Mental Noise and Stress – Kundalini Yoga

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Relieve mental noise and stress

Stress increases mental noise, it is a universal effect. As mental noise increases our mind fills with sensations and thoughts. The mind begins to repeat things, get caught up in the same thought again and again. Feelings and thoughts can also seem unrelated. As I described in class last week, think of your mind as a large pond. When we receive sensory overload whether coming from traffic, loud noises, trying to do too many things at once or from inside our heads the still pond of our mind becomes agitated, when those waves become too fast and strong it can even express itself as mental illness, schizophrenia, OCD, etc, narratives or voices that seem separate from ourselves. These disturbed waves lead to mental fogginess, making mistakes and finally insulation to try and deal with this overload. Our mind creates stories and distortions which we believe are real. We become lost in the detail or lose sight of the whole becoming more impulsive, acting out of fear, trapped in habits becoming a different person or our stress personality.

We try to escape the pain of our sensory overload, by escaping our reality. We watch TV when we should be studying for our exams. We clean out a cupboard when we need to complete our tax form. We seek one great cause of our misery, our relationship, our families, our jobs, etc. We seek one solution to end our pain, if we are just more religious, good, follow a guru, etc we will be saved. Our striving for this one great solution becomes a platform for judging others, we start blaming and isolating ourselves and/or we escape into fantasy, TV, films, etc.

Now we are only using our old reptilian brain, situated at the brain stem to function. The limbic system which gives us compassion and the ability to relate to others stops functioning. We are in survival mode, alive but not living.

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Ok that all sounds terrible now what can we do. It is important that we have a daily practice of reducing the internal and external noise vibrating in our mind. Watch those waves and then dive deep into the stillness that exists even if the nosiest of brains. You could use the tools of yoga, pranayama, meditation, kriya, gong, going for a swim, etc. However being mindful (ie watching your thoughts) is not enough. You need to go one step further to move your mind into a neutral meditative state, zero or shuniya, even if it lasts for just for a few seconds. You need this mental silence to help you recalibrate your mind. It is like the reset button on your phone when it is playing up. From this reset state our brain function can get back to normal and we be the healthy, happy humans we were born to be.  Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 8 Oct 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 9 Oct 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues9 Oct 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 10 Oct   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 145/5 Fife Rd, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

No classes after Tuesday as I am in Malaysia Kundalini Yoga Festival until Next Week

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A Strong Nervous System means less Stress – Kundalini yoga 6.15pm Mon Sept 10@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

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Living our daily lives especially in the Age of Aquarius, juggling, work, family, friends and finances can be difficult at the best of times, but when challenges or crisis hits we can feel overwhelmed by pressure which can literally derail us and end up as STRESS.

How we respond consciously or unconsciously to our environment, people and situations all depends on the strength of our nervous system. The nervous system consists of three parts: Central Nervous System (sensation & motor control), Peripheral Nervous System (connects nerves to organs and limbs) and Autonomic Nervous System (emergency response: Sympathetic- “gas pedal” & Parasympathetic- “brake pedal”). Nerve impulses from these 3 different systems communicate with our glands, muscles and organs via electrical and chemical signals to sense and respond, or sense and react.

Some of the benefits to having a strong nervous system are that you can manage stress, respond less automatically and process sensations and emotions so they do not create patterns/habits in our sub and unconscious mind.

Have you ever looked away during a scary movie or if you see something painful? It feels like you cannot bare to watch what is about to happen, anticipating something bad? This is what a weak nervous system is like. A person cannot contain the reality of an event and therefore avoids it altogether. It is as if your container, the nervous system, does not have the depth or inner resources to deal with the painful or difficult events and this governs the limit of the amount of stress or pain that can be withstood. Your nerves get frayed and the thalamus (an area at the back of your brain) filters sensations and decides which thoughts and sensations make it to the conscious mind or which go unnoticed and are pushed into the unconscious mind. These thoughts left unprocessed end up in nervous disorders.

