Silent Group Meditations with Santosh Sachdeva
Aspirants who are practising The Eight Spiritual Breaths regularly and would like to sit for silent weekly group meditations with Santosh Sachdeva, may kindly write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Those who have not practiced the Breaths but would like to come regularly for the meditations, provided they are committed to the same, are also welcome to get in touch.
Please send a mail giving an introduction of yourself. This should include your age, where you stay, the spiritual practice you are following (if any) and if you are currently under the guidance of an organisation or a Spiritual master. You need to also mention what motivates you to join a Silent Group Meditation.
The Silent Group Meditations are conducted twice a week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
What is silent meditation about?
The word ‘meditation’ means contemplation. For example, we contemplate on a particular subject for better understanding. Or, before taking an important decision we ‘meditate’ on it , considering the pros and cons.
In silent meditation we sit quietly in a comfortable position, but with our backs straight (whether we are sitting on a chair or in sukhasan). We allot a time for the meditation and during this time there is no ‘doing’ involved, it is just about ‘being’. There is no focus on a mantra or a form, or any kind of concentration. It is just about being with whatever surfaces – whether it is a stream of thoughts, visions, light or darkness, peace or chaos, deep or shallow, or any other experience. In other words, silent meditation is about being with the moment and whatever it offers.
It is easy if you just relax and just flow with the moment. Meditation is simply the observation of what is happening in each moment. There is nothing to ‘achieve’ and nothing to get.
Invariably it is believed that the mind should be completely still in meditation, devoid of any thoughts. This can lead to frustration as the meditator struggles to empty the mind by trying to block any thought. Rather than identify with the thinking, the meditator needs to be the detached witness to the experience and allow the thoughts to flow. Witnessing means being the detached observer of whatever is happening in the moment. If thinking is happening, allow it to be so. The analogy often used in relation to thinking during meditation is that of clouds floating by in the sky. The clouds (representing thoughts) come and go, but the sky always remains clear behind the clouds. Identify with the blue sky, rather than the clouds.
Eventually the thoughts will become an entertainment rather than something to be avoided in meditation. In due course the thoughts will dissipate and an expanded state of awareness will spontaneously happen where seeking ends and true meditation begins.
In a group meditation your meditation may be completely different from someone else’s. Don’t compare or judge. If some group members are experiencing visions and sensations and you are not, understand that it is not important to have any experience. It does not mean your meditation is not happening, just be an observer to whatever is surfacing and in due course there will be stillness.