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Part 2: Life in Transition

by Michael Teh

Are you contented with life or are you pursuing more endeavours? In each of our lives, we will come to a point when we are just searching for ourselves. And in that process, we are in between a transition of how to move forward. If that is you, I invite you to read further on my personal journey when I was in transition to my calling.

“At the same time, through the practice of daily meditation, I found a sense of peace that came from within me. On top of that I started to understand things better and to have the clarity of mind.”

When life starts giving you success, would you become contented, or will you continue to pursue more endeavours?

My honest answer would be a yes to strive for more successes as I would like to accomplish all the goals that I have set out for my life

That said, at the age of 32, I was already a successful investor, a multi-millionaire, married to my wife, Allyson with two lovely children while having the luxury and capability to travel around the world.

However, I still felt that something was missing. I identified that I wanted my family to be respectable in society and among our peers.

The desire to be respected was instilled while I was growing up as my family did not receive the respect and attention as my other relatives because of my family’s lack of wealth.

Driven to gain self-esteem, I decided to invest more time and resources to build a reputable business and so I ventured into the art business. It was a bold decision that I made as I had invested a substantial amount of funds and time to co-find Aureo Gallery in 2017.

While managing the art business, I was very much focused on diversifying my investments so that my wealth could grow and support my family to live in comfort and with love and respect.

A year later, at some point, while I was still tirelessly working for my investment and art gallery, I became overwhelmed with stress and anxiety while the fear of failing had crept into my mind.

At the same time, being the breadwinner for my family made it a lot more challenging as I was responsible for their livelihood and well-being. Hence, making the burden a lot heavier to bear.

In due time, the stress and pressure had taken its toll over me. I found myself often arguing with my parents, siblings and wife. I became very defensive as well as overly controlling with my family as I thought whatever I was doing was for the betterment of my wife and children.

Also, I found it hard to accept criticism and hated being questioned by my family members. At the same time, I was spending more time at work while having to sacrifice precious time away from my children.

While at work, it was another challenge as I found it a struggle to work with people who have different opinions, knowledge, and priorities. My business partners and I were constantly arguing, and the stress and turmoil had affected my performance in both investment and business decisions.

All the stress that I was going through had birthed a lot of pain that affected my loved ones as well as my own inner well-being. All that I sought to protect and build for had seemed to be falling apart. That led me on a downward spiral of feeling defeated, fearful, insecure, and angry.

That said, by pure coincidence, I was introduced to a 7-day meditation course that I attended in Singapore in 2018. This course opened up my eyes and understanding into the world of meditation.

From the course, I started to develop the habit of meditating daily. I found it to be helpful to manage my emotional well-being. In addition, I realized I was able to come out of the negativity that was holding me down.

At the same time, through the practice of daily meditation, I found a sense of peace that came from within me. On top of that I started to understand things better and to have the clarity of mind.

I became to be more PRESENT in the moment and was able to forgive, understand and to let go of negativity much easier. To my self-realization, I was found to have more having the patience to listen and not quick to pass judgement and comments as well as I was arguing less with my family.

Through my daily meditation, I was now able to de-stress much more easily as compared to playing a sport or exercising.

Having to cultivate a habit of meditating daily, I found myself becoming more contemplative towards seeking the meaning of life. I began questioning the goals I had set – my investments and businesses, the joy, and fulfilments through material and financial gains and also the struggles of not being in harmony with family and friends.

“Having to cultivate a habit of meditating daily, I found myself becoming more contemplative towards seeking the meaning of life.”

And as I started to go deeper in my meditation, I began to develop different realizations. At the same time, it had helped me to be more loving and compassionate, more forgiving as well as finding it easier to let go off things. Meanwhile, I made it a point to read books on spirituality. One of the many books I read were Conversations with God by Neale Donald.

A year after my discovery of meditation, I decided to embark on a self-realization journey attending retreats at various locations around the world.

In my journey of self-realization, I found my answer to life and was enlightened! I was no longer ignorant as I could now see the cause and effect of my own action, and in light, understand the life that I was living. At the same time, I found my true purpose in life – to teach and guide others towards their own self-realizations.

From my own experience, I can proudly share that in your journey of self-realization through meditation, you will find your own clarity of mind your life’s true purpose.

That said, would you be interested to allow me to journey with you in search of your life’s true purpose through meditation?

Michael Teh, 11th June 2020.

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