Ishara worked as a banker in London for many years, but after a health scare for which Ishara has fully recovered, she was left a little lost, a lot unhappy. Even after coming through the other side and beating the scare, which is an incredible feat.
Ishara spent time trying to fill her cup full of happy by carrying out the usual routine of buying new items, new clothes, drinking, trips away, reading all the self-help books out there but none of it helped, or at least no long term support.
At this point, Ishara decided to ask a doctor’s advice and they encouraged meditation. Ishara, desperate at this point, visited a Buddhist temple where they practised the art of meditation. After the session, the monk offered Ishara to stay indefinitely. Ishara accepted this offer, and the rules that came. No phone, no talking to anyone, meditation at least 10 hours per day, 1 hour spent helping the community whether washing the dishes after dinner, cooking, or cleaning the toilets. Everyone chipped in. This was such an extreme change to the life Ishara previously lived. Every possible distraction taken away, so you can explore yourself, find within yourself the answer you’re looking for. The answers that have always been there, but you needed to cut through all the noise to see. No social media to tweet that you are #findingyourself, or TV to flood your senses, no music, no phone calls, no talking, no coffee, no sugar, just yourself and your meditation. Seems quite overwhelming and almost an impossibility, but those were the rules and Ishara accepted them without argument.
After a month at the temple, Ishara decided to return to her daily life and one thing that stood out so completely was the peace she felt. Any incident that arose that would have irritated in the past, now washed over her without even an acknowledgement. Ishara felt completely different, felt happiness from within when she had absolutely nothing around her. All of the things she once felt she needed; a career in banking, a fancy car, an iPad, these cravings all fell away after extensive work at the monastery. Once you see things through a different lens, maybe it’s hard to ever think back to how you used to see, especially when these new lenses are giving you 20/20 vision.