Sunday, May 26, 2013

Day #3 Meditation Challenge - Meditate on LOVE and PEACE

Day #3 of our Meditation Challenge - Inundating ourselves with the Power of Peace.  I am so grateful to read the countless emails, and receive calls in how people all over the world who are sharing this 30 Day Meditation Challenge with their family, friends, and Yoga studios, and just putting it into their own individual day!  What a wonderful global Sangha we have collectively created!  While many of you have your own methods of meditation and just enjoy the unity, I will do my best to continue to provide options to aid in your journey towards a meditation practice.

Today's helpful tip is inspired by Sri Chinmoy, who taught meditation with the purpose to achieve inner peace or love.  He was considered an Indian Guru who brought his teaching to New York and then the world.  Many of his followers have achieved incredible world records in the field of athletics, music and fine art.  Sri Chinmoy is most widely recognized for his teachings on meditation for inner peace, and would often encourage followers to embrace prayer and self-less service as a way to enlightenment.  He encouraged followers to do their practice early morning (3-4 am is considered the hour of God, if not 6 am). 

He became a Guru for many famous people including Carlos Santana, Roberta Flak and Carl Lewis to name a few.  He was known to say “We are all seekers, and our goal is the same: to achieve inner peace, light and joy, to become inseparably one with our Source, and to lead lives full of true satisfaction.” 

Though Chinmoy was brought up as a Hindu, he promoted oneness of all religions and was also known for saying "True religion has a universal quality. It does not find fault with other religions....Forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, brotherhood and the feeling of oneness are the signs of a true religion"

He had a specific method for his meditation, but the overall message of using meditation for the expansion of peace and connection with the Divine to overcome limiting beliefs was an evident result in many of his followersHe himself would have devotees meditate on a black and white image of him that was said to be his "trancendental photograph", but emphasized to meditate on his human form but to unite with their own higher self, and use his image as a representation of higher consciousnessSadly, like many gurus their may be controversy attached to his name, and our society conditions us to find flaws, faults in leaders (this is something that is evident in our popular magazines).  This unconscious thirst for gossip or fault finding, results in us doing the same to ourselves, which is why we all would benefit from meditation in order to quite the noise. 
Today you have the option to use Sri Chinmoy's photograph to meditate on, or perhaps your own Guru, your Spiritual Leader, Savior, Deity.  Using an image that projects peace, love, and higher consciousness.  See if you can and become one with the consciousness of whatever positive image you chose to use.  This fixed image for your meditation is a representation of the spiritual liberation or Power of Peace that you desire to achieve in your own life.  See if you can inhale LOVE, inhale PEACE ~ Thanks again for joining in this Sangha.

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