Join Us for A Special Online Meditation Class

Join us for a special online meditation class on Saturday, 5/27, 10:00AM PDT. Learn how to meditate from the comfort of your own home. Please sign up here by 5/26: bit.ly/2rQFMuW 

The benefits of meditation can include:

  • Focus on the present
  • Build skills to manage your stress
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Reduce negative emotion
  • Increase productivity
  • Encourage creative problem solving

Structure of the live online class:
Each live online class will consist of lectures, in-class meditations, a Q & A session at the end of the class.
Each class is different depending on whether there are new students and/or returning students. For new students, you will learn a few powerful, simple and effective meditation techniques that you can start using them right away after just one class. We will also practice these meditation techniques in class. For returning students, in addition to group meditations & the Q & A session, you will learn a new topic in each class that will help you enhance your meditation practice.

Topics:

  • Meditation: why, what, how
  • How to start a meditation practice at home
  • Understand chakras
  • Mindfulness: why, what, how
  • Actionable tips on how to incorporate mindfulness as part of your daily life right away
  • Affirmations: the science and the practice of positive thinking
  • Gratitude: the science and the practice of immediate happiness
  • And so much more…

Please share or tag a friend if you feel they would benefit from this class. I look forward to sharing this class with you.

A Three-Minute Vacation: Learn to Meditate with Your Heart Chakra

Please join me (Charlene) to learn how to meditate with your heart chakra by watching the video below. Give yourself a gift of three-minute vacation with a heart chakra meditation. If you’d like to learn more about how to meditate, please click here to check out & sign up my upcoming online meditation classes. Happy meditating! May your week be filled with love and joy.

A Three-Minute Vacation: Learn to Meditate with Music

Please join me to learn how to meditate with music by watching the video below. Give yourself a gift of three-minute vacation by meditating with music. If you’d like to learn more about how to meditate, please click here to check out & sign up my upcoming online meditation classes. Happy meditating! Have a joyful and peaceful week.

About Charlene
Charlene has over 20 years’ experience in the art of meditation and mindfulness. For over 15 years, she leads meditation classes around the U.S. to inspire others to experience joy of their own beings through the practice of meditation.

 

 

Join Us for A Special Online Meditation Class!

Join us for a special online meditation class on Saturday, 4/29, 10:00AM PDT. Learn how to meditate from the comfort of your own home. Please sign up here by 4/28: http://bit.ly/2pXFnGP.

What you will learn in this online meditation class:
1. What is mediation vs. what is not meditation?
2. Powerful, simple, and effective meditation techniques to help you relax, be at peace, and gain clarity
3. A step-by-step guide to set up a meditation practice at home
4. How to experience joy, peace, happiness within yourself through the practice of meditation
5. Q & A session

The benefits of meditation can include:
• Focus on the present
• Build skills to manage your stress
• Increase self-awareness
• Reduce negative emotion
• Increase productivity
• Encourage creative problem solving

Please share or tag a friend if you feel they would benefit from this class.
I look forward to sharing this class with you.

About Charlene
Charlene has over 20 years’ experience in the art of meditation and mindfulness. For over 15 years, she leads meditation classes around the U.S. to inspire others to experience joy of their own beings through the practice of meditation.

Using Peace & Harmony Prayer to Bring Peace to Yourself and to the World

 

While at work last Friday, I learned that an attack possibly linked to terrorists took place in Stockholm, Sweden. I was shocked. I found myself enveloped by sadness, hopelessness after reading the news. I paused and began the Peace & Harmony prayer. Within two minutes, I regained my centeredness through this prayer. After the prayer, I noticed the air seemed to be sparked with light from the vibration of this prayer.

What motivated me to learn the Peace & Harmony prayer?

I vividly remembered the day I began the Peace & Harmony prayer was November 13, 2015. The date that an attack took place in Paris. After reading the news of the attack, I asked myself inwardly, “How can I help?” I wanted to do something to contribute to world peace in the light of Paris attack. I was very surprised to hear the answer in my own heart, “Be more at peace with yourself.” I intuitively understood the answer means world peace starts with being at peace with myself. At the very same night, a friend of mine introduced me to the Peace & Harmony prayer.

What is the Peace & Harmony prayer?

Peace & Harmony prayer was taught by Paramhansa Yogananda, who was the author of Autobiography of Yogi. He originally taught to use this prayer to heal the conflicts in relationships.

Peace & Harmony prayer to heal troubled relationships: you pray, “Lord, fill (the name of the person who you have conflicts with) with peace and harmony, peace and harmony” for 1 minute.” See this person surrounded by light. You then pray, “Lord, fill me with peace and harmony, peace and harmony” for 15 seconds. See yourself surrounded by light. Countless people have reported miraculous results of using this prayer to heal troublesome relationships at work and at home.

