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.
Yogi Bhajan on meditation
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.