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Meditation Sessions 2020 via Audio Stream

Calming the Mind, Quieting the Heart: Shānta-citta

Taught by Siddha Yoga Meditation Teacher Swami Ishwarananda

This meditation session will examine the nature of the heart and mind within the context of the yogic tradition. You will further your study of Gurumayi’s Message for 2020 by learning why it is essential to bring the mind and heart into a tranquil state, and how the practice of Siddha Yoga meditation enables you to cultivate this tranquility and experience the Self.

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During the meditation period in this session, the letters of the mantra rose up from my heart. I felt that the mantra is my home, and I had the awareness that it is both the path and the goal.
 

Mexico City, Mexico

Since the beautiful Meditation Session came out, I started practicing it almost every day, sometimes focusing on the incredible wisdom of the introduction, other times only on meditation. When we began sheltering in place in Italy in effort to contain the Covid-19, I started practicing the session in its entirety every day.

I experience the benefit of this practice in the form of the title of this session given by Gurumayi: Calming the Mind, Quieting the Heart: Shanta- citta.

My mind is more calm and free to choose what to hear, what to watch, what to focus on during this challenging time around me. My heart is more serene and my ability to keep fear at bay is stronger.

Thank you, Gurumayi, for giving us this powerful tool to fight against the adversity of the present circumstances.

For me, repeating the title of this session is a potent antidote to the venom of panic!
 

Bologna, Italy

The analogy Swami ji used to describe the relationship of effort and grace was one I hadn't heard before. The image came to me as I began to meditate and helped me let go and glide to the still point within.
 
Today I returned to the meditation section of the session. I was so happy to see that there is now an option for an hour-long meditation. 
 

Massachusetts, United States

I am grateful for this meditation session. I had deep experiences of chanting and meditation. At the end of meditation I heard the word stripes arise from within. Throughout the day I contemplated this message. Journaling revealed to me that this could be a hint about the sometimes on-and-off quality of my sadhana: Sometimes I remember God. Sometimes I don't. This happens many times a day. Now I am putting together strategies that will gently change this pattern and help make focus, constancy, and perseverance more integrated virtues in my life.
 

Tennessee, United States

What an amazing and calming experience!
 
I felt like I had no ego. I was centered in my heart and happy.
 
I know I will be coming back for this experience again and again in future meditations.
 

Virginia, United States

During the meditation period I had two very distinct experiences. 
 
First, I realized that in the past I had been trying too hard and could actually soften my efforts and let go.  When I did that, I experienced an opening into an infinite space within and a deepening of awareness. 
 
Then, within that experience, I noticed that any thoughts, words, and images emerging in my mind were simply forms of energy arising and dissolving in the deep pool of pure Consciousness.
 

London, United Kingdom

I am so grateful for the sublime meditation experience that blessed me as I participated in this Meditation Session.
 
The meditation instructions given by Swami Ishwarananda gently led my mind and heart into the most serene, tranquil, and rejuvenating realm within, where I experienced the “Peacefulness of the Self.”
 

St. Laurent, Canada