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Guided Kundalini Transcendental Meditation

This is a transcendental meditation as it was originally taught centuries ago. Transcendental meditations always have a breath rhythm and a hand mudra linked to the mantra. In the yogic scriptures, there are six pages written to tell the benefits of this single kriya. It allows you to control the senses and thoughts. It balances the life nerves of prana and apana so that your health is improved and the lung capacity is increased. Once your lung capacity in normal breathing is over 700 cc’s, your personality changes. The extra capacity sends an increased vital force to the nervous system with each breath. Nerves that are strong give you patience. In this exercise, the body maintains a perfect equilibrium in carbon dioxide and oxygen exchange. The pressure on the tongue causes the thyroid and parathyroid glands to secrete.
As taught by Yogi Bhajan

I have included a second meditation at the end called “I Am – a meditation into being”
his mantra connects the finite and Infinite identities. The first “I Am” that emphasizes the “I” is the personal and finite sense of self. The second “I Am” that emphasizes slightly the “Am” is the impersonal and transcendent sense of the Self. All real mantras blend this polarity of the Infinite and finite in their internal structure and design. If you only say the first “I Am,” the mind will automatically try to answer, “I am what?” This sends the mind on a search through all the categories and roles that hold the finite identities. If you immediately say the second part of the mantra, “I Am” the thought becomes “I Am what I Am.” To be what you are is the essence of truth and will lead you to the nature of Reality.

The hand and the breath move in rhythm and strengthen your ability to maintain a sense of self as your awareness expands. A yogi cultivates the relationship between the finite sense of the self and the infinite sense of the Self. The mind often forgets this relationship when it becomes attached to a particular emotion or object that it wants to keep. One of the important habits the yogi instills in the mind is the ability to break that trance of attachment by a shift to the perspective of Infinity. This is also the perspective of Being. You exist before the objects you collect and even before the body that you use. It is very powerful and effective to remind the mind of your true identity with your Infinite Being. Without this awareness, then philosophy, ethics, and spirituality will reduce to ritual participation in the “good.” What the yogi seeks is to participate in life with authenticity and wholeness.
Also as taught by Yogi Bhajan

Thank you for reading and watching,

Love and Light,

Eddie

The Art of Living is Happiness – The Power Of The Breath

“Be happy not because everything is good, but because you can see the good side of everything.”— Unknown Author

Happiness is something everybody is looking for, but where is it to be found? I’ve done some writing on this subject in my previous articles; in fact, my very first articles were about Happiness because it is such a misunderstood state. Here are some links if you wish to read more and understand what I mean – Happiness Chasers: Are You Happy or Chasing It? or The Hamster Wheel.

What I’m trying to say is that people look for Happiness as if it’s a thing that is found somewhere else rather than within themselves. People think of Happiness as some kind of formula, or something that has to be achieved or done in a certain way, and they don’t realise that happiness is a state of being and is not dependant of anything to be felt or lived.

I will give you an example … when you are present without questioning, enjoying the very moment you are experiencing happiness, you might not be aware of it. In fact, most of the time when you are feeling true happiness you aren’t aware of it. You are flowing with the moment and enjoying it, you are not stopping and questioning every 5 seconds if you are happy or not, your mind is quiet and you are actually living in the state of happiness and are too satisfied to be bothered to question it.

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Another example is when you are happy there is absolutely no reason why you are happy! Yes! It might sound hard to believe, but happiness does not need a reason; it is the mind that tries to explain why you are feeling this way and attaches it to a fact based on your programming.  But once you start gaining awareness and understanding of how the mystery of you operates, you start being able to observe how you actually experience those states. I will not go into details as it is a long subject and topic for discussing, but if you wish you can join my Mediation Programme in the Bay area and start to have your own perspective in what I’m trying to grasp.

