What is Meditation?
Meditation in Kundalini Yoga contains specific, practical tools that carefully and precisely support the mind and guide the body through the use of breath, mantra, mudra, and focus. The range and variety of meditation techniques in the Kundalini Yoga tradition is truly extraordinary. There are hundreds of kundalini meditations tailored to specific applications. There are meditations that reduce stress, work on addictions, increase vitality, and clear chakras, to name a few. While there exist many, many styles and approaches to meditation, what sets this approach to meditation apart is its precision, effectiveness, and practicality.
Cleansing the Mind
The best time to meditate is early in the morning, even before the dawn—but any time that is peaceful is good. About three minutes after you begin, many thoughts may start bubbling up to your awareness, including thoughts you don’t want to have. That is the time to let those thoughts just pass by without getting stuck or attached or identifying with them. This is the process of meditation, and the more you meditate, the less potent those thoughts that arise from your subconscious mind will be, and the less they will have the power to affect your mind, your thoughts, your emotions, your life.
If you can be physically still, the mind slowly becomes still. When the thoughts still, that is a special time that brings a coziness to the being. As you gradually develop that still and cozy state, the ‘thought-hitting’ process becomes shorter and shorter.
There is a myth that when you sit down you should be able to quiet your mind. The mind generates thousands of thoughts per second. When you sit quietly and turn the focus inward, you become very aware of what is going on in the background of your mind. Distractions are the rule. Just keep going back to the mantra or other points of focus. Do not evaluate or react to the extraneous thoughts. Let them be processed by the mantra. Have patience with yourself.
Meditation can frequently be blissful or very cozy as the meditative mind establishes a place of elevated consciousness. Sometimes meditation can be downright miserable. Meditation is a cleansing process. You may find yourself observing some very unpleasant, ugly thoughts while you’re meditating. The important thing is, keep up! The mantras and meditations are doing their job. You’re cleaning out and getting rid of negativity that has been covering up the divine light inside you.
"A person who has the patience to allow the mind to go through its antics while remaining firmly planted, will experience something. That “something” is different for each individual, but it will be, in some way or another, a reawakening of the self. With this new awareness comes inner change, then outer change."
~Shakti Parwha Kaur
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