I'm so glad I took Ben's Vedic Meditation course. I'm not really the "spiritual" type, as I like concrete scientific reasoning. I attended the free Intro Talk first to see what Vedic Meditation was all about. It wasn't just the scientific evidence on the benefits of Vedic Meditation, but it was also the way Ben made it so easy to understand with real life examples. We don't all have free time, the same schedules, anxiety, or the same lifestyles. He used examples that really hit home for me. After the talk, I thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a try.
Throughout the course, Ben was very supportive and worked with me (and the other students) on how to best fit meditation into our crazy schedules and lifestyles. He answered any question thrown his way with both knowledge and feasible solutions. He was very attentive during the course, but it didn't end there. Ben stays in touch regularly to see how our practice is coming along and invites his former students to all courses and group meditation sessions. Ben is amazing and it shows that he really cares about his students, even after a course ends.
Now I want to talk about whether meditation worked for me. When I signed up for the course, I was hopeful, but still very skeptical. When I started meditating, I was SHOCKED! I always had anxiety, high stress levels, fatigue, and never felt like I got enough sleep. Even if I slept for over 10 hours, I would wake up even more tired. I used to be tormented by nightmares every night. Within two days of meditation, I did not remember my dreams. I may not have had any at all. I woke up earlier than my alarm clock feeling energized (I usually play the "snooze button" game).
It was so surprising, but amazing. In addition to feeling rested after a night of sleep, I feel calmer in general. This was a major change for me. A slow walker in front of me, missing the subway, spilling hot coffee on my hand, or any other small, meaningless thing did not make me want to scream or feel like it was the WORST thing in the world, as it previously had. Those things do not matter anymore and I feel peaceful.
This affects the rest of my days tremendously: how I perform at work, time management, relationships, and just feeling great. What has been challenging for me is being very consistent with it. Once I missed one session, it was easy to miss more, and then fall in the vicious cycle of stress, feeling tired, and not waking up rested. With Ben checking in often, he really works with me on how to fit my meditation into my new schedule. He is very encouraging, supportive, and always gets me back on track.