“Meditation gives us a natural and spontaneous life, a life that becomes so natural and spontaneous that we cannot breathe without being conscious of our own divinity.”
Sri Chinmoy, Meditation: man’s choice and God’s Voice, part 1, Agni Press, 1974
Meditation can do many things for us. It gives us a peaceful, stress-free life. It stimulates and nurtures our creativity. It helps us to have a sound mind and a healthy body. And last but not least, it opens the door to a higher realm inside ourselves, where we communicate with our higher self, our soul.
Frequently asked questions
“What kind of meditation do you teach?”
Our meditation is based on the spiritual philosophy of our teacher Sri Chinmoy. There are many similarities with other forms of meditation, but the most important element in our meditation is that we meditate on the spiritual heart. Also music plays an important role in our meditation practice.
“I find it very difficult to still my mind and quiet my thoughts.”
You are certainly not the only one. We’re so used to thinking that it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to break our habit of thinking thoughts. But if we practice meditation regularly and sincerely, we gradually learn how to control our thoughts and quiet our mind. The first results already show themselves after a few weeks of regular meditation.
If you want to learn to play the piano, you also need to practice every day. Meditation is no different. If you want to control and calm your thoughts, then regular practice is the answer. In our meditation classes you will also learn how to meditate on the spiritual heart. By remaining in the heart it becomes much easier to calm your mind and thoughts.
“How long should I meditate?”
It depends on your meditation experience. For a complete beginner 10-15 minutes a day is fine. But the most important thing is not how long you meditate, but how sincerely, soulfully and focused you can meditate. Merely sitting still with your eyes closed is not meditation.
If you become more advanced you can gradually lengthen the time of your meditation. This is something you will have to feel intuitively. If you become tense or you feel pressure in your head, then you probably meditate too long or in a wrong way.
“Can I meditate alone?”
Yes, you can. But if you meditate with others you receive more inspiration and you can more easily reach a deeper meditation. Group meditation is very efficient, because we all help one another in our focus and concentration. In the end both group meditation and individual meditation are important.
“How do I know if I meditate well?”
If you meditate well, at the end of your meditation you will have a good feeling about yourself and the world. You do not feel worried or troubled; instead you have a spontaneous and peaceful feeling of joy and happiness, that is not depending on what happens around you or in the world at large.
The benefits of meditation (video)
In this video Jogyata Dallas explains the benefits of meditation. Jogyata has been a meditation student of Sri Chinmoy for over 35 years. His deep wisdom and knowledge about meditation have helped countless seekers worldwide.