Meghan Markle shares key to happiness in resurfaced blog post

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While moving countries and becoming a royal sounds quite stressful, Meghan Markle has managed the transition seamlessly - a feat that may have something to do with her dedication to meditation.

Prior to becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Markle ran the popular lifestyle blog, The Tig, where she described her favourite foods, travel destinations, and, it turns out, the key to her happiness.

In a post written in 2015, Markle revealed that she was a practitioner of Vedic meditation - something she’d learned from a man called “Light” - and that practising had made her “just happier.”

According to the former actress, she’d met Light Watkins while having dinner with a friend in Santa Monica, California.

“Yes, his name is Light,” she’d written. “This is LA after all.”

Watkins turned out to be a Vedic meditation coach, and after originally questioning how beneficial daily meditation could really be, the 37-year-old decided to give it a shot - and wrote it soon became the “quietude that rocked my world.”

Although the Duchess admitted she’d found meditation “endlessly daunting at first (the thoughts, the distractions, the boredom of it), after a year she realised: “I am just happier. And meditation has much to do with it.”

The Duchess used to run the lifestyle blog The Tig (Getty)
The Duchess used to run the lifestyle blog The Tig (Getty)

In addition to describing her own experience with meditation, Markle’s old post also included advice from Watkins on how to try Vedic meditation - a non-religious meditation centred on a silent mantra that will “help you find your inner quiet.”

According to Watkins, while meditating you should “let the act of meditating become synonymous with both noticing your breathing and getting lost in your thoughts.

“Let all of the thoughts come and go - as you forget and become aware that you are meditating, it’s best not to resist any thoughts, including ideas, songs, conversations, images, feelings or sensations,” he advised.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – in pictures

September 2017: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. The Invictus Games is an international sport event for wounded, injured and sick (WIS) servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. It was created by the Duke of Sussex and aims to use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of all those who serve their country (Invictus Games Foundation/Getty)
September 2017: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. The Invictus Games is an international sport event for wounded, injured and sick (WIS) servicemen and women, both serving and veteran. It was created by the Duke of Sussex and aims to use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of all those who serve their country (Invictus Games Foundation/Getty)
November 2017: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace following the announcement of their engagement (AFP/Getty)
November 2017: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace following the announcement of their engagement (AFP/Getty)
November 2017: Meghan Markle shows off her engagement ring (AFP via Getty)
November 2017: Meghan Markle shows off her engagement ring (AFP via Getty)
December 2017: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene in King's Lynn (Getty)
December 2017: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene in King's Lynn (Getty)
January 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan during a visit to Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio (Getty)
January 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan during a visit to Reprezent 107.3FM in Pop Brixton. The Reprezent training programme was established in Peckham in 2008, in response to the alarming rise in knife crime, to help young people develop and socialise through radio (Getty)
January 2018: Meghan Markle greets well-wishers on arrival at Cardiff Castle for a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales (AFP via Getty)
January 2018: Meghan Markle greets well-wishers on arrival at Cardiff Castle for a day showcasing the rich culture and heritage of Wales (AFP via Getty)
January 2018: The couple watching a dance performance by Jukebox Collective during their to Cardiff Castle (AFP via Getty)
January 2018: The couple watching a dance performance by Jukebox Collective during their to Cardiff Castle (AFP via Getty)
February 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk through the corridors of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on their way to a reception for young people in Edinburgh. The reception celebrated youth achievements, marking Scotlands Year of Young People 2018, an initiative that aims to inspire Scotland through its young people: celebrating their achievements, strengthening their voice on social issues and creating new opportunities for them to shine (AFP)
February 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk through the corridors of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on their way to a reception for young people in Edinburgh. The reception celebrated youth achievements, marking Scotlands Year of Young People 2018, an initiative that aims to inspire Scotland through its young people: celebrating their achievements, strengthening their voice on social issues and creating new opportunities for them to shine (AFP)
February 2018: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum in London. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event showcased the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation (Getty)
February 2018: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William at the first annual Royal Foundation Forum in London. Under the theme 'Making a Difference Together', the event showcased the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation (Getty)
March 2018: Prince William, Kate, Meghan and Prince Harry attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey (AFP via Getty)
March 2018: Prince William, Kate, Meghan and Prince Harry attend a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey (AFP via Getty)
March 2018: Meghan Markle greets well-wishers after a visit to one of Belfast's most historic buildings, The Crown Liquor Saloon, a former Victorian gin palace, now run by the National Trust. It was the Royal couple's first joint visit to Northern Ireland (AFP via Getty)
March 2018: Meghan Markle greets well-wishers after a visit to one of Belfast's most historic buildings, The Crown Liquor Saloon, a former Victorian gin palace, now run by the National Trust. It was the Royal couple's first joint visit to Northern Ireland (AFP via Getty)

While meditation may not be for everyone, the future royal concluded her post encouraging everyone to at least try it.

“The worst thing that can happen is that you gave yourself 10 minutes of quiet in an endlessly loud world,” she’d written.

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