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For decades, Sister Jenna, as she is affectionately known, has moved and shaped the consciousness of lives around the world. She has traveled to over 80 countries to raise awareness of the self and the Divine. It has saved lives. Her wisdom, peace, and compassion for humanity are expressed through the variety of initiatives she spearheads for youths, women, governments, and communities. She is someone who herself has come from self-destructive patterns and turned that into courage and service to humanity.

As director of the Meditation Museum in Silver Spring Maryland, she has created a space for the public that is a safe haven for personal reflection and growth. The museum offers weekly programs in various areas of personal empowerment. In 2012, the America Meditating initiative was launched, promoting an awareness of personal empowerment and peace as a way of increasing harmony and a more vibrant America during a time of great uncertainty. America Meditating has moved thousands to personal action and continues to make its mark through events, the America Meditating Radio Program, its Pause for Peace plaques, which are in various parts of the U.S. and its Pause for Peace app. Featured in the Huffington Post, Patch and various media outlets, Sister Jenna's soft spoken voice of wisdom moves lives and shifts consciousness.

Sister Jenna is also one of four women leaders on the Face to Face talk series featuring Harriet Fulbright, Zainab Al Suwaij, Marcia Dyson on peaceful dialogues through the voices of women, a production similar to the television show The View. She is board emeritus of the United Religions, winner of the Friendship Archway Awards, an honorary member of "Team Coast Guard,” and director of the Washington, D.C. branch of the Brahma Kumaris, a worldwide organization with over 8,000 branches in 120 countries. Sister Jenna is also the co-host for an upcoming new reality TV show.

She has produced documentaries and is sought after by numerous TV/Radio programs. She has been featured in various books and publications. Her speaking engagements range from a variety of platforms such as, the UN in Geneva, Universities, Government Agencies, Peace Forums, Corporations, to Juvenile Delinquents, Youths, Arts and Women’s groups. Sister Jenna serves children in villages as far away as in India to our children in the nation's capital and is also a spiritual mentor to many thought leaders around the globe.

She is invited by major institutions, such as The World Bank Group, Booz Allen and Hamilton, The Pentagon, American University, The Coast Guard, The George Washington University to name a few, as well as, by grassroots organizations to offer lectures and workshops that promote positive awareness, change, and solutions. Her spiritual leadership in a city like Washington, D.C. has yielded meaningful relationships for personal, local, and global change. For more information contact: MeditationMuseum@gmail.com or visit the Meditation Museum's website.

Tune in to the America Meditating Radio Program as Sister Jenna is joined by celebrities, thought leaders, authors, and average folks for inspiring conversations, sharing success stories and new ways to combat challenges that we encounter along the journey of life.

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Evolve to Dissolve

(5) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:22 PM

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A sign that we are evolving is that our negatives start to dissolve. We become more conscious of thoughts and feelings, more self-reflective, and our presence becomes softer. We become sensitized to the workings of our inner being and how its vibrations manifest...

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Power in Chaos

(3) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:28 AM

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We are all living and existing on the same field of actions. The stage we use is called the world. But there are subtle influences which we can't see with our eyes; we can only feel them with our hearts ("souls" for some)....

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What Am I Learning Here?

(5) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Life is a game of learning, or what I call "remembering."

Have you ever watched nature's way of adapting, giving back to us and responding to the constant conditions under which she must function? Of course you have! We often hold plenty of opinions about her responses as well.

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The Tilt

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 1:02 PM

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Do you ever get the feeling that we are at a tipping point? That we are simply one thought away from mayhem or harmony? What if we are? What could we begin to do differently? The most amazing part of the tipping point...

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A Luminary Leaves a Legacy of Song

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 1:59 PM

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Dr. Maya Angelou has left us, but her legacy of spirit remains an immortal story in my life, and the lives of countless others. Since childhood, I have been drawn to elders for the sole purpose of the rich learning curve they offer....

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A Yogi Embraces Pope Francis

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2014 | 3:23 PM

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As I approach my upcoming birthday, I am drawn to remember Pope Francis. There are moments that touch our lives and I remember where I was on March 13, 2013, when I heard he was the newly elected Pope.

As the...

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My 98-Year-Old Dadi in Honor of Women's History Month

(3) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 11:00 PM

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A few days ago, I witnessed a meeting on live streaming when my 98-year-old Dadi, called Janki, was dancing and laughing away! Dadi means Elder in Sindhi, a language from Sindh, Pakistan. When I was a teenager, she came into my life via...

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Can Creativity Cure Us?

