Last Sunday we started a new series on solving problems in our lives using meditation as a tool.
The lives of meditators who pursue spirituality are different in some ways. We consider spirituality and higher purpose as the center of our lives and guide us every step of the way. More importantly, the patience, calmness, and resilience we develop from our meditation permeate every other facet of our life. That, of course, is the goal.
The basics of the problem-solving approach consist of two parts – working on our mental state at all times and finding specific or targeted solutions to our and others’ problems. The former can even help us avoid problems so that we don’t have to worry about them or solve them. The latter helps us resolve our problems quickly in order to keep our attention on more important things in life.
Improvement of our state of being as a spiritual being
First we need to improve our alertness in order to reach the higher state of consciousness which is usually a problem free zone. This means that when we reach the state of meditation, we become one with nature and the universal, all-pervading force. So powerful, in fact, that we stand up and stay away from our problems. Not only do they look smaller and less impactful, but they’re actually starting to go away.
This is because the universal energy also has infinite intelligence. We can see this in all of nature’s creations. There is not a single case where a flower or tree grows incorrectly, or is the wrong color or shape. Nature’s creations are always perfect. When we join this perfect and intelligent force, we will find the perfect solution for everything.
The challenge, of course, is to bring our attention to this higher state of consciousness as often as possible, that is, during our meditation session and for the rest of the day. The longer we can do this, the greater the problem-solving benefits of this state. Not only the duration but also the persistence of attention in this higher state is important.
In the early stages, many meditators report that their attention is drawn down to the lower or regular state of cognitive awareness during their meditation session, even if they experience the higher, blissful state during a significant portion of their meditation session.
Over time, and with practice and collective meditation, we will perfect the method of being in this higher state. But more importantly, we know when we are in this state, and our lives seem to be extremely smooth. But conversely, when problems arise all over our lives, it is a clear sign that we have a problem connecting with this all-pervasive power and being in this higher state.
So the first way out of problem solving is to work as much as possible towards this beautiful state of meditation.
Targeted solutions and remedies
The second part of problem solving is to absorb, identify, and work on the specific problem we are facing. Here, too, the solutions fall into different categories.
Spiritual solutions involve working on the spiritual level, such as identifying the affected chakra or channel, or the cause of the problem. Then we use Sahaja techniques and methods to heal the problem.
The other categories are behavior and lifestyle changes. For example, if you are caught in a vicious cycle of negative thinking, moodiness, and depression, you may need to make lifestyle changes in addition to spiritual techniques to combat the situations that are making the problem worse. Brooding over life’s problems by sitting on a couch all day is the worst thing you can do for this problem. Instead, try to engage in brisk and motivating activities and keep yourself busy.
At other times, simpler lifestyle changes like changes in diet, exercise, or avoiding certain activities, places, or even people can help.
The combination of spiritual and lifestyle changes helps a lot in solving the problem.
Collective meditation is a great tool to overcome one’s problems as it offers a stronger and deeper experience and opens us to new dimensions and experiences. In addition, it helps us to gain knowledge and introspection, especially about the causes of our problems. And the best part is that it helps every participant regardless of who is having the problem, including the teacher.
There are many accounts of how Sahaja practitioners immerse themselves in as many collective gathering experiences as possible when problems creep into their lives and feel lost.
In our first session last Sunday, we covered a common problem many of us face from time to time – lethargy, fatigue, and lack of energy for many of the important things we want to do in life. It’s not like discipline or awareness is the problem, but we just struggle to get things done and overcome the period of apparent laziness and lack of energy, interest and motivation.
In our next two sessions in the problem-solving series, we’ll cover another almost universal challenge – finance and money. We will provide an insight into the guidance, teachings, and strategies available to meditators regarding attitudes toward money, achieving the right balance, and potentially solving problems related to under- or too much money. Yes, that’s right, both can be a problem for us.
If you enjoy deep meditation and have useful tips on practical solutions a meditator can find to life’s problems, then you will love these sessions.
You can find more information in our meditation calendar.