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Power of Meditation with Stephanie Osborne

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Stephanie Osborne is the CEO of Meditate New Orleans and a meditation guide. In this episode we talk about the power of meditation. This podcast is dedicate to all my empowerment circle of supporters and patrons who are loyal followers and support this podcast. For more information on becoming part of the goddesses, visit: https://www.patreon.com/Empowermentandallthat --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rita-bautista/message

You're listening to empowerment and allthat podcast, your favorite podcast for women's empowerment, hosted by RidaBautista it's time to be reminded of the authority of your inner goddess andelevate the power within. Are you ready welcome back to another episode ofempowerment and all that your favorite podcast for female empowerment? Today,I have a special treat for you: guys, Stephanie Osborne, CEO of lead,Meditation and Guide for Meditate New Orleans joins me today, as we talkabout the power of Meditation Phany. Thank you so much for joining me today.Thanks for having me on I'm excited about this episode. It's awesome thatboth of us find so much enjoyment out of meditation. Why don't you tell us alittle bit about yourself? Okay, so I'm a meditation Guye in New Orleans, I'vebeen studying meditation since I was fifteen years old and I've studiedthroughout high school and college, and I eventually started guiding my familyand friends, and now I am a meditation guide. What would you say a meditationguide does in particular, okay, so a meditation guide holds a space forpeople to be in the present moment, and sometimesthat's through silence, and sometimes that's through verbal guided meditation and it's really about creating anatmosphere that allows people to be in the present o how I met Stephanie. Shewas actually one of the reasons why meditation has now become a regularpart of my day and my life, if you're ever in New Orleans, and you stop in tosee her, you guys are in por a fabulous Trea, because Stephanie has such a likesoft sweet voice and it's able to really bring you to that place of peacewhile you're listening to her help. You calm yourself down and be reallypresent in the moment. So I want to thank you for that that special thatspecial, you know just giving us that thatability to do that. It's so empowering you know Hes, so much reta. How did youget started in meditation? So I was a student at New OrleansCenter for creative arts. They call it Noka, it's like the fame. If you'veever seen, the TV show fame, I'm a LIV forever. It's like that schools a and so in theater there were severaldifferent classes. One of the classes was body movement and at the end of the movement class wewould always have a meditation, a guided meditation. It was so good. Itactually led me to take Yoga and college and then Yoga an meditation throughout mycollege and throughout once I even graduated. I was still studying it andusing it with my kids and with my family members and friends, and it'sjust been so helpful thinking about family. How did your family feel whenyou started your process of meditation? You were Christian at the beginning,correct right were right, and but you can be a Christian and still practicemeditation. So a lot of people associate meditation with Buddhismbecause it stems from the Hinduin Buddhist culture. However, mindfulnessand meditation is really about being in the present moment. So John Kevidzin,the creator of Mindfulness Space, stress reduction. He says thatmindfulness is the awareness that arises when you pay attention to thepresent moment like right now on purpose and without judgment, andit's a beautiful thing. It has nothing to do with what you believe it's justabout being in the moment and even in I don't know if you've ever heard this,but even in Christianity. They say that...

