Told by Ana Bianca – Ambassador for Peace on behalf of Sahaja Yoga Canada (IMUN, 2013, Washington DC)
– the photo album with many great photos is by the end of the story
The UNESCO IMUN camp was the perfect place to bring the attention of the young participants and organizers on meditation and its correlation with inner peace and how that affects world (outer) peace.
There were 8 Sahaja yogi representatives from countries such as Canada, France, Italy, Japan, U.S.A, and Belgium. Our goal was to conduct meditations, workshops, and as well be a fully immersed participant of the camp that had so many other activities and focuses.
On the first day, we had a collective meditation with all the students, and the majority of the staff which included about 80 people. They received an introduction to Sahaja Yoga Meditation and the significance and importance of their self realization. The meditation, organization and workshop was solely led by yuvas (young yogis-meditators).
The next few collective meditations were not mandatory but we were still happy with the numbers, where about 50 teens and young adults still came on their own at 8 o’clock in the morning. We decided to do more of an intimate meditation, where we meditated in 4 groups were 1 or sometimes 2 yuvas led the meditation and answered any questions. This way it was easier for people to open up in a small group where they get more attention. We also had collective workshop in these groups to make sure it was interactive and there was no gap between the yogi and the students and that their feelings and questions were heard and answered.
Every morning at 6 AM before breakfast, the yuvas would have a collective meditation, and at 6:30 after dinner we would have another collective meditation where we would invite any of the students to join us. We would have a meditation in a big circle outside under the trees.
The amount of seekers and the interest in meditation was so much more that we expected, and truly gave us purpose in being at the camp as sahaja yogis. Almost all the students felt something in their hands and around their body, and those who didn’t at the beginning did by the end of the camp, with a little personal attention.
The very last meditation was a mandatory one where we did a “detox” workshop where we had 50 students doing a footsoak, while the rest did a left side clearing with salt. It was nice to have so many of them let out some energy that they had been storing the whole camp.
The other nice thing is that meditation and its benefits was in the collective subconscious of all the participants of the camp. It was always brought up at various point of discussion, and the staff was so open and encouraging of their students to practice meditation as much as they could.
There were also students who didn’t know english well, but it was nice to see how the language barrier was not a barrier for vibration and spiritual understanding.
We have a few testimonials that show what some of the students felt after the meditation, make sure you don’t miss the video posted below.
At the very end of the camp, we had a multicultural performance night. Most of the yuvas took part in an Irish dance, but on our own, we performed a dance on Vande Mataram. We also performed a play that showed the creation of the world with Shri Shiva, Shri Adishakti, and Shri Ganesha ( deities/governors of chakras – the energy centres within – also known as archetypes in Jungian psychology).
We explained all this by narrating a story while the actors did various Bharatanatyam dance moves to show the visual representation. (video with the dance performances will be posted soon)
At the end, we all sang Jerusalem to represent England, the heart chakra of Mother Earth as well to represent the pure desire of the left Moon subtle channel for complete spiritual awakening and self realization – for individuals as well for the entire human race.
Representing Canada – An Honour
Most of all the invitation came as a surprise from the Canadian national council for sahaja yoga meditation as they based the decision all on vibrations. I did not even know that my name was submitted because my family did not participate in the survey. So it came as a real blessing to feel the love from my yogi family. Secondly, I had to submit several essays and complete other forms until the final acceptance received from IMUN camp – onwards I represented Canada in all activities and discussions.
Photo Album from IMUN Camp, USA, 2013 – with conclusion
VIDEO – INTERVIEW/ FEEDBACK from YOUNG PEOPLE on Sahaja Yoga Meditation @ IMUN
Ana Bianca’s conclusion: As a representative of sahaja yoga meditation and as a young university student I was very happy to meet so many young people from all over the world that were genuinely very interested in meditation and spiritually inclined. I am starting my second year at Western University, London, Ontario, in Health Science on a very cheerful note, knowing that humanity is in good hands with such young generations. 🙂
Other Testimonials from Young Meditators