How Can We Make Joyful The New Normal?

A Happy New Year to all of You!

Holidays were great but now the Christmas tree is drying out, the wrapping paper is almost all thrown out and life is returning to so-called normal but how can we make ‘joyful’ the new normal? Because, honestly, who would call ‘normal’ joyful?

Somehow it seems we lose this quality of feeling joy the older we become. Instead a majority nowadays suffers from depression. Maybe at that point let us ask ourselves seriously: What hinders us to be joyful?

To find the answer it is worth going deeper into the knowledge about our subtle body and what is happening there. Let us compare our own state with the state of a child and we may soon see clearly why children are capable of being so joyful, and we are not.

Mooladhara represents wisdom, innocence and joy

Surprisingly it is the only energy center that is connected with all the other centers which is quite significant. How – that is best shown on our journey through the subtle centers. Children are the representatives of the Mooladhara.  They are innocent about everything. On a deeper level it means that they approach everyone and everything without judging. Let us check if we can see someone or something without judging, that means without thinking. How easy is this for you? For me, honestly, it’s not. I walk around, see a nice decorated Christmas Tree, immediately the commentator somewhere on my shoulder throws out his tags with a “this is beautiful”, or a ”what a lousy tree’, or a ‘this person will catch a cold if he does not dress warmer’ and on and on and on… honestly, try it… look at something without thinking, without putting a tag on it… and let me know what happened!

Svadisthana represents creativity

Each child is an artist and they enjoy being artistic. They do not judge themselves if their work is good or not. They do not create anything in order that someone else approves it or not, they just create for the joy of creating and they enjoy their creation. How many times you are creative in one week and can you be creative without judging yourself, just only enjoying and loving whatever you produce?

Nabhi represents satisfaction

Children are so easy to satisfy. Take them out somewhere without any toys and they will just take whatever they find and make it into something. Children have an immense quality to make the best of every situation in life, to somehow arrange themselves in a way that they will feel satisfied. It is a natural mechanism in them, that might later on be disturbed by all the bombardments of advertisements or others pointing out what they should have, but originally they do not need much. Do we feel satisfied? With ourselves, with what we have, with our life?

Anahat represents our love and compassion

When children love they do not hesitate to show their love. They will throw their little arms around you, kiss you loudly and show their affection in many different ways. They also are not shy to demand love in return and do stamp up with their feet when they feel hurt. How much do we express our love to others? And how openly do we talk with each other when we feel that there is something wrong?

Vishuddhi represents our collective consciousness

Children are very collective. Children love other children. They always will search each others company and enjoy much more to play with others than to play alone. Have you ever seen when one child starts crying how the others join in? The true collective spirit… sometimes to the despair of the mothers. How much do we seek each others company? How much do we enjoy together or share the things we like?

Agnya represents our forgiving powers

Children can easily start fighting, but as easily they can forgive and in the next moment play together again as if nothing has happened. What about our forgiveness power? How many grudges do we have against someone else and how long does it take to give them up?

Sahasrara is the connecting power, the one that integrates all others

Have you ever wondered how children communicate with each other? Often they do not speak very much, or just some words, but somehow they seem to understand each other without any major difficulties. Children generally are much more open so it is easy for them to connect with another person and understand him/her without needing words. How easy it is for us to understand another’s person mood or state although the other might not say one word about it?

After this little journey through ourselves we might get a quite good overview where we have blocked our innate qualities that actually were the key to our joy in childhood. So what we want is to re-open all these centers and allow these qualities to grow and prosper without the dry commentator at the back telling you that it is not worth it, or an impossible task, or whatever other reasonable reasons.

Start listening to the child within! What would you enjoy? Want to see a movie? Why not take your inner child by its hand, go out and have a lot of fun together! Life is too beautiful to let it become a dry and grey day-to-day frustration! Allow yourself this freedom again to just enjoy, draw something just for the fun of it, run around or simply be somewhere admiring something beautiful. Remember how you managed everything as a child, how you made your day a great one!

Now, maybe sometimes it is not so easy as it sounds. Life was giving us many lessons and they are all stored inside, sometimes giving us a feeling of heaviness. But no worry, it is not difficult to get rid of all these inner burdens. It is only important to give yourself every day 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening, to meditate. In your meditation you connect to the all-pervading power around you and allow it to take out your problems and heal your physical, emotional and mental body.

So for a new start into the year 2012 we will start with a 10-minutes-meditation specially for our first energy center, the Mooladhara. If you do this meditation regularly you will experience more and more joy without needing any reason to be joyful, and you will feel generally much lighter.

A 10-Minutes-Meditation on the Mooladhara

(for this meditation exercise it is good to sit on the ground, but not necessary)

  1. Awaken Your Inner Energy
    Here is a guided meditation (approx. 20 Min.) to awaken your Inner Energy by the founder of Sahaja Meditation, Shri Mataji. If you went through it already skip step 1). This is done only once. When your Inner Energy is activated it will stay so, there is no need to repeat the affirmations (although you can do so if you like).
  2. At the beginning and the end of each meditation we do what we call “raising the energy” and give ourselves “a shield of protection”.
    Here is a nice animation how to do it: charlie.swf
    You can also find a detailed description in our Meditation Tips on page 4 and 5:  Meditation Tips
  3. Put your right hand on your head for some seconds, put the hand down again but keep focused on top of your head where your hand was.
  4. If you can (it is not necessary) try out this physical exercise guided by Shri Mataji in the following short video – it is worth trying because it helps the Mooladhara to open up  more:

    Then put both hands on or towards the Mother Earth. Feel the vibrations flowing between your hands and the earth. As the Mooladhara is connected to the element Earth this will help you a lot to clear it and to open it up more and more.
    Have some pleasant music if you like. Allow your inner energy as well as the all-pervading power around to work on you – there is no need to do anything, just surrender to it.
  5. After the 10 minutes hold your hand over your head and see if you feel vibrations coming out – it might feel like a cool breeze, sometimes also like a warm breeze, like a tingling, or simply “somehow different”.
  6. End the meditation again with ”raising the energy” and giving yourself  ”a bhandan” (shield of protection).
  7. Have fun with yourself! Enjoy!

Make joy a normal condition in your life! With this I wish you a very normal joyful week!

Yours, Angi

One Comment on “How Can We Make Joyful The New Normal?

  1. I’m glad to hear you set the standards high this year; I think we all need positive goals to set for the next year and on as well. As long as you got a list together then you’re already on the right track.Hope you had a great new year’s day and I look forward to reading more:))

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