Mother of two teenage children and owner of a prestigious UK social research company, Louise Gardener knew she needed to respond to an inner calling even though it threatened her status, finances, and lifestyle. Here’s how she discovered and answered the call.
Words by Louise
As a 40-year-old co-owner of a successful independent research company with a family of two teenagers, creating time to study the find life purpose course both challenging and life-changing.
Having graduated from Oxford University and married soon after, I worked as a special-effects and computer graphics producer with some of the biggest names in film and TV during my 20s, then decided I really wanted children as I turned 30.
Blessed with a healthy son and daughter by the age of 33, I knew that being present and caring for them was the most important thing, so I left the film and TV industry. I formed a company offering social research and analysis to the UK government, international charities, and liaising between academia and public policy on issues of education, sustainability, health, and justice.
It meant I could align and orientate my work around my family.
A longtime friend, Sebastian Pole founder of Pukka Herbs pointed me toward Big Shakti’s work. I am a lover of learning and found their meditations extremely effective. I enjoyed them daily with my young children after lunch.
When the Find life’s Purpose Course became available, I was excited to take part. I found the learning process deeply engaging and supportive. The guidance, using the two wings of theory and practice to fly, encouraging action even if we make mistakes, and taking as much time as needed, resonated with me.
Through following the deceptively simple yet profoundly effective yoga and meditation knowledge and practices, I realised a gnawing feeling inside.
Something in me needed to be expressed.