Many years ago I was a high school English teacher in an inner city school. Two of my most difficult students, who acted wild and hostile, began to change before my eyes. They became mellow, they smiled with glowing friendliness towards me. I felt a completely different vibration coming from them—a loving inclusion that stunned me.
Soon after this personality change they came to me and told me about Transcendental Meditation. I went with them and was initiated. After that, my bond with these two young men was completely of the heart and of the Soul. It was such a drastic change and showed me how important it is for us to be still and get into contact with our deepest Selves. Not the mind-stream that never stops its fearful antics, but our deepest, eternal Souls.
If I had not seen the complete personality change, I could not attest to the fact that meditation changed both of these students. Interestingly, it also changed me and my attitude towards the students in general. Whereas before, I had been hostile in my own way, I was able to soften up and still maintain a quiet learning environment. Though many years separated me from these two students, they brought me to a humble understanding of how much I learned from them.