I’ve been really digging this Kundalini class I’ve been taking on Saturdays at Atmananda. Hari Bhajan Kaur is a great teacher, plus she’s sarcastic and real, so instantly I loved her.
At the end of our kriya yesterday we finished class with a meditation. As she introduced it, she was unforgiving: “This is absolutely necessary in this day and age. No getting around it if you want to lead a happy and healthy life.”
If you think about all the information coming at us at once, she continued, this is the only way to eliminate and create space. She made the analogy of defecating or urinating; (and I’ll add) how much does it suck when we can’t do that?
Mentally, we NEED to be decluttering the garbage. Otherwise, we are literally: Making. Ourselves. Sick. It is just too much stress on the mind and body otherwise.
She made me realize that I have been far too agreeable about this.
From here on out, this is NON-NEGOTIABLE. Me included!
I don’t care who you are, everybody has five minutes!
First time? Or recommitting? This is a great start.
After class, Hari Bhajan and I were chatting it up about expectations in meditation. She reminded me of a great quote:
When Buddha was asked what he gained in meditation, he replied, “Nothing. But let me tell you what I’ve lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity.”
We want the quick fix, the magic pill, the surgery, but undoing years of input isn’t going to happen overnight, no matter the gimmick.
Instead, we start small; we start with feasible. Over time we’ll grow, we’ll begin to crave the space, the quiet, the peace.
In the meantime, 5 minutes.
I leave you with this: Consistency. Consistency. Consistency.
PS … If you want to try a kundalini yoga basic, try this.
Kat Hurley is a transformational author, speaker and personal development coach, making over motivation @The Year of Magical Dreaming. For the full 411, visit kathurley.com, yo!