When you develop a strong nervous system, it allowsyouto experience an event no matter how painful. You cannot control what is happening, but you can control whether you allow yourself to experience reality.

A strong nervous system is like a deep well, it gives you the ability to hold whatever situation comes into your life. A strong nervous system can allow you to experience and process painful events faster, as you can ALLOW the experience without avoiding it, process the feelings and not get attached. It can also reflect in your depth in meditation. With a strong nervous system you can meditate for hours without distracting pain. When the nervous system develops the capacity to hold pain, then your mind can bring awareness to it and then release it.

We have become a society that seeks pleasure and avoids pain at all costs. I am not saying that we should seek out pain, but the reality of life is that there are good times and bad times, this is just the polarity of existence. By consciously avoiding the tough times you are running away from reality. We all do it on some level, but the truth is that avoiding pain causes neurosis. It is important to have a strong nervous system to be graceful during tough times.

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Practical tips – What does this all mean?

Practice soothing the nervous system, through yoga and meditation. Yoga increases the energy moving through particular nerve pathways. Breath of fire is great for this. This is why sometimes you feel light headed when practicing this breath, because it has moved a block, now energy can flow along that nerve pathway releasing toxins and giving you renewed vitality, which creates that sensation of dizziness.

Yoga also works on stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, your brake pedal in life, by increasing the parasympathetic response, so you do not get the feeling of being overwhelmed.You can ALLOW yourself to see the thought, or feel the emotion, bring conscious awareness to it and release it.

The neural pathways in people with chronic pain become hypersensitive so they feel pain much faster. Yoga decreases the pain sensation by increasing the amount of information travelling down a shared neural pathway, effectively diluting the pain information. This means you withstand more pain, once again bring conscious awareness to that area and heal it.

Meditation including mantra and eye focus actively stimulates the thalamus and changes how it deals with sensory information, once again allowing us to be in the moment without rejecting it.

Try meditation to “To Stabilize the State.” This meditation works with the armpits which Yogi Bhajan said, if the brain is the engine the armpits are the exhaust. By working the armpits, the connection to our central nervous system, we strengthen the whole nervous system.

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updatesraymond.fiona@gmail.comwww.sanasuma.co.uk0778011984.

Mon 10 Sept 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 11 Sept 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 11 Sept 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Wed 12 Sept   5- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 12 Sept 6.45-8pm     KundaliniYoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 13 Sept 11.30-1pm Special Needs Kids@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col8

Sun 16 Sept 10-11.30am Stress Management Workshop@ Sat Sangat, Negambo

What Kundalini Yoga Awakens?- Monday 27 August 6.15pm Prana Lounge, Colombo 7

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What Kundalini Awakens?

I get a lot of students asking me so What is Kundalini Yoga and what does it awaken? My experience is that many people misunderstand what Kundalini is, they think it is just a sexual energy, maybe something that will give them powers?. It is a vast concept! Yogi Bhajans reply when asked if Kundalini was dangerous, his answer was, Yes, Kundalini is dangerous. If someone has awakened Kundalini energy you cannot lie to that person, you cannot cheat that person, you cannot dominate that person. It is the energy, supreme energy of the human being, the problem is not Kundalini awakening but a person spending their life with it unawakened. The job of the human being is to awaken to what you really are.

If human organism or vehicle you operate is dominated by the lower energy centres, the person will operate from a perspective of density.   What is real and most valuable for that persons will be the material realm. As we know from our weeks working on Happiness, our happiness is not influenced by our material wealth.   This focus will constrict the Kundalini energy in the lower triangle and will not be feeding the higher chakras.

When you start to have a kundlini experience you start to understand what you really are. What created you, that is the process of Kundalini Yoga . Beyond your gender, your race, your bank account, you learn to concentrate on what is in the nucleus of you, what you really are, spirit. In order to feel this subtle shift, you need to purify the blood stream, purify the density of the body and so that the pituitary gland can secrete into the blood stream to create a conducive environment to awaken your consciousness. That person has a different type of brightness coming out of their eyes. What they really are in coming out through the instrument of the body. That is what makes you a magnetic presence and that transmit to all that see you.  You are in love with life and it overflows into everything you do. You become you, genuine you, guided by your intuition. It is a potent and profound path and needs hard work, discipline and determination but you will see the results when you start to awaken.

