It sounds a great idea to give people the opportunity to reflect on some of the positive aspects of life. I find that there is always a tendency to slip back into thinking about mundane matters worrying about things like paying the next bill, and all those kind of material worries that can gain an undue hold on our mind. But, if we take time to reflect on some of the spiritual experiences we've had over the past few years, it definitely puts things into perspective and we become grateful we didn't spend the best years of our life - only in the pursuit of temporary material pursuits.
One thing that springs to mind; Sri Chinmoy said on quite a few occasions that when we take time to share the spiritual life with others, we will see our own faith renewed and re-invigorated. For example, it is a wonderful opportunity to share meditation classes with new seekers. Rather than spending an evening of just passing the time, we can re-live the experience of discovering a new world of meditation for the first time.
It would be enough just to offer a meditation class, but on quite a few occasions you meet people who have their life turned around by the opportunity to meditate, and come across the teachings of Sri Chinmoy.
In meditation classes, some seekers have experiences with Sri Chinmoy's transcendental picture which are really beautiful and profound. There is part of me, which thinks if only I could have those kinds of experiences myself! But, there is never any sense of jealousy because I really feel that if others are having a good meditation, it will definitely help your own meditation. I'm just grateful for the opportunity to meditate with others.
To come back to Jogyata's question what I have learnt in the past few years? One thing is that in the spiritual life, the more you share with others the more you benefit yourself. It is the opposite to the material world, where we can feel we are fighting for a limited share of scarce resources. In the spiritual life, there is no scarcity giving only increases the quantity.
I work as an economist, and in economics, we always teach that the fundamental law of economics is that of scarcity. Everything has an opportunity cost. If I eat all the pies, there's no pies left over for you. If there are 6 slices of pizza, and I take 5 slices you may have good reason to think me greedy
Yet through meditation, you can learn the fundamental law of economics definitely doesn't apply to the spiritual realm! There is no opportunity cost if I get inspired by a fellow seeker meditating well, that helps everyone. In the world of meditation, there is no austerity and limitation only the opportunity to discover and experience more.
Of course, the other thing I learnt on the path is not to eat all the pies, this wisdom has made me the cyclist I am today. But, if left over prasad is available remember `first come, first served!'