Hello Community

Hello community,

This is going to be  the first time I will participate in this challenge. I am really excited about it!

My meditation journey started about 5 years ago. The first time I sat on a cushion was at a small buddhist community. At first I was really nervous always looking for something to happen. Always asking if I was meditating good enough… But after some time I caught that little glimpse of the giant ocean, tasted a bit of that peace and freedom within me and I knew there is something that I was missing for so long.
As I dived deeper into it I found out that meditation is never what I expected it to be.
I went to silent vipassana retreats, spend some time in buddhist monasteries in Thailand.
It has not been always warm and calm and nice. It has been a lot of work most of the time. And I have earned and learned so much from it. More than I probably ever expected.

The past 5 years have been very challening for me dealing with Leukemia, disease and loss of my father, existential fear… Meditation has been always an anchor for me, a silent companion, and taught me that even if there are moments of grief and sadness and fear there is also and always that ocean of love and happiness within me.

And there is so much more to learn, every day with every breath!
My heart is open to this challenge.

Thank all of you for making it possible and for everyone taking part in it.

Love,
Chioma


May all beings be happy ♡