Our last article described how Sahaja meditation and its far-reaching benefits go well beyond mere relaxation meditation. Sahaja is a holistic way to enrich your life in every dimension. But it all comes with hard work and perseverance until you can achieve a "fail-safe" meditation routine in your life. Having a failsafe routine means that you are set for life and not have to worry about the discipline to ever get to your meditation plan and sessions.
Here's how to do it.
Change your routine "hygiene block".
There are some things that we do almost unconsciously in everyday life and that are hygiene factors. Let's call it the "hygiene block" of activities. We cannot live without it, and we know it. We never miss brushing our teeth every day. We have mastered the discipline to do this as children, even when we were sick or when something big was going on in our life. We don't care about doing these things every day anymore. They are forever linked to our memory, our life and our routine.
The first step in taking advantage of the far-reaching benefits of meditation is to add meditation to your "hygiene block" of activities. This means that when you wake up each day you meditate along with brushing your teeth and whatever your activities are in your “hygiene block” or essential morning routine.
This takes some practice as you are changing a routine that you have followed for decades since childhood. Some important things to keep in mind when changing your hygiene block –
- You need to allow extra time in your morning schedule, and we all know that morning time is precious to almost all of us. So remember to go to bed half an hour earlier, set the alarm earlier, or make other adjustments that will fit in with the meditation. If you have children or other dependents, you need to find this time before they start their day or routine.
- Don't think about the importance of finding that extra time, no matter how difficult it is. Remember, meditation is the most important long-term investment of your life. It will give you a lot more time back for the rest of your day to enjoy and spend on so many things without worrying, stressed, or anxious.
- Make a record of the number of days in your first month that you were able to meditate successfully. Yes there will be some bugs. You have to plan this. But don't worry – nobody is perfect.
- Stay on track for three months – there is scientific evidence that a habit that takes three months to become established is more than likely to last and become permanent.
- Don't entertain your inner negative voices, or those of others around you, trying to dissuade you from making this change in your daily schedule. That's your life.
Find some time slots in your weekly schedule for the 2nd meditation of the day.
Once your morning meditation is a regular part of your schedule, it is time to fit in with the 2nd meditation of your day, which can be even more difficult. The easiest way is to find a few days a week and register for group meditations on our website each week. All of our meditation sessions are free and we have a variety of time slots and teachers available. Also, the group meditations are much more powerful than the individual meditation sessions that you can do at home. They will keep you motivated and energized and remind you of the benefits to be gained through this period.
Once you have marked your calendar for these sessions, the other things in your life can bypass the meditation sessions that you have already scheduled during the week.
However, remember not to skip your morning meditation as the group meditation session you are attending is a good substitute for your morning meditation – it is not. Both are equally important.
Make your 2nd meditation session permanent.
Once you get into the routine of having two sessions each week in addition to your daily morning meditation, it is time to make the 2nd meditation session a regular part of each day. You can use a method similar to changing your hygiene block – for example, doing your meditation just before bed. Some people do it the first thing after returning from work, along with another activity at the time. Some even do it exactly 15 minutes before dinner every day, making it a non-negotiable activity in their routine.
When you start setting up a routine for your second meditation session of the day, you can shorten the duration a bit. Even if you have 5 to 10 minutes to start with, this is a win. You can gradually increase it to 15 minutes and then to 20 or 30 minutes. And after that, you can include the footbath, a highly recommended technique for the evening or before you go to bed.
The goal here is to make the 2nd session a consistent activity until the deep, relaxing experience makes you want to do it every night no matter what comes your way.
Find the motivation to stick to your routine
The most important aspect is to observe the positive changes and benefits as your meditation routine is established, however small and gradual it may be. These can be visible to you and others. For example, it is very typical for Sahaja practitioners to report the following immediate benefits within the first two weeks:
- Feel calmer and more patient.
- Discover an unusual suppleness for the day.
- There are fewer problems than before and many tend to somehow solve themselves.
It would be best if you write them down, as well as any challenges you face every day. This keeps your attention focused on making your new meditation routine meaningful and successful.
As you progress through your routine for many weeks, your success must rely entirely on your improved state – how much better, rejuvenated, and spiritually enhanced you feel in each waking moment. Once you start doing this, the actual length of your meditation session is of secondary importance as you seek that precious higher and better state and try to be there for as long as possible. That's because you'll enjoy it – it relaxes, soothes, and heals you.
When your life is being driven by this pristine, higher state of existence, you have cemented your permanent, "fail-safe" meditation routine. At this point, you will never give up meditation or struggle to buy time for it. It goes on autopilot.
Collective meditation is the only way to make meditation a lifestyle.
No matter how hard you try, adhering to your meditation routine without group meditation sessions has its limitations. The challenges will be to consistently follow the routine and the extent and intensity of the benefits. Because of this, we have a team of teachers throughout the year who conduct online meditation sessions of various themes and styles. There are even some advanced sessions for those looking for something even deeper. We are here to help, and this is also our only focus and reward. We do not ask for money and receive no other benefit, except that more and more people are changing their lives positively and establishing spirituality and meditation as the basis of their lives. And then so that they can pass it on to other people.
Spiritual techniques to ensure a regular meditation routine
We wouldn't be sure if we didn't equip you with the most practical spiritual techniques to help establish your meditation routine.
Remove the obstacles from the path of your progress.
The power to do this lies particularly in our first chakra, the basis and platform for our spiritual growth. This means that as we begin to regulate our meditation routine and make it consistent, we focus on clearing and balancing this chakra. We can also use daily affirmations to accomplish one main thing – to remove all obstacles on the path of our spiritual ascent and to practice our daily meditation. If there is a desire to ask for, it would be so that our meditation routine can then facilitate all of the other desires.
Master your self-esteem and self-improvement.
The second most important principle and the second most important force are in a spiritual area that we call the emptiness in our abdominal cavity. Physiologically it represents a gap in our central nervous system at the vagus nerve. Spiritually, this gap must be closed by the rising Kundalini energy, which uses the power of self-control in us. This principle is also known as our Guru Principle. This power gives us the ability to master our self-improvement in our life and to manage all of our pursuits. We develop an innate ability to work on our shortcomings, choose the right direction, and even get back on track when we're on the wrong track. It helps us improve our self-discipline.
So when we try to protect our meditation routine against mistakes, we need to ask for this enduring power within us to become stronger, to seal our meditation routine and make it a permanent part of our lives.
While there are so many other spiritual forces that we can use, we need these two spiritual forces in order to be active and strong within us.
If nothing else works, contact us.
Sahaja instructors and practitioners are always available, especially if you find that things are not working and you are about to give up. We went through such phases over many decades. We know how to get back on track and emerge from a crisis or a bad spot.
If your single-minded goal is to make meditation the center of your self-improvement in your life, we can certainly help you.