Peace & Harmony prayer to heal the world: you pray, “Lord fill the world with peace and harmony, peace and harmony” for 10 time. You continue to pray, “Lord, fill me with peace and harmony” for 3 times. You may choose to include a visualization with this prayer. Prior reciting the prayer, visualize waves of peace emanating from your heart. Peace surrounds you and your home. Waves of peace expand and surround your neighborhood, your state, your country, and the world.

How has this prayer helped me?

  1. Help me feel peace and centered

This prayer is like a smoothing balm. I end my morning meditation with this prayer. It helps me to start my day with the intent of peace.

  1. Help me make choices throughout the day based on peace

Being at peace with myself is a choice that I consciously make throughout the day. For example, I listen to music that does not make me feel restless. In addition, many scientific studies have     shown calming background music can significantly reduce stress while music with high volume induces stress.

  1. Help me be at peace and contribute to world peace at the same time

It is the highlight of my day to say this prayer. It also makes me smile in my heart to accomplish two things through this prayer. This prayer is perfect to help me feel at peace.
At the same time, I do good by contributing to the healing of the world.

This prayer can help you, too.

I invite you to try the Peace & Harmony prayer for 21 days if you’d like to be more at peace with yourself and to live in a world filled with peace. See it for yourself. Please share how the Peace & Harmony prayer has helped you after you have a chance to practice it.

About Charlene
Charlene has over 20 years’ experience in the art of meditation and mindfulness. For over 15 years, she leads meditation classes around the U.S. to inspire others to experience joy of their own beings through the practice of meditation.

How You Can Meditate Even When You’re Busy

How many times have you heard that you should meditate for at least 20 minutes per day? And how many times have you laughed at that?

I’m often reminded of the old saying about meditation that goes something like this. “You should meditate for 20 minutes each day, unless you feel you’re too busy. Then you should meditate for an hour.”

Although we all live busy lives in our own way, we can find time to meditate. Here are some of the methods I’ve used to make sure I find my 20 minutes per day.

#1. Become a morning person.

I’ve found that the best time of day for me to meditate is in the morning. I’m not a morning person, but I could never really find time at the end of the day to squeeze in some meditation. By making sure that I meditate right away every morning, it gets done. Worst case scenario: you set the alarm clock for 20 minutes earlier.

That’s doable, right?

#2. Keep a timer.

When I first started to meditate in the morning, the first thing my mind would always think about was, “How long do I have to be meditating. I have things to do!”

So I started to set a timer. That relieved my mind of the “burden” of reminding me how much time I might have left to meditate. In return, it made the process of finding my focus faster and easier, making my meditation time more rewarding.

#3. Don’t feel bad if you think about your to-do list.

Ever been told that your mind should be blank? That you must always focus on one point only? And then what happens when you start to think about what needs to get done during the rest of the day?

You feel bad. I know that I sure did.

I’ve learned over time that my mind likes to wander a little. I’ll think about the tasks or chores that need to get done. This is okay as long as I acknowledge them and then let them drift away. If I refuse to acknowledge a thought, it becomes a screaming menace that will not be ignored.

#4. Deep breathing will be your best friend.

Even on the days when I really can’t find a good focus during meditation, I feel better if I’ve been able to do some deep breathing. If your thoughts stay focused on your to-do list and won’t let go, then just breathe deeply for as long as you can. There’s a good chance that you’ll get back into the rhythms of meditation.

If not, you’ll still feel better afterwards.

#5. Be forgiving of yourself.

Mistakes are going to be made. I had many days where I felt terrible because I tried to meditate and it didn’t feel like I accomplished anything. Or there were days when I didn’t hear my alarm and I had to power through my morning routine just to make it to work.

As with any new habit, there will be hiccups along the way. Forgive yourself if a mistake is made and just try again the next day.

When you stick to it, meditation can happen even when the days seem super busy. Follow these steps and you may just be able to successfully meditate.

How do you make sure to fit in some meditation time when you get busy? What tips have worked the best for you?

Relax, Renew, Recharge by Spending Time with Nature

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Nature does not hurry, and yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu

One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to spend time by the ocean. I pack my backpack with an inspirational book, a writing journal, and something to sit on. Off I go to a local beach.

The entire time I am at the beach is a meditative experience. When I get out of my car, before I begin my walk to the beach, I spend a few moments inwardly to say hello to the ocean and thank her to give me this opportunity to spend time with her.

I love strolling down the beach. The sound of ocean immediately transports me to a place of happiness and joy. The view of ocean reminds me eternity is ever new, limitless, and expansiveness.

After the walk, I like to find a quiet spot on the beach to sit and just be. My sitting (meditation) usually starts by gazing at the ocean. I am always amazed when I look at ocean waves. Ocean is an ancient being. She is over billions of years old and yet she is never tired of letting her waves rise and fall over, over, and over again. Have you noticed: not one single wave is the same as the other one?

With my eyes either opened or closed, I then switch my focus to listen to the sound of the ocean for a few minutes. Just let the sound of ocean to envelop every port of my being. The sound of ocean soothes and comforts me.

