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Jorge Colmenares
New York City
Namasté reader since 2008

Twelve-year-old Jorge Colmenares is one of the youngest members of the Namasté community – as well as one of the most inspiring. A few years ago, his mom introduced him to meditation, and his interest was immediate and profound. He began a daily meditation practice, and wanting to learn more about spiritual teachings, he started reading books by Deepak Chopra, David Simon, and others. This year Jorge says that he is excited about fulfilling his dream to become a certified instructor of Primordial Sound Meditation.

How long have you been a Namasté reader and what led you to subscribe? Since 2006, my mom has been reading Namasté and back then, I had to sneak into her computer to read it. Six months ago, I finally got my own email and became a Namasté reader myself.

What kind of practical, real-world guidance does Namasté give to you? Reading the newsletter has given me inspiration because it’s filled with valuable knowledge. This wisdom has helped me to learn about yoga philosophy and sometimes even helps me in school. I love when I learn about yoga philosophy because while I am learning about it, I start to glimpse who I truly am.

How did you become interested in meditation? I became interested in meditation because when I was young, my mother practiced meditation and it made me wonder. Sometimes I meditated with her for five to ten minutes and it made me joyful. Then when I was ten years old, my mom was reading a book called Peace Is the Way by Deepak Chopra. I picked it up from her desk and I started to read it. After I finished that book, I read The Ten Commitments by David Simon.

Reading these books was very pleasing, which made me happy and inspired me to learn how to meditate. With the help of my mom, I started to meditate daily. For the next six months, I practiced meditation and continued to read David’s and Deepak's books. For my eleventh birthday, all I wanted was to attend the Seduction of Spirit seminar. I got my wish and in July 2007, I went to the course in Whistler, B.C. The seminar had long daily meditations where I was filled with joy, happiness, and love.

Which programs have you attended and in what ways have you transformed? Seduction of Spirit has transformed me because being in those meditations gave me a glimpse of my true self. For the next year, I continued to practice meditation (now thirty minutes), to read more books, and to reflect on my own insights.

In June 2008 I attended part of the Secrets of Enlightenment workshop with Deepak Chopra and David Simon, where I learned about who we truly are. Then I attended Seduction of Spirit again in Dublin, Ireland. I also started reading The Bhagavad-Gita, by Jack Hawley; The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho; and the Yoga Vasistha, translated by Swami Venkatesananda.

During the year, I also taught meditation to my classmates and second graders, and I was happy to teach them. Sadly the group lost interest and I didn't teach anymore. Then my English teacher came to me and asked me if I could teach him how to meditate. I loved every moment of teaching and I still do.

I now have just finished the Journey into Healing workshop in Denver, where I learned the importance of having physical, mental, and spiritual health, and how they all affect each other. I also learned that we each have a unique constitution that makes up our personality and that we are inclined to certain behaviors.

Now I want to become a meditation teacher because I want to be able to teach anyone who wants (and is ready) to learn how to meditate. This will also give me a deeper understanding of meditation.

Do you have any dreams or intentions for 2009? For the New Year, I have intentions to have equanimity at all times (so meditation doesn't have to end when I open my eyes) and to not let external things disturb me.

Can you tell us about some of your other interests or hobbies? I like to play baseball, basketball, and tennis – and I’m a big Yankees fan! I love to go to the movies every weekend, and in the summer I LOVE going to the beach. At school my favorite subjects are English, history, science, and math. I like to write down my own insights (and whatever else is on my mind) and just be with my own self.

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