Posts Tagged ‘Sahaja Yoga’

Science Fair 2017

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Boys participated in Peak Science Fair and then they presented their projects at Region VII Lower Science Fair at Ole Miss.  For Peak, they needed to create a hands-on stem activity.  So, they studied and created geodesic domes.  We took gumdrops and toothpicks so that each kid can create their own geodesic dome.

For Regional Science Fair, boys chose following projects.  When Arjun read about how Thomas Alva Edison experimented with different filaments to create a light bulb, Arjun wanted to do the same.  So, that’s exactly what he did.  He tested different filaments such as hair, copper wire, iron wire, wood, pencil lead, and nichrome wire, to see if they will glow or not.  He won 2nd place in the category of Physics and Astronomy in class I (1st – 3rd grades).  If interested, you can view his paper on lightbulbs.

 

My kids do a short meditation everyday so Kabir wanted to do an experiment to see that if the same guided mental silence technique will make a difference to the stress level of elementary and middle school aged kids.  He wanted to see if our method can be proven scientifically to be helpful in reducing the stress for his peers.  We encouraged him to experiment with an open mind.  He worked with 12 subjects (one of which was Arjun) for five consecutive days.  This was first experience of meditation for eleven of the twelve subjects.  He recorded the subject’s perceived stress score on the first day and then on the fifth day.  The result showed reduction of stress by 40% on average by fifth day.  Each day, he recorded their temperature, pulse and blood pressure.  After that he lead his subject through a guided relaxation technique that involved relaxing instrumental music, slow breathing and saying positive affirmations.  After the relaxation, he recorded the subject’s temperature, pulse and blood pressure again.  He requested a written comment from the subject about the experience on the first day and then on the fifth day.  Overall, it made a positive impact and showed that the relaxation technique did help in reduction of stress.

This experiment was so beneficial to him personally that hopefully, it will make an impact on him for life.  He won 1st place in the category of Behavioral and Social Science and also, won the best project award for 4th – 6th grade category.  If interested, you can view his paper on Mental Silence.

They also participated in “All About Space” organized by Peak Homeschoolers.  Arjun did the research about space stations very enthusiastically.  He did most of the work on his own.  The topic was very dear to his heart.  He created the Lego model of ISS.  Kabir used the model of the solar system that he had made with clay couple of years ago and wrote a poem about the solar system.

Spirit of Gandhi

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Celebration of 144th birth anniversary in Tupelo!

We have about couple of dozen photographs of Gandhi and a few of his quotes that gives spiritual insight into the legend that is a living inspiration to us all.

Gandhi himself said, “What a great thing it would be if we in our busy lives could restore into ourselves each day for at least a couple of hours and prepare our minds to listen to the voice of the great silence. The divine radio is always singing if we could only make ourselves ready to listen to it, but it is impossible to listen without silence.”

We have a small corner where we helped people who were interested to feel this inner silence. We had several people from different walks of life who came over to the exhibition. A few just sat and watched the Gandhi movie for a while. The most popular part of the exhibition for the kids was the depiction of the salt march near the seashore at Dandi.

Please join us between 10 and 4 at Lee County Library to celebrate a legend tomorrow again!

Every age has its greatest discovery. The greatest of all is inside of us.

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Every age has its greatest discovery. The greatest of all is inside of us. ~ Edward Saugstad

This is an inspiring story that demonstrates the power of knowing our self through daily meditation. The best part of it is that this story is one of many thousands. So, rest assured that this beautiful world of God is not going the get destroyed. It’s a beautiful world! All we need to do is look into us and expand our heart and fill it with love. Love can overcome all that’s destructive in this world.

Here’s the audio for the interview.

Say ‘No’ to Drugs, Turn To Sahaja Yoga for Help – Times of India

Thursday, February 8th, 2007

This is a nice article explaining how to combat addiction issues with Sahaja Yoga. It has introduced the concept of spiritual quotient, SQ. Never thought of it before but it makes complete sense as it is an important part of our well being.

My uncle was cured of alcoholic addiction because of Sahaja Yoga. This is what happened. Shri Mataji was visiting Mumbai. Because of electricity outage, her luggage could not be delivered to her apartment. So, her luggage was kept at my uncle’s place in his room. That evening, he sat down for his usual drinking session but he just couldn’t drink. He quit drinking that evening.

Why Should We Meditate?

Sunday, November 6th, 2005

Imagine yourself as a person overloaded with work, scrambling to meet a deadline or else stuck in traffic. In such situations, your muscles tense, your breathing becomes shallow, you start to sweat, your heart races and your blood pressure rises. Most of the time we may not be able to fight or flee – the two most natural responses to stress – such as in the case of traffic jam. So we remain chronically tense. Unfortunately, it is next to impossible to live in 21st century and not ever be in a stressful situation.

According to the American Institute of Stress, nearly half of all American workers suffer from symptoms of burnout, a disabling reaction to stress on the job. Stress can adversely affect every part of our body and mind. Therefore it is really important for all of us to know how to calm down and increase our threshold for stress. One of the ways is Meditation! I have been meditating since I was 11 years old and it has made me a more balanced person than I would have ever been. Hence today I’m here to persuade each one of you that each one of you should meditate to keep yourselves healthy in mind and body. In order to convince you, I’m going to inform you about the nature of the problem of over-stressed life and how it can affect us and then show you that the solution is Meditation and lastly the advantages of Meditation. (more…)