Week 3: Kundalini Meditation for Prosperity II

Benefits: “This meditation stimulates the mind, the moon center and Jupiter. When Jupiter and the moon come together, there is no way in the world you will not create wealth.” -Yogi Bhajan

Posture: Sit in a comfortable position that allows the spine to be straight and tall. You may sit cross-legged on the floor or seated on the heels. If you are not comfortable on the floor, sit in a straight back chair without leaning back and feet flat on the floor.

Instructions: Focus at the tip of your nose with eyes 10% softly open. With your elbows bent at your sides, fingers together, palms face down in front of you, with the right thumb over left, and tap the insides of the index fingers and palm sides together, separate, flip the palms up and tap the sides of the pinky fingers and palm sides together. On each tap of the hands, chant ‘Har’ allowing the navel point to contract slightly. Try to pronounce ‘Har’ with a rolling r allowing the tip of the tongue to touch the top of the mouth.

Duration: Minimum duration of 3 minutes, maximum duration of 11 minutes. Yogi Bhajan indicates that anything over 11 minutes would be ‘greedy’.

Reminder: Do not push through any breathing exercise that feels uncomfortable. If you ever feel anxious or a shortness of breath, return to your normal breathing and move through the exercise or conclude the exercise if necessary.

 

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Midweek Morsel: Tuning In

Dharma At the HouseOng Namo Guru Dev Namo

I bow to the infinite teacher within, and open myself to the infinite source of wisdom and creativity within me.

At the beginning of any Kundalini Yoga practice we tune in with the Adi Mantra. This mantra calls upon the Creator, the Divine Teacher inside every human being. It establishes a strong and clear connection so that we can receive the highest guidance, energy and inspiration. Always chant it at least three times before beginning any practice of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

ONG is the Creator; NAMO means reverent greetings or salutations; GURU is the giver of the technology (GU = darkness, RU = light ); DEV means transparent (non‐physical).

Pronunciation: ONG uses the conch in the nasal cavity to create this initiating sound, feeling a vibration around the nasal cavity; ONG NAAMO GUROO DAYV NAAMO is the traditional transliteration.

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Week 2: Kundalini Kirtan Kriya Meditation

Benefits: This is a classic Kundalini meditation that activates the energy flow between the meridians to the brain resulting in clearness of the subconscious mind that allows us to access higher centers of the brain. This is also a great practice just upon rising in the morning or just before going to bed.

Sa – totality, the universe

Ta – life, creation

Na – death, dissolution

Ma – rebirth, regeneration

Posture: Sit in a comfortable position that allows the spine to be straight and tall. You may sit cross-legged on the floor or seated on the heels. If you are not comfortable on the floor, sit in a straight back chair without leaning back and feet flat on the floor.

Instructions: Eyes closed. As you chant each Sa-Ta-Na-Ma visualize the syllables coming in through the crown of the head and exiting out through the third eye center in an L-shape. Each syllable of the Sat Nam chant is practiced with the corresponding mudra:

Sa – thumb & index finger

Ta – thumb & middle finger

Na – thumb & ring finger

Ma – thumb & pinky finger

Chant aloud for 1 minute, wisper the chant for 1 minute, repeat the chant mentally/silently for 2 minutes, whisper the chant for 1 minute, chant aloud for 1 minute.

Duration: Begin with 1 minute sections as shown in the video (1 minute aloud, 1 minute whisper, 2 minutes silently, 1 minute whisper, 1 minute aloud). Once you feel comfortable extend the duration to 11 minutes. Once you feel comfortable and are ready to increase the duration, chant each section for 3 minutes each (3 minutes aloud, 3 minutes whisper, 6 minutes silently, 3 minutes whisper, 3 minutes aloud).

Reminder: Do not push through any breathing exercise that feels uncomfortable. If you ever feel anxious or a shortness of breath, return to your normal breathing and move through the exercise or conclude the exercise if necessary.

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Midweek Morsel: Sat Nam

keep calm sat namSAT NAM

Similar to the traditional ‘Namaste’, use Sat Nam as a greeting, anytime, anyplace. It reinforces the divine consciousness in everyone.

Sat Nam is the seed (bij) Mantra. SAT means Truth or Essence; NAM means Name or Identity; often translated as “Truth is my identity; God’s name is Truth.”

Pronunciation: SAT NAM is often transliterated as Sat Naam, which rhymes with “but mom”.

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October Moon

moon goddess(photo: gaiaastrology.com)

Autumn has arrived and is in full swing underneath the Blood Moon of October, also known as Harvest Moon, Shedding Moon, and Falling Leaf Moon.  This month is rich with divine goddess imagery and archetypes which can assist us in preparing for the upcoming colder season.  Leading up to All Souls or All Saint’s Day on November 1st, and Dios de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), many cultures take this time to honor their ancestors, teachers, saints, and sages that have come before us, that have now passed through the veil.  All Hallow’s Eve, Halloween, Samhain… these are a few of the labels this sacred time of year holds, and it is important to remember that this is not meant to be an ‘evil’ time of year.  It is a time of shedding, letting go, and non-attachment.  It is said that the veil between the physical world and spiritual world is the thinnest on the eve of November 1st, the evening of the ominous date October 31st, which actually provides a magickal time for deep reflection and communion.  Also, this is season rings in the Hindu New Year and October 16th is the lovely Diwalii Festival of Lights honoring Goddess Lakshmi.

Full Moon: personal power, self-confidence, empowerment

Crescent Moon:  happiness, health, good luck, success, prosperity, love

Dark Moon:  comfort, help, nurturing, protection, defense, fighting spirit

 

October Moon Correspondences

Herbs:  angelica, burdock, calendula, mandrake, pennyroyal, thyme, wormwood

Incense:  appleblossom, cherry, copal, myrrh

Trees:  acacia, cypress, yew

Animals:  crow, raven, scorpion, stag

Deities:  Astarte, Durga, Erishkigal, Hathor, Hecate, Ishtar, Lakshmi, Morrighan

Stones: jet, opal, tourmaline

Colors: black, brown, orange, red, dark blue-green

Action/Concentration: letting go, cleansing, karma, reincarnation, remembering your ancestors, roots

 

hOMe Purification

Items Needed:  pine tree branch with pine needles attached or other tree branch with small leaves/flowers, bowl of salt water (optional:  add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil)

Working:  Dipping the branch in the salt water, starting at your front door, walk around your hOMe clockwise, lightly sprinkling the water on the floor and around windows and doors, envisioning any negative or disrupting entities being washed away as light, helpfulness, balance and blessings infuse your abode.  As you are circling your hOMe, incorporate a mantra, affirmation or your favorite prayer as you are ‘working’.

Variation 1:  Make this protective circle around your home both indoors and outside.

Variation 2:  Substitute the salt water for incense or ring a bell… or make three rounds using each cleansing item in turn!

 

Seva

Remember – this is a great time to shed those unused coats by donating them to your local shelter or coat drive so that others may have the comfort of warmth in the season just around the corner.

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