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Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 27 Aug 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 28 Aug 7.45-8.45am      Kundalini Yoga Shaunagh @Body Bar, 3 Jawatte Av, Col 5

Tues 28 Aug 9.45-10.45am   Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd, Col 5.

Tues 28 Aug 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 29 Aug   5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 29 Aug 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Fri 31 Aug 6.00-7.30pm          Inner Sound Gong Bath @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

7 Steps to Happiness & Yogi Ji’s Birthday – Kundalini celebration Sun 26 August 5.30pm@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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Yogi Ji’s 7 Steps to Happiness

Last week we learnt that joy came from bringing more spirit into our life. We then begin to experience our lives as part of an endless giving cycle. We give to others and the Infinite within us, gives to us. We start to feel no lack, we do not react to fear, we embrace our shadow and our light. Happiness comes from being in the flow of life. Yogi Bhajan taught that there are 7 specific steps to happiness. Each step builds on the next. Happiness is the crowning result of developing our consciousness and increasing the percentage of spirit we feel in our life. When we enter the state of happiness, then we are capable of living for each other.

The 7 steps are: 1. Commitment
In every life you are meant to commit. Commitment needs discipline, decide you will commit to conscious awareness every day. Go to sleep with a dream and wake up with this purpose. That is why the word is commit-meant. Commitment gives you character.

  1. Character
    Character is when all your characteristics – all facets, flaws and facts – are under your control. Yin and yang meet there, totally balanced, you accept all of yourself, warts and all. Character gives you dignity.
  2. Dignity
    People start trusting you, liking you, respecting you. Dignity will give you divinity.
  3. Divinity
    Divinity is when people have no duality. You have mastered the up and downs of life and can meet each challenge with the knowledge you can win, because you can trust yourself. Then people trust you right away. They have no fear about you. Divinity gives you grace.be the change
  4. Grace
    Where there is grace, there is no interference, no gap between two people, no hidden agenda. Grace gives you the power to sacrifice.
  5. Sacrifice
    Allows you to serve from a place of divine, compassion where you are so full you are overflowing. You can stand in any pain for that person. That sacrifice gives you happiness.
  6. Happiness
    “You should make yourself so happy, that by looking at you, other people become happy. Join us this Sunday to celebrate Yogi Ji’s birthday, with a Kundalini Class and tea party. Please bring a dish. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com 0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

Mon 20 Aug 6.15-7.30pm     Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 21 Aug 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga@Om Shambala,143 Fife Rd,Col 5

Tues 21 Aug 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 22 Aug 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 22 Aug 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Fri 24   Aug 2.45-4pm             Workshop on Tattvas @ Hideaway, Arugum Bay

Fri 24   Aug 6-7.30pm             Double Gong Bath @ Hideaway, Arugum Bay

Sat 25 Aug 2.45-4pm            Workshop on Emotional Intelligence@Hideaway, Arugum Bay

Sat 25 Aug 6-7.30pm             Poya Full Moon Gong Bath @ Hideaway, Arugum Bay

Sun 26 Aug 5.30-7pm             Celebrate Yogi Ji -Kunalini Yoga & Gong@ 9 Greenlands Lane, (All welcome bring something to eat)

Reactive or Hidden Self – Kundalini yoga 6.15pm Mon 30 July 2018

Reactive Personality ie Hidden Self

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at how we can be truly happy, to feel good about ourselves, be able to cope with difficult feelings and circumstances. But the biggest obstacle to all of this is what Yogi Bhajan named as the Reactive personality or Hidden self.

