Pure Intentions and the Path to Empathy: Sister Jenna on the Your Messy Brilliance® Show
It’s not every day that I get to sit down and have a conversation with someone like Sister Jenna, our Featured Truthteller on this installment of the Your Messy Brilliance® Show. That’s why this was an amazing opportunity to engage in some deeper investigation into everything from the power of living from our hearts to acknowledging how we can personally contribute to the healing and transformation of the world.
In case you aren’t familiar with this remarkable woman, Sister Jenna is someone who has given her life to improving the conditions of people all over the world. She is a spiritual leader, author, radio host and TV personality, renowned speaker, and founder of the Meditation Museum I & II in metropolitan Washington, DC.
Selected by EBW2020 as one of the 100 most influential leaders for 2015, her mission is to decode critical current issues and offer a perspective for folks to find clarity, power, and insight. Despite the many life challenges that we face on a global scale, Sister Jenna has an uncanny ability to connect us back to where our problems originated and shift our awareness toward the solutions. 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. She has collaborated with Fortune 500 companies on key issues and her syndicated radio show, America Meditating is a popular global online show. Sister Jenna is also the recipient of numerous awards. She has served as a principal partner with the Oprah Winfrey Network and Values Partnerships on the Belief Team, a community of individuals from diverse spiritual, cultural, and faith backgrounds.
As Sister Jenna told me about the state of the world today, “We must be concerned, but we must also be prepared…But without self-honesty, the soul cannot find its way through the muck we are dealing with…it’s no longer outside of us. It’s inside.”
Sister Jenna and I also talked about how we can take accountability for the ripple effects of our behavior and (my favorite word!) choices, and how this is key in creating the world all of us deserve. Be sure to find Sister Jenna at www.americameditating.org and www.themeditationmuseum.org.
2:34: Sister Jenna’s story, from the world of nightclubs to the realm of spirituality
4:50 Sister Jenna’s spiritual awakening
6:50 The epidemic of suffering and the power of love, preparation, and presence in responding to it
8:40 The power of truthfulness with yourself, first and foremost
11:23 Redirecting our anger to shift the world
15:30 Discovering the authenticity within ourselves
16:20 Clearing the “algae”: anger, lust, greed, attachment, ego
18:15 Detaching from our attachments to our labels (and why detachment isn’t the same as not caring)
21:20 Sister Jenna’s vision for a healed and transformed world, and her Inclusion Revolution
25:30 Extracting truth in the midst of the deception