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Meditation To Fulfill Your Destiny

 

Everyone knows that meditation, as we think of it, is boring. Who can sit there for an hour and try to “clear your mind?”

Hardly anyone is the answer.

Although I love that kind of meditation and find it really valuable, the thing I love about Kundalini meditations is that they are SPECIFIC. The instructions aren’t “sit there and watch your breath” but rather each meditation is geared specifically to the thing in your life you want to work on.

Want more money? There’s a meditation for that.

Want less heartache? There’s a meditation for that.

And so when I got an email from one of my students in my meditation courses asking for a new meditation so she doesn’t “self-sabotage” her big dream, I got really excited.

Finding meditations for specific issues is my jam.

And since what she asked is really universal, I thought I would share the recommendation with you today too in case you also have something you’ve been wanting, or if you feel stuck in a relationship, job, or thought pattern.

This mantra meditation is the miggity miggity miggity miggity mac daddy of all Kundalini meditations and is said to bring you to your destiny. It wakes you up to that which is best for you. And it kills any fate you’ve acquired that keeps you in a painful karmic cycle of repeating the same darn pattern in your life over and over again. It changes your destiny to complete prosperity. Although it doesn’t specifically prevent self-sabotage, it puts us in line with our destiny so all that self-sabotage naturally falls away. Check out my video that explains why this meditation is awesome.

And here’s how you do it.

Posture: Come seated into a cross legged position. If that’s not available you can sit in a chair or lay down in your cozy bed (I totally do this…whatever it takes eh?)

Eyes: Closed softly

Mantra (sing along or just listen):

Ek ong kaar, sat naam, karataa purakh, nirbho, nirvair

Akaal moorat, ajoonee, saibhang, gur prasaad. Jap!

Aad such, jugaad such, Hai bhee such, Naanak hosee bhee such.

Here is my favorite version (feel free to YouTube others)

Translation:

One Creator. Truth is His name. Doer of everything. Fearless, Revengeless, Undying, Unborn, Self illumined, The Guru’s gift. True in the beginning. True through all the ages. True even now. Oh Nanak it is forever true.

What this means: 

We’re calling on that which creates everything in our lives. You might call it God or Universe. And we’re lining ourselves up with that. It’s the embodiment of “we are one.” So we’re saying that which creates is me and I am that which creates. It’s true now and forever. Once we’re aligned with that, we create in prosperity that which is absolutely best or us since the ultimate creator isn’t one in which puts us in crappy situations. We’re breaking out of that (“fate-killing”) and all we’re left with is our truth. Our destiny.

Time:

Do as little as 7 minutes and up to however long you’d like. You can keep it playing in the background all day for an extra punch.

Journal Exercise: 

Before you start this meditation write down everything you’re feeling right now. Then ask…”what is my destiny” and do the meditation.

When you’re done write down everything that comes to mind.

If you still want more info about this mantra, check out this awesome podcast all about it

And now I’d love to hear from you. Did you try this one? What do you think? How was your mood before and how is your mood after? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you enjoyed the video and make sure to sign up for my list if you want to be the first to know when new meditations come out.

 

New Moon Meditation For Setting Intentions

Art by Madison Perrins

I’m writing this to you from one of my favorite coffee shops in town. Where I sip my hot green tea in a window seat watching all the Main Street walkers pass by. Today, as I’m writing, I notice the breeze in the air, mostly because it is causing the branches on the tree in front of the window to sway, and the leaves to fall off and float towards the ground.

I say out loud to myself… “fall.”

And I realize that we are officially in a transition time. The closing of one chapter and the opening of a new one. From summer to fall. From long days to long nights. From shorts to sweaters. And from weddings to back-to-school. Which reminded me of something that happened earlier this week..

On Monday, we had a new moon. Which means that it is the beginning of the moon cycle and two weeks away from the full moon. You’re probably like “and…….what does that have to do with me?”

Well…new moons are a time to plant seeds.

They are the beginning. The closing of the last moon cycle chapter and the beginning of the next. So energetically speaking, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about what you want to have happen right now so that in a couple of weeks (with the full moon) you’re ready to “harvest” all that you’ve intended. It’s the perfect time for setting intentions. For dreaming. For thinking ahead and planting all the seeds of what you want to have happen this month.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot in my own life. I feel like the past seven months, as I’ve struggled with my health, been forging a new relationship, and got swept away in a busy summer, I’ve somewhere along the line forgotten to be intentional and think about my life in the bigger picture. What do I want to create right now? Where do I want to be in five years? What’s my bigger picture vision?

When life is about survival, day to day, it’s hard to dream about the next five years. Similarly, when you’re in the hustle and bustle of life, or summer, we don’t always take the time to think about what we want for ourselves after the season. But now, with the new moon, and the changing of the seasons, this is the perfect time to do that.

