Today we’d like to introduce you to Janel Richardson.
Janel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey of self-awareness began as a youth questioning about spirituality. As a young adult, I read literature from all over the world about the various forms of spirituality in global healing traditions. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies, searching for ways to learn about the world and my relationship to it. I have asked myself the deep and philosophical questions such as who am I and what is my purpose? I came to the realization that meditation was a common thread in a variety of spiritual practices. Something about the practice of meditation intrigued me. So, I studied various forms of meditation and came to know of the power of taking time to go within to cultivate an inner sense of awareness and connection with the divine energy.
Although meditation is a spiritual practice, it also contributes to physical and mental health. I have learned through study and through practice that meditation can be used as an antidote to stress. Stress is the body’s physiological response when we encounter resistance to the fulfillment of our needs and desires.
As a parent and as a student working towards becoming a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, meditation has helped me overcome many challenges such as physical stress presenting as pain in my body, anxiety, depression, and insomnia simply by using meditation as a tool to help me manage stress and live my way into my life’s purpose without restriction or limitations of the mind.
Meditation is about expanding our awareness and about the shift in the collective consciousness of the people in the world towards more feelings of wholeness, and love, and compassion for ourselves and for one another. I am honored to be able to share the gift of meditation. I am a certified Primordial Sound Meditation teacher, affiliated with the Chopra Center for Wellness Foundation located in Carlsbad, CA.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, it has not been a smooth road. I am now married, but for many years I was a single parent. I struggled to raise my two children. I remember leaving early in the morning and arriving home late at night for many years. I knew if my children were to have a future, it would depend on me and what I could provide for them. Today, they are healthy, happy, and strong, and I am grateful to family and friends who have supported us along the way.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Everliving I Meditation – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Everliving I Meditation is about connecting with that true sense of self within us all without the coverings of intellect, ego, and external stimulation. Our world is so focused on developing the ability to master our external environment as a recipe for happiness and wholeness, yet for most, there is still something missing. Everliving I Meditation is about the journey of self-awareness and helping others nurture a sense of limitless potential through meditation practice.
I am a meditation teacher. I use an ancient meditation technique derived from the Vedic traditions of India. Meditation is actually a form of yoga, or union of mind, body, senses, and environment. I specialize in Primordial Sound Meditation, a technique that was revised and reintroduced by Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D., and Dr. David Simon, M.D. to the mainstream world as a practical way of teaching meditation to people in the west. The technique uses Vedic mathematics to determine a personal mantra for each meditation student using the date, time, and location of their birth which is used to choose a mantra that correlates to the vibration of the universe at that time. This makes for a very powerful mantra that resonates with the student at the level of the soul.
The Primordial Sound Meditation course is for people who want to learn how to meditate. The course is taught over 4 sessions. We cover the basics of meditation, the origins of Primordial Sound Meditation, how to perfect the meditation process, and the vision of higher states of consciousness. The course is developed for student success. We teach people how to integrate this ancient practice into the modern world. I’m most proud of the work we do. This work is very rewarding because when we meditate, it has a personal effect as well as a universal effect. We move from me to I. Everliving I Meditation is about connecting to the soul and Spirit of the individual, which ultimately has an effect on all of in our collective environment. We are committed to helping people de-stress, become more efficient, and to achieve more greatness and a sense of contentment with life and living.
The Primordial Sound Meditation course is extremely informative. The student will walk away with so much more than just a mantra. The student is empowered to get to the root of their own behavior and self-knowledge. We provide the student with materials to encourage a life-long meditation practice while reaping all the benefits that meditation has to offer.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My plans for the future include teaching meditation to as many people I can reach. I’d like to get children and young adults meditating as well. Children and teens especially can benefit from regular meditation practice. The modern world is inundated with mental chatter and stress and an unhealthy state of reactiveness that does not always contribute to clear decision making. If children are truly our future, we need to provide them with the tools to be able to manage stressful situations and many responsibilities. These are things we were not necessarily taught which is why there is so much dissatisfaction, antipathy and self hate. I would like to help empower young people.
I plan to do talks in the community, meditation in nature, and I plan to create a non-profit organization where I can bring meditation to people of all kinds regardless of their economic status.
I’m looking forward to graduating in a year from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
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