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 6:29 AM

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Typically, I don't believe in astrological readings. Though many years ago, while on the mountaintop with my community in Mount Abu, India, someone offered to do a reading. I hesitantly gave him my birth date and time and he pulled up my...

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Does Being Hurt Ignite a Desire in Us to Hurt Others?

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 2:49 PM

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After meeting a Syrian man who defected from Syria at the airport, I wrote these thoughts from 30,000 feet above on my way to Washington, D.C. from India.

We know of prominent leaders of countries who were exposed to some...

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Creating Trust in a Fear-Based Environment

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:37 AM

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When we were children our parents or teachers did their best to connect the dots so we could see an entire picture. Remember puzzles? Where are they today? We used to sit as a family together and after viewing the complete picture,...

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What Happens When East Meets West?

(5) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:57 PM

As we reach the middle of the first month of the new year, I find myself in Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India, where the cows and cars have an uncanny agreement that supports the flow of life. Unlike my travel companion who thought it to be chaotic and insane, I somehow...

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14 Self-Realizations

(14) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 8:41 AM

As part of the America Meditating~Pause for Peace campaign, Sister Jenna invites you to feel good!

I hope you've had time off from work or school this summer but what time have you taken for you? Try to take a "self-cation" before the end of...

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Meditation Tips: Live by a Quotation

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2012 | 10:00 AM

We are always looking for different techniques for meditating, but realistically, if we stay in awareness and in a consciousness of being a peaceful soul while we are walking and moving around, then life starts to unfold a lot smoother. In order to be in love with life and the world we need to love ourselves. While we may say I love myself, truthfully, the quality of the love you have for yourself is reflected in the quality of love you have for others. If you are in your self respect you respect others. If there is something about someone you don't like, it is likely triggering you to look inside to check if you have it too. If you get angry because people act out maliciously or unjustly, then you are simply adding to the energy of anger that is present in society -- the energy you dislike most.

To help us stay "soul conscious," try living your days by a quote or a mantra. "Speak less, speak softly, speak sweetly" is one of my favorites. When we communicate with people, our words carry a vibration. Words carry the energy of the feeling behind it. For example, even if you say "sure, okay" as a response to something, if you say it with sarcasm, or anger, you will feel the difference of what the words actually convey based on the energy, or shall we say intent, behind them.

If I stay in a consciousness of communicating with people sweetly and practice being a much better listener, then I am in a consciousness that is not full of ego but is rather full of the energy of giving. When we give, we actually receive.

Treat yourself to a healthy vegetarian meal, look at someone from a distance with pure feelings and good wishes, smile a little more, especially at yourself, or just take a nice quiet stroll down the road. Sit and breathe in the goodness that is you. There is nothing wrong with you, and nothing wrong with anyone else. Everything is exactly as its supposed to be. Are you going to be happy, or are you going to be sad? Give yourself love today. It's your choice.

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Meditation Tips: Does Meditation Have to Be Serious?

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 7:40 AM

The past is history, the future is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present!

Some people think that their thoughts and feelings are the result of something outside of them. They blame others or a situation for "making them" feel a certain way, as if the thought came from outside and got in their head. We know this isn't true. We alone create our thoughts and thoughts are triggered by our life experiences.

Our soul is made up of three faculties: the mind, which creates thoughts, our intellect, which decides, and our personality, which is a sum total of life experiences of one life time or previous lives. Far too often we find ourselves more externally driven. We are under the influence of past experience rather than current wisdom. Sometimes we tend to dwell upon the shoulda, coulda, woulda when what we really need to practice is being PRESENT. In order to do this, you can observe your thoughts while in motion and change what you wish if it's not making you feel calm and clear. Keep in mind, thoughts lead us to our destination. Where are your thoughts taking you? When we sit in the early morning for 15 to 30 minutes, we offer ourselves "respected space" -- I call it love. This love from inner silence helps me to see where I might be going off course and how I can redirect my thinking to match love and respect. In our minds, neural pathways are created. Our thoughts follow these pathways or these patterns. In order to create new thoughts or new habits we have to create new neural pathways. The best way to do this, is through meditation. Meditation allows us to slow down our thoughts enough, and offers us a sense of deep awareness so that we have the power to choose a different thought. The more you have a thought, the more it becomes you.

