Hi, Is there a specific time to meditate? Also do clothes matter in meditation? Like can a person meditate wearing boots and jacket due to coldness? So how can a person meditate in a cold room especially during a cold season?
The time to meditate is when you can do it regularly.
Recommended are dawn (just after awakening), twilight, high noon, and midnight. Another time is in the evening, just before bedtime. It’s also easier to meditate on an empty stomach 2 – 3 hours after meals. So set aside the same time or times each day for your meditation.
Yes, God is one, and in “His” true essence He is beyond any human understanding. To understand His eternal essence we have to go beyond our human level, and meet Him on His own level, by expanding with our formless soul into in “heaven”, into Eternity, beyond time, space, gender, and definitions.
Sir, I am meditating since January this year but I still can’t concentrate more than 2-3 seconds. My mind chatters all the time whether I am meditating or not.
But on the other hand, in spite of my failing in meditation, I am getting a lot of benefits. e.g., I am now less short-tempered and my attitude has started changing. I am becoming closer to God. My relationships are a bit better now... Why is this so?
These are your first six month of meditation. Meditation for you is still young, like a child. It needs some time to grow up. One of the secrets of success is patience. Patience, it has been said, is the shortest way to God. “Keep going” is the best advice I can give you.
Thank you so much for your answer to my question of how to heal two families. You said healing depends on my faith and receptivity of the other family. If my faith is stronger, then will the prayer work even if their receptivity is not so strong, or is their receptivity equally important?
Think of it this way — it is like an equation. Just as 50+50 =100, so does 99+1=100. The "99" might represent enlightened Masters who can always heal, as long as they feel it is Divinely ordained for the person involved.
So do your best. Sometimes the receptivity can simply be a quality in the heart center, some good karma from the past, but seen only by God and Guru.
I have been meditating for about a year. Basically since my meditation I have been feeling a constant tingling in my body, it feels as if my actions are a lot slower and I am more aware. This tingling won’t leave so I’m making sure it’s okay, right?
Andy, may I assume that this tingling sensation continues during your waking activities, and not just during meditation?
The experience of a tingling sensation is not at all uncommon in the practice of yoga and pranayam and meditation, though to have it all the time is a bit unusual (you didn’t say exactly how long, however).
Our abundance externally seems to be linked to our realization of our Divine abundance internally. How does Karma interface with this? Also I think that the more I love God the less I need to ask others for wisdom. And the more I realize that my “truth” is not the truth others may perceive for me. Thank you for responding. Blessings to you.
In pg 27 of "How to Love and Be Loved" , Master talks about friendships of past incarnations and doing our best to sow the seed for future.If a very good friendship has ended on a nasty note within families,with broken heart,accusation and counter-accusation, can prayer on my behalf help to restore normalcy in the relationship between the family? I hope so.
Healing depends on the power of the healer and the receptivity of the patient. Paramhansa Yogananda
Strengthen yourself as a healing instrument through your pracitce of meditation, and by reading the healing prayer section on this website (left). Read a little bit each day and watch the videos. Use the prayer techniques taught there.
In addition to the regular prayers, please get a photo of the family, and hang it on the wall, or place it in a special prayer notebook. When you look at the photo, think of your family as being happy and well. Then "talk" to the feuding members, from your heart., silently or aloud. Think of your words as golden light, blessing them all. Ask them to resolve their differences for the sake of family harmony and love. Feel this light and love surround them in the photo.
We are all connected and by addressing them in this manner, they will receive the helpful thoughts, bit by bit. Everyone wants to be loved and understood... So please say the words with love and emapthy for all concerned.
Try to inspire your family to use kind and courteous language with each other.
Unkind words are ruthless murderers of life-long friendships and of the harmony of homes. Banish unkind words from your lips forever, and make your home life safe from trouble. Sincere, sweet words are nectar to thirsty souls.
Make yourself attractive by wearing the fine garment of genuine courteous language. First, be courteous to your immediate relatives. When you can do that, you will be habitually kind to all people. Real family happiness has its foundation on the altar of understanding and kind words. Excerpt: Spiritual Relationships, by Paramhansa Yogananda
Your family is blessed that you want to pray for them all. You can also ask for prayers in the healing prayer section, to augment your own efforts. God bless you.
I have been meditating daily for 10-15 minutes(based on my self learning of the techniques from Ananda’s website)
1) I experience very "cold/cool feeling" at my spiritual eye, soon as I feel energy coming upwards. Sometimes this feeling stays for the day and at times, it comes upon when I close my eyes and try to focus on my spiritual eye. Is that normal?
2) once I have felt sudden wave of shock running up my spine into the spiritual eye followed by intense pressure. Is this dangerous?
In answer to your first question, consider this sensation at your spiritual eye to be a blessing and a “re-minder” for you in remembering your connection to God and Gurus. Although many have not had this experience, it is not uncommon for spiritual adherents, yogis to have a feeling and an awareness at this point/center, called by many names, just a few examples being agna chakra, third eye, the pineal gland, Christ Consciousness Center. The main “point” (pun accepted!) is to remember Spirit and your personal Soul connection that far surpasses your identification with the body and to try and merge with the Divine through this “portal”. Getting to this “eye” is one of the physical highlights and goals of the pranayam practices of all yogis, specifically Yogananda’s Kriya lineage. Do you practice Hong-Sau? Energization Exercises? These beginning and lifetime techniques help us to awaken our inner prana, the kundalini, to do what I believe you have described.