Where have you been going along in your life unaware? Punching the metaphorical (or actual) clock? How is your current situation like groundhogs day? Where have you been forgetting to dream?

This week in my Kundalini yoga class, we talked all about this. About how to plant seeds and set intentions. But this time there was a new spin to it. Usually when this conversation comes up, we think of making a laundry list for God/Universe of all the things we want, and while I’m also a fan of doing that (and have totally been doing every day), this week we focused on starting with the things we’re already grateful for. The idea being that when you’re in the state of gratitude and appreciate and positive thinking, more of those things come your way. Similarly, if you spend all your time worrying, you’ll usually find that your worries manifest, because “like attracts like” meaning, what you put your attention on grows.

So this week we put our intention on all the good stuff, so that all the good stuff grows.

This meditation below is all about that. In the mantra we’re saying “thank you that which is bringing me from darkness to light” leaving some time and room for our positive intentions. Check it out here (written instructions below):

Posture: Sit in Easy Pose (cross legged post) with a nice straight spine

Mudra: The hands can be in any comfortable position (Gyan Mudra, folded in your lap, on the knees, etc.).

Eyes: Close the eyes and focus at the third eye/brow point

Mantra: Chant the Guru Ram Das Mantra for 5 – 31 minutes. There are many melodies for this mantra . The one we’re using here is Pritpal Singh Khalsa and you can get it right here or it can be recited in a monotone. Try to complete the whole mantra on one breath.

Words:

Guru guru

Wahe guru

Guru Ram Das guru

Guru = that which takes me from dark to light

Wahe = prase that which/thank you

Wahe guru = praise that which is taking me from dark to light

JOURNAL EXERCISE 

If you like this concept and want a little extra to boost up both your gratitude and also your positive intentions you can try this journaling exercise I’ve been doing. Here’s how it goes:

1) Start off by thanking God/Universe/Self for all the great things in your life. Ie the house you live in, having running water, blue skies, etc etc. The trick here is to think about it in a bit of a deeper way than just rattling off the same list everyday. Think about thanking yourself for having the courage to have a difficult conversation, or thanking your friend for opening her heart to you.

Also…even if things are going terribly in your life, still find the things that are good. Maybe a smile from a stranger or the best meatball you’ve ever had. It’s the little things.

2) Then write a narrative about the things you want in your life, but write them as they’ve already happened. Paint the picture with your words. I like to start mine with something like “I am so happy that…” and then I fill in the blank. Or I’ll say something like “I am so excited that Brene Brown called today. We chatted on the phone like old girlfriends and I’m so excited about our upcoming collaboration with how to teach emotional intelligence in schools.”

Even though that didn’t happen, I write an entire narrative as though it did. It allows me to dream far and wide. Try it and see what happens.

And now I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below let me know:

1) What is the thing that stuck out the most to you in this article?

2) What is one thing you’ll try this week to set good intentions for yourself?

I hope you enjoyed the video and make sure to sign up for my list if you want to be the first to know when new meditations come out.

 

Because Slapping Strangers Isn’t Acceptable

It’s the changing of a season.

That time when we put away our bathing suits and sunscreen and we start to break out our closed toed shoes and favorite tea. (apricot green for me in case you’re curious)

It’s also the time when kids go back to school. Life has to settle back into a “routine” and a lot of us have that feeling that we have to stop messing around and get back to life/work/normalcy after a summer of weddings, camping, trips, and doing whatever the heck we want.

And usually..this time can feel stressful. Trying to juggle the pick up schedules, work, life, and staying on top of health can feel overwhelming. Plus…I don’t know about you but even though I haven’t been in school for years, I still get a bit of anxiety when I see back to school stuff in Target and the air starts to chill.

Stress is common. It’s something so prevalent in our lives we probably don’t even recognize it as stress anymore. But the problem with stress is that when we have it, we aren’t able to act calmly and reasonably. We might want to slap a stranger for cutting us off in traffic #guilty. We might snap at our loved ones. We might feel overwhelmed. Our bodies might take on the feelings and start shutting down making us more susceptible to sickness.

But more than any of that…stressful life things happens all the time and we don’t have to live in that state of anxiety or stress. We can practice becoming calm even when your ex’s new girlfriend is sending you nasty emails or your boss piles more things on your plate and you don’t feel appreciated. And this meditation is one way to do that.

Now…please excuse the lo-fi nature of this. I meant to get all fancy with it, but truthfully…I didn’t have the energy (still dealing with some health issues). BUT I still wanted to send this along because this is a SUPER simple and easy meditation you can do anytime and anywhere to get yourself all calm and less stressed.

Check it out.

And once you watch, I’d love to hear from you. In the comments below let me know…

  1. Did you try it?
  2. How did you feel before you did it?
  3. How do you feel after?

I hope you enjoyed the video and make sure to sign up for my list if you want to be the first to know when new meditations come out.

 

 

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