A Three-Minute Vacation: Learn to Meditate with a Mantra


Please join me (Charlene) to learn how to meditate with a mantra to bring more happiness and joy into your life by watching the video below. Give yourself a gift of three-minute vacation by meditating. If you’d like to learn more about how to meditate, please click on the link below to sign up a meditation class. Happy meditating! May your rest of the week be filled with joy and peace.
Link to the July 22nd meditation class: http://bit.ly/2uk161b
Link to the July 29th meditation class: http://bit.ly/2u26LaM
Link to the video: https://youtu.be/1UY2ew0eTqI

3 Tips to Celebrate Summer Solstice 2017

Happy solstice! Today is the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere. Summer solstice is a very powerful time, which means there is extra energy during this time of the year. In India, there are tons of celebrations through meditation, chanting, scripture reading/recitation/discourse to welcome the beginning of the summer.

For practitioners of meditation and mindfulness, how can we best use the energy of summer solstice to accelerate our practice?

  1. Re-start your meditation practice

Shunryu Suzuki says, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” Take a fresh look at your meditation practice. Examine every detail. For example, is your meditation space neat and clean? Your physical surrounding is a reflection of your mind. It is a good time to tidy up your meditation space. Another example, if you meditate with music, how about using different meditation albums that you have not used before to bring in new energy?

  1. Review and set your career goals for the next 90 days

Direct the energy you gain from your meditation practice to your career (or work, school work, projects that you’re working on). Use your career as a focus and concentration exercise while you’re not formally sitting down and meditating. Write down your career goals (including your educational goals) for the next 90 days. You can further break down your goals to the monthly goals and weekly goals. The study shows people who set goals tend to accomplish more (click here for the details of this study). Goals give you concrete targets to focus your energy. If you’d like, you can place a copy of your written career goals on your meditation table.

  1. Radiate love and kindness

Endeavor to have positive thoughts, speak positive words, and have positive actions throughout the day. For example, give the biggest smile you can when interacting with cashers at the checkout counters. Send silent prayers and blessings to everyone you meet (either online or in person) today. Hold the door open for someone today when you go to Starbucks. These random acts of kindness will fill you with love and joy and make the world a better place.

May your summer 2017 be filled with joy, love, and peace. What is the first step you’ll take today to implement the tips listed above? Please share your comments below.

6 Tips to Open Your Heart Chakra to Welcome Joy into Your Life

1) Exercise before you meditate

In general, you’ll have a better meditation experience if you exercise before you meditate. We recommend yoga, running, swimming and walking. Please check with your doctors first to determine a particular exercise regimen that works for your current health condition(s). The key is consistency. Doctors recommend working out at least four to five times per week and at least 30 minutes per session for a healthy adult.

Yoga has roots in helping meditation practitioners improve their meditation practice. Body, mind and spirit are interconnected. Through yoga movements, your body achieves a state of relaxation prior to your meditation practice.

Running is great. Not only do you increase your heart rate, but you also let go of your day.

Swimming is a whole body workout. Swimming is exceedingly beneficial when you have a lot of stress in your life. When you swim, you immerse your body in water. Water neutralizes your energy body. After a swim, you feel the weight lifted from your body.

Walking in a park gives the benefits of exercising and spending time in nature. Studies show spending time in nature reduces stress.

2) Volunteer

Volunteering is a key to open your heart chakra. Volunteering is an act of selfless giving. When you engage in an activity for the sole purpose of the welfare of others, it transcends your state of mind and makes you happy.

Pick a volunteering event that is close to your heart. We volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank (http://www.shfb.org/) in the past. We believe everyone in America should be fed and sheltered. Through this volunteering event, we learned more than 250,000 people rely on food from Second Harvest Bank every month in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, including 100,000 children. As a community, together we can end the hunger.

The miracle of doing volunteer work is that you feel the openness of your own heart. Volunteering is selfless giving. When you give selflessly, your problems and concerns fade away temporarily. You realize your problems and concerns are insignificant compared to others’ suffering.

You realize it is a privilege to help others. The goodness you feel through volunteering will carry you into a state of gratitude and joy. Try it. It works!

3) Chant

You can spend a few minutes chanting prior to starting your meditation practice. You can chant a mantra such as Om Mani Padme Hum (pronunciate as ohm mah nee pahd may hum). Om Mani Padme Hum means the jewel is within the lotus. Happiness and joy are within you. You can listen to this chant by Mercedes Bahleda.

You can chant devotional songs such as “O God Beautiful”. This chant, written by Guru Nanak, was translated into English and made known in the West by Paramhansa Yogananda.

4) Read books that inspire you before you meditate

Swami Brahmanada encourages us to read devotional scriptures before we meditate. Read a few pages from books and teachings that are written by enlightened teachers, such as “Whispers from Eternity” by Paramahansa Yogananda, “The Eternal Companion: A Guidebook for Spiritual Practice” by Swami Prabhavananda or “The Song of God: Bhagavad-Gita” translated by Swam Prahavananda and Christopher Isherwood, prior to your meditation.

5) Meditate!

Mediation will make you happy and open your heart chakra.

6) Opening the heart chakra is a process

Opening the heart chakra is a process. It takes practice. It takes patience. Constant practice will open your heart chakra.

Pick a tip listed above. Practice it. If you have other tips that you practice to open the heart chakra, please share them via the comment box below.

 

Learn to Meditate with Your Third-Eye Chakra

Please join me (Charlene) to learn how to meditate with your third-eye chakra to bring more clarity and focus into your life by watching this video. Give yourself a gift of three-minute vacation by meditating. If you’d like to learn more about how to meditate, please click here to sign up a free introduction to meditation class. Happy meditating! May your week be filled with joy and peace.

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?

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