6 Feb 2023, Amritapuri Ashram
The daily evening bhajans at the Ashram are always filled with joy, laughter, love and peace. It is a time for the community to come together and connect with the divine through music and prayers. During one of these bhajan sessions, Amma was interacting with the kids, and one of them, Aravanid, was particularly restless. He was talking to other kids, bouncing in his grandfather’s lap, and generally acting very strangely.
Amma noticed this and called Aravanid over. She asked him to sit quiet and practice stillness. She told him not to move unnecessarily. Amma explained the need of being aware of each and every movement. “You should see your hands are moving. Listen what you are saying. You should see everything that you do. This will lead to meditation.”
Amma’s words were a reminder that mindfulness is a key aspect of meditation.
By being aware of our movements, thoughts, and emotions, we can achieve a deeper level of meditation. This awareness helps us to cultivate inner peace and connect with the divine all the time. Mindfulness can be practiced in every moment, not just during formal meditation sessions. Let’s all try to incorporate mindfulness into our daily lives, and see how it can transform us.