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Less Stress for a Better Night's Sleep

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: If stress is keeping you up at night, you should know that lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your health.
Air Date: 3/6/15
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Sister Jenna
SISTERSister Jenna is an award-winning spiritual leader, author, radio and TV personality, renowned speaker and founder of the Meditation Museum in metropolitan Washington DC. For decades, she has demonstrated an extraordinary level of improvement in the quality of lives of people ranging from heads of government to children in villages. She has traveled to over 80 countries where she continues to provide practical life tools and solutions that empower people to foster and build stronger relationships. Her wisdom, peace, and compassion for humanity are expressed through the variety of initiatives she spearheads for youth, women, governments, and communities and through her syndicated radio show, America Meditating. Sister Jenna is the recipient of numerous awards and proclamations including, the President's Lifetime National Community Service Award, Every Day Hero Award by the Foundation for Better Life and the Friendship Archway Awards, to name a few.
Less Stress for a Better Night's Sleep

The things you stress about are no longer between your own four walls.

Between work, politics, national disasters and global news, plus family and relationship issues... you think and care more than ever. Which means you stress more than ever.

No wonder most people don't get enough sleep.

Sister Jenna, author, radio and TV personality, renowned speaker, and founder of the Meditation Museum, joins host Dr. Susanne Bennett to share with you how to take a minute to breathe in life and de-stress for a better night's sleep.

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RadioMD Presents: Wellness for Life Radio | Original Air Date: March 6, 2015
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest: Sister Jenna

You’re listening to RadioMD. She’s a chiropractic, holistic physician, best-selling author,
international speaker, entrepreneur and talk show host. She’s Dr. Susanne Bennett. It’s time
now for Wellness for Life Radio. Here’s Dr. Susanne.

DR.SUSANNE: Work, politics, natural disasters and global news. No longer is the stress we face within our own four walls.

Now, my next guest is an author, radio host and TV personality, renowned speaker and founder of the Meditation Museum in metropolitan Washington, D.C. She joins me today to share with you how to de-stress and take a minute to breathe in life and love.

Welcome, welcome Sister Jenna.

SISTER JENNA: Let’s breathe it in right now because I think we’re going to need it. We’ve been covered with snow here in Washington, D.C. and I think you’re on the West Coast so, kudos to you for choosing.

DR. SUSANNE: I know the environment has so much to do with living a stress-free life in this modern world. Would you agree?

SISTER JENNA: I do. But, you know, we can’t rely only on the external environment because that’s one of the reasons why we internally fluctuate so much because we’ve developed a habit of coming from outside in and what I teach in here in all of our programs and classes is to practice the soul to come from inside and conjugate something outside. So, whether it’s raining or snowing or beautiful weather, I’m the master here of creating my environment. It’s not my environment that’s going to create me. And so, as much as I want to be where you are, by the ocean--by the way, I’m planning to retire there.

DR. SUSANNE: Fabulous.

SISTER JENNA: But, I think right now, being in the nation’s capital with so much that goes on here, they need individuals who have a lot of heart and empathy. Another thing I find being on the East Coast is that you’re constantly upping your game and whether it’s spiritually or materially, you have to keep thriving, you know? Because the game says you’ve got to keep moving your energy. If you don’t move your energy, you start to take from the past instead of pray for the future.

DR. SUSANNE: Oh. That’s interesting what you’re saying. So, you feel like…You’re saying that I don’t…Personally, I don’t listen to the news, I don’t watch TV. For me, it really doesn’t serve a purpose for me to feel good about things with what’s going on. My interests are about the environment and helping people with their health and everything about that.

But, what you’re saying is you’re seeing people out here are more driven, ego-driven. That’s what I’m hearing. Is that correct?

SISTER JENNA: I don’t know, but I know that individuals have the conscious karmic attention of constantly thriving here on the East Coast. I’m not saying they’re not doing that on the West. It’s for me the West is artistic, it’s natural, it tries to flow with the nature and it’s moved things, I mean, come on. All the media that comes out of Hollywood has influenced over 70% of the world’s consciousness. The whole world thinks America is Los Angeles, California, and New York City, you know? Or, Washington, D.C. so, obviously, we’re impacting the consciousness of the world and I think that my role here—I’ve been here for 17 years—is keep establishing an awareness of the spiritual accountability which, decoded in very basic language is: Be wise. Know that you’re responsible for your thoughts, words and actions. Do not give sorrow to anyone, but also develop the habit to not take sorrow from anyone and start to have a very deep relationship with silence.

