By Hari Kaur Khalsa
“I want to talk to you about your most important companion and its structure: the mind. Every human being who wants to excel and to develop the character and caliber that uphold the values of the soul needs a direct, fundamental relationship to the mind. So prepare yourself for an intense study. Not an intellectual debate, but an intelligent confrontation with your own experience.” –Yogi Bhajan
The Goal of Meditation—Living a Conscious Life: Say What You Mean—Do What You Say—Live the Destiny of Your Soul
You may be drawn to practice yoga for many reasons. Perhaps you want to increase your flexibility, improve your health, or learn to manage the stress in your life.
As you practice Kundalini Yoga you may find additional benefits. You may find that you are able to speak from your heart with less fear. You may begin to forgive yourself for the past and look to the future with hope and positive energy. Your communications with family, friends, and coworkers may improve and your relationships grow deeper and more satisfying.
You may begin to feel a new level of self-love and self-respect that enables you to live more happily and feel more fulfilled. Your words may reflect your inner truth, and your actions your words, and you may experience the fulfillment of living your destiny—a life that is a direct reflection of your soul’s radiance. You can then live a conscious life. Many of these benefits result from meditation.
What Is Meditation and How Does it Help You Live a Life of Awareness and Consciousness?
Throughout your waking hours, you have millions of thoughts. Many of these thoughts are stored in your subconscious mind. Sometimes the impressions of these thoughts interfere with your ability to be clear and focused. Yogi Bhajan compares meditating to taking out the garbage. Each time you meditate, you provoke your subconscious mind to dump the hidden thoughts and impressions into your conscious mind. This gives you a direct experience of your hidden self, and you can consciously release those hidden thoughts.
The process reveals how you react to the circumstances in your life on the basis of past fears and experiences instead of being present to each new moment. Meditation can help clear the mind of unwanted thoughts that lead to inappropriate communication and actions. Through continued and dedicated practice, meditation can free you from fears that prevent you from living a conscious life.
Meditation is Both a Personal and an Impersonal Practice
Meditation is a personal practice and will bring you personal benefits. Meditation is also an impersonal act. We are each a part of the same family of humankind, and each step we take toward personal inner peace and conscious action is a step forward for the peace and conscious action of all.
To achieve the maximum benefits from meditation, meditate in a group, in addition to meditating on your own. Meditation in a Kundalini Yoga class or in a community generates healing energy, which is especially beneficial during stressful times. We may disagree on issues, but we can meditate together and create a projection for healing and peace, moving beyond the mundane to experience universal truth.
There are many types of meditations in Kundalini Yoga. You will encounter meditations for creativity, energy, peace, character, healing, and more. Some meditations emphasize the experience of your breath. Other meditations may include a mantra chanted aloud or silently, or special hand or body postures. The different elements of each meditation combine to produce a specific effect in your psyche. Each meditation is powerful. Even though each meditation may emphasize a particular aspect of life or healing, every meditation, properly done, is meant to give you the experience of universal truth.
[Published in Aquarian Times, Summer 2003]
Hari Kaur Khalsa directs and teaches Kundalini Classes and Teacher Trainings, Level 1 and Level 2, in the US and abroad. Hari is co-author of “A Woman’s Book of Yoga: Embracing Our Natural Life Cycles” and author of “A Woman’s Book of Meditation: Discovering the Power of a Peaceful Mind”. Hari and husband Dave Frank, world renowned Jazz pianist and educator, just this year founded Hari NYC - a loft space dedicated to yoga and music. Hari is the former Director of Education and Training of Golden Bridge NYC (2007-2009). Hari is a caring, inspiring, and down to earth teacher, making the powerful and healing teachings of Kundalini Y as taught by Yogi Bhajan accessible to students of all levels. Inspired by years of study with Yogi Bhajan, Hari continues to serve all who come with smiles, and spirit. www.HariNYC.com www.DaveFrankJazz.com
The Mind, Its Projections and Multiple Facets, by Yogi Bhajan, p. 1.