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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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The Inner Beauty of Meditation

Meditation & yoga are a way of life for Amanda Rodasi Campbell

Robert Downes - October 14th, 2013  


It’s been said that the eyes are the window to the soul, and if that’s true, then those of Amanda Rodasi Campbell would seem to reflect the serenity she finds in meditation.

Campbell’s eyes dance in hues which defy easy description -- a touch of the silvery sea

perhaps. She’s been told that she should have been a model, but instead she’s pursued a spiritual path since childhood, which now includes sharing her knowledge through classes at Yen Yoga and Higher Self in Traverse City.

“I’ve had stars in my eyes since an early age and have always been a seeker,” she says of her days growing up in Frankfort. “I grew up in the Methodist church but started seeking early on and have always enjoyed comparing various religions and ideas,” Campbell, 36, took up yoga at the age of 12 after discovering an old, yellowed book on hatha yoga. Although the book had no pictures of the various postures, it began her lifelong interest in yoga. As a teen interested in dance, fashion and music, Campbell also became fascinated with Eastern ways of life, including Buddhism and Hinduism. At the age of 18 she met her mentor, Daniele DeVoe, a psychic and energy healer who introduced her to meditation.

WHAT IS MEDITATION?

“Meditation is a way to disconnect all of the chatter in the mind,” says Campbell. “It’s a way to do something besides obsessively thinking all of the time. The ultimate goal of meditation is to re-establish life in the present moment and help develop the muscles of consciousness and awareness.”

If you’re completely clueless on meditation, you can try a simple form of the practice by repeating the sound of “om” in your thoughts while resting in a quiet space. Other forms, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), provide meditators with specific sounds called mantras.

Campbell, whose Sanskrit name is Rodasi, practices a form of meditation called the Bright Path Ishayas’ Ascension, which involves four techniques. As with TM, in which individual mantras are kept secret, the techniques of Ishayas’ Ascension are also kept a mystery from all except those who take up the practice.

“There’s a little bit of intrigue to the practice,” Campbell says with a smile. “Ultimately, it’s about the importance of transmission to those who wish to try it.”

But the basic idea of Ishayas’ Ascension is to insert these techniques into the thoughts of a busy mind as its toxic chatter melts away.

Campbell says practitioners can even use the technique to meditate with their eyes open during their daily activities. It’s a way to bring calm to a mind that’s racing with stressful thoughts. “I’ve become adept at totally turning off all thoughts and being in a state of pure witnessing.”

THE BENEFITS

“I personally do 20 of 30 minutes of meditation when I get up in the morning and when I go to bed at night,” she says. “And then I try to fit in a meditation during some portion of the day.”

There are numerous benefits to meditation. “First of all, people start to notice that they’re more comfortable in their own skin and feel more comfortable in life,” Campbell says. “It also helps you to become aware of the choices you make in life, including those which are causing you pain. You start making better choices.”

Other benefits include lowering one’s blood pressure, slowing the heart rate, introducing more oxygen to the bloodstream and improving brain function. A so-called “meditation molecule” is created which lessens stress in one’s nervous system.

HER JOURNEY

Campbell is also a yoga instructor whose asana practice is designed to help prepare the body for meditation. She is a yogini, the female term for yogi, or teacher.

Her journey as a young adult took her to the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, in 1999, a holistic center that teaches subjects ranging from shamanic Reiki healing to distant viewing with the likes of Deepak Chopra in attendance. She spent six months at the institute, where she “taste-tested many spiritual teachings, styles of yoga and meditation.”

“The institute let me see that there were lots of other people doing things that I was meant to do beyond growing up in a small town where I didn’t fit,” she recalls.

The experience set her on a lifelong quest to study and teach, including two years spent in a meditation community in North Carolina. She says her journey crystallized in 2011 when she graduated as an international meditation teacher and met Maharishi Krishnananda Ishaya at a retreat in Montserrat, Spain -- a teacher she plans to visit again soon.

It was in Spain that Campbell received the name Rodasi, which in one interpretation means goddess of lightning.

Today, Campbell is a single mother to Lauren Chamberlain, 7, and an ad salesperson for Spirituality & Health magazine. She also teaches meditation and yoga both locally and at workshops across the country.

Her classes include a weekly meditation session each Sunday from 9-10 a.m. at Yen Yoga in TC, along with workshops and classes at Higher Self Bookstore. She also teaches yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Yen, and on Wednesday evenings at the Shanti School of Yoga in TC. Additionally, she offers one-on-one instruction, writes a newsletter and blog, and gives numerous talks on meditation.

“I’ve also just recorded a meditation CD with Andy VanGuilder of Halohorn Productions,” she says, adding that it will be available at local bookstores and on Amazon. com in late October.

Beyond that Campbell would like to introduce the value of meditation to the corporate world at venues such as Hagerty Insurance. “My dream is to make a living by getting into a corporate environment and being able to share these techniques with more people.”

For more about Amanda Rodasi Campbell and meditation, check out her Facebook page, website http://www.thebrightpath.com/ and blog, http://themavenofmeditation.wordpress.com/

 
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