A Stress-Free Life

Sir C.P. Srivastava,  former secretary of Prime Minister Shastri in India and later on secretary-general of the London-based International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency, gives a glimpse into his life with his wife, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi at a conference about stress & tension management.

He narrates how the miracle of transformation of people took place in front of his eyes, something he could never believe was possible and a nice little anecdote about a homeless drug-addict his wife brought home one day. He continues with his own sometimes stressful career and how he himself became transformed into a calm and stress-free person.


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The 6th Step: Balance

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In perfect balance we have from everything equally. Moving out to gain more of one side will always result in having less on the other.

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We experience complete balance when our emotions and desires (shown in the figure as the blue channel) work in perfect harmony with our actions (the yellow channel). On such days everything will be in the flow and even the most grumpy person will not be able to spoil your day but on the contrary might be shocked about the big undisturbed smile you might give him.

Most of us surely have enjoyed such days but when it comes to keep this pleasant state we might have ended up with a big question mark.

The 6th Step:

It is easy to say “find your balance” but unfortunately it is not that simple. We first have to understand what  throws us out of balance and the effect of it on our subtle system. Only then we are able to make changes.

Imagine an airplane with only one wing, or one wheel. Everyone knows that it will never take off. The same principle applies for our subtle system. If we have only developed the right channel but not the left or vice versa we might face difficulties to reach our objectives.

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If we go too much into our left channel representing our emotions, desires or the past we lose touch with our right channel which is the power of action. This can result in continuous drowsiness, lethargy, exhaustion, feeling depressed and in a later stage becoming suicidal.

sunIf we push ourselves too much into the right channel, thinking a lot and constantly planning the future we lose touch with our left channel which is our emotions. This results in a lack of attention, restlessness, becoming more impatient and ending up with outbursts of anger or violent behavior.

When we are in balance we are in the present moment. In this state we are in complete control of our thoughts – if we want we can think, if we do not want we can stop our thoughts. We are not dragged down by our emotions nor are we beaten up by our demands and expectations what we have to reach. Everything we do becomes effortless and enjoyable.

-test-clipart-9Here is a small test:

Take a pen and a paper and over the day (maybe every hour) check in on yourself and see what you were thinking right then.

Write it down.

At the end of the day determine if your thoughts were more about the past or the future. This will give you a good idea if you tend to go into your left side or into your right.

Another test:

Watch people around you and try to determine if they are moving in the left channel (past, emotions, desires), in the right channel (futuristic, dynamic, thinking a lot) or in the center channel (balanced and in harmony with oneself and others).

The Goal

Thoughtless Awareness

Finding your balance means first of all to start being in the present moment by becoming thoughtless.

One can compare it with the state of a child. Children do not think about the past or the future. They are most of the time in the here and now. Therefore their attention is complete and can absorb everything around them apart from having seemingly unlimited energy that is not wasted by thought processing.

The Exercise

With the awakening of our Inner Energy, the Kundalini, balancing our left and right side becomes simple. When you meditate your Kundalini helps you to clear your thoughts and to calm down your emotions. If you have not done the guided meditation to awaken the Kundalini, yet, then see Step 1.

During the week-days there are live on-line meditations from 8:00-08:30 PM Eastern Time which you can join here: http://live.sahajameditation.com
These live meditations are being recorded, so that you can meditate also at any other time of the day with a guided meditation, if you wish to.

Here is a meditation with simple techniques how to clear the left and right side. This will help you to come into your center and enjoy the state of thoughtless awareness.

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In the following workshop Shri Mataji shows more techniques to clear the left and right side with the help of different elements:

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I wish you a wonderful time full of balance and joy,

Your’s, Angi

The Art of Not Getting Angry

Who was not once in a while in a situation where anger was rising up inside, and we had to keep on smiling, teeth-grinding? Maybe with a boss who threw back  files (which cost a lot of over time for weeks) remarking he needs something different, and needs it ASAP. One option would be  to throw the job (and the files as well) , into the next trash-bin, or to hit the next innocent substitute (i.e. a wall) or simply to gulp down any angry feelings and get a stomach ache. No matter what course of action we take, the end result is the same – we are the ones who are up-set and angry whereas the other one might feel very comfortable and happy.

So what to do? Ok, ok, I know, I am repeating myself, but really, it helps: meditate! 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the evening and you might become a real anger manager! To understand how it works let’s go deeper into the mysteries of the second energy center, the Svadisthan which is actually a very important energy center for us modern, planning and thinking people. If this center is in balance, anger will not visit us.

 The Svadisthan

– center of pure knowledge, creativity, pure attention and intellectual perception

In our subtle body we use this center to be creative, to think and to plan. On the physical side, situated in the abdomen (the aortic plexus), this center provides certain organs with energy such as the liver, kidneys, uterus, spleen and pancreas.

The most important physical function of this center is that it breaks down fat particles in the abdomen to replace the grey and white cells in the brain, and so generates the energy which fuels our thinking. Excessive thinking and planning overworks this process, exhausts this center and creates heat. This heat shoots up along the right side into the left temple and into the ego, causing it to inflate into a balloon that blocks the central channel. The entire system is thrown off balance.

