December 2015

At the Threshold of A Sweet Surprise 2016:
Preparing to Receive Gurumayi’s Message

A Letter from a Siddha Yoga Student

December 1, 2015

Dear all,

Happy Holidays! During the month of December, people around the world are filled with the joyous spirit of celebration. This is a time when family, friends, and neighbors share good wishes and cheer.

On the Siddha Yoga path, this month gives us another opportunity to recognize the divinity in ourselves, each other, and our world.

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I read this inspiring letter last night before I went to sleep. This morning when I sat for meditation, I remembered the writer’s listening to the sounds of nature “with a curious alertness.” I decided to listen during meditation with the same “curious alertness.” As I listened attentively to the sound of my breath moving in and out, I was quickly drawn inside to the blissful space of the inner Witness.
Later, when I took my morning walk, I maintained that same attentiveness and noticed the beautiful shapes of the leafless trees and the lovely deep green of spruce and pine trees. That attitude of alertness kept me completely in the present moment, observing everything around me.
I feel this letter is truly helping me prepare to receive Gurumayi’s Message for 2016.

a Siddha Yogi from Massachusetts, USA

Since we are just one month away from A Sweet Surprise satsang and Gurumayi’s Message for 2016, I’m inspired to pause for reflection on 2015. Throughout this year, I have experienced a paradigm shift not only in meditation, but also in how I feel about this practice. Meditation has transformed from something that felt like I "should” do to an incredible gift that holds unexpected treasures, and, dare I say, adventure. Meditation has come alive for me. It is a living, growing, breathing, evolving, fluid, mysterious, humbling, creative, and compelling practice.
I bow at the Guru's feet with respect and gratitude for her grace and for the gift of meditation.

a Siddha Yogi from West Vancouver, Canada

I love this time of year, and I’m especially happy that in December, as the writer says, we have “another opportunity to recognize the divinity in ourselves, each other, and the world.”
When I read this letter, I was reminded that on the Siddha Yoga path, we are guided in advance so that we can prepare ourselves fully to receive Gurumayi’s teachings.  I am planning to listen to the webcast talk, The Power of Listening to Learn, The Power of Learning to Listen, as many times as possible.
I am extremely excited to receive Gurumayi’s Message in A Sweet Surprise satsang. And I’m looking forward to being with all of you in the Universal Hall.

a Siddha Yogi from Gandhinagar, India

As I read this letter after returning from a week-long Thanksgiving visit with extended family, I realized the profound value of the gifts that have come from the sustained practice of cultivating the virtues.
Over the years, my relationship to these holiday visits has transformed: I’ve moved from dreading them, to taking them as an opportunity to practice witnessing my state and develop a greater sense of tolerance and ease—to experiencing them as pure enjoyment, filled with love for my family. And nothing about my family had to change!
Welcome December! I can truly experience the love and joy of the season.
Thank you, Gurumayi, for teaching us to recognize the virtues as our own, and for giving us so much support in cultivating them.

a Siddha Yogi from New Hampshire, USA