Author/Facilitator of Meditation CD’s

Jeanie: energiemanagement is just too funny! It was an outrageous undertaking. And if anyone
were to ask my advice, I’d say: produce one at a time! But back to the heart of your question….
The real inspiration was to create a series of CDs to give people choices. I’ve been creating guided
meditations for many years, so I know what people who gravitate to my work want. I have many
more left in me to create, all lengths, many subjects, many approaches.

Irene: You are called an Empowerment Consultant at Marshall House. What does that actually

Jeanie: It means that I help people to find the power within themselves. Most of the people I
work with are already quite empowered, at least in most parts of their lives. I help them to find
greater empowerment and satisfaction with life.

Irene: How do you do that?

Jeanie: The processes I use vary from person to person, but the general approach is the same
with all: help people to tap into their own inner wisdom to guide them to their hearts’ desires. I
know instantly whether or not people are tuned into their own inner guidance and whether they are
moving toward or away from their hearts’ desires. I suggest and use many different ways to help
them to tap the power within, including meditation.

Irene: Exactly, what is meditating?

Jeanie: I define “meditation” rather broadly. I consider it’s an opportunity to realize your higher
consciousness (or to realize your stress management consciousness) and to resonate with
pure consciousness (that is, to be without resistance). I find the best meditative practices provide
the mind a place to rest the attention, a place that requires minimal mental effort.

Given my broad definition, you can perhaps understand that I recognize the existence of hundreds
of techniques and advocate a variety. Some techniques are more supportive than others; some are
more conducive to continuing a long-term practice than others; some are easier to learn than
others. A technique is a means to assist you in reaching the deeper purpose of meditating.

Many meditation teachers teach that the purpose of meditation is to achieve “no thought.” I have a
different perspective. Quite honestly, I have no desire to be without thought. The mind is
designed for thinking. Quieting the mind is the goal as I see it — not stopping it. Stopping certain
kinds of thinking like mind-chatter, contradictions, criticism, is an extremely worthy goal, but not
stopping thought.

Irene: When I first started meditating my teacher told me the goal was to achieve “no thought”
and I struggled with the [that] for a leben positiv verändern I found another teacher who advocated quieting
the mind, like you do. Please tell us an overview of how, as a stressed-out beginner even attempt
to quiet the mind.

Jeanie: I find the best way is to focus on the breath. The breath moves and can became a
calming and engaging focal point. Any focal point will do, actually, but your breath is always with
you, and you can focus on it with your eyes open or closed. A steady focus can be maintained by
counting the breaths, or breathing with a simple idea like “I breath in and I breathe out” in rhythm
with the in-breath and the out-breath.

A person who is really stressed out might need to give himself or herself permission to take two
minutes or so for the mind chatter. For some people, it’s helpful to have a place to image the
thoughts can move. For example, imagine distracting thoughts moving to a shelf or a desk and
then to the breath. It’s a powerful discipline to decide where to put the
attention, and put it there. If the attention moves again to a distracting thought, no problem (and
no punishment!), just decide to put it back on the breath, and then put it there. It’s a practice, so
practicing is required.

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