Kundalini Yoga Meditations
Kundalini Meditations as taught by Yogi Bhajan are remarkable in their effect.
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Yogi Bhajan brought the ancient sacred science of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to the west. There is no separation between the two. They work together in their synchronistic effect on the body-mind-spirit. Yogi Bhajan has said that the primary reason to do Kundalini Yoga is to prepare the body and mind so that we will be able to meditate deeply and effectively. He always taught a specific meditation whenever he was teaching during his thirty plus years of teaching here in the west. So from his legacy of teachings we have several thousand meditations available to us to practice. From this technology we have the tools to master our lives.
You may be wondering, how can there be over a thousand meditations? Isn’t meditation just sitting still with the eyes closed, quietly breathing, calming the mind so that we can reach that state of consciousness when we experience inner peace and bliss? That is just one way to meditate, and is the most difficult meditation method to achieve that quiet state. If this is the way most people start with when they first begin meditating, no wonder they struggle. This would be like if I took a beginner skiing for the first time to the top of Aspen Mountain and went down a double black diamond expert slope. Why start with the most difficult method when there are techniques and specific meditations which will give the practitioner the desired experience with the least amount of resistance within the mind. With a little practice and instruction they can learn more sophisticated meditations later. It is a learning process to train the mind to meditate.
Frankly, most people do not understand what meditation does and how to achieve the effect needed to gain benefits from the meditation experience. There are many ways to meditate which may contribute to the confusion and frustration regarding meditation. Some may start with a guided meditation, which is when a teacher talks them through the steps of breathing, using visualizations and descriptions to quiet the mind. This is fine, a good first step, but very limiting in its effect. Plus you are relying on a teacher or a tape/CD to be able to reach that state of consciousness. Typically this is a very broad, general approach to meditation.
Meditations as taught by Yogi Bhajan can be general in scope, but most are very specific and detailed in their desired effect. They include all the techniques used in Kundalini Yoga; pranayam breathing patterns, mudra or hand positions, asana/postures/poses to position the body, synchronized movement, eye focus, and most importantly, mantra sound current. The meditations are generally divided by the ones which are silent; meditations with a mantra repeated mentally; and those which include chanting a mantra. The beauty of these meditations is that they can be so specific in their intended effect. A small sampling of titles includes; Meditation for a Calm Heart; Change the Ego; Emotional Balance; Healing Addictions; Projection and Protection from the Heart; and Awakening the Inner Healer. Thousands of meditations which cover the entire scope of the human experience are documented and available for practice.
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH KUNDALINI MEDITATIONS
I had been meditating for over three years when I took my first Kundalini Yoga class. The meditation technique I had been doing was to sit in a chair, hands in my lap, eyes closed, slow breathing, and a mental imagery sequence to quiet my mind. I did this every morning just before leaving for work. It was nice, but some mornings it was a real struggle to attain the state I desired. My mind would be very active and I felt I had a nice relaxation period but no real clearing of my subconscious mind. It was a very inconsistent practice with mixed results.
In October of 1990 a friend invited me to go with her to a Kundalini Yoga class. I thought I would try it because I had been doing martial arts after work for years and was looking for something more spiritual, esoteric, and mystical. I was pleasantly surprised when the teacher said we would meditate at the end of the class after we had finished the yoga and relaxation gong bath. I was surprised and confused when he instructed us to hold our hands in a certain position in front of our chests, our eyes would be partially open and gazing down at the tip of our nose, and we would be chanting a mantra outloud that was in a language I was not familiar with. The teacher told us we would be doing this for eleven minutes. So with the dozen or so other students we began chanting together. My mind was active trying to follow the mantra rhythm and to remember what to chant next. Following the sound current of the class helped, because I would not have been able to do this alone. Keeping the eye focus was difficult and I never really felt I was sinking deep within myself as I had experienced with my own meditation practice. At the end we were instructed to close our eyes, roll them up to the third eye point between the eyebrows, relax our hands down into a mudra on our knees and sit quietly. I immediately felt I was in that deep meditative space that I had been in briefly when I practiced on my own. Then as a few minutes passed I was in a deeper and calmer place than I had ever been before!
HOW KUNDALINI YOGIC MEDITATION WORKS
One of the aspects of Kundalini Yogic Meditation is how quickly you can develop your neutral, meditative mind. Almost all of the meditations taught by Yogi Bhajan included a mantra; whether it was spoken out loud or mentally repeated silently. The effect of these techniques works on many levels. One is that it gives your conscious mind something to focus on, keeping the wandering thoughts of our minds from distracting us from our intended goal.
On a deeper level, mantra is based on ancient teachings which have been used for centuries which will connect your mind to the lineage of the teachers who have practiced this science. This is thousands of years of research into how to connect your mind into the flow of your soul. When we chant the mantra, we are using the vibration of the sound current to stimulate specific glands, primarily the pituitary, pineal, and hypothalamus glands which are located in our brains. Specific mantras have direct connections with these glands through the frequency created which will stimulate the glands and allow them to secrete the hormones into the brain to change the biochemical balance. This will allow the mind to become clear, calm, and quiet. So it is not really that important that you understand what the mantra means, but how it vibrates and changes our patterns of thought.
BENEFITS OF KUNDALINI YOGIC MEDITATION
Meditation is for everyone. It uses the inherent self-sensory system, the mind, and the body. Through the use of refined patterns, kundalini yoga meditations create a communication between you and your mind, and your mind and your body.
Meditation is the process of controlling and transcending the waves of the mind, allowing the flow of radiance from the soul.
Meditations which use mantra, work on the upper palate of the mouth, which controls the autonomic system and the impulsations of the old brain and limbic system.
Kundalini Yogic Meditation also:
- Releases reactions and unconscious habits, subconscious fears and blocks, and builds the spontaneous and intuitive link to awareness itself.
- Resolves core issues of stress-producing patterns.
- Promotes a sense of well-being, inner peace, stability, and calm.
- Promotes clarity of mind, mental awareness, and the ability to be present.
- Promotes the ability to focus energy, enhancing effectiveness and efficiency.
- Develops the Neutral (Meditative) Mind
“It is not meditation that stops the mind. It is the surrender of the mind to the soul, and the soul to Truth. It is when you prefer the word of Truth to the word of your own intellect.” Yogi Bhajan
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