...when you're praying you talk to Godwhen you're meditating, God is talking to you. Oh Wow, that's such a beautiful, saying,yeah! It's very interesting because you know you'r African American. My parentsare Hispanic right like so, for I know for my ture for sure like when you start talking about meditationand they start they start associating it directly to Buddhism. It's almostlike you're pulling away from the culture that you ere raised in and it'slike you get this backlash. Did you receive any backglass from thecommunity when you first started on your journey? Oh definitely because people don't really a lot of people,don't understand what meditation is. So it's weird to some people, but once youexplain it and they experience it, it's like a shift and then they becomeadvocates, but it depends. It really depends onwhat you guide. So, for example, if I guide someone who's like a hardcoreChristian boot Baptist person, you know like peoplethat are Baptist and pentecostal methodist. Sometimes they speak intongues. So I would not do a primordial sound meditation, which is usingsandscrit because it's a sanscript mantra, but I wouldn't use that withthem to start because repeating a Montre from anotherlanguage might be intimidating, so I would start with mindfulness and thenafter they learn to trust me and know and really allow me to explain whatprimorial sound meditation is than we might go into that. But even thensometimes people say I'm not going to say something I don't know, but thethey might repeat a Montra in English. The only problem with that is when yourepeat a mantra using words that have a meaning. Then it shifts your attentionto the meaning. Instead of the vibration of the mantra, I hope thatmakes sense to you yeah. Absolutely it's Loke, almostshifting your mind to continue thinking. wors is detaching from thought right,correct, correct, yeah. So what types of meditation doyou teach? I offer mindfulness meditation and also primordial sound meditation and that'sfrom dpot Chopra. So if you'v Ever heard of transcindental meditationdepoch study transcindental meditation, then He created his own sanscript facedprimordial sound meditation and it's the differences that withmindfulness. You bring yourself back to the present moment. By focusing on yourbreath and your body, awareness of your body and withprimordial sound meditation. You bring yourself back by focusing on Sanscrit mantra as an anchor, so youevery time you notice that you're thinking, then you start reciting yourMancha, silently to yourself. So those are the two that I oer, which one's your favorite. Well, I've been on two retreats: TwoSilent Retreats O actually three, but I've been on two different types ofsilent: Retreats One was primordial sound meditation and one wasmindfulness the one for primordial sound meditation. I came back singing.It was such a beautiful experience, but there was talking in between sothat's the disclaimer. I don't know what it would be like if I weren'ttalking when I came back from the mindfulness meditation retrieve, it wasa completely silent retreat. So I didn't talk for...

...a week, and so there was when you'renot talking to other people, then there's no grasping and rejecting youknow, you're not like reaching for other people's ideas and opinions arerejecting their ideas and opinions, and so there was more inward inner work whichcaused me to be more emotional. But I got more insight, so I think that bothof them are good. Both both of them are beneficial, and I could I think of that.I always go back to mindfulness, because it's easy throughout the day. Ithink to focus on your breath. You even notice like if you're stressed you takethis deep breath, sometimes unintentionally, but you take it andthen, when you release is like, Oh, you must be stressed. Have you ever donethat like took a Brad, yeah, regularly yeah, and then you realize well, I mustbe stressed out, because why am I breathing like this? You know like you,can hear you go yourself, go you know io, but that felt good. Youknow so yeah yeah, it's almost like the stress kindof leaves the body through the breathpretty quickly. Yeah at doesn't take it all away, but it does give you a like.It's almost like your body, telling you it's time to reset yeah. It gives you amoment a moment of awariness yeah, it's beautiful. So so, since we're talking about the powerof meditation, what do you think has been the most powerful lesson? You'velearned through your practice of meditation, the most powerful thingthat I've learned through meditation is that the answers are in the silence meditation. I can tell you a few things,but meditation really helps improve your intuition and the thing is the more you meditate,the more aware you become. However, sometimes you get busy and then youstop meditating, and then you realize that the things that were coming easy to youbefore aren't as easy. For example, I naturally have high anxiety, but when Imeditate every day my anxiety is so reduced to the point where there reallyis no anxiety and then so after a while, I might say, oh I'm so busy. I don'thave time and II'll do this later and then what eventually happens is youknow my husband might say was e last time you meditated, I'm like.Why is your you're? Being kind of you know you're poking at things, and youknow you seeming anxious or irritated, and I just don't get that way with whenI meditate consistently, because I'm way more conscious, I'm able toarticulate my perspective from a more loving way. You know from a more lovingplace and and I'm able to hear people fully without the inner dialogue youknow so so much is going on when you meditate it just keeps you in this.Well, do you do you smoke no marijuana? Okay. So when people smoke, sometimes peoplethat have high anxiety use an indaca marijuana so that they can eventhemselves out and be like really calm and cool. But the thing is it'sdependent and I'm not judging anybody mor smoking, because some people needit, especially people with needs ESD and cancers, but but you you need it in order to be there. But when youmeditate consistently, it keeps you there and that I think, is one of thebiggest benefits of meditation that...

