Mindful Muse – March – Seasonal Mandala

ostara mandala

This is the time of year for rebirth.  Begin to notice the new life in nature taking place all around you.  Take time each day to bend down and physically touch the earth.  Offer gratitude for and blessings to Mother Earth and Her continued nurturing support beneath us.

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Thank You!

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Midweek Morsel: Kundalini Meditation Guidelines

untitled (140 of 161)Meditation Time

Most Kundalini Meditation practices call for a duration of 1, 3, 7, 11, 22, 31, 62, and 180 minutes. The benefits of increasing the duration of your meditation practice are as follows:

1 minute – calming effects are realized

3 minutes – parasympathetic nervous system begins to strengthen

7 minutes – circulation and blood is positively affected

11 minutes – changes glandular and nervous systems

22 minutes – the Three Minds (negative, positive & neutral) balance and begin to work in harmony

31 minutes – the whole mind is affected including your aura, and the 5 elements (tattvas) of the body begin to balance (earth, air, fire, water, ether)

2.5 hours – the subconscious mind holds the change throughout the cycle of the day

 

Meditation Duration

In order for the body and mind to hold on to the desired change that a dedicated meditation practice can bring, design your daily practice with the following benefits in mind:

40 days – to change a habit

90 days – to confirm a new habit

120 days – the new habit becomes who you are

1000 days – the new habit has been mastered

Blessings and Sat Nam

 

 

 

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Week 4: Kundalini Meditation for the Parasympathetic Nervous System

Benefits: Even though this meditation takes energy to perform, the results are highly relaxing. Using the virtues of patience and self-control while your body is under tension actually promotes and strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system.

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 are softly open just 10%, gazing towards or beyond the tip of the nose. Extend arms overhead in a wide ‘V’-shape at a 60* angle. Keeping arms very straight and elbows softly locked, turn the palms of the hands out, fingers together, bending at the wrists and pressing through the palms to create a 60* angle with the forearm. Mentally/silently chant ‘Sat Nam’ on each inhale and mentally/silently chant ‘Sat Nam’ on each exhale. Breathing is long and deep.

Duration: If the 7 minute duration in the video is too deep, start with 3 minutes and work up to 7 minutes. You can move up to longer durations – the longer the better.

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: The Sunshine Song

The Long Time Sun Blessing Song

All Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan classes use the Sunshine Song to close each class. It can be sung or recited, as a positive affirmation, bringing blessings to all. At the end of class the song is repeated twice, and on the second round, repeat the last line 3 times and add the long Sat Nam.

May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You

All Love Surround You

And the Pure Light Within You

Guide Your Way On.

Sat Nam

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