For example, let's say that every time you see your in-laws you begin to think angry thoughts. Those thoughts will increase if you keep having them, eventually creating a bad relationship with them and with yourself. The way that you would change that experience is to realize that negative thoughts hurt you. By choosing pure thoughts, we weaken and eventually delete the negative ones. Sit in meditation in the early morning hours. The time between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. are best to really get to the core of the soul's worth and silence. What will begin to form is more self-control, clarity, personal capacity and yes, love. Keep practicing to pause during the day and observe your behavior, words, and thoughts. Begin to remind yourself, it's up to you to live your bliss. Don't lose your bliss ever thinking you wish to change someone -- rather, keep your bliss by changing yourself.

And perhaps they will strive to do the same. You see, this is how we create peace in ourselves and extend that peace out into the world. Have this consciousness as you are walking, talking and eating.

Meditation = freedom. Live your bliss now. Power is who you are.

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Meditation Tips: Playing Your Part in the Drama of Life

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 7:50 AM

Have you ever wondered what this life is all about? What are we really doing with our lives? What are we supposed to be doing? What is our role?

Lets imagine that we are here, in life, or in the "drama." Since life appears so "dramatic" these days, this seems appropriate to look at life like a movie, and I am an actor in the movie playing my role. If I wanted to play my role accurately, I would find it beneficial to be close to the director wouldn't I? Who is the director? Well I suppose it is safe to say that God, the creator, is the director. Sometimes we listen to scriptures, we read about other philosophies, we practice random rituals, but who knows which script is the real one? If we want to play our parts right, then instead of guessing, we should go straight to the director.

When we are in an "awareness" that we are souls (a driver), in a body (the car) then we understand the first and most important aspect of our role: "I am a soul." An awareness of this starts to trigger the memories stored in the soul or subconscious of when this soul was closest to the director, God. Everyone has their part to play, but can we all get better at playing our parts? When we are in a movie that requires love and cooperation to keep the movie going, can't we find ways to better facilitate this through our roles so that our movie can continue with no frustrating intermissions? Ever felt stuck?

Look toward the director; you will know your lines and where to go.

Meditation helps build an awareness of what I am here to do. Life is not about "whoever has the most stuff wins!" Life is about how many I share love with and how many share love with me. It's about being kind and thoughtful. It's about remembering our happiness, meeting our life's calling and playing our part accurately. When we play our part accurately we will be happy and so will others. Awareness through meditation will help you win that Grammy. What you will come to know through experience is that you are a soul and that God and drama are on your side. Just listen and pay attention.

You were born to play your part, not someone else's. Living a life of virtues makes you a star player in the movie, so play on dear ones. Play on.

Meditate on the drector while remaining on the stage of the world.

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Meditation Tips: Soul Consciousness and Awakening Innocence

(4) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 7:30 AM

In our younger years, during exposure to a particular religious practice or later during our search for truth, we often got fixated on the person rather than the source of the message. We listened, but were we absorbing the wisdom with the intention of letting go of all attachments and replacing attachments with love? Have you ever asked the self: "Am I just enamored with the person delivering the message, and as a result I really am not able to imbibe the power of the message in myself?"

How do we use knowledge or a good message to enhance a forgotten feeling of purity and peace? Am I better than I was yesterday? There is a very simple thought that we can practice that will begin to trigger an innate "feeling" and "knowing" that many of us have simply forgotten. This innate feeling and knowing is our purity. I am originally pure. The soul is pure when it expresses innate truths. For instance, imagine the feeling you get when you look at a newborn baby or a 1-year-old. There is the "feeling" we get that's associated with the newness of this person on earth and the feeling of life in his or her body that is so pure and lovely. It often makes us think about how perfect and pure we were, until too many life experiences of sorrow piled up inside of the soul! But remember, our baggage and experiences were fixed to happen and there is no one to blame. It's a drama!

When we come into the remembrance of our original purity it's like learning to walk all over again. There is excitement as well as caution and a need for direction and support too. Babies fall down, they get food all over their face, and they speak gibberish, but they keep growing and learning. We, too, always possess this innocence, no matter what, if we remain open, we will always keep growing. Meditation awakens the innocence. A simple practice I use to feel soul conscious and pure is to practice seeing the self and another as a 1-year-old.

When you try this, check the feeling that you experience. Remember this is the original power of our existence. Remembering this purity creates a natural state of love, acceptance, and peace. Our vision of a person is not that of seeing their faults; rather, we can have a realization that this person is beautiful and doing their best. Viewing it this way triggers something inside of you that you have already known all along... I am good, I am perfect, and so are they! We just have to keep remembering!

So practice seeing everyone as a 1-year-old. The innocence and purity that will emerge in you will brighten your day and give you a new perspective on how you view even those who do you wrong.

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Meditation Tips: Increasing Real, Pure Love

(3) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 8:00 AM

In almost all faiths, God is referred to as "light."