...you don't have to take something inthat moment, because if you meditate every single day in the morning forlike twenty to thirty minutes, then it carries you every. It starts being this so depot Chofer talks about this gapand the gap is the space between you're thinking. It's this. Your breathing becomesshallow and you're fully in the present moment and the more you meditate, themore you experience that gap in your daily life and that's the thing thatkeeps you at ease. So you know, like I said, marijuana justhope for some people, but it's it has to be excessed and thething is with meditation. It's free and it's always accessible and that'sthe thing I just love about meditation. What would you tell the person becauseI'm sure you've heard these people? The naysayers were always like. Why don'thave time to sit down or how do I sit fill for so long oryouknow, and I uese I remember, I think Ote Ofe, the funny things is like whenI first started practicing. I wanted every single person under the sun to doit with me to. I was like no. You have to see it's like this feeling andyou're absolutely right. It Los like you're, just like on this peaceful high,that nothing else can replace you know and,and then it would always be that Naysayer who's like well. I can't sitsmil or you know a th. You know twenty minutes, that's a long time andeveryone thinks that you just have to start with this massive amount of time.It's like no, like everyone, starts at a different space but yeah. What do younormally tell those that? Because I'm sure you hear it a lot from fromeveryone who's like ou? I don't have time, for that. Wet is your rebotal forthat. Okay, so I say that you can do it now. Some P, some of my clients, outside ofthe thid the one hour meditation at the gallery throughout the week they mightlike just get in their car and take a breath, and so I suggest that you candownload insiht timer or go on youtube and just pull something up. You can useit to go to sleep. You can use it when you get in your car, you can evenuse it. Mindfulness is just about being aware of whatever you're doing in themoment, so you can take a glass of cold water and put the Rim of the glass onyour bottom. Lip feel the coldness on your lip, the hard glass on your lipand then slowly put the cold water in your mouth, win the waters in yourmouth. Do you just feel the cold water? Don't swallow just feel it on yourtongue on the roof of your mouth? And then, when you choose to you make aconscious effort to swallow the cold water and when you swallow it, you feelit going down your throat all eway till the bottom of your belly and when youfeel it in your belly, you take another SIP. It's a beautiful experience inpresent moment awareness. So I've seen you do this on facebookand I think it's like one of the most powerful things is to actually hear youtalk about it and see you do it as well and you're almost like savoring thewater at the same time and being present in that moment. Yes, it wouldnt,you call those like your mindful moments or yeah, and you just gave mean idea to do that again, because I haven't done that in a while. But Ilove that one specifically to do the sipping of the tea, so it can be hot orit can be cold. But doing that really just brings you inthe present moment. Ticknot Han says so. Tickmathan is a meditation leader in the world and hetalks about eating an apple like really...

...savoring, the Apple. You know holdingit feeling that how hard it is looking at the color, the dense in the apple,you take a bite, you chew it. You Chew it until you can't chew it anymore, andthen you choose to swallow it it's it's just a nice experience. Have you doneit, not the apple per se, but the water? Ihave practiced it in the pass, and I think one of the most beautiful thingsabout that, though it really just helps you clear your mind of the clutter forlike one minute, you know clear your mind of like everything that's going on.We are so caught with so much so many thingsdaily, trying to get our attention and not not a lot, not enough of thecontents that were getting. I Hey, you know, give it a second just breathe. It'sokay, yeah! You know just give yourself a second to be present in that moment,and I think those are those moments that are so important like for you tosavor something as simple and as pure as water, and take that and really giveyourself the opportunity to meditate, and I thought it was just like one ofmy favorite things to watch. You Do, and I know it soundskind of funny, but it's like we're sowe're so connected in this world. Nowwith social media that you know just you know, it definitely captures themind when you're scrawling through, and you see someone doing something likeyou're like wow this. You know I've been missing out on a lotof single things. I think that's another thing that I love aboutmeditation personally is just like. It reminds you that you're missing out onso much because you're going a thousand miles hours, absolutely every singlemoment, there's something happening and the more you meditate, the more younotice those moments and that is irreplaceable, irreplaceable to be themore Hu maditated also allows you to connect with other people, so you'reable to be present. You know because what does everyone want? They want tobe seen heard and validated and when you put your phone down and you look upand you make eye contact with someone when they're talking to you, it's just in really hear them without the innerdialogue. You know that's just such a beautiful thing. How Long I love that you bought up theword inner dialogue. How long did it take for you to be able to get incontrol of the inner dialogue? Oh I'M NOT YOUI'M! Not Thank you for your honestyeah, I mean so there are times when I sit down for meditation. I try tomeditate every morning for thirty minutes a day and I sometimes it's. I have a super busy mind and sometimesI just remember to constantly bring myself back to the present moment. Sothe thing is in the more you bring yourself back, the more you are able toslip into the gap, but the gap is such a short moment of fully present moment awareness, andthen you notice here in the gap and then you're out of the gap, and youstart thinking. Oh, I was in the gap, so it's just what was the question a Geitwheres, oh attaining that that the mind asLiseii, yeah, yeah, yeah or the Monkey Mind Right, yeah the monkey mind and soa lot of people. I posted something recently about meditation and a lot ofpeople were saying. I'm I can't get my mind to just be still. I can't eraceall my thoughts and it's about not so much eracing yourthoughts, because you're living so you're always going to have a stream ofconsciousness in a stream of thinking. That'll come up, and so it's reallyabout not so much erasing the thoughts but noticing them, and when you notice the thought, it'sremembering to bring yourself back by...

