Conditions for Practice
It is vital that you have a place of privacy and solitude where you will not be disturbed by distractions, outside stimuli or other people trying to make contact with you, and where you will not be self-conscious about anything that goes on in your meditation. Your meditation room should be free of obstacles with space for movement so that you feel free to allow movement to take place should it present itself.
Although your initiation will initially have you sitting up straight, your sadhana should not to be limited to the idea of “sitting” for meditation if shakti determines otherwise. It is good to have a mat on the floor for this practice. It is not important that you only sit, not lie down or stand up, not fall asleep, vocalize, move, etc. There are no rules during your sadhana. You are free.
If your present situation does not meet this criteria, just do the best you can and work towards improving your conditions.
Any compatible practices that you may now be doing can continue at other times, although you may find that they come up in the practice of Sahaja Yoga on their own, in their own way. Because this can be confusing and create doubts, it may be prudent to abandon other meditation practices.
The following link will take you to an earlier blog that describes some of the conditions for practice as set forth in ancient mystical writings. As you read, you must ask yourself what the purpose of the instruction is and how that can be achieved in our modern, western world.
Length of Sessions
You will need one hour each day. If you can’t find at least an hour a day for God, this sadhana is probably not of sufficient interest to you to produce any results. If you are serious and eager to make progress, two consecutive hours is best.
Finding two consecutive hours a day may be difficult for those who have jobs and families, even if there is genuine interest. If this is you, stick to your hour diligently until you can extend the time when you are ready. To extend the length of your practice sessions, you might try an hour at two different periods of the day until you can work out a way to put them together into one session in order to prevent interruption of your daily sadhana. The sooner you can do this, the sooner the sadhana will work its magic and give you results that will make getting yourself into your meditation room tantalizing and easy.
Next week, “Great Expectations.”
List of installments on Sahaja Yoga
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