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We’ll celebrate the spiritual Christmas on Saturday, December 22nd with the annual 8-hour meditation.
The All-Day Christmas meditation is a tradition Paramhansa Yogananda started in 1931 as a time to worship God as expressed through the life the Christ, and to expand our awareness of the Christ Consciousness in our own souls.
This Christmas meditation is held by Yogananda disciples all over the world.
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Energization exercise and Yoga (Optional)
Before 10:00 AM – Set up your sitting area and be ready to start together at 10:00 AM sharp
10:00 AM – Prayer, Invocation, welcome, brief description of day
“Meditate deeply on Universal Christ Consciousness!”
10:15 AM – Chanting
10:30 AM – Meditation (1 Hour)
11:30 AM – Chanting
11:45 AM – Meditation (2 Hours)
1:45 PM – Music
2:00 PM – Mid-day break
2:20 PM – Chanting
2:30 PM – Meditation (45 minutes)
3:15 PM – Music and Chanting
3:30 PM- Meditation (45 Minutes)
4:15 PM – Music and Chanting
4:40 PM – Meditation (30 Minutes)
5:10 PM – Music and Chanting
5:30 PM – Meditation (20 Minutes)
5:55 PM – Closing Chant, Healing Prayer, Closing Prayer
6:00 PM – Conclusion
Here are some tips for the day:
***Please keep silence throughout the day.
Preparation: Rather than a heavy breakfast, eat light, easy to digest, foods—or fast. Some people like to bring a light snack for the midday break.
Clothing: Dress in loose, soft, comfortable clothes, a little warmer than usual, & a blanket or shawl. Don’t bring nylon clothes or plastic bags that cause sound.
What to bring: We will have the usual chairs and cushions, but you may wish to bring personal cushions or shawls. Bring earplugs and an Aum board if you use one. If you bring water, have it in a bottle which does not make noise.
What not to bring: Your mobile phone – or make arrangements so you can keep it switched off (not vibrate mode). Please don’t come if you have a cold with persistent coughing or sneezing, and please quietly leave the room if a coughing or sneezing fit occurs during the silent meditation. Wait for the chanting break to re-enter the hall.
Timing: Please come by 9:15 or 9:30 am if possible, set up your sitting area, energize, do maha mudra. There is a power when we sit and start together at 10:00 am, with prayer, chanting and deep meditation. The vibration builds throughout the day, so please stay all day if you can.
If you come later in the day, enter the meditation hall only during the chanting and music breaks, in order to keep silence in the temple during the meditations.