Shanti cannot sit still or The First Step

by Sia Reddy

It must have been the fifth time during the morning meditation that Mum told Shanti to just sit still! But no use. She is fidgeting around, playing with the song book, and if there is nothing to grab near by, she plays with her toes, her trousers, her fingers…

Shanti!” Mum scolds again. “Please! I told you! Sit properly! Hands on your lap”. Shanti follows Mummy’s instructions for just about a second, until she finds the pattern of the carpet really interesting again and follows the lines with her fingers.

Ok”, says Mummy now. “Listen. Why do you meditate? Hm? Tell me.” Almost six years old, Shanti has heard a lot about vibrations and knows a lot of mantras, but she has not yet really thought about WHY she should be meditating…

To make Shri Mataji happy!” she replies. “That is also true.” Says Mummy. “Of course. But you really meditate for yourself and nobody else, not even Mummy”. “But why?” Shanti asks. “Why do I need to meditate?” “Mummy takes a deep breath and looks at Shri Mataji’s  picture. After about a minute she turns to Shanti and says “Look. When we meditate, all the bad things in and around us run away. We can feel happy and light again. But meditation is so much more than just sitting here. If you imagine meditation being a huge beautiful mountain, we have properly not even reached the first step. But you know what the first step is?Continue reading “Shanti cannot sit still or The First Step”

Self-Realization Given to 75 Teachers

At a Professional Conference for Teachers, a Workshop was offered which culminated in self-realization. The title of the workshop was “Self-Regulation: Using the Child’s Capacity to Regulate His Behavior: Help children overcome their negative behaviors through song, “Creative Relaxation” and yoga. Simple techniques will be shared that are powerful tools to shift energy from chaos to peace.

The Workshop was given three times to different sets of teachers. It began with music playing, relaxing classical music. Teachers were asked how they felt starting the session listening to music. Naturally, they all agreed it was enjoyable and relaxing. We talked about different things we do to relieve stress, some being productive, some not productive, like eating or shopping. I talked briefly how I practice meditation and what a huge difference it makes in my daily life. We agreed that a relaxed teacher is more effective in creating a relaxed atmosphere than a stressed teacher and that relaxed children are more predisposed to controlling their reactions than tense children.

The teachers then Continue reading “Self-Realization Given to 75 Teachers”