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We’ll celebrate the spiritual Christmas on Sunday, 23 December, 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.

The 23rd is the very day that Yoganandaji chose for this blessed “spiritual Christmas” celebration.

For nearly 50 years, Ananda has held their 8-hour meditations on this day, in communion with Yogananda disciples all over the world.

We’ll also celebrate the social Christmas on 25 December, expressing and sharing that joy through chanting, satsang, a children’s play, a divine mother gift exchange, and lunch.

Schedule on 23 December

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Energisation exercise and Pranayama (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, when tea, biscuits and dried fruits will also be available.

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: Guru Prem 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 hall during the meditations. There will be chairs in the dining room and meditation room downstairs where you can start your meditation on your own, until the chanting break. The dining room will also be for ‘overflow’ seating, and speakers will broadcast chanting and music from the meditation hall.

The chanting breaks, when you come into the temple and take a seat, will be at: 11:30, 1:45, 2:00-2:20, 3:15, 4:15 and 5:10. The programme will end with prayers at 6:00pm. If you leave the programme before 6:00pm, please leave during the chanting breaks, not during the silent meditation.