My name is Martin McKend. I believe that happiness is the key to life and that no matter what a person chooses to do, it should make them happy. I am passionate about helping others. I find that giving to someone else is the best gift for yourself. This can be giving a friendly smile to a stranger, paying a compliment to a friend, or giving your time and energy to help someone in need.
My Meditation Journey
At the age of 20, I was at Dalhousie University taking Kinesiology. My goal was to go to medical school. I had just completed a great first year academically, I was swimming for the Varsity swim team, and I was on track to make Olympic trials. However, two months into the school year, I hit my head and everything changed. I got two concussions over the course of three months, which forced me to stop swimming and drop out of school. In addition to headaches, nausea and clouded thinking, I also ended up with serious depression and anxiety.
I had always brushed off my mother when she talked about meditation, yoga, or anything spiritual. But now, I decided to give it a try. It was meditation or medication. I attended Deepak Chopra’s “Journey into Healing” seminar, where I was immersed into an Ayurvedic lifestyle of daily meditation, yoga, fresh food and regular sleeping hours. Two days into the course, it was like a switch had been turned back on. I was happy again. I realized that these techniques could truly help people. From that point onward, I have continued to meditate daily, and live a more natural and healthful lifestyle which has allowed me to flourish once again.
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be a medical Doctor. I was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 4, so I was in and out of the hospital a lot. Nearly all my memories of my experiences with the staff at the hospital were extremely positive. This is why I wanted to become a Doctor. I wanted to help people be happy and healthy.
After my recovery from the concussions, I realized that although the current medical model is effective for the treatment of many diseases, it was lacking some major components necessary for true health. It was this realization, along with my own experience in holistic healing, that drew me to sign up for the Chopra Center’s Teacher’s path. I now believe that if consciousness-based healing and modern medicine can mesh together, then a true “Health System” can emerge.
More About Me
I teach meditation and Ayurveda, and I am also the Head Coach for the Upper Canada Swim Club in Brockville, ON.
When I’m not working, I can be found enjoying the outdoors with friends and family. I love to water ski, golf, and swim in the summer; snowboard, play hockey and sit by a warm fire in the winter. I love hanging out with friends, and I always enjoy having a good laugh. I find that no matter what is going on in life, it is important to take some time (even a few minutes) to relax, lighten up, and enjoy the present moment.
- Chopra Center Certified Instructor for Primordial Sound Meditation and Ayurveda.
- IIN Certified Health Coach
- Currently completing a B.Sc. in Kinesiology at the University of Dalhousie.
"Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it." ~ Wayne Dyer