This 2-CD set is designed to help you be more relaxed during your commute to and from work and be more productive while you are in your work environment. Consistent use will help you to concentrate more deeply, without tension or strain. You’ll be more able to stay calm and centered in challenging situations, which will allow you to make better decisions, maintain healthy and harmonious relationships, and be more solution-oriented.

Several tools will help you achieve these results. First: beautiful, uplifting music. Listening to it will result in a positive and expansive state of being: an antidote to stress and a major boost to success. Next: affirmations—powerful tools that can affect not only the conscious mind, but also the subconscious, dislodging stubborn and unhelpful mental habits. True affirmation is not “wishful thinking”: it is aligning yourself with a higher truth. Finally, you will also experience several relaxation techniques and guided visualizations. To get the most out of affirmations, repeat them with deep concentration. Focus at the point between the eyebrows, the seat of higher awareness in the body.

On Disc 1 you will be guided in repeating each affirmation loudly, to command the full attention of your conscious mind. You’ll then repeat it more quietly, absorbing more deeply the meaning of the words. Speaking it next in a whisper will carry the meaning into your subconscious. To finish, you’ll repeat it mentally, to deepen your absorption and make it fully your own. After you’ve finished repeating the guided affirmation, listen to the music, holding onto the peaceful state the music and affirmation have generated.

Disc 2 contains all the music from Disc 1, but without the guided affirmations and practices.

 

Bhagavati Nani

Bhagavati (Sharon Brooks) Nani received her Master of Music in flute performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For many years she performed and recorded with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles in the greater Bay Area, including the San Francisco Opera and The Women’s Philharmonic. She began focusing on music as a ministry after finding Ananda in 1998. Bhagavati plays and sings on various Crystal Clarity CDs, such as Secrets of Love; Relax: Meditations for Flute and Cello; I Came From Joy; and Scegli la gioia.

In 2002, she moved to Ananda Assisi (Italy), where she toured for two years as part of the Ananda Singers. Later, she and her husband, Ramesha—who are both Ananda ministers—helped lead the meditation group in Lugano (Switzerland), where they also taught meditation classes to adults and children. They moved to the United States in 2006 to participate more fully in the music ministry at Ananda Village and began performing and recording together regularly.

Bhagavati and Ramesha formed The Harmony Duo soon after their marriage. At that time they realized that—being of different races, from different countries and cultures, speaking different languages, but sharing spirituality and a deep love for music—harmony was (and is) the foundation of their life together. Bhagavati and Ramesha continue to perform together as The Harmony Duo, while also serving as directors of Ananda Music worldwide and as members of The Joy Singers vocal quartet.

Ramesha Nani

Ramesha (Fabio) Nani began his formal music training with classical guitar at the age of seven. After switching instruments at thirteen, he received his Diploma in violin performance from the Music Conservatory in Como (Italy). But by the time he finished his studies he had become disillusioned with music as a career and instead became a music teacher in his hometown of Lugano, Switzerland. During this time he shifted his musical focus to studying voice with Swiss soprano, Giovanna Zaugg-Casella. Years later, during repeated visits to the Ananda meditation and retreat center in Assisi (Italy), Ramesha was introduced to Ananda Music, and as he tuned into it more deeply he felt himself changing. His love of the violin was rekindled and he began to play again. But now, music has a completely different meaning for him. He realizes that what matters most is not how well he plays or sings, but rather how open he is as a channel for blessings to flow through the music and touch people’s hearts.

Ramesha met his wife, Bhagavati, when they performed together at Ananda Assisi and moved with her to the United States in 2006 in order to participate more fully in the music ministry of Ananda. Ramesha is in demand as a vocal instructor; in addition to in-person lessons, he teaches online to students throughout the world (www.vocalbliss.net).

Bhagavati and Ramesha formed The Harmony Duo soon after their marriage. At that time they realized that—being of different races, from different countries and cultures, speaking different languages, but sharing spirituality and a deep love for music—harmony was (and is) the foundation of their life together. Bhagavati and Ramesha continue to perform together as The Harmony Duo, while also serving as directors of Ananda Music worldwide and as members of The Joy Singers vocal quartet.

Swami Kriyananda

Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters), who left his body in 2013, was a direct disciple of the great master, Paramhansa Yogananda, and an internationally known author, lecturer, and composer. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on meditation and yoga, he taught these principles and techniques to hundreds of thousands of students around the world.

In 1968, Kriyananda founded Ananda Village in Nevada City, California, dedicated to spreading the spirit of friendship, service, and community around the globe. Ananda is recognized as one of the most successful intentional communities in the world; over 1,000 people reside in Ananda communities in the US, India, and Italy. The European retreat and community located in Assisi, Italy, also serves Ananda meditation groups in Europe and Russia.

Ananda Village is also home to The Expanding Light, a world-renowned guest retreat facility where thousands of visitors annually visit for renewal or instruction in many aspects of meditation, yoga, and the spiritual life. The nearby Ananda Meditation Retreat, located on Ananda's first property, functions both as a retreat and as the site for Ananda's Institute of Alternative Living.

An advocate of simple living and high thinking, Swami Kriyananda's more than 140 books cover a wide range of subjects emphasizing the need to live wisely by one's own experience of life, and not by abstract theories or dogmas.

A composer since 1964, Kriyananda wrote over 400 musical works. His music is inspiring, soothing, and uplifting. Many of his later albums are instrumental works with brief affirmations or visualizations. Chuck Dilberto, of Awareness Magazine wrote, "[His] words and music are full of his life and light. His sole intention is to heal, something we could all use during these chaotic times."

Through Crystal Clarity Publishers, his works have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 25 languages.

More about Swami Kriyananda, including photos and videos, is available at the
official Swami Kriyananda website.

 

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How to Use this CD
This CD is designed for use throughout your workday, to help you remain calm and centered in moments of stress, and to access joyful enthusiasm when you’re feeling low.

Driving to Work
Stay relaxed and alert as you commute to work in the morning. Traffic and other factors can be overwhelming, but if you arrive at your workplace agitated, your ability to focus will be  impaired. Equally important, starting the day with stress lowers your energy, making it harder to get things done or experience satisfaction in your activity. Uplifting music will help you feel awake and energized, but from a peaceful center.

At Work
Challenges and crises occur, but one can stay calm and even-minded in the midst of it all. Here’s a simple technique that works. When you’ve lost your inner peace, just breathe! When your body is relaxed, you naturally breathe deeply, and the reverse is also true: when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down, and that message is passed on to your body. First, use the breathing exercise on Track 7. At that point you can select one of the listed issues and follow the instructions. You may want to use headphones to block out distracting sounds.

Driving Home from Work
Detach your mind from the problems and projects you’ve been dealing with. Otherwise, you’re likely to burden yourself and your loved ones with work-related issues once you get home. Let go and release the day, which will allow you to be present and relaxed, able to enjoy quality time with the people you care about the most. This section is designed to help you detach yourself from your workday. The goal is to decrease your mental activity by removing your attention from the details of your daily routine and shifting your awareness, so you can see and appreciate the “bigger picture.”

Before Bed
The quality of your sleep is a key factor in how well you cope, physically and mentally, with stress. To easily fall asleep and remain deeply asleep throughout the night is of vital importance in getting the deep, restorative rest the body needs in order to combat stress and wake up rejuvenated and ready to take on a new day. A common cause of insomnia is the many thoughts that cause tension in the body. This section is designed to free your mind of worries and concerns so your body can relax, allowing you to regain your inner peace. Before you begin, make sure you’re ready for bed, so you can go straight from your relaxation session to sleep. You may want to use headphones in order to block out distracting sounds.