Back to the main topic of this article, I would like to say that there are many ways to understand oneself and start living in such a way. One of them, known to be valid worldwide, is The Art of Living – Happiness Course. In this course, you can experience this state and learn about how it works. They present you with valid breathing techniques called kryias and teach you a daily routine to be able to clear and calm the mind, allowing you to have more perspective and self-awareness.

What really excited me about the course was the whole emphasis on the breath and how important it is. From the moment we are born to the moment we die the breath is the very first and last thing we experience.  If you think about it, the air we breath today is timeless; it has been here since the start of the earth. We breath the same air as Julius Caesar, Albert Einstein and even Jesus Christ, so it connects us to the past and it will be here after we are no longer incarnated. It’s such a poetic thing, but it is immensely powerful.

Through the power of breath we can claim our Selves. We can connect to our own divinity and one can experience that for sure in this programme. The kryias are certainly very impressive, and they do so much for your well-being. However, another aspect of the course is the connectivity explored between the attendees.

Like the breath connects us to life itself, it was brought to our awareness how we too are connected and how precious these connections are, just like the breath.

I can only say it was a unique experience and I’m very grateful to Martin Blank who invited me to participate. I’ve also interviewed him, and you can read about his work.  More unusual was the fact that my birthday was on the very last day of the course and that made things even more special for me; it was such a blessing to be around amazing people and connecting with them in such meaningful ways.

Here is a video of what everyone had to say after the course:

If you want to find more about their details, click on this  link to The Art of Happiness Course 
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Thanks for reading,

Love and Light,

Sabrina Santos

Guided Meditation: Chakra Clearing And Grounding

” The seven chakras when awakened cause a transformation of consciousness, and physical changes in the body. The body will experience ultimate health and the mind will posses a “Knowing” not of this world. An awakened chakra spins or turns, and the sensation can be felt in the body. Chakras is a Sanskrit word meaning, “wheels or disks of energy.”

The kundalini energy that travels through the seven chakras of the body is called prana. Prana is the vital life-force energy…the spark of life within us. Without prana, there is no life.

The visual rendering of the seven chakra symbols was achieved beyond the Earthly senses and came about as a knowing from realized people who had achieved balance in the main chakras.

Kundalini or Shakti energy is known in all shamanic cultures around the world as the “divinizing or spiritualizing energy” in a human being. It’s the dormant energy that rests at the base of the spine waiting for the chakras to align in harmony to awaken it.

When this awakening begins, the kundalini energy activates each of the seven chakras as they are ready. The movement starts at the Root Chakra. Awakening and a new higher levels of consciousness are achieved as this vital energy rises through the other chakras.

“Kundalini has come to mean seat of fire – with the Goddess burning her way through any blocks She finds.” Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith

Problems with the seven chakras individually or in conjunction show themselves through physical ailments within the body.

What causes the blockages in the seven chakras?

The causes could be memories buried deep within the subconscious mindfrom childhood trauma, abuse, a learned restrictive belief system, emotional injuries that haven’t been forgiven or just lack of attention can cause a chakra to shut down. Tension builds up at one of the chakras from repeated denial, guilt, repression and unfelt emotions. Eventually, everything is affected from posture, metabolism, breathing, and emotional state. Disease in the body is caused by chronically repeated blocked pranic energy.

These seven chakras hold all the good and bad thoughts, deeds, and actions you’ve committed in all of your souls lifetimes here on earth. It’s the repression of emotions that causes pain, suffering, and disease.

Accepting your rejected feelings…feeling them deeply  and forgiving are the keys to healing your soul and dis-ease. “

Read more here: The Seven Chakras and How to Clear Them for Extraordinary Health and Happiness

Thank you for reading and watching,

Love and Light,

Eddie

Natural Remedies To Cure Anxiety

With all the the changes that are happening on every level, may it be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, anxiety might arise more often and more intense than usual. I’m not saying this might be the case for everyone, but for the ones who are experiencing more anxiety than usual, I’ve done some research and gathered some of the remedies that I feel are more beneficial and effective.

