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Shine
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January 30, 2013
4:53 am
Shine
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Namaste and greetings to you all, my brothers and sisters.

Before I explain why I am here, I have taken this excerpt from my profile to share a little about who I am:

“I’m just a peaceful soul who wants to bring love into this world that is so filled with suffering, violence, and grief. My soul really seems to have felt more comfortable in a previous incarnation where I was a white lion, so I identify very strongly with lions and try to embody their traits in this life. I believe all beings are worthy of love and that we all have the ability to choose love over hatred. If we can all achieve that then one day this world can be a fairer and safer place for all beings to thrive. I am deeply interested in metaphysics and frequently study both ancient and new age philosophies and spiritualities, incorporating the lessons I learn into my own spiritual practices.”

I have read and heard so much about the benefits of meditation, but have never really given myself the chance to learn it in this life. From my teenage years I have undergone many spirit journeys and have practiced visualization techniques, as well as relaxation techniques, but I have never been certain that I have the discipline to learn true meditation, that is thoughtless awareness. My mind is constantly filled with thoughts and is very difficult to quiet. In the past, meditation techniques I have tried did not help to bring me inner silence, so I eventually stopped trying them.

I have been in a very rough spot in my life recently, which I’m sure is a common circumstance that leads people to seek a path of enlightenment. After a string of very difficult losses in my life of people and living situations that cannot be replaced, I have found myself in a shocked and rather powerless state, prone to suffer anxiety and panic attacks, feeling little control over my emotions, and unable to fully live a productive adult life and participate in regular employment. I am seeking to correct this on many fronts, but learning meditation is a very important one for me now. But in these recent times, I understand the importance that I finally approach this life lesson and learn to meditate and bring peace into my mind and soul.

I researched many forms of meditation before I chose which one to learn. When I found information on Sahaja Yoga, I knew very quickly that this was the right one for me. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi’s philosophies that led her to create and teach this system resonate deeply within my heart. Her selflessness and willingness to teach what she has discovered at no cost is a beautiful trait that I have always protected in my own life. I strongly believe that spiritual aid and talents should be shared without desire for compensation, only desire to comfort and heal. I have freely shared my own gifts as a diviner and healer with others throughout my life, but for now I am taking a subtle retreat to help myself. I must focus inwardly in this time of convalescence so that I may heal properly and better help others. Sahaja Yoga is filled with such pure loving energy and wonderful philosophy. I have been moved by all that I have read about it and by Shri Mataji’s words.

I’ve just begun the online course last week. I am truly enjoying the guided meditations and have found myself effortlessly attaining thoughtless awareness just as Shri Mataji promised. It comes in short spans of only a few seconds sometimes, and may only happen once or twice during a 10-minute session, but tonight I experienced it during my guided meditation for at least 15-20 seconds. The feeling of peace, rightness, and completeness I feel in that state is incomparable and I know that in time I will be able to extend the duration of my thoughtless awareness. Since I began learning Sahaja Yoga I have already found that I can confront my negative thoughts and fears with so much more strength. I do not feel vulnerable to them as I did before. I do not experience panic or anxiety as often. I do have my weak times, but I feel they are diminishing as days go by. When I meditate before sleeping, I awaken to feelings of peace. Before I began my meditation journey, I would frequently awaken into panic attacks and sick feelings that made me want to go back to sleep and avoid my day.

Thank you all for creating this wonderful website and carrying on Shri Mataji’s legacy. I am proud to be a student of this truly loving spiritual practice and I am happy to share in this community with you all. I am certain that thanks to you I will be able to recover my own inner peace and will have the strength to face life’s challenges ahead of me. It only requires my dedication and regular practice of this incredible healing art, and my dedication feels truly effortless, as I look forward to my meditations each day, so I do not have trouble fitting them into my daily schedule. They are highlights of my day because I know when I enter into them I will experience that pure tranquility that so gently heals my body and soul.

I wish you strength and peace, my beloved friends. I thank you for your light which has guided me here.

-Shine

January 30, 2013
11:39 am
Mar'yana
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Thank you, Shine, and hope you enjoy the rest of the journey as much as we do!
Best,
Mar’yana

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