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Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall's address at the Art of Living International Centre in Boone





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Published on Jul 10, 2012

"Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me" a hymn shared by Secretary of state of North Carolina, Elaine Marshall at her address at the inauguration of The Art of Living International Center for Meditation and Well-Being.

She praised Art of Living's program for returning veterans in making a difference in their lives and the lives of their families. She shared how the center will be a strong recourse for interpersonal development which will lead to family harmony, which in turn lays the foundation for world wide peace.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar together with other dignitaries inaugurated the Art of Living International Center for Meditation & Well-Being in Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Set in the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Boone, North Carolina, USA the new International Center for Meditation & Well-Being, is a place of spiritual energy and serenity.
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: A humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses of The Art of Living.
In 1982, Sri Sri entered a 10 day period of silence in Shimoga located in the Indian state of Karnataka. Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique, was born. With time, the Sudarshan Kriya became the core of the Art of Living courses.

Sri Sri founded The Art of Living as an international, non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization. Its educational and self-development programs offer powerful tools to eliminate stress and foster a sense of well-being. Appealing not only to a specific population, these practices have proven effective globally at all levels of society.

The secret to health and happiness lies deep within every human. Yoga is the science of discovering one's own self - the very source of pure consciousness, peace and bliss. Everyone knows that we don't feel good and we get stressed when there is disharmony in our lives, when our bodies are tired and our busy minds constantly chatter and judge. Through the discipline of Yoga we become more aware of ourselves by doing simple postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation to rejuvenate the body and quite the mind. It is in this manner that we cultivate harmony in ourselves.

Settling the surface mind is meditation. Living in the present is meditation. Relaxing deeply is meditation. When you are really happy, reposing in love, you are meditating. Meditation is that space when the thoughts have subsided, and the mind is in complete rest.

Sudarshan Kriya incorporates specific natural rhythms of the breath which harmonize the body, mind and emotions. This unique breathing technique eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving you calm yet energized, focused & yet relaxed.
Millions around the world have done this unique practice and have reported better quality of life.

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