Please note: I feel that anxiety has different branches. If your anxiety levels are high, try to understand what’s causing that anxiety in the first place and let it go.

If you simply feel anxious without knowing why, try these remedies, they will definitely help the body to be rid of anxiety and stress.

These remedies are most helpful on a physical level, as in when the body is integrating and processing certain light codes that are currently coming in, he might feel like he’s overstimulated therefore reacting with impulses we call “aches. ” The light waves coming in might feel overwhelming to the body, because we haven’t been feeling them for eons. They are powerful, but also come in as a fine vibration as well. It’s important to take care of ourselves during times when light codes are coming in more strongly than usual.

This is the list of remedies I’ve gathered to cure anxiety:

  1. Chamomile – According to health.com, if you have a jittery moment, a cuppa chamomile tea might help calm you down. Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita)bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium.You can also take it as a supplement, typically standardized to contain 1.2% apigenin (an active ingredient), along with dried chamomile flowers. In one study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared to patients taking placebo.
  2. St. John’s WortAnxietyuk.org.uk says St John”s Wort (Hypericum perforatum L) has been used as a remedy for nerve disorders for more than 2000 years.  This bushy perennial plant, which has bright yellow flowers, grows wild in many parts of the world including Europe, Asia and the USA.  The petals and leaves of the plant contain a number of unique substances such as hypericin and hyperforin. The herb is a popular herbal medicine for the treatment of low mood, with at least 30 studies on more than 1,700 patients showing that St John”s Wort can be an effective remedy for mild- to-moderate depression without the side effects of more conventional anti-depressants. While it is not clear exactly how St John”s Wort works, it is thought that is helps to prolong the action of serotonin, a brain neurotransmitter, which when deficient can result in low mood.  It also often used for symptoms associated with sleep problems, SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and PMS.
  3. Valerian – Valerian is found growing in North America and Europe and is recognisable from its pinkish flowers that grow from a tuberous rhizome and its distinctive rather unpleasant smell.  Throughout history, Valerian has been used medically to treat nervous anxiety, reduce muscle tension and relieve mild insomnia. Valerian is now widely cultivated for medical use as it contains several unique substances, such as valerenic acid and valeranon that have a relaxant action that is particularly effective in treating stress and anxiety. Valerian is also widely used for sleep problems, particularly sleep disturbances due to anxiety.  Valerian helps to calm the brain and body rather than inducing sleep directly, allowing sleep to occur naturally.  It is often combined with other herbs such as lemon balm and hops, both of which are well known for their calming properties. – See more at: anxietyuk.org.uk
  4. Exercise – Exercise is safe, good for the brain, and a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety, both immediately and in the long term. “If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll have more self-esteem and feel healthier,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, who blogs at www.DrewRamseyMD.com.”One of the major causes of anxiety is worrying about illness and health, and that dissipates when you are fit.”
  5. Yoga and/or Meditation– Regular yoga practice can help you stay calm and relaxed in daily life and can also give you the strength to face events as they come without getting restless. Yoga practice ideally includes the complete package of asanas (body postures), pranayamas (breathing techniques), meditation, and the ancient yoga philosophy, all of which has helped several anxiety patients recover and face life with new positivity and strength.

    Taking your attention to the breath can help free the mind of the unnecessary clutter of thoughts that breed anxiety. Try the following breathing practices:

    • Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Skull-Shining Breathing Technique)
    • Bhastrika Pranayama
    • Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing) – effective in releasing stress from the system (where the exhalation is longer than the inhalation)
    • Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

There are a lot more remedies in nature to ease anxiety, but these are the ones I found to be working best.

Some information from this article has been taken from:

http://www.artofliving.org/yoga/health-and-wellness/yoga-for-anxiety-disorder

http://www.livestrong.com/article/18814-yoga-breathing-exercises-anxiety/

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20669377_10,00.html

Thank you for reading,

Love and Light,

Eddie