Week of April 22nd
What Does the Wanting Want
Sat Nam All,
I think that Spring is the perfect time of year to have this conversation with you. Springtime brings a rise in energy and it can express itself through desire and wanting. In this audio I discuss the “root” of this wanting, how this wanting can lead to addictions, what are addictions, and what recovery looks like. Take a listen for more about this.
This week we’ll be working with the lower triangle to help us work the spring energy.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Our habitual patterns are, of course, well established, seductive, and comforting. Just wishing for them to be ventilated isn’t enough. Mindfulness and awareness are key. Do we see the stories that we’re telling ourselves and question their validity? When we are distracted by a strong emotion, do we remember that it is part of our path? Can we feel the emotion and breathe it into our hearts for ourselves and everyone else? If we can remember to experiment like this even occasionally, we are training as a warrior. And when we can’t practice when distracted but know that we can’t, we are still training well. Never underestimate the power of compassionately recognizing what’s going on."
– Pema Chödron
MEDITATION OF THE WEEK
"This is a practice I highly recommend for working with habits. There are a lot of comments from Yogi Bhajan about this that are helpful in understanding it more. Enjoy!" - Sukhraj
The 7 Wave Sat Nam Meditation
If you can build this meditation to at least 31 minutes per day, the mind will be cleansed just as the ocean waves wash the sandy beach.
This is a bij (seed) mantra meditation. Bij mantras such as Sat Naamare sounds which can totally rearrange the habit patterns. We all have habit patterns; we could not function without them. But sometimes the patterns we have created are not wanted.
You have changed, so you want the patterns to change. By vibrating the sound current Sat Naam in this manner, you activate the energy of the mind that erases and establishes habits. This meditation is good as an introduction to Kundalini Yoga. It will open the mind to new experience.
A long-time student will still meditate in this way, particularly to clear off the effects of a hurried day before beginning another deep meditation. After chanting this mantra, you will feel calm, relaxed, and mellow.
Posture: Sit in Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh.
Mudra: Place the palms flat together at the center of the chest in Prayer Pose, with thumbs touching the center of the sternum.
Breath and Mantra: Inhale deeply, concentrating on the breath. With the exhale, chant the mantra in the law of seven (the law of the tides). Vibrate Sat in six waves, and let Naam be the seventh.
On each wave, thread the sound through the chakras beginning at the base of the spine at the First Chakra.
On Naam, let the energy and sound radiate from the Seventh Chakra at the top of the head through the aura, unto Infinity.
As the sound penetrates each chakra, gently pull the physical area it corresponds to: The first center is the rectum; the second is the sex organs; the third is the Navel Point; the fourth is the heart; the fifth is the throat; the sixth is the Brow Point; and the seventh is the top of the head.
Eyes: Focus at the Brow Point.
Time: Continue for 11 – 31 minutes.
This meditation can be found at the Yogi Bhajan Library of Teachings.
Yogi Bhajan Lecture Excerpts on the 7 Wave Sat Nam Meditation from 6/14/79
"Let us purify ourselves with truth, these are vibrations. The words I can tell you: Sat Nam. Sat represents truth; Nam represent personified. It means the spirit of that creative God, the cosmos, stands personified through these vibrations. It is not a big thing. But to chant it is not a muttering. It is an electro-physical process through which this energy is made to circulate. That is the key, there is no big thing about it.
"Now we'll practice it.
"You have seen the law of tides. The tide takes six coils, on the seventh coil it goes up and then it strikes and cleanses the shore, and goes back. This is the law of tides. If the vibrations can be created by the bij mantra, it will cleanse the body of negativity and the remainder will be positivity and that is a divine light. Do it as your breath permits it, honestly, and let us all follow.
"Fill in your lungs with this power of divine.
"This is sufficient for you to practice when you want to purify yourself and you want to project truth out of you. You may come here and learn it, or you may not come here, but truth cannot be sold, cannot be bought. It doesn't belong to anyone.
"I am a humble instrument giving you a technique which is practical, and which can be proved. There is no duality. We do not give the mantra in the ear and we do not make a special mantra for the special person, because we know that one God has created everyone, and He is in everyone, and one master key can open all the locks of darkness and unawareness."
Yogi Bhajan Lecture Excerpt on the 7 Wave Sat Nam Meditation from 1/1/70
"To build the electric charge, you have to build the life force. To build the life force you have to open up your solar center and solar plexus and to build that you have to meditate and chant in the law of seven or the law of tides.
"Under the law of tides, the law of seven—when you give all the length and power to Sat and then a little to end up on Nam—such a person not only builds up his entire magnetic field, electric charge, life force, and circumvent force, but he becomes a unit who can liberate others—not only with touch, thinking, mental projection—but where his step shall be, there truth shall be. Wherever his eyes will fall, that person will be liberated. Where he will live, dwell, think, talk, it will be truth and whosoever shall come into his contact will end up to be truth.
"This is the grace of those who have realized the secret of Sat Nam—the creative truthful energy, the cause of all causes."
©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
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