Firstly we need to understand that we originate from the soul which does not include any polarity, just oneness, which reflects true self. We incarnate into a Universe of polarities, where our persona and shadow self exist. Persona is the part of our personality which we project into the world, how we would like to be seen. The Shadow is the part of the personality which we keep hidden. For example if you are a very kind, generous person there is within you a selfish and mean side. In order not to be at odds with your Shadow you need to acknowledge both sides of the persona but choose to be kind and generous to yourself and others. Understanding that sometimes you need to put yourself first and look after your financial needs. Then there is no conflict between the persona and the shadow.

Within the Shadow lies the Hidden or reactive self. This part of us is created through experiences we had usually in the first 7 years of our life. Just like the little angle baby becomes a monster during the terrible twos, this reactive self does not die with childhood. It stays in the subconscious realm as we get older, holding on to its hidden agenda, undermining our ability to appreciate life, be happy and fulfilled. The reactive self is activated when we do not get what we want. In these circumstances we become angry but it is not just feelings of anger but the reactive mind gets involved, saying, why am I angry, I feel bad about being angry, etc. Adding layer upon layer to this initial feeling from the hidden self.

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How to recognise the Reactive or Hidden Self ?

  1. Feelings of regret about the past, past mistakes, etc.
  2. When you begin defending yourself because feelings of shame, loss and fear arise. It prevents us from acknowledging our accountability for what happens to us in life. If it is happening to you, it is happening through you.
  3. We may be busy, our lives filled with many people, tasks and adventures but inside we are not content.
  4. The interconnection between the left and right hemisphere is weakened. The effect is often a change in voice and tone. We are angry, childlike, talkative, full of stories, sneaky and insecure.
  5. Feeling sorry for ourselves, life is unfair, living in our stories.
  6. . Because we are not neutral about ourselves we dismiss the hidden self and its agendas and do not believe the outside world is affected by our private thoughts and feelings. The ego and subconscious mind align with the hidden self. This now reactive personality based on unprocessed childhood trauma, creates thousands of thoughts, feelings and narratives to serve our hidden agenda. We react in the same way to all situations, which may not make sense in the current moment. The gap between us and reality increases.   If our habit is to simple react, or to react and deny we reacted we divide and fight ourselves. It is just like trying to see ourselves in a shattered mirror.

These are just some of the signs of the Reactive personality. When they occur the hidden personality is dominating our normal personality

So how do we deal with it?

Shiv Charan our teacher is very clear about this, he says when you observe the Hidden self, you have got to be very very firm.

  1. There is nothing to heal.
  2. Do not mentally react to it or start to analysis it or discuss it.
  3. Hit it with a Mantra. Mantra is like a tread, a diver’s life line, keep chanting, keep the rhythm and you will get through the waves of it until you come out on the other side.
  4. Have a tool box you can use when the Reactive Self arises, Inhale 4 exhale 1.
  5. For most people we will never be able to get rid of the hidden self reactive personality, only put it to sleep.

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 30 July 6.15-7.30pm       Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 31 July 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 31 July 3.30-4.30pm       Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Tues 31 July 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 1 Aug 5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 145/5 Fife Rd, Colombo 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 1 Aug 6.45-8pm      Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 2 Aug 11-1pm     Special Needs Kids and Teachers @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Fri    3 Aug 5.45-7pm       Youvolution Gong Bath – Jungle Beach Ahungalla

 

 

 

Emotional Intelligence – Kundalini Yoga 6.45pmWed 25 July @ 9 Greenlands Lane

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Our happiness will not be complete until we understand our emotions and what they are trying to tell us. We feel that emotions drain us and if we could live without negative emotions, we would be happier.

GuruMeher has made a study of our emotions, he calls them the Senses of the Soul. He says “We do two things wrong with emotions we either let them take over us or we repress them.”   Students and yoga teachers alike have been asking me about how to deal with difficult emotions and I feel that especially the spiritual community tries to bypass difficult emotions. In fact I had a friend who did 3 to 4 kriyas and meditations per day to try and kriya her way out of feelings dark emotions. You may feel better initially but these emotions only get stronger if denied or vilified.

GuruMeher talks about emotions being the immune system of our mental health, therefore when we have an emotion use the clarity of our mind to try and understand what that emotion is trying to tell us.

