Monthly Archives: July 2013

Play Nice

Here’s a little motto I came up with to support our intentions for both abundance and sustainability:

You can have it all — you just can’t have all of it.

In other words, dream big and welcome prosperity — but don’t be selfish. There’s a reason we’re taught to share from our earliest social interactions. If only one kid monopolizes all the toys in the sandbox, who will play with him?

kids-sharingThese boundaries are beautifully illustrated in the instructions Yogi Bhajan gave for the so-called Prosperity Meditation, which is a segment of Subagh Kriya. He said not to do the meditation for more than 11 minutes at a time because “it is so powerful in bringing prosperity that more than 11 minutes would be greedy.”

There are many aspects of yogic philosophy and practice that teach us about living in this kind of balance. One is asteya, one of the five yamas in the eight-limbed path described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The following concise explanation was taken from the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health website:

“Asteya, or ‘not stealing,’ refers to the stealing that grows from believing we cannot create what we need. We steal because we misperceive the universe as lacking abundance or we think that there is not enough for everyone and that we will not receive in proportion to our giving. Because of this, asteya does not only consist of “not stealing,” but also of rooting out the subconscious beliefs of lack and scarcity that cause greed and hoarding in all their various manifestation.”

Imagine a world where everyone had enough of everything they needed — and even had a little left over for things they wanted. That world already exists. The universe has infinite resources. Infinite! It will continue to support us indefinitely — as long as we show respect for the moderation and management needed to sustain it.

Take some time this week to examine your own heart for the ways you grasp and hold on too tight. Is it with money? Relationships? Prestige? Allow yourself to explore the root of your fear and then release it.  When you trust in the abundance, you will have it all — you will know that you always did.

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Back in the Sadhana Again!

Sat Nam, dear readers!

Sunset

Guru Ram Das Puri, Espanola, New Mexico

I have recently returned from the 3HO Summer Solstice Sadhana Celebration in New Mexico, which is the largest annual Kundalini yoga festival in the world. After two weeks of travel, camping and meditating, my batteries are recharged and I feel ready to meet all the challenges and opportunities in the remainder of 2013. However, when returning from this blissful retreat there is a danger of losing the heightened consciousness so finely honed while immersed in and supported by all that mystic mojo oozing from the sacred land we inhabit each year.

Among the many, many benefits I gained while I was away was that I reconnected with this simple truth about my practice:

Sadhana is the answer to everything. I make it complicated but the answer is just sadhana.

Sadhana is a daily spiritual practice. It can be any devotion that connects you to your higher self but in the Kundalini yoga tradition, it typically includes meditation and asana (postures). I have been practicing long enough now to know the difference between a day where I do not do my sadhana versus a day that I do. Let’s just say: with = all good; without = not so much.

If you’re in a phase where nothing in your life seems to be going well and/or smoothly, why not try a 40-day sadhana? That would mean selecting some type of spiritual activity and committing to completing it for 40 days in a row (no, you can’t skip a day and if you miss one, you start over). If you need any suggestions for a sadhana taken from Kundalini yoga, or if you would just like to talk over this possibility, please contact me for a consultation.

Sat Nam!