Twenty years ago, my life changed dramatically.
It wasn’t because I was living in a former communist country which had just awakened to the dual reality of a freshly gained freedom; facing the harsh truth of learning to walk with dignity through the ruins and pains caused by our country’s recent dictatorship.
It wasn’t due to being a young, 20-year-old who just got married to a colleague, both of us in our 2nd year at university, holding down full time jobs and leading extremely busy lives.
Indeed, it was for a much different reason entirely that my life took a complete turn. I had just started to do Sahaja Yoga Meditation and met the founder of this practice, Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi. That is the event that would change my life forever.
In a hall filled with 4,000 people, I found my deepest questions on life and spirituality answered; and my sense of guilt (quite common in that space and time), lifted up and removed, never to return.
Such a profound experience that touched body, mind and soul – all integrated in a state of inner joy and exuberance, while my cells were bubbling with fresh, mint-like coolness.
At that time, I was a promising Hatha Yogini, but I settled with continuing my journey with Sahaja Yoga meditation instead. I discovered it was so much more than just a ‘fitness practice’. People of all ages could actually BE in it and excel in it.
The reactions from those who have experienced this practice are impressive. Take, for example, Carmela’s “Christmas’ Flashlight through the Woods of Life” or the unforgettable reactions in front of 200+ people from Youth Class members at “We are One” Art Centre Program.
This week, Brent Fidler, originally from Winnipeg and now living in Vancouver, journeys home to the prairies to meet up with Toronto yogini, Paula Erskine. The two have come together in the heart of Canada to lead a free meditation marathon, open to the general public, that consists of five introductory sessions to the spontaneous meditation, kundalini – Mother Earth’s healing energy, and inner peace through the connection that is known as zen state or yoga. Energy balancing techniques are also being explored.
Organizers ask those interested in attending to bring an open mind and a keen heart towards one’s self realization.
More details here or contact SahajaYogaWinnipeg@gmail.com