1. What I love:
Coincidences and miracles
When a heartfelt dream comes true (for me or anyone else)
Tibetan Buddhist monks
Studying healing modalities, the saints and spiritual masters
Flowers, Music, Romance
Family & Friends
Loyalty, people who pull you up
God and the natural world, especially the oceans
Andy Borowitz New Yorker Cartoons
The Norweigian tv series Occupied
Paulo Coehlo and Lang Leav books
The Coldplay songs Clocks and Vida La Vida because they contain layered messages
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Films: All You Need Is Love, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Nine Queens
Philippine gardens, beaches and people
2. What Yoga means to me
Yoga, to me, means union, and union happens through the process of meditation. Asanas are the preparation, and meditation is the nectar.
Through meditation, we become aware of what we really are: creative spirits having an experience of God that is within us. Yoga has been essential to my personal development, because it has helped me to re-pattern my mind, heal body, heart and soul, and accomplish much more than I ever through possible. Yoga is a passport to new life.
Yoga takes you beyond a discussion of God to a vivid experience of it. When we develop our third eye, we become equipped with an interior compass to guide us.
Through meditation we can also access past lives and “try on” future possibilities. As the saying goes, you cannot play your part role in time until you understand who you are in eternity. (quote by sufi mystic Meera)
Yoga also means long lasting friendships with wonderful people and opportunities for travel, teaching and study. It’s taken me to people and places I could hardly imagine before.
And finally, it is the foundation for mental peace and confidence. It helps us to break mental patterns, and to be more confident because when we practice yoga, we feel strong. Three of my top pick words to describe yoga would be: union, strength and awareness.
3. My Health Secrets
1. Loads of fresh vegetables. My grandmother is nearly 101, and she still works as an insurance agent in Manila. Her number one secret is vegetables.
2. Live a purpose, not a career.
3. Organic lifestyle ~ eat organic foods and use chemical free personal products. Once you get into the lifestyle it’s not as expensive as people think. In fact, it can even be more cost effective.
4. Find a good doctor that is knowledgeable about current information, and one who is health conscious him or herself and will keep you motivated and tell you the truth.
5. A modality of internal energy healing called Vibrational Activation.
7. Spend time in nature.
8. Affirmative thinking, meditation and prayer.
9. Be nice to yourself. Much nicer!
10. Through all things, Be Love.
Thank you for this inspiring and soulful insights, Karen.
Karen Henson Jones is the Philippine-American author of Heart of Miracles. She has been featured on CNN Philippines Profiles, and in The Washington Post, Yoga Journal Russia and LA YOGA. She has spoken at Talks@Google and is also a contributor to The Huffington Post. She attended the Lam Rim teachings taught by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in India. Karen is a graduate of Cornell University, London Business School and Golden Bridge Yoga.