How Will Williams went from party boy to meditation teacher
The party lifestyle that came with my job managing music artists, meant I consumed whatever was on offer, from Class A drugs to snorting absinthe. I was one of those people who didn’t have an off button, but after years of touring the world and running club nights, I found I’d lost my mojo and was drifting through life.
I was exhausted after years of insomnia, and my mind and body were burned out. I’d tried all sorts of remedies and therapies to keep me going: yoga, massage, acupuncture, reflexology, hypnotherapy… you name it, I was up for giving it a whirl. The problem was that, for me, none of these even touched the sides.
IT FOUND ME
A friend who also suffered from sleep problems, introduced me to Vedic meditation, which involves developing your own mantra that you gently repeat in your head. This sound resonates with your nervous system and acts as a key to achieving a meditative state. Within two weeks of practising this, my insomnia was resolved and my stress levels were almost non-existent – it was remarkable, and it brought a positive change to my life.
At the time I had been thinking of becoming a school teacher but, after a few months, it dawned on me that maybe I should start teaching this incredible new skill instead. And so my beautiful partner, Jess, and I left our jobs, packed our bags and embarked on a two-and-a-half-year odyssey to find out more.
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED
Along the way, we sought out the greatest masters of Vedic knowledge. They were incredibly generous with their time and wisdom, introducing us to things no one outside India had learned before.
The beauty of the technique lies in its simplicity. There’s no need for darkened rooms or sitting in uncomfortable poses. You can do it absolutely anywhere…
It is hugely gratifying being able to help so many people achieve balance and start overcoming their battles with stress, sleep, anxiety and trauma. In all cases, it is a pleasure watching so many transformations, as people integrate meditation into their lives.
Find your balance
Will’s do’s and don’ts for when your work is making you unhealthy
Ask yourself whether it’s the job or your inability to cope with the demands on you that is making you unhealthy.
+Talk it out
Speak to your employer. Find out if your problem can be solved with reduced hours or a new role.
Air any troubling grievances with colleagues. Be calm and clear.
Don’t stay in your job through fear. Once balanced via meditation, the right answer will come to you.
If you carry on just hoping things will change, the likelihood is
you’ll be disappointed.
Computer screens stop you digesting properly, so don’t eat lunch at your desk. Instead, get away for a bit.
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