Stress Management through Sahaja Yoga
Ours is a restless age- an age where rapid changes in technology are causing a breakdown of old values and fragmenting our personality. The result of this is tremendous psychological disturbances, stress and tension. Happiness seems to be eluding us and we are constantly seeking answers. In the name of religion people of different countries and communities are waging a war amongst themselves. In fact, as Shree Mataji Nirmala Devi says, ‘We are waging war with ourselves, with our very being, how can we get peace? We make everything false in the name of truth, how can we discover light?’ Self-realization is the only way you can get the light in.
Sahaja Yoga is a simple technique of self-realization, wherein the dormant energy, which is inborn within you, is awakened and connected with the all-pervading cosmic energy. Sahaja Yoga is the gift of Shree Mataji Nirmala Devi to humanity. Self-Realization is the final aim of human existence. It is an empirically verifiable scientific method that explains how the very desire for becoming united with the Absolute is built within us as Kundalini. In the human nervous system there are different subtle centers, called chakras and they control the physical, vital, mental and spiritual well being of an individual. The chakras represent the different stages of evolution and within each chakra resides the particular qualities of the Absolute. The understanding of the delicate functioning of these chakras and the connection of the individual with his own Spirit is the aim of all Yoga.
Sahaja yoga meditation brings about an equilibrium between the sympathetic and Para-sympathetic nervous system response in the process knocking down the sympathetic dominance usually seen in stressful situations, and thereby helps prevent stress disorders. The technique is simple- it is a way of activating a mechanism- the kundalini- which is the divine energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine. This mechanism is the moving force of our enlightenment and is a living force, which seeks self-organization, self-regeneration and ascent. Through self-organization it sustains and protects the human system. Self-regeneration is its innate ability to heal, renew, balance and recycle. And, ascent is its ability to transcend the mind and body and to attain collective consciousness. Until recently the process was not available to ordinary human beings. But Shree Mataji Nirmala Devi has perfected a way to lead mankind into its next step of evolution. By Her extraordinary spiritual powers She has made this possible for each one of us. Sahaja yoga technique is spontaneous and effortless which can be practiced by anybody irrespective of their background, religious beliefs or way of life. One who practices Sahaja Yoga meditation, finds himself move into a different dimension which enables him to harness the unused sectors of the brain. Once this happens, a new supply of energy is available to us. The actual experiences of people moving into this level of functioning are a feeling of total inner silence, complete health and well-being. There is thoughtless awareness and the person feels a cool breeze of vibrations on the head and on the palms of the hands. Recent research conducted on varied groups of individual Sahaja Yoga meditators has revealed that the practice of Sahaja Yoga is accompanied by decrease in tension, anxiety, depression, neuroticism and hypertension. With meditation there is an experience of inner peace and harmony and one moves in the direction of greater self-control, self-awareness, actualizing one potential and thus moving towards happiness.