Last night I stumbled upon this video of a Dharma teacher in the US called Noah Levine. While his body bears the marks of a troubled life and youth, you can see the transformation meditation practice has had on his life. This is not always so obvious when we meet people who appear so monk or “Buddha-like”, so enlightened and composed and we place unhealthy expectations on ourselves or we limit ourselves by not believing in what is possible.
This is exactly why when I set up this blog I wrote the My Story page. My troubles and transformation over the years are maybe not so easy to see, I don’t bare any physical marks like Noah, yet for years I felt my life was troubled and scared and I had to work hard to get myself to some sense of real change, lasting peace and understanding. We don’t understand this when we evaluate other people who’ve been meditating for a while and don’t realise the person that stands before you now was not always like this. It’s a gradual change that isn’t always obvious because it is all internal, it’s a transformation that takes years, decades … and still continues beyond this.
While our scars, wounds and past troubles may not be so visually obvious, we can all relate to Noah and his message and the transformation that is possible in our lives through meditation. And if you don’t believe it’s possible maybe hearing his words will make you see how dramatic a shift meditation can have on someone’s life. Noah stands as a bright beacon for the transformational power of meditation. I relate a lot to his message, his wisdom and compassion and the practical and pragmatic approach to meditation. This is a worthwhile watch. Enjoy!