...focusing on your breath or your mantra.So it's two words it's noticing and remembering noticing the thought. OhI'm thinking bringing yourself back remembering to bring yourself back byfocusing on your inbrea and your al breath or your mantra. That is, that is a very good tool toyou so hard to remember. Yeah, I'm like I've been meditating now atthis point in my life, for about five. Four O five years, and even I you knowlike I said it's now become a routine as as yours, not as like in the morningor whatever I find myself getting to that point in h day when I'm like. Ohmy gosh, I forgot or oh, I need to do it now, because I can self at highestpoints of anxiety and I'm glad that you were so open to talk about the factthat you have anxiety, becas, that's one of the reasons why meditationhelped me so much is because I was suffering through like depression andanxiety and it really helped bring me back to center so but yeah, even throughoutthe day. Once like you said earlier, you know. Oh, I haven't you know Ihaven't gotten it all together. Yet it's very true of you know meditativepractices. If we could all sit there as a Buddhist monk all day long right,then we could get into it a lot easier, but obviously there are a lot of otherthings we have going on. So for those moments that you get into the gap, it'sjust so important is it is it's so worth it to sit there? Sometimes it'sworth it to sit there for thirty minutes, just to get one or two momentsin the gap, but you're at we're going in the gap throughout the day. Anyway,we just don't notice it, but the experience of choosing to be in the gapby sitting in stillness is the beautiful thing. Honoring your space inyour time in your love for presence, you know, yeah, you have any stories that any of yourstudents have shared with you about how meditation has changed their lives.Sure I have one story of this lady. Her name is Quadia and I'm sure she'll befine. With me telling this story, she went to the doctor and the doctor wastaking her blood pressure and her blood pressure was kind of high and she saidwait. Let me take this again. I can breathe through this, and so shestarted slowly controlling her breath and the nurse said, I'm literallywatching your blood pressure lower. That was wfol yeah. That was prettycool and another person, one of my girlfriends.She said that she was sitting in the DMV inher blood pressure wasrising, she was stressed out and she just started taking breats in and outin and out and her broke, I mean, and she just started feeling better and people say all the time that sincethey've meditated, they just feel more calm it their whole day is shifted. Ifyou start your day in the morning, meditating the rest of your day is justlike it just goes so much more easy. You know it's just it's that it's medicine, you know it's medicine, iit really is, and it's that medicine that you don'thave to that. You don't feel weird about afterwards or your now, yourbody's not having a random reaction to it's like your body's natural medicine.One thing I want to say is that when some people come to meditation is say,breathe and throw your nose and I't throw your mouth, but outside of thatwe're really breathing in and out through our nostrils. But one thingthat you should do or that you can do to help you not get dizzy, because somepeople think they're supposed to breathe in and out through their inthrough their nose out through their mouth you breathe in and out throughyour nostrils, but in between the...

