Last week we talked about how social distancing has a silver lining and can be used to make positive changes to your life in so many ways.
But for those of us struggling with many problems in life, including financial, health, or family issues caused by the pandemic of the century, meditation can be a massive aid to getting through this period.
We're exploring some specific meditation-related methods to help overcome the stress and loneliness that forced social distancing can bring into our lives.
1. You will be able to find the comfort of your mind.
Sahaja meditation helps us to discover and feel our spiritual being. We exist in this world with multiple identities and roles, but most important of all is the deepest inner spiritual being. This inner being is very precisely defined and felt by Sahaja. With Sahaja's self-realization process or the activation of our inner more subtle energy system, several things happen at the same time –
- We feel our inner being or our spirit on our central nervous system in the form of throbbing energy or a pulsating sensation on our fingers and certain chakras.
- Our consciousness or awareness is raised to a higher level where thoughts are greatly reduced, and we can experience substantial periods of deep, relaxing inner stillness and calm.
- Most importantly, our focus and perspective change drastically. We begin to identify more and more with this state, this experience and the inner being, rather than whatever our thoughts, emotions and physical selves let us experience in our lives. This new awareness and sensory perception dominate instead of the agonizing and disturbing feelings of fear, anxiety and stress.
Although we continue to face challenges and problems, our identification and experience are linked to our spiritual being and the peace and comfort that it experiences. This makes it very beneficial in solving our problems almost to the point where they no longer appear as problems at all. It feels like we have a great reservoir of patience and energy to deal with anything in our lives.
2. You can develop a detachment.
The next important benefit of consistent meditation is a sense of detachment – no, this is not a form of mentally practiced or conditioned reticence. It is also not about staying away from what is happening or from the people around us.
It is a real inner ability that grows within us – we can look at people, situations and problems in life without being influenced or overwhelmed by them. The separation of ourselves from our problems is clear, precise, and positive – it seems like we are a safe distance from those that come to us or affect us. We develop this true power of detachment and it happens because of the power of the subtle energy within us that is being activated. In general, regular meditation helps develop this power. The targeted concentration on the heart chakra and the Vishuddhi chakra can help further.
3. Meditation helps to discover the higher states in you.
Besides directing our attention to a higher level of consciousness during our meditation, our priorities in life change to seek a higher purpose and more important things. In other words, we have the ability to rise above our own problems and our lives. We develop a much broader perspective of the problems in this world and maturity to see how our life could easily be much worse than many others. This does not prevent us from facing or coping with our problems or what we have to do, but the pain is far less.
Even better, when we are in the company of like-minded Sahaja practitioners, our problems seem to go away. We enjoy the ocean of spiritual energy through collective meditation. And so, the effects or chaos caused by social distancing and pretty much any serious problem can be compromised.
4. Discover and strengthen more universal and global relationships rather than close local relationships.
Meditation helps us discover the infinite nature of the universe through a very real experience of the collective unconscious spiritual realm. This also helps in discovering the universal and global nature of people and our relationships. While it is important to be part of our local communities and countries, our relationships and interactions expand. In particular, when we miss interacting with our local friends and family during social distancing, we are far less affected. The new opportunities and relationships we can build with many more people around the world and in different cultures feel exciting. Suddenly, social distancing even seems like a positive thing.
5. Enrich your life with quality content.
Make sure to read our articles for what you are right now – this is the highest quality content. No not really just kidding, we want to make sure you are still paying attention and reading!
You can use this time during social distancing to read books that evoke thoughts and emotions. Or watch movies that will make you introspect. These have a huge advantage in examining your character and personality traits and determining how much you need to improve. Or you can check out the Discovery, History or Geography channel to discover the wonders of nature. Strongly stimulating your attention and emotions is much better than thinking about how bad life seems without being with friends and family.
Meditation comes into play in its ability to give you clarity of perception, focused attention, and the ability to still enjoy these things meaningfully rather than feeling lonely or fearful during social distancing.
Can you be peaceful in your company?
Centuries ago yogis consciously distanced themselves from civilization, went into caves and tried to live decades of their lives in search of spiritual redemption and enlightenment. It was widely believed at the time that one had to turn off one's senses and focus outward and learn to be with oneself for one's spiritual advancement.
With Sahaja, such extreme measures are no longer necessary. We can enjoy a spiritual path while in our normal life. Even so, it is good to test the strength of our ability to be with our inner selves and see if we can be practically alone during this time. Does it bother us even if we are meditators? How important is it in our life to socialize and be with others? How strong is our inner selves and can it really endure loneliness?
We can take the opportunity to find answers to these questions during this time.
Take part in our online meditation sessions to start or continue your journey inward. If we can do something special for you, write to us.