We have the best job in the world; we change lives. We see our meditators every week, we learn who they are, and watch them change.
Then over that course of time we are with them they change our lives as well.
People like Kevin Irwin II, a talented, and engaging young man in our first Quicken Loans stress reduction pilot program. Like most of our meditators, Kevin was curious about how meditation could help him. While initially excited to start he even said himself he underestimated the power of a mindful practice. However after the first 8 weeks the program has exceeded his expectations.
“I’m a high-energy person,” he explained, “I was worried the meditation would suppress that. But a few sessions in, and it was obvious that I still felt energized, but in a much more focused way.” As Kevin embraced his newfound mindfulness, he was always willing to share the positive changes he noticed and the impact it was having on his life. He wrote:
“I am extremely happy that I signed up and participated in this experience. MeditationWorks changed my life. Prior to the classes I wasn’t as aware of ‘me’ as I thought I was. Let me explain. You live life and go through your day-to-day thinking that ‘I got this. I’m in control’ and it wasn’t until this experience that I realized just how untrue those statements were. Mediation Works taught me how important it is to be mindful. To have control of your thoughts and your responses and how imperative that is to leading a healthy and productive life. Before the classes I thought I did a good job at this but now, having gone through the 8-week program I realize just how off I was. Thanks to MeditationWorks I am more mindful, more aware and honestly I feel like a better person having gone through the program.”
Kevin makes an important point. He’s always smiling and didn’t “feel” particularly stressed. It took some consistent concentrated stillness to help Kevin notice his lack of focus and build the mental strength to rein it in. That’s the magic of meditation.
This exceptional young man inspires us, and ensures that we are on the right track. We are so grateful for this. We have also found another talent of Kevin’s. He’s a talented spoken word poet. Check out the NWP podcast (PG 13!) Here Kevin’s Wise Words and scroll to 2:18:35 hear his skills. Here’s a short excerpt below:
“Better get a hold of your life, bro. MeditationWorks! Trust me, I know.
Hit up my homies, Jake and Christian. They’ll tell you where to go.
If you aren’t mindful you can miss it all…
…Try responding as opposed to reacting. You’ll be surprised how many problems a deep breath can solve.”
Until we meet again…