NAPW Forest Hills, NY Chapter Learned How Meditation Can Help Achieve Personal & Professional Success in May

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National Association of Professional Women Forest Hills, NY Chapter got inspired by Chapter President Anjali Chugh who demonstrated how meditation can positively impact their lives in May.

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To break the existing life patterns you need to push your limits and step out of your comfort zone, but for being able to do so, you need to realize your true potential first,

Members and guests of the NAPW Forest Hills, NY Local Chapter gathered on May 20th for a professional networking meeting at the Kew Gardens Community Center.

Chapter President, Anjali Chugh inspired the group of professional women with her life story and her belief in the positive role meditation can play in achieving personal and professional success.

The Chapter also discussed its upcoming fundraiser in September that will help young women in Haiti who suffer with HIV/AIDS.

Forest Hills Chapter President Anjali Chugh welcomed attendees, including the new members and guests.

A brief period was set aside to allow everyone to network, enjoy refreshments, introduce themselves and explain their purpose for joining the organization.

“The recent National Networking Conference was the first official introduction to the NAPW for some of the new members and they shared their experiences with the group. All were very positive. In fact, the conference has motivated the women to become more connected to other members,” said President Anjali Chugh.

Forest Hills Chapter member, Susan Meyers was congratulated for being selected as the Showcase Member of the Month. Susan is a Paralegal Professional and Owner of Designer Invitations Plus.

The President then announced that the Forest Hills Chapter will host a fundraiser in September to benefit “Soin Humanité Amour Dévouement” (SHAD).

SHAD is a nonprofit organization that cares for young women in Haiti who are suffering with HIV/AIDS.

Marie-Jose Santelli is the Founder/President and a Registered Nurse and valued member. She expressed her desire to share her passion for and commitment to this much-needed service at one of the Forest Hills Chapter meetings.

“Although the venue is not finalized yet, the event will most likely be held in Manhattan to encourage the participation and support of members across the Tri-state area,” said Anjali, who asked for members to volunteer for the event. “The goal should be to attract over 100 enthusiastic supporters.”

As the designated speaker for the evening, Chapter President Anjali shared a bit of her life’s journey and the process of transformation to frame the basis of her talk. She tried not to go into the intricacies of the subject so as to make it easier for members to assimilate the information.

She mainly focused on the necessity of transforming one’s life by breaking existing patterns and setting oneself free from living the same miserable life over and over again.

Her talk had the essential components of Zen and Eastern philosophy, primarily based on the concept of reincarnation and the purpose behind being born again and again.

“To break the existing life patterns you need to push your limits and step out of your comfort zone, but for being able to do so, you need to realize your true potential first,” said Anjali. “For knowing your strengths and using them to your advantage, you need to get to a point where you have a true measure of yourself and a deep ‘knowing’ of who you are.”

“Meditation is the only key to unravel the mysteries of the Universe and also the ‘real you,’” she added.

At this juncture, there was a brief interactive session between her and the attendees.

Anjali shared a simple beginners’ technique of meditation with members and guests.

They seemed to be interested and willing to attend the workshop that she intends to hold in the near future.

The Chapter President took the time to explain how meditation helps in calming the chaos in the mind, removing the clutter and strengthening the inner voice, which is the ultimate ‘guru’ of every soul.

“Meditation will help you gain clarity of your situation in order for you to make the right choices in pressing situations,” she added.

The message that was relayed to members and guests by President Anjali was that meditation helps in reprogramming and rewiring the mind and the set patterns and impressions that it carries. Once the rewiring is done, a person starts living in the moment rather than whining over the past or worrying about the future.

She told the group that meditation not only helps to reprogram one’s mind but also helps in keeping the body healthy and free of diseases, considering that most diseases are manifestations of a troubled mind.

The talk inspired many questions and comments from members and guests and many expressed a desire to explore meditation further.

Members who attended the May networking meeting included: Catherine Arnow, Susan Meyers, Juliette Austin, Christin Ottley, Jaye Corvino, Camilla Pruteanu, Daphne Dominik, Marie Jose Santelli, Chermerdene Jordan, Juliet Williams, Mamta Kochar and Anjali Chugh.

Minutes prepared by Chermerdene Jordan, Chair Communications & Networking Committee.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is the largest and most recognized network of female professionals. NAPW provides a forum where women can interact, exchange ideas, educate, network, and empower. NAPW Local Chapters allow members to maximize their experience through meetings, networking opportunities, and professional events.

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