Meditation

The benefits of meditation include:

  • Promoting a sense of well-being, inner peace, stability and calm;
  • Reducing stress by resolving core issues that lead to stress-producing patterns of thought and behaviour;
  • Promoting the ability to focus energy, which enables us to be more efficient;
  • Developing the neutral mind, which gives us space to choose how to react to whatever life throws at us; and
  • Releasing subconscious fears and blocks.

Yogi Bhajan described meditation as “the art of breaking habits, to purify the mind and to take care of day-to-day things”. By releasing deep-rooted fears and blocks in the subconscious, people who practice meditation regularly sleep better, suffer less anxiety, manage stress better, and are empowered to take control of their addictions. With regular practice, we can learn to let damaging thoughts pass by rather than dumping them into the subconscious mind.

People who are new to meditation often fear that they will not be able to sit still for long enough, or that they will be unable to clear the mind of it’s constant turbulence. Keeping the body and the mind still are challenging for us! Kundalini meditation is helpful in this respect because there is always something to focus on – a hand posture, a breathing pattern, a mantra – so whenever the mind wanders, we can gently bring it back to these focus points.

40 Day Meditations

It is traditional to practice a particular meditation every day for 40 days. Yogi Bhajan taught that it takes 40 days to break a habit, and the full benefits of particular meditations are only felt with regular practice. I am sharing my 40 day meditations here, for anyone who would like to join me.

Since 23rd September, I have been doing Kirtan Kriya for 12 minutes a day. This meditation can be done in the morning or the evening, whatever suits. It is a meditation now recommended as a daily practice by the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention  Foundation. Copy and paste the following in your browser for details:

http://alzheimersprevention.org/research/12-minute-memory-exercise/

 

 

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