Practical Solutions

So how do we do this? If an emotion is bothering you bring it into your consciousness awareness. Especially when you meditate. So next time you meditate bring in the emotion and listen to it what is it trying to tell you. Your emotions do not talk like your brain.   Start observing yourself not just your thoughts but listen with your self sensory system to feel the answer.

If you are in a meditative or neutral mind state when you bring up a difficult emotion your pre frontal cortex lights up and you feel clear, in normal situations your limbic system takes over and you go cloudy and unconscious. For example, feel the shame and after a while the shame will not feel so bad, as long as you are not feeding it with your thoughts. You need to feel this on a somatic (physical)level. Ask yourself, what do I need to do to feel better? This is the future of therapy ,it is self therapy. You will find yourself through it. It is a simple formula, you know what you are feeling and know what to do to feel better.

For example fear can eventually lead you to peace. If you would like to know more read GuruMeher Singh’s book called, Senses of the Soul.

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

Mon 23 July 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 24 July 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala

Tues 24 July 3.30-4.30pm       Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Tues 24 July 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 25 July 5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 25 July 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 26 July 11-1pm   Special Needs Kids and Teachers @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Fri     27 July 6-7.30pm       Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle

Fri   27 July 6.15-7.45pm Lunar Eclipse & Full Moon Gong Bath Shaunagh @ Om Shambala, Fife Rd Col 5

Cultivate Happiness – Kundalini Yoga 6.15pm Mon 9 July Prana Lounge

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Cultivate Happiness

Yogi Bhanjan tells us that our birthright is to be healthy, happy and holy. But what would it take to make you happy? If you had all the money in the world, would just material wealth make you truly happy? Most probably not, because happiness is not a thing it is state of being. To make your life happier it takes conscious effort and cultivation of new habits and patterns.

A Yale psychologist Laurie Santos created a course (that nearly 25% of all Yale undergraduates signed up for in 2018) which concluded that if we could spend month learning the technology of happiness we would be happier. It is a bit like learning to play the violin or a new language, you need to commit and practice.

Santos calls it rewirement, something we talk about a lot in Kundalini the ability to create neuroplasticity in the brain to retrain our thinking, i.e. qualify our thoughts so they serve you not the neurotic monkey mind. The teachings also tell us that happiness is not just an emotional state, but has a physical and spiritual component.

On a physical level we can bring greater happiness into our lives if we start connecting to our navel point or Nabhi. This point is 2-3 inches below our belly button, but lies greatly unused by the modern human being. It is the point where our nerve endings and meridian points come together to connect us to the world. By creating a strong and centred nabhi we can control our health and energy.   Yogi Bhajan says:

“Whatever you hear, whatever you see, and whatever you say is controlled by this navel point. If the navel point pulse is felt a little above the navel point, it means diarrhea. If it is a little below, constipation. If it is on the left side, gas. If it is on the right, burp. And all it has to be off is one millimeter. If the navel point is one millimeter off, your entire digestive system, your feelings–you are not you.” When you do not feel you, you do not feel happy.

Spiritually to feel happy we need connection. Connection to nature, loved ones and our spiritual family. My experience last week of spending 6 days with my spiritual community on retreat left me feeling uplifted inspired and deeply connected which in turn made me very happy and content. Serving, helping, giving and general acts of kindness make us feel happy. This is because we are serving the spirit in the other which we recognise has the same needs as ourselves.

Practical Solutions

In the 2012 New Zealand study researchers found that the following behaviour enhanced enjoyment: This list is just a start.