A tingling on the right thumb, or a sensation of warmth or heaviness indicates that this energy center is overworked with too much thinking and planning, producing excessive heat, thus creating stress feelings that might easily erupt in an angry outburst. So when our boss is asking us to work overtime, or work extra hard to finish something, we are very likely putting extra strain on this center. When this center is under strain, eruptions of anger can result!

How to keep cool

Regular Sahaja Meditation helps a lot to balance this center and keep inner peace, no matter the outside circumstances. Your boss might be yelling, but it won’t affect you!

In addition to the meditation you can cool down this center by putting an ice-pack on the right side of your abdomen.

We also recommend to do a foot-soak every day, best in the evening before you go to sleep as described  in the Meditation Tips on page 6 (that you can combine with your 10-minutes-evening meditation).

And here it is – our special 10-minutes meditation to keeping calm in every situation

(sit wherever you like, the most important thing is to feel comfortable)

    1. Awaken your Inner Energy:
      Here is a guided meditation (approx. 10 Min.) to awaken your Inner Energy by the founder of Sahaja Meditation, Shri Mataji.  If you went through it already skip step 1). 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).
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    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. Balancing your Right Side (to allow the heat to escape):
      With your right hand open in your lap, bend your left arm upward, with your left palm facing the back. You can ask your Inner Energy:
      “Please remove all imbalances and heat of my right side”
      Sit like that for several  minutes and allow your Inner Energy to clear your right side
    5. Then put your left hand on the right side of your abdomen, the right hand on the lap, palm upwards. That will help particularly to cool down the center. Meditate like that for several minutes.
    6. 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”.
    7. End the meditation again with ”raising the energy” and giving yourself  ”a bhandan” (shield of protection).

If you meditate like this for some time you will find that you can keep a cool head in most situations, and react in a balanced way which at the end is beneficiary for everyone, most of all for yourself. You might even find yourself smiling with amusement where others might explode – it really happens!

I wish you a wonderful calm and anger free week!

Yours, Angi

Meditate Away Your Stress (including a 10-minutes-meditation for home)

Back to normal life again after the holidays? Missing the peace and relaxation? Feeling as if you cannot keep up with everything on your head? And then someone comes your way saying: hey, spend some more time (exactly that what we do not have) to meditate?

It is true, it might take 20 minutes more of your day’s schedule but it’s effects are priceless! Here is an interesting description what ‘stress’ really is:

Stress is the individual perception of losing control of his or her own life, a miss-match between expectation and reality. It is not the external events that are stressful but our perception of them. Thus stress may be viewed as an inner phenomena rather than an outer event.

Does it mean if we can change our perception we become more calm? Listen to what Brenin tells us how meditation helped him:

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Now, if stress is something created inside ourselves then how can we un-create it? Here is a short film (about 7 minutes) from India explaining how stress is created through an imbalance in our subtle system and how Sahaja Meditation can help:

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So, as we have learned now how stress is created by an imbalance in our subtle system, more precisely by an imbalance of either the left channel or the right channel we can easily counter it by just balancing these two channels. So here it is, our weekly meditation guide:

A 10-Minutes-Meditation on Balancing The Right and Left Channel

(sit wherever you like, the most important thing is to feel comfortable)

  1. Awaken Your Inner Energy
    The meditation will only work when you have awakened 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).
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  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. Balancing your left side: Put your right hand down towards the earth, keep the left hand open on your lap. You can ask your Inner Energy:
    “Please remove all imbalances of my left side”
    Sit like that for several  minutes and allow your Inner Energy to clear your left side

    Balancing your Right Side: With your right hand open in your lap, bend your left arm upward, with your left palm facing the back. You can ask your Inner Energy:
    “Please remove all imbalances of my right side”
    Sit like that for several  minutes and allow your Inner Energy to clear your right side
  5. Then keep both hands on your lap, palms upwards,  keep the focus on top of your head.

    If you feel like it have some pleasant music.
    In this time we allow our inner energy as well as the all-pervading power around to work on us – we do not need to do anything, just surrender to it.
  6. 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”.
  7. End the meditation again with ”raising the energy” and giving yourself  ”a bhandan” (shield of protection).

view detailsHere one small tip how to find out which side is in imbalance (you can only feel this when your Inner Energy is awakened as only with this awakening you become aware of – what we call – vibrations):
Hold out both your hands, palm upwards. Now feel if your hands are cool or warm. You might discover that there is a difference between both hands. If one hand is warm or hot it indicates that this is the side of the imbalance.
If your left hand is warm your left side is out of balance. That means that you may feel very emotional or depressed. If your right hand is warm of hot it tells that the right side is out of balance. That means that you might be overworked and stressed-out. If one or both hands are cool it means that the respective sides are in balance.

I wish you a peaceful and relaxed week and that in any stressful situation you can face it like a rock in a storm, calm and strong.

Yours, Angi

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