“You’ve got to work on getting happiness”, or “You’ve got to work to make that dream job happen.” I have often heard people say such things, and make other such strong affirmations. Although, they can be empowering and can even help set goals to achieve in one’s life, there’s an underlying assumption that these things are currently non-existent in our lives and that we have somehow got ‘to work’ to make them appear and stay long-term.
Sitting quietly, it struck me how grateful I am to have heard the phrase “Be your own experiment.” It had been Daaji, Heartfulness Guide, who I heard say this. I recall it being like a breath of fresh air; a wonderful and unique idea I had never heard or considered.
I meditate because I enjoy being still in a volatile world. I enjoy seeing the connections between the thoughts and feelings that come during meditation. I enjoy the refreshing blankness without thoughts and feelings that come for a few seconds or many minutes of a meditation. I enjoy dipping for 30 minutes into the Eternal Stream, always accessible but unseen.
We asked two Heartfulness meditators to reflect on what they gain from practising Heartfulness. Bhupinder Pal Singh began Heartfulness meditation in 2000, and Alka Patel in 2006. Why do you meditate? Bhupinder: When I started meditation, my aim was to improve my interpersonal skills… now the reason is totally different. The main reason to meditate Read more about In the Spotlight: two Heartfulness meditators[…]
I’m sitting in the Colonsay hotel in front of a warming wood burning stove, and in typical Highland form, rain is lashing against the windows, making it seem like 4pm rather than 10am. I am reminded of our fuel stop outside the Green Welly Boot at Tyndrum on our way to Oban to ride on Read more about Soar[…]