Giving meditation a chance

Giving meditation a chance


For a while now I’ve been contemplating meditating. And, somehow, it feels like it’s not me who’s been seeking it, but more that meditation has found me every time – be it through friends and family members who meditate or some type of events I go to that end up connected to meditation. This was the case last Monday. One of my best friends (the one in the photo above) suggested we should go to a tabla and sitar concert. I had never been to such a concert, so I immediately decided to join! To listen to some similar music, scroll down on Presi’s article – Masters of Percussion!

Needless to say I though the concert was lovely – very authentic and uplifting. The sitar is a very special instrument, quite unique from the instruments I know. So, in case you’ve never been to a concert like this, I suggest you give it a chance. However, the concert was only a part of the event, while the other part was strictly related to meditation, specifically sahara yoga.This was also the first time I’ve heard about this method of meditation. It was crated by by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970 and begins with self-realization.

I want to get some things straight right from the start: I’m not big on yoga and I use it mostly for exercising and stretching, once a week or once in a few weeks. I like the fact that I am way more flexible thanks to it and this is very useful for the sports I do. This does not mean that I want to integrate yoga as a lifestyle or ideology, especially since I see it more as a physical exercise. However, I am interested in trying out meditation, as it feels more like a source of relaxation and self-introspection in a fast paced way of living. It’s like pushing the breaks once in a while to slow things down a bit.

Even if meditation is a part of yoga, which should ideally follow yoga asanas, I’m more interested in adopting meditation as some refection time for myself and with myself every once in a while (when I feel it’s needed). What shaped my thoughts to take this decision?

  • Presi’s article at the beginning of the year allowed some things to sync in;
  • The benefits I see in my friends and family members who meditate (more relaxed and less prone to get stressed);
  • The fact that every time I hear or get in contact with someone who meditates, I get some sort of inner peace just talking about it;
  • Stress at work can sometimes affect my general mood and I don’t like that my moods can be negatively influenced by stress. Mediation seems like an answer for this.
  • It feels like a new challenge ;) And I think you’ve figured out by now that I love challenges.

So, there you have it… my commitment to start meditating. I will keep you posted in half a year or so with the results and if I feel it’s brought about the benefits I was initially looking for (or more – you never know!). If you meditate, please let me know! I’d love to hear how it’s influenced your life or how you feel it will continue doing so. And, do you have any suggestions to start meditation? May it be a time of day, or a place, a music background… whatever you feel will help a beginner like me ;)

Until next time, I’ll end in the same pace as Presi, suggestively saying…

Namaste,

Manu

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  1. Nicola

    Meditation can be very beneficial when done using a good safe balanced method.
    Mindfullness which comes from Buddhism is a safe balanced method which can be used by everyone. The mediations from Erevna which come from Christianity from Jesus Christ can safely be done under the guidance of Erevnas spiritual master who really knows what he is doing. Many other methods use techniques which are designed to open various chakras which can lead to psychological imbalances and even insanity. It is very wise before one starts to analyse the method and never to do any mediation or breathing which is directed towards and activates the chakra numbers of 1 which is the base chakra at the bottom of the spine ; nor 3 which is a few centimetres above the navel nor 7 which is at the crown of the head. There can be many pitfalls along the way and it is best to find a spiritual master who really knows what he is doing to guide you.
    Most Indian practises activate the chakra centres1,3,7 and can best be avoided.
    Self Realisation is the ultimate goal of each human being and can take many billions of earthly incarnations to reach. At Self Realisation one becomes part of the Nature of Jesus Christ who is the same as His father God and posseses the All Wisdom, the All Unconditional Love and the All Power and one gains immense powers and abilities. There are very few self realised human beings on planet Earth at present and they will never say they are self realised. The Way towards Self Realisation is a long journey and envolves trying to become a better and a better person without the clothes of the actor. Jesus Christ shows us the Way as He IS the Way the Truth and the Life. If you wish for any more information you can ask Erevna.
    Love, Nicola

  2. About Beautiful

    Dear Nicola,
    Thank you for you message. I find it very useful especially for people like me, who’re just embarking on this journey. My main purpose is to relax the mind to better cope to an ever changing environment. I’d like to focus on the basic and I wouldn’t want to practice any activity that involves the activation of chakras (especially 1, 3 and 7). If, at any point, I want to do a more complex meditation, I’ll surely ask for a piece of advise from you.
    All my love,
    Manu

  3. Nicola Hibbard

    Dearest Manuela,
    I understand your reason for meditation and just so you know the basic exercises of Erevna are very simple. Mindfulness as Lennard does it sounds good and some people I know also do it. I have made a study of many different forms of meditation during my search for a suitable meditation method and later when I became a member of Erevna I was asked by a spiritual magazine to write an article about the difference of Erevna to other forms of meditation.

    Many meditation methods say they will give you clarity and peace of mind.
    In my opinion it is wise to avoid any repetitions of words which is called a mantrum and other Indian meditation practices as I have personally seen people who after repeating mantrums have entered into a void and have completely lost their consciousness and their mind has never returned to this world and they remain like vegetables and need a carer for the rest of their lives.
    I have also seen a person who was doing a course developing the intuition, the same course as Princess Irene, and during the course was placed in a psychiatric hospital due to psychosis as it was an unsafe practice.
    As you are a highly sensitive person, an HSP as I am, which means that you are also more highly sensitive to meditation I feel that it is wise to make sure beforehand that you have a safe meditation practice.
    All my love, Nicola

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