Have you ever noticed how we pay so much attention to feeding our body and our tastes? We rarely miss a meal. But it goes much further. We pay close attention to enjoying our food and getting the best dining experiences. Sometimes food is the final epitome of a celebration in our lives.
And there is nothing wrong with that; Great experiences and comfort, to some extent, are part of a healthy and fulfilling life, no matter what aspect of our lives they are related to. But our attention is not proportionally devoted to enriching our lives equally in all its facets. Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs says that our focus is on what our body needs most and security, which is the foundation of Maslow’s pyramid. After meeting these needs, we move higher to meet our emotional and love-related needs. Finally, our spiritual needs or a higher purpose are at the top of the pyramid. It is not difficult to see that the higher levels of the pyramid require more effort and energy, in part because they reach the hierarchy much later and are more difficult to reach. The other reason is that finding and looking for the best and fastest ways to meet our spiritual needs is not easy to find.
The good news is that you are now in good hands. In Sahaja, there is a lot of experience and methods to give equal, if not greater, emphasis to feeding our soul with rich experiences. In our busy lives and in the midst of all the challenges, nurturing our spiritual being requires careful planning and knowledge of how experienced meditators do.
Making comparisons between how we feed our body and our soul can help us understand this in more detail.
Spiritual hunger: seek
Let’s start with the main feeling that leads us to eat: hunger. The spiritual equivalent is the search within us for a Higher Purpose in our lives, the thirst for us to experience the highest and most coveted state of spirituality. If you are reading this article, it is clear that this set has led you to something like Sahaja in the first place. But do we all have the same intensity of desire for personal improvement weeks, months, or years after this first experience of Self-Realization? Do we have the zeal to constantly ascend to higher states in our spiritual journey?
Introspection creates the desire within us to improve, and so does being in the community. Therefore, doing these two weekly exercises, possibly several times a week, keeps us hungry and promotes our personal improvement in our spiritual journey.
Our process of introspection should involve asking ourselves about our commitment to the most important and ultimate goal of our lives and whether we are going in the right direction, despite short-term challenges or deviations. It should make us question the amount and quality of time we spend, but the most important thing is whether we are getting the results we want. The most important result must be to gradually transform the inner self and our personality.
As for the community, Sahaja has many options for joining a group meeting, either online or in person, and there should be no thought or debate about whether we need it or why. Just go there.
Food for the soul
The following is the equivalent of the foods we feed our body. The soul and the spiritual inner being need the divine energy of the universe. The best part, unlike the food on this earth, is that it is an infinite source. We connect to this source through practices like Sahaja as many times as we want and we can reload our spiritual being non-stop. Therefore, to feed our soul is to have access to this energy as much as we can.
The supply pipe: the central channel and the connection
The foods we eat go through a relatively complex physiological system in our body and give rise to energy to carry out our physical, mental and emotional processes. Similarly, our soul is nourished through even more complex and complex systems of Kundalini energy, chakras, and energy channels. As Kundalini energy rises and passes through the chakras, opens or widens the central energy channel, it rises beyond the sixth chakra to the forehead region and to the brain. Then it helps our soul or spirit to become one with the ubiquitous divine energy of the universe. This energy then flows back into the system and feeds all of our chakras and energy channels.
This vital energy governs all of our spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional functioning and achieves a holistic balance.
Eating food provides us with a physiological and biological balance, but revitalizing our spiritual system with divine energy provides us with a holistic balance in our lives and a harmony with nature. It nurtures our personality strengths and our innate transformation.
How do we give the spiritual system what it needs?
By being in the state of meditation or this higher state of consciousness. It is in this state that we absorb the most energy. This state also keeps open the channels for the flow of Kundalini energy: the central energy channel. Thus, the more time we spend in this higher state, the more energy we give ourselves. Therefore, more meditation and more powerful meditation are our clear goals.
The quality of meditation is also important.
Just as the quantity and quality of the food we eat is important to our health, the quality of meditation is as important as the time we spend on it. The quality of meditation is measured by the extent of the absence of thoughts or the state of consciousness without thoughts. A high quality meditation session makes it easier for our attention to be maintained in the higher state and effortlessly.
But there is another long-term measure of the quality of our meditation. Over time, it will make us more patient, separate, balanced, mature, and happy.
Plan the feeding of the soul
It is typical that we focus on our three meals a day and how we will nourish our body. Likewise, it is equally, if not more important, to plan our meditation routine. Just as breakfast is king, morning meditation is vital and has enormous benefits. Set the tone for the rest of the day. A brief session of introspection and meditation in nature during the lunch break or lunch can do a lot to feed our attention. And a good soaking session and meditation at dinner time can complete our daily spiritual replenishment plan.
Special food – group meditation
We get excited to dine out and taste exotic cuisines; the equivalent of this is collective meditation for our soul. Take our meditative experience to a whole new level. It exposes us to new experiences and spiritual knowledge that help us expand our horizons in our spiritual activities.
Is there an equivalent to fasting in spiritual language?
Fasting, when done right, helps the body cleanse our system of toxins and helps our digestive system to restore its maximum performance. During fasting, we avoid our typical rich and heavy diet.
A good analogy of fasting in meditation could be starving negativity by controlling attention. This means that we could take periods to distract our attention from all non-essential activities and focus only on cleansing our spiritual system and meditating deeply. There may also be times when we decide to eliminate all of our involvement in other areas of our lives where we tend to be affected by negative forces. There are many around us: negative media news, debates and arguments, and even our materialistic activities. So we could start fasting and take a break from all these sources that drag our attention down instead of giving it energy. Doing this “cleansing of attention” can be a great way to overcome temporary obstacles and high plateaus in our spiritual journey.
It is a well-known practice among Sahaja practitioners to take a few weeks or months off, spending a simpler, quieter, more collective life in a seminary or camp or off-site retreat.
Become a connoisseur of the most subtle experience
Just as gastronomic experiences are a pleasure to our senses, over time, the development of sensitivity to powerful spiritual experiences gives us subtlety and appreciation of the most exquisite aspects of life. Our lives and their paradigms change significantly to correlate the quality of our lives with these more subtle spiritual experiences. We will look for as many opportunities as we can, for places, people and companies full of positive energy and vibrations. When it comes to choosing between the most expensive vacation or dinner and even deep spiritual enjoyment, we will have no hesitation in choosing the latter. And it will probably cost us almost nothing. We will realize that money cannot offer us the best and last experiences of life. Our perspective on life changes and simplicity unfolds. This gives a great sense of satisfaction and the feeling of being a free spirit, but in total control of ourselves.
Most importantly, we will know the art of feeding our soul and giving it what it needs. And we will have no doubt that feeding our soul is what we have wanted throughout our lives.
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