Meditation is not easy to master, but persevere and it may turn out to be the most rewarding thing you ever do. It takes practice to achieve a peaceful state of being, and there is no question that patience is a key component of our progress through Sahaja Meditation. There are, however, a number of techniques we can use to help us go deeper and experience more when we sit down to meditate.
As we go about our day to day lives, we are constantly being buffeted by our environment on many different levels – emotionally, mentally and even in some cases physically. This turmoil can often lead to stress or even physical ailments, but it also has a direct affect on our meditation practice. We want to go silent inside, and that silence comes from balance, from existing in the here and now. So when we sit down to meditate it helps if we can balance ourselves by trying a few simple techniques during the meditation.
* After we have settled down, we can allow both arms to drop by our sides and point towards the floor. As we do so we can inhale deeply and exhale slowly three times. This simple practice can help to relieve the immediate stress of a working day in preparation for going deeper into the peace of a meditation.
After we have been sitting for a few minutes in this way, we can slowly bring our arms back to our laps and place the palms upwards on our laps as normal.
a) If we start to feel drowsy, we can try clearing the left side as described in the Balancing Techniques. This should help to make us feel a little more alert.
b) If we continue to feel overly stressed with a flood of thoughts, we can try clearing the right side again using the Balancing Techniques, which should help to slow the flow of thoughts and help us quieten down at the beginning of the meditation.
Do not become frustrated or angry if these techniques do not seem to be working immediately, they are very subtle and will work very gently and almost imperceptibly at first. Also try them for only a couple of minutes each time before going back to the traditional position. The maximum benefit we receive from the Kundalini energy working on our system, comes as we quieten down the mind and so that should be our over riding goal. It may seem hard to believe at first, but this really is a spontaneous and autonomous process, all we really have to do is to devote those few minutes a day to the process for it to work out beautifully. Have patience with yourself and your exquisitely made subtle system.
* If we have thoughts continually racing around our head, just sit calmly with the eyes closed and allow the patterns to flow in and out of the mind. Do not dwell on these thoughts if possible, but instead say quietly ‘not this [thought]’ ‘not this’ a few times. This is an ancient mantra brought up to date for the modern world (‘neti, neti’ in Sanskrit).
Thoughts come directly from the interaction of our ego, the mind and our Agnya chakra. For this reason it can be very helpful to press the palm of the right hand across the forehead for a few moments whilst saying ‘I forgive’ a few times, from the heart. This is another powerful mantra.
* In the early days it can also help to say the Self-realization affirmations quietly to ourselves as a prelude to the silent meditation (see the Techniques sheet from Class 3). However, this is purely a personal choice and some people may find it more soothing simply to sit quietly without action of any sort.
After a few moments of sitting quietly we may notice that a certain stillness has settled over our immediate surroundings. We will still be aware of external sounds like doors closing and cars passing, but we may sense an aura of quiet stillness blanketing us. This shows that our kundalini is in full flow, and we can rest assured that we are benefiting from the gentle process. We may also feel tingling or coolness on the hands or face or around the body in general. This also is also evidence of the system working as it should.
On the other hand we shouldn’t worry if in the first few days/weeks we feel little or nothing. Everyone has a different subtle make up will feel different responses in the early days. Again patience is the most essential virtue, that and the confidence to know that there is something profound happening to your whole being during every meditation session.
Frequency and Duration
Every single time we sit down to meditate, a little more of the Kundalini energy is activated and travels up the Central channel, cleansing and nourishing the chakra system. For this reason it is really important that we try and meditate every day, even if for a few minutes or so, rather than leave gaps in the practice. The fact is that our meditation grows stronger with repetition and every time we complete the process the effects become more potent. Little and often is the key word here. Ten to fifteen minutes in the morning and the same in the evening is a small price to pay for the kind of powerful benefits that accrue from our meditation.