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After this Los Angeles man hit rock bottom, with partying, depression, and joblessness, only meditation provided a way out. Now he is taking his mindfulness practice to the city’s most vulnerable kids.

Swami Varadan was born in India and moved to Silicon Valley when he was two-years old. As an adult, he seemed to have it all, working on radio projects with Ryan Seacrest—until he lost it all.

Within the span of a month, after losing his car, his job and his home, Swami had no other choice but to move in with his parents in their small California apartment at the age of 31. Shortly after his arrival, Swami’s uncle, grandmother and best friend passed away.

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After losing his best friend to cancer, Swami fell into a deep depression. Still unemployed, he dove into severely unhealthy patterns and addictions. He was 30 seconds away from suicide, literally walking in front of a train, when he experienced a profound spiritual awakening. He left the train track and promised to better his life, by helping others.

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The newly jovial Swami is now a meditation and mindfulness teacher in Los Angeles, and he teaches people how to cook Indian food, with his book, 7 Mantras for Success, 7 Recipes for Healing. He’s even back on the radio— this time, passing on advice to others based on his own transformation. Swami’s goal is to bring mindfulness to the masses, specifically focusing on the impoverished and underprivileged. He teaches meditation at The Boys and Girls clubs of East Los Angeles, as well as schools throughout the city.

(WATCH his story in the video below)

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