The mantra meditation which takes one into meditation with a lot of ease is Sahaj. Sahaj means natural or effortless and Samadhi is the state of equanimity. With the help of the personalized mantra the practitioner can easily experience deep meditation. One is initiated into the practice by a trained instructor.
The meditation is done sitting straight with the spine erect. Regular practice releases stress, improves mental focus and cultures the mind for a qualitative pause every day. It brings about a pleasant state of being that spills over in our relationships at home and work, while also improving our verbal and non-verbal communication. Who doesn’t like a coworker that is pleasant, loving, and producing results!
Founder of the Art of Living and master of this technique Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “In Samadhi, that very deep state of meditation, you are given energy and long-lasting bliss. It carries you higher and higher until your very presence radiates love.”
Offered as part of The Meditation Retreat, this technique is a rare combination of simplicity and depth. Though it involves no effort, this ancient and rare meditation technique brings you profound restful awareness, which dissolves deep rooted stresses and gives you clearer thinking, more energy, enhanced performance, better physical and mental health, improved relationships, and greater peace of mind, among others.
Research on the effects of Sahaj Samadhi Meditation on cardiovascular health, nervous system and clinical depression received the award for best research at World Psychiatry Association in 2017. The research paper cited that adding this technique to traditional treatments for patients of late-life depression was five times more effective than traditional treatments. And, in contrast to traditional treatments, this was free and had zero side effects or withdrawal symptoms, unlike medications.
Sahaj is technically called an ASTM, that is automatic self-transcending meditation that does not require any external control or direction. The effects of Sahaj Samadhi meditation have been striking in the treatment of clinical depression symptoms. Where the remission rate for traditional treatments stood at 10%, the remission rate for patients who added Sahaj Samadhi meditation to traditional treatments was as high as 53%.
Sahaj Samadhi is also known to improve heart health. Studies showed a Sahaj practice significantly improved the high-frequency heart-rate variability, a key indicator of heart health in the long term and an overall indicator for longevity.