In one of my recent meditation sessions for a Sahaja Online audience, I decided to share a routine that I try to follow a few times a week.
A staggering number of attendees from my session told me again how their experience was truly unique and how they experienced a rare and profound silence during their meditation through this approach.
In short, the focus is on the antithesis of the hectic, busy, fast-paced world and the lives we experience today. From time to time, I make a deliberate attempt to simulate the relaxed life of people 50 or 100 years ago. These people had a lot of time, little pressure and most importantly, their lives were incredibly simple. There were no telephones, no internet or television and they spent a lot of time with nature. Obviously, his attention was much less stressed and busy, unlike ours.
Longer, deeper and slower meditation
The essence of this approach is to prepare for a much longer meditation time than the usual 15 or 20 minutes that most people spend alone in a home session. While the best approach is to keep the duration of meditation open, planning from 30 minutes to an hour of silent meditation is a good way to experience the benefits of this approach. This is also a test of whether our busy and unstable attention can keep us quiet and witnessing without feeling uneasy. Or the need to get back to our busy lives and worries about the past or the future. And for some, it may be difficult to spend so much time sitting in silence when they are fully awake and conscious but doing nothing.
The “slowest” part of meditation is to gradually relax and slow down our thoughts to a crawl, and finally let them go completely as our attention rises to a new level of consciousness. The key is to be patient and wait until this happens, no matter how long it takes. It is also about working on different parts of our subtle energy system, such as a specific chakra or channel, with care and full attention. Over time, many practitioners report that a certain complacency or simply getting into a routine makes them go through the movements mechanically or even go through a fixed routine or technique. Going slow means we take the time to nurture every part of our subtle system carefully and until we can feel through our vibrating consciousness and perception that we are in good health, no matter how long it takes.
The “deepest” part of the approach is having conversations with the spiritual powers of our chakras and energy channels. For example, we know that Kundalini energy is our spiritual mother, who nourishes and cares for us. She is always concerned for our benevolence and well-being. To deepen means to give in to that energy, to be humble, and to welcome the grace that is bestowed upon us. Think of this as meekly accepting the divine vibrations when our inner self is in complete union with the forces of the universe. Sometimes deepening can also mean putting our problems in our lives under the care of these enormous powers within us. Therefore, the “deep” state of meditation is an act of humility and allowing the greatest powers within us to solve our problems.
Once we put the longest, deepest and slowest parts together in a single meditation session, the results can be fantastic. We can feel very refreshed, balanced and our attention can become very stable. Our problems can feel like they are gone and a deep sense of calm and joy can be manifested.
Warning: This method is difficult.
Meditation is often sold today as a 5 or 10 minute miracle, but the truth is that in today’s world, our attention and the state of our chakras are so weak that most people need to work longer and longer. Especially if we want to realize the deepest benefits that go far beyond just relieving stress or an illusory feeling of being relaxed or refreshed. No one likes to buy a meditation class or an offer that says you won’t get any benefit unless you spend 45 minutes meditating. But in Sahaja, we never have anything to sell, so we can boldly tell the truth.
In reality, however, it is not about 30 or 45 minutes or an hour. And it doesn’t always have to be that long. In addition, it is also possible to invest time in meditation to recover a lot of extra time for the rest of the day. And with this longer, deeper, and slower approach to meditation, you will hardly notice that time passes; you will feel as if you have transcended the dimension of time. In fact, the ancient spiritual scriptures have spoken of three distinctive phenomena that occur when one is in a deeply spiritual state: we can go beyond time, beyond the Dharma, and beyond our qualities, the terms used to describe each to be. Kalateet, Dharmateet and Gunateet in the Sanskrit language.
To understand only the temporal aspect or kalateet it means that we have reached a higher spiritual state of existence where the shackles of time no longer bother us. For example, although we generally plan to keep our time and schedule, we will find ourselves in situations where time is no longer a limitation. The people we had to meet at a specific time show up just when we arrive, even though we arrive late. The flights we had to take will be waiting for us (due to other delays that work in our favor). If we have deadlines at work and are concerned about falling behind or what our bosses may say about it, we will find that these deadlines will move surprisingly and to our benefit. Ultimately, time becomes our friend and it seems to give way to us and bend. All this is due to the power of our higher spiritual state of existence.
And so, if you are concerned about finding time for longer meditations, consider the superior benefit of removing the limitations and time pressures of your life.
The second reason this approach can be challenging is that not many people can challenge themselves to keep their attention constant and completely silent for long periods of time. Another reason is that we are tired or exhausted physically, mentally or emotionally.
Many people do not realize how restless they may be. For some, it’s hard not to be in the company of others, talking and relating to them. For others, they must be doing some activity, simply sitting for more than a few minutes is impossible. The answer to these situations is to improve the severity we have inside. As we meditate more, we improve our appearance over time.
Life interposes us all. He will surely do so, almost strangely, when we try to increase and improve our meditation. No self-improvement activity is done without problems. We almost always have to overcome a lot of resistance in many ways to achieve something fantastic. The remedy is to increase the strength of our desire to attain a higher spiritual state. Then time automatically tilts and presents itself to us.
Sahaja is a flexible and dynamic practice.
While this deeper, longer, and slower approach to meditation is definitely powerful, there are many methods, techniques, and approaches in Sahaja. It is fully configurable by all professionals. So just in case, you think that it will be difficult for you to practice Sahaja, you should know that there are many cases where people experience instant connections of their Kundalini energy. They can have great experiences in minutes. The “deeper” aspect, in fact, can be achieved very quickly in these cases. Every long-term Sahaja practitioner will have at least one memorable experience to share where their Kundalini energy was fired and they reached the deepest state they have ever experienced. This represents their ultimate experience, of course, something to love and emulate as much as they can, but it doesn’t happen often.
The trick is to stay the course and be patient. And try the longer, deeper, slower form of meditation as another tool in our spiritual ascension.
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