I started using alcohol and hashish at the age of 15, but it continued very quickly into amphetamine, ecstasy, Rohypnol and more. But now, I am happy to have dropped this habit. People think they will become happy if they get the nicest house and the coolest car. But happiness comes from within.
The Youth Empowerment Seminar has helped me immensely. I have been dependent on drugs for a while. I never thought I had the stamina to live without them. Amazingly, I am more calm and happy now. I have discovered a new energy in myself.
, Former director of Los Angeles County, V. A. P Anger Management Program, Camp Michael Smith, Camp Francis Scobee, Lancaster, CA
Wards who entered the camp with their hard, angry composures and delinquent attitudes were transformed by the end of one week into happy, smiling youngsters. . . . In the 33 years of my probation experience, I have never seen such responses.
Being a youth I’ve undergone so many challenges and so many times it resulted in being depressed, angry. it’s all so confusing at this age... but when I did the Sudarshan Kriya it changed all this. Once upon a time I would just criticize myself so much, I use to hate myself. but the kriya made me feel beautiful from inside. I, then, started loving and respecting myself. It changed my attitude towards life completely.!
Although the class has the reputation of being “not easy”, the Art of Living succeeded in bringing more peace to the class and in improving the team spirit by means of breathing techniques, yoga, group processes and play in ways that the students themselves enjoyed, as became clear afterwards.