Three Stories of Choosing Happiness
The Missing Link
I was adopted at birth and raised by wonderful parents. I found my chosen career at a very young age. I was blessed with many creative gifts. I prospered for many years, had a family, and a very good life. When I turned 23 my husband died. I remarried an alcoholic, had another child, and my life seemed to get harder every day. After 20 years of hard work, I lost everything I had worked so hard for. Luckily I had learned how to meditate in my late twenties (my saving grace). I was introduced to many wonderful people in the healing field and I became a reiki master. I even ran a mind/body healing center for several years. I was introduced to Kundalini Yoga about 5 years ago. I have always felt as if something was missing in my life. Most recently I feel that I am on the verge of finding out who I truly am, and that I have a greater purpose awaiting me. This feeling of being lost has been with me for so long I sometimes think it is karmic, or an effect of being adopted. Kundalini Yoga has brought me through many hardships and family issues in the past and it still continues to support and uplift me. I am grateful for the many gifts that I have been given. I wish to use them for the greatest good to all that cross my path. I am grateful for Yogi Bhajan’s teachings, and especially grateful to my teacher, Jiwan Mutka. I wish to thank all who practice Kundalini Yoga, as they have also supported me on my journey.
Parambir Kaur (Jamie Stiles), Lawrence, Pennsylvania
I have struggled throughout my lifetime with depression but decided approximately 5 years ago that I did not want to continue taking medication for it, and I wanted to find the root of my depression. The journey for the root over the years has brought me to Kundalini Yoga, and it works better than any anti-depressant ever could. The first day that I walked into Pritam Hari's class was my first experience with Yoga, and I signed up because I was advised it would help me go deeper into meditation. I felt like I had come home from a long journey of darkness. I now do morning sadhana and evening meditations as well as daily Kriyas. I thank Pritam Hari for helping me to find the path I have been looking for all my life.
Teja Kaur/Anna Suse Turner, Ontario, Canada
The Meaning of Life
Ever since I was a child I have always questioned the meaning of life. In retrospect, I was trying desperately to find my connection back to spirit. Like many souls I have suffered in my journey. At times I have been completely lost and felt a great sense of isolation and separation. I am now grateful for these experiences as they have led me closer to my soul and the discovery of Kundalini Yoga. I am currently undertaking the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training course in Perth, Western Australia. I have always had an overwhelming desire to be my best and then help others to do the same. For me that means connecting to my soul and following my soul's purpose, which I hope, in turn, serves all by connecting to infinite consciousness. By the grace of God and Guru I have been led to Kundalini Yoga and I feel I'm on the right path. This has given me divine tools that maintain my connection to God, and I no longer feel separate, lonely, or disconnected. I am very grateful and feel humbled by this.
Sirgun Kaur/Selina Rose Giannasi, Scarborough, Australia