Tags archives: meditation

  • Meditation

  • What is meditation? It is a process to give higher perspective on your thoughts, transcend the waves of the mind, give attention to the present moment and helps you to develop a relationship with your mind. Through meditation we begin to recognise our habits, and this allows us to break those habits. Meditation relaxes the mind and allows you to discover who you are, and how to learn not to identify with your thoughts - to just ‘be’, without judgement. Which meditation should I do? There are thousands of meditations that you can practice! On the right hand side of this page there are some examples of meditations that we have done in class. If none of these feel right to you, send me an email and we can find a meditation to suit your needs. How do I set up my own practice? Where: Chose a setting where you will not be disturbed, with the temperature not too hot or cold. It is helpful to sit on a sheepskin, a mat, or a blanket (something supportive but also soft). If you[...]
  • Meditation practice

  • Pick a meditation and start practicing for 3 minutes, then build up to 11 minutes, then 22 or even 31 minutes. Kundalini meditations usually come with a suggested length of time for practice. In a lecture (1) Yogi Bhajan asked his audience how they defined meditation, they responded: ‘It would be like a silencing of the mind from everyday life and allowing the free flow of thought’ and ‘It is concentration’. He replied ‘That’s part of it, anyone else?’. They said ‘It is a complete relaxation from regular hassles’, and he encouraged them further saying, ‘Come on, come on, everybody!’. The audience responded ‘It’s a new level of consciousness, a deeper level of consciousness...’, and ‘ It is becoming receptive’. He then said, ‘You all have one part or the other of meditation. 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 man. That is what meditation is’. Wonderful, a[...]
  • Meditation for Healing

  • The Siri Gaitri Mantra has 8 sounds to stimulate the flow of energy in your spine and chakras. The sounds create balance in the brain. Mudra: Elbows tucked comfortably against ribs. Extend forearms at 45 degrees out from centre of the body. Keep the palms flat and facing up, with the wrists pulled back. The fingers are together and the thumbs are spread. Mantra: Raa Maa Daa Saa, Saa Say So Hung Pull the Navel Point in powerfully on ‘So Hung’ (keep the ‘Hung’ sound short - clip it off forcefully as you pull the navel inward). Chat the mantra once through and then inhale deeply and repeat. Move the mouth fully, feeling the resonance of the sound in the mouth and sinuses. Concentrate your mind on the combination of sounds. Time: 11-31 minutes To finish: Inhale deeply and hold the breath, offering a healing prayer while visualising the person you wish to heal (it could be yourself!). Visualise them as healthy, radiant, strong - enveloped in a white light, complet[...]
  • Meditation to Break Through Blocks

  • Gobinday Mukanday This mantra is from the Jaap Sahib, and is also known as the Guru Gaitri Mantra. It is for breaking through blockages, purifying the electromagnetic field (aura), and bringing compassion and patience to those who meditate on this mantra. See below for directions for doing the mantra with movement. Tune in to your meditation practice with ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’ (repeat 3 times). Posture: Easy pose, with a straight spine. Focus and Mantra: Your eyes are closed. The mantra is: Gobinday (elbows bent, arms by your sides, hands in fists) Mukanday (bring arms up to 60 degrees, opening up to the sky like a V, look up) Udaaray (circle arms overhead like a sun) Apaaray (complete the circle, bringing hands under chin, palms up) Hareeung (arms out straight, parallel to the floor, palms down) Kareeung (keeping sides of hands together, transition to palms facing up, hands cupped) Nirnaamay (arms still parallel to floor,[...]
  • Meditation to Experience Boundlessness

  • Meditation for the Tenth Gate: Tune in to your meditation practice with ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’ (repeat 3 times). Posture: Easy pose, with a straight spine. The chest is out and the chin is in - apply a light neck lock. The hands are resting in your lap (right hand on top of left) with the palms facing up, pads of the thumbs touching. Focus and Mantra: Your eyes are focused upward, guiding your attention to the top of your head, your 10th Gate (7th Chakra). The mantra (chanted to yourself, not aloud) is ‘Har, Har, Mukanday’. As you mentally chant ‘Har, Har’ pull your Navel Point in. Hold Navel Point in, then press the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth as you mentally chant ‘Mukanday’. Concentrate deeply and immerse yourself. Feel yourself expand beyond time and space, into a realm of total peace and joy. Time: 11 minutes. Music: In class we used ‘Har Har Mukande’ from the Crimson Collection, Volumes 4&5 (available from Spirit Voyage).[...]
  • Meditation for Awareness and Guidance

