Archive for March, 2012

As a service to the community, on March 3rd,  the YES Plus group, led by Gayathri Uchila, at the Metuchen Art of Living center, made lunch for a local shelter. The Ozanam Family Shelter in Edison, New Jersey is an emergency shelter for homeless families and single women. Volunteers prepared a meal of veggie burgers, soup, salad, apples, cookies and apple crisp. Everyone brought something. We got together at the center, put the meal together and delivered it. Here are photos by Prabu.

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The Art of Living center at Metuchen, New Jersey hosted a daytime Art of Meditation course (aka Sahaj Samadhi meditation) in February 2012 taught by Aparna Chawla and organized by Abitha Narayanan. Here are some experiences of participants.

“There was a thirst for that quietness. I went in for a meditation course and I found it. With just three days of teaching from Art of Living teachers I am able to attain this. I could stay in meditation longer but am advised to do it for 20 minutes twice a day. I strongly believe that a quiet and clear mind can achieve a lot more than a disturbed state of mind. ” – Lalitha

“We are given the tools/knowledge to enhance our daily meditation exercise so we may experience a more peaceful, energetic and purposeful day. I believe this course can be beneficial to all who are fortunate enough to be able to take it.” – Lorraine

“1. Sahaj Meditation, gives me clarity of mind. I have noticed that when my mind is muddled or confused or when I am multitasking like crazy, Sahaj meditation helps me think clearly.
2. Centering of mind is very powerful using Sahaj meditation. You are just unfazed by things around you. I am able to deal with routine ups and downs in a much better way. Instead of spending my energy on the frustration of the downs, I find myself focusing on how to bring things under control and move on. It helps focus your attention on the positives, I guess.” – Nidhi

“Sahaj meditation is truly simple and something that all of us can easily do, anywhere and anytime. It is a natural addition to our daily practices, and when I do it in conjunction with my kriya and pranayama (breathing techniques), it enhances the total experience. 20 minutes – twice a day is better than any tonic! For me, such meditation gives overall calmness, positiveness and clarity of thought. Interestingly, depending on the time (i.e. when I meditate), I experience different effects. My morning meditation typically invigorates and helps me focus, while the evening/night meditation calms and quietens me.” –Leena

upcoming Art of Meditation courses in New Jersey

blogpost on meditation experience: “The Power of Meditation”

 

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