Meditation in kundalini yoga
Meditation is an integral part of kundalini yoga and involves practical tools (breath, mantra, mudra and focus) which carefully and precisely support the mind and guide the body. Yogi Bhajan passed on hundreds of meditations tailored to specific applications – reducing stress, working on addictions, increasing vitality, clearing chakras, to name just a few.
The mind generates thousands of thoughts every second. When we sit quietly and turn the focus inward we become aware of what’s going on in the background of the mind. Distractions are the norm. Just keep going back to the mantra or other points of focus. Do not evaluate or react to the extraneous thoughts. Let them be processed by the meditation. Have patience with yourself.
Meditation is a cleansing process. You may find yourself observing some unpleasant or ugly thoughts while you’re meditating. The important thing is to keep at it. The meditation is doing its job. You’re cleaning out and getting rid of negativity that has been covering up the divine light inside you.
WHITE TANTRIC YOGA
White Tantric Yoga offers an intensive experience of kundalini yoga meditation in a large group in one-day workshops that take place annually in a couple of dozen locations worldwide. The London workshop takes place in January each year, usually on the third Saturday of the month. For more information visit the White Tantric Yoga website.
Yogi Bhajan on meditation
Meditation is when you sit down and unimaginable negativity pours out of your unconscious mind. Your mind tells you, ‘Hey, get up. Call so-and-so, let’s have a party,’ as you are meditating on the mantra ‘Sat Nam, Sat Nam, Sat Nam.’ Every known and unknown negative hidden thought you have must come out. Choose a mantra, any one you want, which you think is positive or you believe is good. Use it as a ‘cutter’. Question yourself, your activity, your position in life, everything. Go on cutting the thoughts with the mantra and they will become positive. Finally your mind becomes habitual to becoming positive, and that makes you saintly.
Prayer is when the mind is one-pointed and man talks to Infinity. Meditation is when the mind becomes totally clean and receptive, and Infinity talks to the man.
Once you have your own mind under control, intuition will give you all the knowledge of the world.
The person who meditates knows when to change, how much to change, why to change, what to change for.
In the computer age we need a meditative mind and applied consciousness. We need to develop that mental power so that we are not ruled by outside circumstances.
Why is meditation essential? By meditating we take our garbage out.
When we meditate, it is a totally simple thing. Our mental subconscious garbage starts floating through our arcline. Meditation is cleaning your own subconscious so you can feel and think and totally act right.
Meditation is the creative control of self where the Infinite can talk to you.
If the meditative mind can be achieved and used, mankind can bring happiness to itself.
Some simple but powerful meditations
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Sit in easy pose (cross-legged) with the spine straight. Touch the thumb and Mercury (little) finger of one hand to the thumb and Mercury finger of the other hand. Bend the Sun (ring) fingers in towards the palms, but don’t let them touch the palms. Leave the Jupiter (index) and Saturn (middle) fingers pointing straight up, but not touching. Meditatively listen to Beloved God, the first song on Singh Kaur’s Peace Lagoon, available from Spirit Voyage. Start with 11 minutes and work up to 31 minutes.
Sit in easy pose with the spine straight. Spread the fingers of both hands wide with the palms face up. Touch the sides of the sun (ring) fingers together. Let the little fingers overlap slightly, the left one below the right and not touching it. Hold the hands at the level of the heart centre and look down towards them, eyes open. Breathing very slowly and deeply, mentally chant Sa Ta Na Ma as with both hands at once you mentally (but not physically) touch the thumb to each fingertip in sequence. Start with 11 minutes and work up to 31 minutes.