...breaths. You hold your breath and that's a way to like slowly bring it in and when youcan't bring in anymore air, you take one more sipovere and hold it for aslong as you can and when you can't hold the breath any longer, you slowlycontrol your exhel out and doing it in that way. It the pauses,are the things that prevent you from hyperventilating, you know or gettingbusy. So if you want to breathe in you hold your breath, breathe out, andsometimes you can breathe in hold your breath. Breathe out, hold your branbreathe in breathe out holding breats in between. That's a that's really good. I'm gladthat you mentioned that because yeah there are those moments, sometimeswhere you feel like you're like gasping for yeah, Yeah Yeah, so Stephanie you just had an Xbo forwomen in New Orleans. GRADYESS recliming, sowat's e in so tell me a little bit about that.Okay, so reclaiming the goddess with him is a women's empowerment andmindfulness weekend. It's the first weekend in June. We have about betweenone and two hundred women that come in and we have speakers Meditation Guides Motivational Speakers, Yoga instructors, selfhealing authors and they do talks and exercises around self love,mindfulness, compassion gratitude and I'm also hosting a silent retreatin November, and that's going to be a week weekend long event from Thursdayto Sunday and it's going to be completely silent and it's all centeredaround letting go of your need to control. Oh my gosh, I need that in my life Iunfortunately yo cannot make it to New Orleans on that weekend, but I saw that I was like. Oh my God. Ineed that in my life. So how do you go about letting go of control throughsilence? Well, when you're in the present moment,you're only living in what is existing at this time, but a lot of the timeswhen we have a need to control your constantly living in the future, andthere is anxiety and fear around the future, and so what will do is other than meditations and Uji Chigong Yoga andI'm walking. Meditations and journaling will also have talks every night aboutletting go of the need to control, and what does it mean to stand in your ownpersonal space and hold your space and not use your power to externalize orproject what other people are doing or what other people might say. Your feel,but instead just trusting yourself, leaning into your personal power wow, I feel like everyone. WHO's listeningprobably should attend for sure. Let's say somebody wants to get in touch withyou if they're visiting New Orleans or if they live, live in New Orleans andthey want to come by and see you or sit through one of your guided meditationclasses. How do they get a hold of you? Okay, so they can go to meditate newORLEANSCOM or they can text me at five L, four, two, three, two: Seventy Five.Thirty the weekend, the silent women's retreat is November, twenty firstthrough the twenty fourth, two thousand and nineteen it's the weekend beforeThanksgiving, and so we host guided meditations atTerence Osborne Gallery on Thursday and Saturday mornings at ten am andThursday, and those are only ten...

...dollars and then Thursday evenings atfive thirty PM. Those are free and they're all about connections, selflove, letting go and feeling amazing. I can definitely vouch for it, as Imentioned before you guys, I used to go to her classes when I lived in NewOrleans, so I felt the need to want to talk to her about the power ofmeditation on this episode, because it's so it's just been such aninstrumental tool in general to help me calm, my anxiety and so many otherpeople who, as I was mentioning Tho Stephany earlier so many people, who've actually startedcoming on to the show of Tar, talked about meditation and Yoga and just kindof the ability to KINDOF. Let go for thesecond to fall into that gap, as you mentioned, so is there anything else,you'd like to say before we sign off on this episode? Oh, I just want to saythank you Rita for having me this is so sweet of you. I love what you're doingand there's a need for people just like youin this world and you're shining. Your light, I'm proud of you and now muststay now ma stay well. Thank you so muchStephanie for joining me for empowerment and all that you guys, ifyou would like to get a hold of Stephane 'll, go ahead and put all thisinformation in the show notes all right, guys well till the next episode makesure to keep it positive or don't keep it at all. Thanks for tuning into empowerment andall that podcast with your host, read Aboutista want to help me grow thelistener tribe, make sure to subscribe to this podcast and follow us oninstagram and facebook under empowerment, and all that and remember,keep it positive or don't keep it at all.

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