Kundalini Yoga offers so many ways to integrate The Mind, The Body and The Spirit….this trinity of experience. Mind is, by and large, the “where” and “how” consciousness gets molded into living as pure consciousness interacts with matter. Humans are often living more in “the mind” than in the body. Another Trinity in this practice is the three “functional” aspects of the Mind –
Positive: the expansive sense of life, in the flow
Negative: safety and warning, drawing boundaries that serve you
Neutral: lucid and spacious – receptive and meditative (which we’ll explore in Thursday 9:30am class on March 6).
Through union of breath, sound, vibration, movement and energy flow, we have access to awareness of how the mind is working, and in this very awareness lies tremendous power and peace.
Here are two meditations we practiced the last two weeks in our Thursday Women’s classes for cultivating particular strengths of what we call “Mind”.
Yogi Bhajan taught us that, according to Kundalini Yoga Philosophy (originating more than 10,000 years ago), the mind contains 81 different facets. Universal Mind is acted on by many forces and elements; among others, it interacts with three functional minds 1) Positive, 2) Negative and 3) Neutral, 9 aspects and 27 projections.
Here is a meditation taught by Yogi Bhajan that helps one to deal with threats and balances the “Negative”. When out of balance, you may perceive that you are personally at risk when you are actually not. It can result in “stress and anxiety” beyond what is real. Too weak in this aspect of Mind and you are over-trusting and have a hard time discerning ill will and end up an unwitting victim. Too strong, and you doubt yourself constantly – even to the point of relentless inquisitions of others. You have difficulty cultivating trust in anyone or anything.
Synchronization Meditation for the Negative Mind: “How to Deal with A Threat”:
Sit with a straight spine. Relax arms at the sides with elbows against the ribs. Forearms are parallel to the ground and angled outward just as your thighs are angled as you sit cross-legged. Hands form “closed lotus” with your thumb tips touching all four finger tips at a single point facing upwards. Focus your eyes at the brow point. Inhale deeply and fully. Exhale completely. Lock out your breath and pull the navel point and mulabandha (root lock). As you hold the breath out, repeat mentally:
Sa Ta Na Ma X4 (16 beats total on one breath).
Then inhale deeply and slowly and repeat. Continue 7 minutes to start. Build this practice to 31 minutes. This meditation takes you beyond fear, and it lets the solder act direct and true.
Synchronization meditation #2:
If you are out of balance and overly in the Positive mind, without enough of the neutral and negative, then you leap into everything that crosses your path, and often are impatient and pushy. If this aspect is weak, however, then you may be satisfied with temporary success, not accept feedback, nor see the full impact of your actions. When balanced, you are strategic, successful and have an expanded sense of life – non-attachment makes life a dance with much creativity and gratitude.
Kundalini Laya Yoga Meditation: Positive Mind X Buddhi (discernment and intuition).
Sit straight and put the palms in prayer pose at the heart center. Focus eyes up to brow point (And through it). Chant:
Ek One Kar-A
Sat A Nam A
Pull navel in on “Ek” and lift diaphragm firmly up at each “A” sound. Relax on the last line – Hay G-roooo.
Imagine the sound is energy spinning from the base of your spine, up through each chakra, and out the spinal cord in a right-handed helix.
Continue 31 minutes.