DR. SUSANNE: When you just said right there “not take sorrow from anyone,” I really love that. Can you just expand on that a bit?

SISTER JENNA: We sometimes tend to say that we don’t give sorrow to anyone, but when someone acts up and they’re less than virtuous in a relationship or an encounter with us, we get affected. The reason why we get affected is, again, the five senses are so much pulling from the external world that it hasn’t allowed the sixth sense, the soul, the being of light, to be the master. So, based on whatever’s going on in the external world, the soul—which is the main element of the human consciousness—is being affected because that’s what it’s used to.

So, in spirituality or when I’m becoming more knowledgeable about what is its state here; who’s in charge? It is the soul that’s in charge and the soul is the energy that gives life to the body and it thinks, it feels, it speaks, it makes choices and if it can keep coming from a place of virtues and quality, you know? The Himalayas could be falling down, and the soul would be like, “Well, that was entertaining.” Because they know it’s in itself. It’s not outside of itself and when you are practicing meditation or spirituality, I know we use the language of de-stressing, Dr. Susanne. De-stressing basically means, I’ve got to give up unlimited belief systems. I’ve got to give up on a sense of being unworthy. I’ve got to give up on guilting myself because I can’t meet the grade. I’ve got to give up on the fact that I’ve failed. I’ve lost something very good to me. I’ve got to lose all of those things, Dr. Susanne, and when that consciousness is not in our thinking, we’re not that stressed. We can take on the world if we want to because we have enough love to do it.

DR. SUSANNE: So, during your meditation, is that what you are thinking during that state of meditation? That silence? Is that what you’re bringing up?

SISTER JENNA: Yes. My foundation in meditations starts with the awareness. I know that I’m a soul and I’m immortal and imperishable and I know that the soul has gone through changes and I know that I am the one responsible to bring my soul back to a place of truth and peace and dignity. I know that. So, now when I go into meditation, I start where I am. I am here, maybe, talking to you from the ashram, but in another 30 minutes, I’m going to the construction site of our new museum. My intent is to go and serve the contractors more than seeing if they’re doing a good job. So, you constantly keep focusing on the pure aspects of the soul, the qualities of the soul and as the soul starts to build the momentum of these innate strengths and qualities, it starts to get higher in consciousness feeling and vibration until it reaches the point that it connects to the energy of the supreme source, God, which is a quality as well. So, when you start to feel this ultimate quality coming through from that link, then you start to pull in so much power that you are silent. That means, I don’t have any more issues with anybody. I’m okay. Silence is an absence of waste and negative thoughts, Dr. Susanne. It’s not an absence of a sound or a place. It’s an absence of waste and negative thinking and when we can do that, we’re silent.

DR. SUSANNE: Well, that purity that you feel is really…I connect to it as a sense of love. That’s pretty much all you feel is this divine love within you and connection to earth energy.

SISTER JENNA: Exactly. Exactly. And we need that. I mean, we need to bring a sense of love and power. Let me explain to your listeners, when you’re soul-aware, you feel comfortable inside no matter what happens. Your heart is open and loving. You love yourself. You’re confidence and self-respect soars. Your life has meaning. You attract beauty. When you’re body aware, which is when you’re in the state of fear or you are more than in just the five senses, and you don’t include the sixth sense, you feel anxious and uptight. You’re grumpy, short tempered. You are not in harmony with your body. You have a lot of expectations of others and yourself. You waste time, energy, money. There’s a lot of things that show where we are inside just by looking at the way that we think and feel.

DR. SUSANNE: That’s beautiful. Absolutely. You know, I know that we just have a few more seconds. I just want you to know that I took a look at your website and you had this Pause for Peace initiative, I thought that was phenomenal. Can you just give a couple of sentences about what is Pause for Peace?

SISTER JENNA: Sure. Well, we’re trying to get Pause for Peace plaques all over the world, but starting through America where we have these posters that we offer to people free of charge and they’ve put up in their spaces and it’s been the license that they’re going to choose to pause for peace during the day and you can just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know and, you know, the off the grid meditation CD that I launched just recently is inviting everybody. They own the grid.

DR. SUSANNE: Well, thank you so much, Sister Jenna.

Alright. This is Dr. Susanne sharing natural strategies for ultimate health and wellness.
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