Week of May 28th
Cherdi Kalaa = Rising Spirit
Sat Nam All,
This weekend I did something no parent ever wants to do. Our family addended a memorial service for one of our daughter's classmates. Rio and Ben were classmates since kindergarten. It was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I've ever experienced. It was heartfelt, honest and so meaningful to me. A combination of poetry, songs, and personal sharing. There’s one word I kept saying to myself—Cherdi Kalaa. This can be summed up as the "Rising Spirit". In the midst of tragedy there’s a place we can rest in that doesn’t take away the pain but brings a purpose - a clear direction in our life that goes beyond the personal and into an understanding and acceptance of this great mystery we're all a part of. Katerina, Ben’s mom got up to speak about her son. I would say she was speaking from this place of Cherdi Kalaa. I don’t know how she did it, but she delivered the most inspired speech. She spoke to the shadow, and she brought light to the dark. Imagine the grieving mother soothing all of Ben’s classmates, friends and the parents who also watched Ben grow. Many people talk of spiritual practice and what I saw in Katerina was a living, breathing practice. I want to share more with you about Cherdi Kalaa - click here.
This week’s offerings are for children and young adults. For you parents with young kiddos, I’ve added some really fun songs to the end of this weeks Kundalini playlist. Take a listen and please share with your friends! It’s been my favorite way to teach our girls the mantras that have brought so much healing to my life.
Finally, I’m working on offering a weekly young adult yoga class at Raj. If you're interested in supporting this program at Raj please reach out to me. Raj and The Grief Support Network are teaming up and will be holding a panel discussion on how we can support our youth through yoga and mediation practices. As soon as I have the date for that I’ll let you know.
This week we'll focus on the Cherdi Kalaa mantra.
Spirit be exalted, and may all beings prosper by Thy Grace
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
"All beings are sustained by the Divine force and all continents and universes are also sustained by this universal Cosmic Force."
- Siri Guru Granth Saab page 284.
"Love is the ultimate state of human behavior where compassion prevails and kindness rules."
- Yogi Bhajan 7/7/87
MEDITATIONS OF THE WEEK
Yoga for Children
Yoga for Children over 12 Years Old
Compiled by Guru Nam Kaur Khalsa
Yogi Bhajan taught these meditations in 1990.
Children can touch the tip of the nose with the index finger to help them concentrate in both meditations.
This meditation exercises the memory.
Sit in easy pose with a straight spine. Focus the eyes on the tip of the nose. Inhale deeply; hold the breath; exhale completely. Repeat twice. Then begin to click the tongue on the roof of the mouth while looking at the tip of the nose. Continue for 11 minutes maximum.
Do this meditation when you are angry or want to do something ‘bad.’
Sit in easy pose with a straight spine. Focus the eyes on the tip of the nose. Say Wha five times. Then say Sa five times. Continue for 11 minutes maximum.
© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan
LINKS TO PLAYLISTS
White Tantric Yoga is coming to Boulder!
White Tantric Yoga is coming to Boulder Saturday, October 26, 2019.
For more information and to register, click here!
Take good care of yourself.
Looking forward to seeing you at Raj!