  • The Complete Adi Mantra: This mantra will be familiar - we use the Adi Mantra to tune in before we begin class. We chant it to tune into our higher selves. By doing the ‘Complete’ Adi Mantra, you are establishing awareness and guidance, linking your present state and your higher consciousness. It can help you gain perspective and direction. Tune in to your meditation practice with ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’ (repeat 3 times). Posture: Easy pose, with a straight spine. Bring your chin in so you have a light neck lock. Your hands are cupped in front of your heart centre, with your palms facing up and the sides of your fingers touching (like you are receiving something). Within this postion, your fingers come into gyan mudra (thumbs and index fingers pressing together). Focus and Mantra: Your eyes are focused on the tip of your nose. The mantra is repeated 3 times on one breath: Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo, Guru Dev Namo, Guru D[...]
  • Meditation for the Feminine Power

  • Kundalini Bhakti Meditation: In class we did the meditation with mudra in motion, but there are other ways in which the meditation can be practiced. If you would like to learn the movements that we did in class, leave a comment below and I’ll email the instructions. The mantra is a devotion to the creative feminine power of the universe. Do this meditation to help rid yourself of blocks and barriers and allow the universe to flow through you. Tune in to your meditation practice with ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’ (repeat 3 times). Posture: Easy pose, with a straight spine. Place your hands in your lap with the palms facing up. Rest your right hand in your left hand, with the thumb tips touching. Focus and Mantra: Your eyes are closed. The mantra is: Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, N[...]
  • Meditation for Effective Communication

  • Meditation for the Fifth Chakra: Tune in to your meditation practice with ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’ (repeat 3 times). Posture: Easy pose, with a straight spine. The chest is out and the chin is in - apply neck lock. The hands are in gyan mudra (index finger and thumb pressed together). Focus and Mantra: Your eyes are focused on the tip of your nose. The mantra is ‘Humee Hum, Brahm Hum’. It is chanted from the root of the tongue, and the pressure can be felt in the throat. Time: 11 minutes. Music: In class we used Nirinjan Kaur’s ‘Humee Hum’ from the ‘Invincible Collection’ (available on iTunes).
  • Meditation for Strength and Confidence

  • This meditation creates a field of protection around you, giving you strength and confidence. It also works to open the heart chakra and and sends love into the universe. (photo from Spirit Voyage) Meditation for Protection and Projection: Tune in to your meditation practice with ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’ (repeat 3 times). Focus and Mantra: Your eyes are focused on your 3rd eye point. Sit in easy pose, with your chest out and your chin in (‘neck lock’). Your hands are in prayer pose at your heart centre, with your thumbs crossed (left thumb on top for women, right thumb on top for men). Movement: Begin with hands in prayer pose. With each line of the mantra, extend your arms to 60 degrees (see photo above). Between each line, inhale and come back to prayer pose. Mantra: Aad Guray Nameh, Jugaad Guray Nameh, Sat Guray Nameh, Siri Guru Devay Nameh Time: 11 to 31 minutes. You can start off with 3 minut[...]
  • Meditation for Inviting Love

  • This is a meditation to open your heart to love - love for yourself and love from others. Tune in to your meditation practice with ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’ (repeat 3 times). Focus and Mantra: Your eyes are closed, with your eye focus on the Third Eye point. The mantra is ‘Sat Kar Tar’ (the ‘r’ in Kar and Tar is rolled, but the emphasis on the syllables is even). Movement: With the word ‘Sat’, your hands are at the Heart Centre in prayer pose. On ‘Kar’ the hands move out to just beyond your shoulders, hands about shoulder height. On ‘Tar’ they extend fully out to the sides, parallel to the floor, with palms facing the sides. The second movement (‘Kar’) is halfway to the final extension (‘Tar’). To finish: Inhale, exhale relaxing the arms down, hands in Gyan Mudra (thumb and index finger pressing together, other three fingers out straight). Stay calm and quiet in this position, allow yourself to settle briefly before opening your eyes. Timing: Start off with 3 minu[...]