In this mundane world it’s often difficult to avoid the negative effect of our surroundings. How can we protect ourselves? Supreme Master Ching Hai said “Just try to remember God all the time.” Even in unfavorable situations we need to be patient recite the Holy Names and maintain our meditation practice. Then things will get better. Fellow initiates also shared their remarkable experiences of emerging from negative atmospheres unharmed after reciting the Holy Names. The Supreme Master also reminded us that during retreats we should forget our worldly concerns and meditate with oneness of mind. At home we can also reduce disturbance and improve our concentration by reserving a room or a corner for meditation just like the yogis who go to meditate in mountain caves.