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Spreading The Gaia Minute message

Practicing The Gaia Minute

  1. What if I can't practice EVERY day?

    In the beginning of any new practice, it can be difficult to get into the flow of daily practice.But if we can set an intention for practicing regularly, then over time we will find that it has manifested.

    To help it manifest, you could use memory 'ticklers' like pre-set alarms on your cell-phone. I've also found that it helps to tell others because not only might they join you, but they may remind you as well.

    I personally find that it does not help to chide ourselves if we miss a particular day. That lowers vibration where we are seeking to raise it.

  2. What if I can't practice at 9:09 am OR pm?

    Flexibility about the actual time is 'built into' The Gaia Minute message from the beginning; yet many of us are finding that 9:09 has a special pull.

    Still as Swami Shraddhananda who brought this message to us said,

    Every hour, somewhere, it will be 9:09." The important thing, is to connect in our hearts to others who we can sense are practicing at that time.

    Some of us find that another time is suitable to us, or 'calls' to us.

    This may be a time when we have already been in prayer or meditation. If The Gaia Minute practice of prayer without asking for anything can meld with your regular practice, please do continue at this time.

    Please consider also, if both morning or night at 9:09 in your time zone, does not work for you, that you may also define time by the word MUHURTA, the moment of NOW. As noted, at 9 past the hour, someone, somewhere, will eventually be part of this prayer project and will be meditating with you.

    Swami Shraddhananda

     

  3. Why 'pray'? Is something 'bad' going to happen?

    The word 'prayer' has come to mean asking for something, specially asking to remove something that causes us dis-ease.

    In The Gaia Minute message, however, the word 'prayer' has been used in its pristine form, which in every religion of the world, signifies a connection to our highest source, a state of surrender, or just BE-ing.

    Prayer is therefore not because something 'bad' is going to happen, but because something 'good' happens when we connect to the wholeness that we are. We begin to sense that inter-connectedness of everything and everyone on earth.

    At every moment whenever there’s a connection, that’s prayer.

    Swami Shraddhananda

     


    And perhaps that will help us to  see both 'good' and 'bad' times in another light!

    Links:

    Gaia Minute Prayer by Swami Shraddhananda

    Quotes about Prayer





  4. I'm spiritual, not religious. Does this relate to me?

    Yes of course!  After all, we are all a part of Gaia, or Mother Earth.

    However you describe your convictions or your practice, the basic message of The Gaia Minute is :

    This project asks only that you observe solemn and spiritual silence with gratitude for our Mother Earth and all the ways she cares for us as part of herself. May we understand in our hearts how deep and true and powerful her Mother-love for each of us is. We are some part of her. May we be mindful that our highest qualities are a reflection of her highest qualities. May we be mindful that our Mother Earth is the source of all sustenance and the nurturing of our very lives. In contemplation, may we realize truly our inextricable ONENESS with our Mother Earth.

    ~ Swami Shraddhananda

     


  5. How will I know if I'm doing it right?

    There really is not a right or wrong way to be in prayer or meditation. However,  when we connect to something deeper than our everyday reality, there is a sense of stillness or peace or heightened awareness or sensitivity.

    This feedback helps us to feel that we have done things 'right'. If you are feeling that something was not right, you could stay in the state of prayer/meditation/contemplation for a while longer, till that feedback comes to you. It is not unlike healing, which also means becoming whole.


    We don't need to worry about WHAT WORDS or HOW we pray, our Higher Self HAS the right words. We all know and have experienced that at the level which we are talking about, the LIGHT,the VIBRATIONS, the ENERGY is what matters. ANY PATH, ANY WORDS can create them as long as we are humble, sincere, and honest in our prayer.


    Just pray in total surrender....

    ~ Swami Shraddhananda


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The Gaia Minute and Me

  1. Can I link this website to mine?

    We invite you to link our website to yours, and are in the process of  developing banners and logos to help you to do that.

    [Would you like to help with that?]

    We also would like to provide a reciprocal link to your website, provided that it meets our guidelines.

  2. I am not really a 'groups' person, I like to be alone.

    It is a truism that sometimes we need to be completely alone in our physical space in order to feel connected to what we sense as a deeper reality.

    Perhaps that is why, though you like to be alone, The Gaia Minute initiative calls to  you. You don't need to be in physical space with anyone else in order to feel connected. If the sense of feeling connected to people does not appeal to you, perhaps it is a  connection to nature, or inner space, or something deeper that calls to you.

    Whatever be the reason, there is no need to change yourself in order to practice The Gaia MInute.

    Some thoughts on Shared Experience.

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Spreading The Gaia Minute message

  1. Why are numbers so important?

    From the beginning, even before we called this initiative The Gaia Minute, the message has been for 1,500-2,000 people to pray together.

    While prayer, contemplation and meditation can be solitary or group experiences, The Gaia Minute is specifically a call to connection.

    The word Gaia itself can be thought of as a word for inter-connection.


    As long as we have numbers in each group, it will focus the Light in a tight healing beam from that group.

    At every moment whenever there’s a connection, that’s prayer.

    Swami Shraddhananda

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