The Miracle That is Sahaja Yoga Meditation

The Miracle That is Sahaja Yoga Meditation

“You cannot know the meaning of your life until you are connected to the power that created you.”
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi

It is early summer 1991, I am walking into a local church to attend a free meditation class.

I’m nervous, yet excited about the introduction to this new meditation called “Sahaja Yoga.”

A week earlier I’d been shopping for my dad’s Father’s Day gift and found the flyer for this meditation neatly tucked under the windshield wiper of my car at the mall.

I’d been about to crumple up the leaflet when the photo of the Eastern Indian woman with the beaming smile upon it caught my attention. (more…)

A Simple Guide for Living In The Light

A Simple Guide for Living In The Light

 Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself —Deciderius Erasmus.

Are you living in the “light?”

Or, are you allowing fears and negative emotions to pull you down into the “dark?”

I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently. I found myself feeling very down after selling my home. I managed to stop myself before I got into a full blown tailspin of “woe is me.”

What I did was remind myself that every emotional reaction we experience is a choice – a choice to be happy no matter what’s going on around you.

To “live in the light” is to rise above the conditions of your life. (more…)

Desperately Seeking Serenity? Look no Further Than Your Backyard

Desperately Seeking Serenity? Look no Further Than Your Backyard

Have you ever noticed how a walk in a beautiful park lifts your spirits?

Or, how an afternoon hike along a wooded trail clears your head? Do you sometimes feel that if you don’t get out of the city and see some green you just might loose your mind?

That’s how I start to feel around this time of year, especially after a long and snowy winter. I’m ready to feel the warm breezes, hear the chirping of birds at the feeder, and to smell the perfume of  hyacinths from my garden. I cannot wait to bathe my eyes in scads of green; new leaves opening on the trees, shrubbery coming back to life again, and tender blades of new grass. (more…)

If You’re Serious about Spiritual Growth – Meditate

If You’re Serious about Spiritual Growth – Meditate

Meditation is the most valuable tool I’ve found for my spiritual development.

Reading books is great, as is  joining groups of like minded individuals, but when it comes to actually making consistent progress only a daily practice of meditation will expand your consciousness.

Awakening and changing is a slow process that takes place gradually. Meditating daily is a bit like the process of water flowing over rocks in a stream; eventually with enough time you’ll see that the water has reshaped the stream and smoothed out all the jagged edges in the rocks.

It takes commitment and a deep desire to stay the course until the beginnings of that reshaping becomes apparent. And of course – you’re never done either just like the water flowing in that stream is never finished reshaping it or the rocks it flows over.

Here’s a list of why meditation is so important for spiritual growth:

1. Learning to stop the constant thinking of our minds gives our brains’ a much needed rest. When we stop the perpetual mind-traffic divine guidance can actually get through. This state of thoughtless awareness allows us recognize the presence of the observer – who is our true self, higher self or soul.

2. Perceiving our lives through the consciousness of the observer gives us the detachment we need to see how the ego-self contributes to the difficulties we may be facing in our relationships, career and other areas of our lives. The observer is purely consciousness without judgment.

2. Meditation brings our emotions into balance which is the state of being centered. When we’re centered we let go of extremes; highs and lows of emotion that pull us into the future or past. We return to a natural calm state of being.

3. When we’re centered we live in the present with acceptance of what is happening in our lives. We stop assigning a negative or positive meaning to what we may be encountering and therefore are less likely to be pulled into dramas (both yours and other people’s) regarding these events.

4. The process of meditating will help you to remember your dreams. Many times answers and guidance are delivered through dreams. Sometimes I have only a snippet of a dream that I know was important when I wake, but if I meditate right away I can usually recall the entire dream.

5. Daily practice of meditation heightens intuitive ability. The more often you receive intuitive insight the more you will be in tune with your higher self and true purpose. Your life will flow more easily and opportunities to act upon your purpose will present themselves more frequently.

So, that’s why I meditate. Over the last 25 years of serious dedication to meditation I’ve seen my intuition and clairvoyant abilities improve. I believe this is important simply because this is the language that Spirit/Universe uses to speak to us. Knowing that I am always connected and guided by Spirit helps me deal with the challenges that surface in everyday living.

How has meditation affected you’re life? I’d love to know. Share your experience – leave a comment. You never know when what you have to say will help someone else.

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