually choosing public health. I think it took me a long time to figure out what I want to do with my life, for a few reasons.
One: I’d always struggled with self-confidence, and I would set my standards for myself so high, that anytime I failed to reach them, or I felt I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing, instead of finding strength from that situation, I would beat myself up in falter.
Two: my idea of success, happiness, and satisfaction up until recently was completely misguided. We live in a world that encourages this idea, that in order to be internally satisfied, we have to rely on external circumstances. This is an idea that’s been hammered into our heads, probably since we could understand what happiness, success, and satisfaction were.