“I find that if I am thinking too much of my own problems and the fact that at times things are not just like I want them to be, I do not make any progress at all. But if I look around and see what I can do, and then I do it, I move on”.
Rosa Parkes (from 'Quiet Strength')

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Hannah ...

HannahMy name is Hannah, and I have been chanting for 20 years, I started when I was 16 years old. My boyfriend at the time was a Buddhist, he told me all about it and it all made such a lot of good sense to me that I gave it a go. Initially I chanted a bit like it was magic and that I would receive benefits without taking any kind of action towards my goals, such as chanting for money but always squandering what I had, or chanting to pass my studies with flying colours but quite often skiving classes. Eventually, however, I learnt through studying this Buddhism, that to gain what I wanted I would have to change how I lived my life. The chanting has given me the power to do this, the energy to keep on going and the studying has helped me learn that every time I feel I have failed, in order to gain victory I just have to pick myself up and try again.

I have been through many life changing times with this practice and I now feel that anything life throws at me can be not only endured, but turned around and made into something positive.

My challenge at the moment is bringing up a little boy, when he is ill I chant, when I don't know how to help him sleep through the night I chant and when he wont eat anything but yoghurt I chant. I chant to bring out the wisdom, compassion and courage I need to be the best mother I can be. So far (he is 1 year old) he now sleeps through the night and eats really well, I am sure there will be many more challenges, but with this practice I feel confident that we will meet them head on and will enjoy this life to the full.