  1. Talking to another person about feeling good and lucky
  2. Laughing and telling yourself how proud you are of yourself
  3. Focusing in on the moment
  4. Physical – more sleep, exercise and deep relaxation
  5. Emotional: Making a list of all the things you feel grateful for as well as savouring special moments of your day. A cup of tea, the breeze on your skin, your first breath in the morning.
  6. Radom acts of kindness.
  7. Take a one month free course on happiness https://www.coursera.org/learn/the-science-of-well-being

Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

Mon 9 July 6.15-7.30pm       Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Tues 10 July 9.45-10.45am     Kundalini Yoga@ Om Shambala, Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 10 July 3.30-4.30pm       Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Tues 10 July 6-7.15pm            Kundalini Yoga Class Shaunagh @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Wed 11 July 5.00- 7.30am     Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 11 July 6.45-8pm           Kundalini Yoga @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 12 July 11-1pm   Special Needs Kids and Teachers @ Reach Beyond, Tickel Rd, Col 8

Thurs 12 July 6-7.30pm         New Moon Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Life as it is Not as we Are! – Kundalini yoga Wed 18 April 6.45pm @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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Seeing the world as it is not as we Are?

I read an interesting quote this week, “we see the world not as it is but as we are. A saint sees the world as a saint, a killer sees only murders or victims” by Neil Gaiman. I think we are all guilty of living in our mind. We talked about how the brain favours its blue print of the world, so we can live in low power mode. Therefore it does not have to experience reality as it is, new, fresh, for the first time. It quickly categorises experiences so we can place them in the correct pigeon hole and therefore not really experience the reality of what is. On the surface this seems like a simple solution so your brain can work on more pressing issues like your problems, worries, regrets etc. But in reality it stops you experiencing the wonder of life.   Every taste is stale not fresh and vibrant. Every birdsong goes unnoticed instead of being music to your ears.

The gap between seeing the world as we are, as oppose to, how it is, is suffering. In short, we just keep on getting the same old problems wrapped up in a different package but keep on desiring a different outcome. Nothing seems to change.

When our overly, assertive, positive mind says, “Oh it was just not meant to be”. Know this is just a defense mechanism to make you feel better but ultimately keep you from living your dreams. We need to change our affirmation from frustration which makes us feel important. To spending time every day to reduce the noise in our minds after meditation and dream our dreams and affirm, “I will succeed. I have forever”.   When we put a time limit on our dreams we are setting ourselves up for the expected failure, or “I knew it would not work”, because once again being right is more important than being happy and complaints gain sympathy, again a short-term pleasure but not getting you to a place of joy.

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Practical Solutions

This week let’s take the challenge of learning to develop patience, notice how your body is feeling at any point in the day and relax it. Feel joy in your heart, while being super alert to noticing all the sensory information coming in. If you want life to be different you need to change your thinking. Use the affirmation, I will succeed, I have forever. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Wed 18 April 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 18 April 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 19 April 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga@ Prana Lounge, Col 7.

Sat 21 April 5.30-7pm               Healing Gong Bath@ Prana Lounge, Col 7

Change the Factory Setting of your Mind – Kundalini yoga Mon 9 April 6.15pm Prana Lounge

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Thoughts are a very subtle energy and our mind is the antenna constantly receiving and broadcasting this subtle energy. But what are we broadcasting? When our lives and behaviour become automatic, instinctual without conscious awareness, we are broadcasting our factory setting, default mode, etc. The factory setting of our mind is largely determined by genes and the environment we grew up in. For example what did your carers say about money, security, success, relationships? Do any of these statements sound familiar?

  • Life is hard/ Life is a Burden/ Life is Suffering
  • Money does Not grow on trees
  • People eventually disappoint you.
  • You cannot trust anyone.
  • Better to expect the worse than hope for the best.
  • Money is easy to spend difficult to make.

The predisposition of our mind can show us our automatic programming. This programming is generated from the sub conscious mind, therefore we are not always aware of it. Once we can become aware of this programming we can develop mental flexibility or neuroplasticity, to change that programming through the process of meditation and consciousness. In a meditative state ( if you are confused read last week’s blog) the observer observes the mind and its thought patterns, the observer then elevates the mind to the vastness of the universal Shuniya (stillness).

