A man who wish to awake people by meditation

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After a hard working day, some young business people gather in a meditation class. The lecturer is Robert Bridgeman, a Dutch man and the founder of L.Y.O.N (Live Your Own Nature) Foundation in HCMC.

A man who wish to awake people by meditation

By Cung Mi in HCMC

Robert Bridgeman in his meditation class - Photo: Cung Mi
After a hard working day, some young business people gather in a meditation class. The lecturer is Robert Bridgeman, a Dutch man and the founder of L.Y.O.N (Live Your Own Nature) Foundation in HCMC.

Looking at his sublime air and manner, nobody can imagine that several years ago he was a dissolute man. “The more I was seeking pleasure the more I felt unhappiness”. In a short period of time, many painful events surrounded him. He was living an unhealthy, imbalanced existence: constant drinking, two packs of cigarettes each day and overweight. Because of his arrogant behavior he was fired from the managing director post of a construction company; and shortly after, his wife left him after eight years together. The personality he had accumulated could not handle what was happening to him and broke into pieces.

Bridgeman then came to the experience of awakening. “Suddenly I understood that the reality I had been living was an illusion. I started to clean myself up. I stopped drinking, smoking, and overeating. I dropped 30 kilos.”

He traveled the world studying the traditions of many coaches, facilitators, guides, mentors, and spiritual teachers from numerous rich and eclectic faiths, creeds, and denominations. Nowadays he uses his skills and abilities to serve other people who wish to grow, develop and awaken themselves. He founded L.Y.O.N. Method. The method teaches people individually and in groups how to live a wonderful, meaningful and enlightened life in order to be able to help others.

About the image of meditation, Bridgeman said: “Many people think it is vague of religion but it is not. Yes, all great religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianism and Islam teach meditation. That does not make it religious. Meditation is appropriate for anyone. It is all about looking inside yourself, observing your own mind and inner self. Since everyone has a mind and inner self it can be practiced by all. This means every person in Vietnam can meditate. It is my personal believe that meditation does not only improve lives but also improves countries and in the end the entire world”.

A big part of Bridgeman’s income goes to charity projects. “This way we can also help those at the bottom of society. We select our projects ourselves and visit them personally. We support children financially so they can go to school. We also support a school for hearing impaired children. We buy hearing aids for the children so they can hear again. Last year we went to the city waste dump in Rach Gia to donate money for vocational training for the people who work and live on the dump and we taught 80 of them meditation and yoga. We feel it is important to share as much as you can and to always help people in need,” Bridgeman said.

Bridgeman was in Vietnam in September 2010. ” We founded the Live Your Own Nature (LYON) Center in District 2 in January 2011. The past year our team and we taught 300 people how to meditate. We trained eight meditation teachers, a yoga teacher and one holistic coach. We also taught about 60 people how to do yoga and to integrate yoga into their lives. We conducted our 20 hours- life coach program with over 50 people and we trained over 30 Reiki healers. In total we worked with people from 26 nationalities. And all activities are continuing off course.” Bridgeman said.

He has taught various places: at Gala Royale, 63 Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 1 (in the photos), Zennova Cay Diep Spa 90/88A Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, District 1 and L.Y.O.N Center Saigon, 60 Street 4, Thao Dien, District 2, HCMC (and depend on organizations of training).

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