On 02/01/2017, we held a meditation and healing class at Yoga West:
A recipe for living in interesting times
When we are anxious, at odds or even depressed with the way external events are going, often we are unsure that we can contain or meet the challenges that are presented to us. This can come from self denial. We doubt our strength, endurance, wherewithal to keep up and our ability to lead. Self denial can also cause chronic insecurity and crushing self doubt. We worked on mitigating that with the meditation http://www.harinam.com/meditation-nm0394-live-above-denial/.
If we can repair our inner projection and feel comfortable in our skin we can then modify how we are trained to relate with externals. Where we have withdrawn or checked out from what is going on around us and separated from other people we can reengage and participate again in reality. For that we performed the meditation http://www.harinam.com/meditation-for-faculty-of-self-engagement/
We performed healing exercises that reestablish the flow of prana between the hara and the heart chakra. Prana from the earth enters the hara. The flow through the heart supports our intentions and stamina. This can resolve obstacles in our life. Balancing the hemispheres of the brain also supports this.
Meditations: la0967-division-and-oneness “You know each other, because you were all born in the same time and space as a batch of the third millennium. No matter where we live—we have all come to the planet Earth. You know that you are here. Do you accept that everyone knows everyone? Do you ever go up to someone and say “Hi, you are here, I am here!” without knowing the person’s name? Whenever dealing with people, remember you are here along with everyone else all of the time.” – Yogi Bhajan
Balancing projection with intention Yogic scriptures tell us of the four stages of the mind: normal awareness, the dream state, total mental rest, and total awareness. Mastery of this meditation enables the practitioner to master these four levels of the mind. It can create a mental equilibrium so that our expression will be consistent with our intention.
Contemplating our intention will align our intention with our identity.
When we feel badly about what is going on around us, and feel helpless to do anything about it, we are denying who we are and separating ourselves from it. Rather, we should know the self that is equal to the challenge and engage it rather than separate or shrink from it.
About this page
After the women’s march, it is useful to contemplate what comes next. As individuals, a community and a nation, men and women, we can look first within ourselves to know our light, find our strengths, and gather the means for making an effective impact that will heal our communities and bring them together, local and global. Then we can reach out and join with others communicating our ideas and plans.
I have begun this page as a means of reminding us of the motivations that brought everyone together and as a means of sustaining the internal space that it opened in us through that experience. It is a collection of meditations that I feel will contribute to that intention. All the meditations were given to us by my teacher, Yogi Bhajan. They come from the tradition of Kundalini Yoga, which is simply a technology that gives us tools for living a happy life. Continue reading “Meditation: For contemplating what comes next after the Women’s March”
Place elbows at your sides with your Jupiter and Saturn (index and middle) fingers stiffly pointing straight up and your thumbs covering the other fingers. With your eyes closed look at your chin from the inside. Whisper the mantra:
“The greatest thing you can do is rise in the early morning and do a sadhana – a practice to energize the body and refine your mind. Most of us rebel and go crazy rather than get up early. There are two special time zones, when you have to enrich your mind: one in the morning, from 4am to 8am, and one in the evening, from 4pm to 8pm. These are natural moments that have a tide of energy within you and without. The sun and Earth have a special relationship and angle at those times that affect your mind and your energy.” Yogi Bhajan