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Practical Solutions

During your meditation notice what is the factory setting of your mind regarding the fundamental issues in your life. It could be, why I am not successful, why I am not prosperous, why I am not trusting, etc. Use acceptance of what is and gratitude to reprogram the default mode, i.e. feeling grateful for the 1 student who attended your class instead of being disappointed. This moves us away from broadcasting a constant message of need, fear and want, to feeling blessed, fulfilled and taken care of. My personal experience of this is that it can really start changing the reality of your life. It is not a miracle and may take time to work but with patience, trust and practice when you see a mental pattern that is not serving you and you want to break the cycle, a gratitude practice will work. Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon 9 April 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 10 April 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 10 April 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Wed 11 April 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 11 April 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Happy Sinhala and Tamil New YEAR!

The Buddhi Mind & why we meditate? – Kundalini Yoga Mon 2 April 6.15pm@Prana Lounge, Colombo 7

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The Buddhi Mind and why we Meditate?

We have worked a lot on the mind and in these final weeks before Sri Lankan New Year I wanted to clear up some concepts around meditation, concentration and relaxation. This is what we know so far:

  1. The mind is automatic and there is a lot being thought, processed in the sub, unconscious and conscious mind. But the key thing is that you recognise that YOU are not the one thinking; your MIND is the one thinking. You are the one observing a small portion of the thoughts the mind is having.
  2. The Mind loves contrast so it can create a blueprint for the mind. It likes polarities because they are helpful for classification, good/ bad, right/wrong. Pre established judgements of the world allow the brain to do less work, use less energy and be on a low power mode.
  3. You can affect your mind because it is actually very subtle matter. It can be affected by things like food, breathing, lifestyle, sound and energy.
  4. The point of meditation isn’t to shut it off the mind, it is always working. We meditate to both delete obsolete content that has been stored in the mind and pause in our identification with it.
  5. The only way to gain control of the mind to start serving you, is to use a technique that removes the self reference point, the I.   When we take our attention to the breath, body, mantra, an object etc, this concentration on something beyond the mind is like working a muscle. After the muscle is worked it relaxes more easily. This is the same as your mind, at one point during or after the focused meditation you will start to feel more relaxed and with regular practice start developing the Buddhi mind, which is intuitive, discerning and discriminates what is false and real.

The word meditation has become super trendy, people talk about beer meditation, cooking meditation, all sorts of times when they feel they are in a meditative state.   Feeling relaxed is one of the effects of meditation but it is not the only one. I discussed this with one of the wonderful teachers from the UK who were visiting us, Hari Karam.   Relaxation is essential in life, doing things you love and feeling relaxed but do not confuse it with meditation which is essentially concentration to unload the mind, relax it, make it intuitive and in higher states feel a merger with the Infinite.   This is very different to feeling relaxed after a glass of wine or TV show. The former puts you above thought, while the later puts you below thought.

So in summary we meditate to transcend the waves of the mind and become conscious of our sensory system. It allows us to see what is in our mind, why we are behaving as we do, so we know what is real and not. In higher forms it allows you to know the unknown (intuition) and see the unseen. So you can steer yourself through life, without reaction with GRACE.

Practical Solutions –The easiest way to meditate is through simple, seated breath, or mantra meditation. Just sit comfortably in a quiet place, straighten the spine, relax the body and slow your breath. Focus on your breath or on repeating a mantra. Keep your body still. Your mind will dump out a lot of thoughts from the subconscious, your may experience pain the in body. Watch them, they are not YOU. Just continue to sit still and continue to bring yourself back to your focus. Eventually the thoughts will become still and you will feel surrounded by comfort. Yogi Bhajan on Prayer vs. Meditation: “Prayer is when the mind is one-pointed and man talks to Infinity. Meditation is when the mind becomes totally clean and receptive, and Infinity talks to the man.”Sat nam x raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk www.3ho.org

This week’s classes:

Mon 2 April 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 3 April 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 3 April 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Wed 4 April 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 4 April 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 5 April 11 – 1pm          Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 5 April 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7-

Fri     6 April 10-11.30             YTT Chakra Workshop and Gong Bath, Prana Lounge.

Sat   7 April 6-7.30pm         Healing Gong Bath@Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle