“Looking back on these 60 days, I have gained a family, faced my fears, learned to do things that I didn’t enjoy, and most importantly, I have gained a new set of glasses to view the world around me.”
-Mehana Parikh

Mehana

Hari Om! These two months in YEP have been amazing. My goal for signing up for YEP had been to give myself a firm foundation through which I could build a healthy and spiritual life span. I wanted to find that discipline needed to face the world. Going into college, I wanted that discipline set up so when I fall, I have it help me back up. Looking back on these 60 days, I have gained a family og 24, faced some fears, learned to do things that I don’t like doing, but most importantly, a new set of glasses to view the world around me. Saying ‘Hari Om’ when I see someone or immediately responding with ‘Narayana’ or ‘Krishna’ when someone sneezes have become second nature to me. All my questions about life have not been answered but it’s fine because right now, I have exactly what I need to be successful in life. I have gained at least a pinch of clarity and I know how to build on to the existing clarity. Tasks that seemed daunting, don’t anymore, because I see them in a new light. I’m anxious to go back home because that is where the true test begins. I know that I will face various college pressures, peer pressures etc, but I am no longer worried. I know how to learn from each experience and grow as a seeker. I enjoyed my time in YEP and am glad for the family of 24 that will have my back while forcing open each of my boundaries. Now that I have a stable foundation, I am eager to see how much more growth is ahead of me.

Mehana is studying social work at University of Texas, Austin. She is going to co-lead efforts for J-CHYK outreach as well as organize the 2015 National Junior CHYK Camp.