If it happens to be a sunny morning or afternoon, with my eyes closed, I then switch my focus to the point between my eyebrows and a little bit above where the third eye chakra (a chakra is an energy center) is located and feel the warmth of the sunlight around the third eye chakra for a few minutes or as long as I can. I end my meditation by silently saying “thank you” in my heart for the opportunity to be able to meditate by the ocean.

I warmly invite you to find time this week to spend time by the ocean to walk, to meditate, or simply to enjoy the view if you can. You’ll be pleasantly surprised your body, mind and spirit will be relaxed, renewed, and recharged by spending time with nature.

About Charlene
Charlene has over 20 years’ experience in the art of meditation and mindfulness. For over 15 years, she leads meditation classes around the U.S. to inspire others to experience joy of their own beings through the practice of meditation.

 

Special Meditation Class in Pasadena

Happy Friday! Please join me for a special meditation class on Saturday, March 25 in Pasadena, CA to renew and recharge yourself in celebration of Spring. Here is the link to sign up the class: http://bit.ly/2mpyR9O I look forward to meeting and meditating with you tomorrow. Have a nice weekend.

About Charlene
Charlene has over 20 years’ experience in the art of meditation and mindfulness. For over 15 years, she leads meditation classes around the U.S. to inspire others to experience joy of their own beings through the practice of meditation. Meditation Test

Happy Spring Equinox!

Park in Spring Time

Today is the first day of the Spring in the U.S. Spring is here. Can you feel it?

Spring flowers are in their glory in my local parks, beaches, and neighborhood. I enjoy taking time to stroll through a park to watch and observe spring flowers after a busy day at work. By focusing my attention on the beauty, the vibrant colors of the flowers, the tension and stress falls to the background of my mind. Also allow myself to fully breathe in and out of the fresh air and to fully take in visually with the green grassy field and the blue expansive sky. Within less than 10 minutes, I am in the state of calmness and expansiveness.

I invite you to take 10 minutes this week to take a walk in your local park and to experience peace and calmness that Nature awaits to share it with you!

Also join me for a special meditation class on Saturday, March 25 in Pasadena, CA to renew and recharge yourself in celebration of Spring. Here is the link to sign up the class: http://bit.ly/2mpyR9O  I look forward to meeting and meditating with you this weekend …

About Charlene

Charlene has over 20 years’ experience in the art of meditation and mindfulness. For over 15 years, she leads meditation classes around the U.S. to inspire others to experience joy of their own beings through the practice of meditation.

5 Ways to Boost Your Meditation Efforts Today

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Do you wonder if you’re meditating in the right way? Or feel disappointed because your time with meditation feels imperfect? Believe it or not, these are feelings that even long-term practitioners of meditation struggle with from time to time. I still experience them on a regular basis.

Instead of focusing on the way you think you “should” be meditating, embrace your own experiences every day. Stay committed to the process, incorporate meditation boosters, and it will become a little easier.

#1. Get into meditation right away. There are a lot of distractions that can eat into my meditation time. I might want to find a more comfortable pillow. The light might not be just right. I could be thinking about my deadlines instead of trying to focus my mind. I’ve found that when you just get into meditation right away, the need for perfection tends to go away. Having a meditation time that is “good enough” is, well… good enough.

#2. Don’t overdo it. I will always recommend striving toward at least 20 minutes of daily meditation. I’ve found that this amount of time tends to provide some of the best benefits. Sometimes, however, I just can’t put together a 20-minute block for meditation. Instead of forcing the situation, reduce the time commitment for that day. Instead of 20 minutes, try 10 minutes instead. If 10 minutes is too long, try for five minutes. If meditation is stressing you out, then it won’t be providing the mind with many benefits.

#3. Keep an open mind. I used to think meditation was a bunch of baloney. Once I opened up my mind to the possibility that meditation could be real and beneficial, it sparked my curiosity. I began to explore a little more of what it was about. We often seek to become masters of the skills and talents we embrace, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Meditation can be fun. You must be willing to allow it to be fun before that will happen.

#4. Give yourself a chance to succeed. I face a few challenges every day when it comes to meditation. I hate getting up early in the morning, but that’s the best time for me to meditate. So I structured my day to accommodate how slow I can move in the morning. I get up 15 minutes earlier and then made it so that I can come into work 30 minutes later. I take a half-hour lunch break instead of a full hour to make up the difference. When you give yourself a real chance to succeed, you’re one step closer to success.

#5. Take it one day at a time. You might try to meditate, but then forget about making time for it. Or you might sit down to meditate and nothing happens, so you give up. This is okay. Just try again tomorrow.

Meditation shouldn’t be a headache. It shouldn’t be a stress trigger. These are the ways I’ve found that help me to be more consistent with my meditation time.

How do you manage your schedule to accommodate meditation?

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