Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Sahaja Meditation Experience

In the zone
Well that was...interesting. I am still experiencing some lukewarm feelings towards Sahaja Meditation Yoga. The girls and I agreed to meet at the location, which was a community center. Great! I was totally looking forward to it. As a mom of two and just going through a week of illnesses with the youngsters, I viewed this time as a glorified napping session for myself. Was I ever wrong. First red flag, the girls and I were the only ones in yoga clothes, everyone else showed up in jeans. Second red flag, a framed picture of a stranger sitting on a table with a candle burning in front of her. Third red flag, the host. Fourth red flag, the room! It was tiny, there was NO way we were napping in this environment! Fifth red flag, minimal instruction and then WHAM! We were to close our eyes and not to open them again, until we were told it was OK to do so. Suspicious? Oh Yeah! I am thanking my stars that I had left my handbag in my car. My senses were certainly heightened as I scanned the room for any out of the ordinary behavior.
I know I have a LOT of red flags, but I really think the activity of meditation is valuable. When I was able to calm my mind, after I was self assured I was not going to be jacked in the room. It was enjoyable. The question I ask myself is, why does meditation have to be so strange? What's wrong with just hanging out in your room without a strange framed lady staring at you in flickering candlelight, and finding some time to reflect? My answer, NOTHING! Do what makes you happy. Is Sahaja Mediation for me? No. But I do see the validity in some kind of meditation, just do what feels right to you.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sahaja Yoga Meditation - "I felt emptiness in my head"

I found an ad on Kijiji about FREE 'Sahaja Meditation Yoga' offered in various locations throughout the city. Why not? ... It's free!

When I arrived at the location, I admit I was taken back. In my head, I had this vision - a white gymnasium, big windows, people sitting cross-legged on mats, complete peace and serenity. I wasn't expecting the wee little cement wall room & uncomfortable metal framed chairs. I had to remind myself ... 'this is free & this person is volunteering his time'. Luckily I remembered I brought a mat, so after my legs got numb I moved from the chair to the floor.

The 'yogi' told us about chakras, the flow of energy and blockages. At one point I saw Tasha and Reen's expression and almost busted out laughing. I know I owe you both a beverage for agreeing to try this out with me :) After some time, we did experience a guided meditation. I truly enjoyed this part and actually felt absolute silence in my head - hallelujah! (...that is, after I made sure my purse was still in close proximity!)

Would I go to this group again? no
However, I would try it on my own at home ... maybe before heading to bed
Cheers - Jennie

Sahaja Meditation Yoga.....what?

I will start off by saying that I am no Yogi or Yogini or whatever they call it. I wasn't going in to this and I certainly am not now. Since I believe in telling the true experience I will say going into tonight's yoga I really thought I was going to be robbed. I kept an eye on my bag the whole time. My eyes were supposed to be shut but I just had a bad vibe I guess. So what is meditation yoga...hmmm....well apparently I have a mosquito looking coil in my vajay-jay that needs to be fired up, it activates my Kundalini and in a circle like flow shoots some wind out the top of my head. Makes sense right...right!!! OMG What The??? So I think everyone should have quiet time to relax your mind from time to time. But the thought of doing this twice a day for 15 minutes boggles my mind. To me it seemed more like a religious ritual or something along those lines. They gave us a picture of some lady to put in a frame, told us to light a candle, sit cross legged in front of this framed lady and meditate to not for me! In spite of this I will say I still had a ton of fun with the girls. There were so many times that I had to control myself from laughing hysterically. Do I recommend Meditation Yoga...NO! But I do recommend trying new things with your girlfriends and laughing at yourself and each other! So much fun!!!! For some reason I feel like I have to end this with this quote "May the force be with you" ~Tasha~

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hunger Games - The Series

WOW!  These books are amazing.  Truly a must read.  There are three books in the series, book one is Hunger Games, book two is Catching Fire and finally the third book is Mockingjay.

The author is Suzanne Collins.  I'm pretty sure the books are classified as a youth read, but as an adult I thought the books were amazing.  I never felt like I was missing out on any "adult content".  I suggest that if you are interested in reading the books, get all three right away.  You will blow through book one like nobody's business and then you will hunger (pardon the pun) for the next two right away.  I actually didn't want these books to end, they were that good.  But on the bright side, now I can get back to my life and much needed housework!  Happy Reading!


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