Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Art of Living Course in Orlando: Experience the Joy of Living

Janael McQueen, one of the most senior Art of Living Foundation’s teachers, recently led a dynamic AOL Course and the Sahaj Samadhi Meditation Seminar at the Park Square Home Office Complex in Orlando. The participants learned breathing techniques to assist them in eliminating stress from their life and how to meditate effortlessly. They reported increased energy, improved sleep and lot of joy and laughter.

McQueen’s courses were so successful that she is returning to teach AOLF’s Course in Orlando, on June 14th, 2007,,

as part of AOL’s campaign to create a Stress-Free, Violence-Free America.

The second course was the Sahaj Samadhi Meditation, which according to AOLF can take one beyond the usual mental stress and emotional agitation to a calm, centered place. Sahaj Samadhi Meditation is reported to be a graceful and effortless type of meditation.

Sahaj Samadhi means effortless transcendence.

Participants learn to let go of all tensions and stress, providing the mind with a much needed deep rest. It allows the conscious mind to settle deeply into itself. It is only in the present moment that we find true happiness. As the mind settles down, it centers itself more and more in the present moment and experiences its natural state of joy.

During three sessions of two hours each, students learned to tap the depths of their nature. After the course, participants are encouraged to use this simple meditation practice to overcome the effects of inevitable stressful situations and make a positive impact on the quality of their lives.

Online Registration for the Orlando’s Sahaj Samadhi Meditation is here:

Ray Diaz is a Network Operations Specialist from Embarq in Orlando. He says with a smile, “I came out of this course feeling very peaceful and optimistic about my life. I can understand myself and others so much better now and I feel so much empathy for everyone around me. Everything in my life is hopeful now and I walk around with a little smile on my face all day long now. This course literally changed my life.”

AOLF,, was created by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, 25 years ago and celebrated its Silver Jubilee at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC:

Last month, another AOLF teacher, Swami Pragyapad lead two free seminars in Orlando. The first one, in the Albertson Room of the Orlando Public Library while the second meditation was at the Hindu Society of Central Florida, in Casselberry, FL.

Swami Pragyapad is a young and dynamic humanitarian, a trained engineer, who leads presentations to audiences numbering in the thousands on the topics of renewable energy, humanitarian works, social development, yoga and Art of Living Courses.

Swami Pragyapad has initiated and managed many social service and humanitarian projects including bringing free stress relief programs for natural disaster victims, free schools for children, relief and rehabilitation programs and women empowerment programs.

Along with its sister organization, the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), AOLF is actively involved in providing free trauma relief in various war torn and natural disaster struck areas.

The Foundation most recent work is ongoing on VTech’s campus during the aftermath of that tragedy. AOLF’s volunteers led several free trauma relief courses within a few days of this catastrophe with continuing weekly follow up and initiating new workshops for more students, faculty and staff members.

Call 321.939.3533 or email for local information.

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