What I have come to understand through my studies and experiences is that if we are energetic beings, then God too is an energetic being and an ultimate and eternal source of energy: a "light." Unlike us, the supreme soul is free of the knowledge of defects. The supreme energy that is this being of light is perfect and free from vice. This energy is the same as you and I: It is perfect, pure, loving, peaceful, joyous and wise. But again, only when I realize myself as a soul and accurately understand who God is can I begin to re-ignite the feeling of the soul's original true worth and perfection from deep within.

Communing with this energy in meditation and surrounding our consciousness with the warmth of that loving experience brings the soul to a remembrance of divine love, purity of intent, and because of its deep feeling negative experiences of the past are erased. Many of us are not aware of the benefits of meditation on the Supreme Source of pure love. It is this love that replaces broken or limited love. When we increase real, pure love, we increase self worth, balance, power, and truth inside the self. When I am in that state, a natural sense of worth and authenticity returns and a deep memory that "I am love" and "I am free" emerges. The way that can translate into the world is "No one is that powerful that they could make me stop being who I am, and that is love." When you are able to connect in meditation to God silently, your higher awareness returns. So, God in meditation becomes our trigger to remember who we are... OM SHANTI.

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Meditation Tips: Self Awareness

(7) Comments | Posted June 17, 2012 | 9:20 AM

In certain meditation practices, raising our consciousness beyond our current state reduces thoughts, especially those that are wasteful. There are different kinds of thoughts. They can be identified as: positive, necessary, waste and negative thoughts. When we meditate we aim to reduce the impact of "waste thoughts," allowing real genuine thinking to take over our mind. Negative and waste thoughts weaken our inner state of being, and positive and necessary enhance the soul's original inner power.

When we are living and operating in a particular consciousness, this can determine the value of our day. There are two degrees of consciousness: one is soul consciousness and the other is body consciousness (limited sense of self). If we are living in a body conscious awareness we become very sensitive to external stimuli-meaning. If I am always acting and reacting according to the stimuli, then I am simply allowing body consciousness to increase, which will attack my natural state of peace.

We all wish to be happy, plain and simple. So we must choose to be more self aware, but sometimes our thoughts take us away from ourselves. Here's how to make it easier. When you are in your meditation it is a good time for you to connect with your higher power. A supreme source of energy, most often referred to as God. When we connect to this Source, we are reminded of how beautiful, peaceful, and powerful we really are!

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Meditation Tips for the Day: Day 6

(9) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 7:30 AM

You've heard people say "He's got bad karma," or It's just her karma." What most people don't know is what karma actually means. In English it translates to action. All of our actions since birth are recorded in the soul or "subconscious." What we can ponder on is the possibility of taking rebirth, or another word for it is reincarnation -- which means we may have lived many lifetimes. This means that there have been a lot of actions! Even if the concept of reincarnation doesn't sit well with you, consider your current lifetime and the storehouse of experiences you are carrying now. Bet you can't remember everything, can you? Imagine having to figure out karmas of many lifetimes!

If you want good fortune, then your actions should come from a place of pure and virtuous thinking. If your actions and your thoughts behind your actions come from ALGAE -- anger, lust, greed, attachment, and ego -- the result will be what you give out. It will feel never enough.

Karma is analogous to Newton's third law!

Karma effect: For every deed you do (good or bad), there is an equal result you experience.

Newton's third law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

While speaking about karma, it is essential to mention karma yoga. To put it simply, karma yoga is the art of performing actions without expecting the results. Karma yoga focuses on the adherence to duty while remaining detached from the reward. Performing actions out of the goodness of our hearts will bring us good things. Sometimes, however, since we are in such need of instant gratification, we are not patient to wait for the results of our generous actions. We would rather get what we can get now, get a lot of it and make sure it is feeding the ego! What we fail to recognize at the time is that this happiness, this reward, will be temporary. Then we will go back to seeking yet another and another and another... always wanting and needing something to fill me from the inside. The reality is, I have everything. When I turn inside and begin to become self-realized, I begin to understand that my happiness is really within and that I truly create my fortune by giving! So go inside, pause for peace at least twice a day and begin to create your fortune that will last a lifetime (or many!).

Let us all try to do good and be good all the time.

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America Meditating: Pause For Peace Today At 7 a.m. and 7 p.m

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2012 | 5:00 AM

Today, June 9, 2012, the Meditation Museum officially launches its nationwide initiative entitled "America Meditating -- Pause for Peace." The goal is to light up America and invite everyone to pause for peace at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. or whenever you can during the day. The initiative aims to...

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