Is participant experience relevant?
It's okay if participants haven't seen the inside of a classroom in years.
Physical trust needed
Mental trust needed
10 minutes - 30 minutes
Experience level of the facilitator
self explanatory, no experience needed
Number of facilitators
0 - 1
Setting up your meditation area:
CHARACTER OF THE METHOD
Level of activationcalming
Woo-Woo Level - How touchy-feely is this method?
From 1.Rationalist-Materialist "No feelings here, folks." to 5.Esoteric-Shamanic Bleeding Heart:
This technique has the power to completely and totally relax your mind and body while energising it, leaving you in a state where you are able to do anything and everything. Sahaja Yoga or “spontaneous union with one’s self,” was created by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970 to bring self-realization to the masses through meditation. This method transforms human awareness through techniques that promote a more moral, united, integrated, and balanced self. Practitioners claim that hundreds of thousands of people in over ninety countries have experienced the transformation of becoming more peaceful and joyous in life through Sahaja Yoga.
ALTERNATIVE NAME OF THE METHOD
Sahaja Yoga Meditation, Self-realization technique
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE
Sahaja Yoga provides the conscious awareness of subtle energy found in the body through true meditation. It is a natural awakening that has measurable beneficial effects on the body’s well-being without side effects, special exercises, chanting, or mantras. As Sahaja Yoga has become more popular around the world, it has proven to be effective in people's lives everywhere, regardless of age, sexual orientation, occupation, race, colour, or creed.
Sahaja Yoga is a method of meditation. It was created by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970 and has since spread all around the world.
PREPARATION (excluding materials)
The following technique is a basic exercise for reaching the state of meditation which is known as thoughtless awareness. This technique is very useful for training the mind and going beyond it.
1 Prepare for self-realization
1. Find a comfortable place to sit down with little distraction. During the experience, your left hand will remain on your left lap with your palm facing up.
Place right hand: on the left side of your lower stomach, just above the left hip
Place right hand: on the left side of your upper stomach, just below ribs
Place right hand: on the heart, a little to the left of the breastbone
Place right hand: on the left shoulder, where the shoulder joins the neck (gently turn your head only a little to the right) - see drawing
Place right hand: flat on the forehead, gently grasping the temples, leaning your head forward a little into your hand
Place right hand: on the back of the head, in line with your eyes. Lean the head back a little into your hand
Place right hand: on top of the head, halfway between hairline and crown. Stretch your fingers up a little, lightly pressing your palm onto the head, gently rub the head in a clockwise direction
Return your hand to your lap so that both hands are resting there with palms facing upwards, fingers a little outstretched. Gently maintain your attention at/above the top of your head.
After you completed the meditation, take a moment to absorb your environment and to experience your feelings. By the time you finish, your feelings should be relaxed and your thoughts should have disappeared.
FURTHER INFORMATIONhttp://www.wikihow.com/Meditate-in-Sahaja-Yoga http://www.sahajayoga.org/worldwidecontacts/default.asp http://www.onlinemeditation.org/