On our second day, we woke up to a beautiful sunshine and to Madhavi from the UK and Daisy from Italy joining the tour family.
We had a bag of lemons which we carried with us, some were going to be buried to vibrate the places we would visit.
Today, we had two programs planned, one at The British School in Tokyo and another at Ikebukuro in the evening.
During breakfast, we were approached by an Organizer asking us if we could listen to the speeches of his students, survivors of the Fukushima disaster, on how they overcame the crisis. We happily accepted and in return offered to lead a meditation for them. Suman (Japan), Katherine (Canada) and Sophie (Australia) guided a meditation and talked about the Motherly energy within us that takes care of us, gives us confidence and strength to help overcome all obstacles.
We also told them about how this energy helps us feel inner peace and when we asked the children if they felt cool and peaceful after the meditation, they all raised their hands. After listening to the children’s speeches, we realized that the people from Fukushima needed our attention and bandhans, and that for this reason the Divine made our paths cross.
One student named Koki talked about how he wanted to find a safer renewable energy so that Japan can get rid of all its nuclear plants and nuclear energy.
Another student talked about the contamination in Fukushima and the garbage left behind from the disaster. He also hinted at how Fukushima needed help to be completely rebuilt again and safer. He said that when they went to school the teachers told them: “Don’t touch the tree, don’t touch that … “
Once the students completed their speeches, the teacher expressed the desire to know more about Sahaj projects and to stay in touch. This spontaneous realization opened future possibilities to bring the Inner Peace Day project to the schools in Fukushima. What an incredible start!
The British School in Tokyo
We were invited to offer meditation sessions to students between ages 11 and 16 at The British School in Tokyo as part of their ongoing Well Being program.
The school was particular that the sessions need to be secular and so, we prepared materials suitable for the different age groups, derived from the Inner Peace programs, and other similar secular Sahaj sessions.
Our group had yogis and yoginis from England, Germany, Austria, Romania, Singapore and Italy, with a mix of experience and freshness with school children and a wide range of professional/academic backgrounds. The materials included some games to make the sessions more interactive, flute music to help settle the students down, if necessary, basic meditation techniques and some dance.
They had 11 sessions scheduled with about 21 children each, for a total of about 240 children. We split ourselves into 2 groups and started after a brief introduction to the teachers.
The initial Icebreaker games helped to bring the more shy students to the fore and participate in the sessions. We did a number game that measures attention span, composure and collectivity. Once we did the icebreakers, we went into self realization steps. The steps were simpler for the younger children and a bit more detailed for the older students.
We used terminology such as “using the Energy within to awaken one’s super power” and the children were able to connect really well. At the end of the self realization steps, we asked them to check for the cool breeze and then repeat the number game. In almost all sessions, they were able to achieve demonstrable improvement in all the qualities.
Then we did some music and dance to get them to engage and they loved the dancing. For the older students, we provided more background about ourselves and explained how meditation has helped each one of us tremendously in our regular lives.
In almost all sessions, the students reported feeling more relaxed and many were able to feel the cool breeze both over their own heads as well as over their neighbour’s. One student explained that:
“Meditation means to connect with the inner self and to feel the inner self.”
Another student felt a strong fountain of cool air, like a bubble, above his head.
One boy could feel all his chakras rotating he even asked if they would open up by poking holes in them.
The teachers’ interest also ranged from really curious to participating in the entire session and requesting for follow-up sessions and materials for conducting sessions on a regular basis. We hope that we can work out follow-up sessions for them.
We spent the afternoon in Yoyogi park surrounded by blossoming Sakura trees, some did leafleting, some practiced the Bhangra dance, the yogis from China and Hong Kong gave realization while playing a Chinese instrument called Hank, Amar played the flute, Ram played the tabla and Qasim sang.
One woman from Turkey sat and watched the Bhangra dance, she asked questions about the meditation, and took a flyer. She managed to connect with all three groups scattered across the park.
Evening Workshop in Ikebukuro
Later, as clouds started gathering, we made our way to Ikebukuro where we performed the day before. A few new people made it despite the thunder and the rain.
After a guided realization led by Qasim and Dimple, and translated by Hitoshi, Amar and Ram accompanied the meditation with a Raga which was followed by a workshop and a talk of Mother. The vibrations flowed almost immediately, the seekers were very interested and asked several questions.
After the workshop, we separated into groups to get dinner, then we all headed back home where we ended the day with a lovely meditation and footsoak guided by Nalini from Italy.