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

 

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Mental Intrigues, the Positive Mind and Kundalini yoga

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The Positive MIND and its intrigues

This week we move on to the Positive mind, the second in the three functional minds. Why do we need to know our mind, explore it and understand it?   In my experience if we do not, it becomes a monster, especially if we become locked into our mental intrigues. Yogi Bhajan reminds us, “Your mind must not intrigue you …your mind must serve you.”

Let me define the Positive mind. The Positive mind is expansive and practical. It searches for pleasure & fulfilment. It is constructive, risk taking and active. It examines every thought and feeling to determine what resources are needed. It asks, “How is this useful to me, how can this help?”

When we attach to a mental intrigue, it can make us emotional and commotional. For example suppose you start to talk about somebody, gossip. The mind may encourage you, by bringing up all the bad things that person has ever done. The negative mind does not give a critical comparison, to the good things that person has done. The neutral mind does not tell you how this person confronting you, annoying you, etc. relates to your higher purpose of teaching tolerance & compassion. When we finish gossiping our mind says you were really bad, the words leave a bad taste in your mouth, it creates guilt. You followed your mind, got caught in an impulse and tangled in an intrigue. You start to feel bad you want to defeat yourself, so you pick up every bad habit that confirms you are a failure.  Sounds familiar?

Practical Solutions

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So how do we stop getting tangled by our intrigues, where the negative mind and positive mind lock and loop? We need to watch the mind and practice deep meditation to develop our neutral mind. Your mind must give you the positive and negative then show you your relationship to it all through the neutral mind.

Yogi Bhajan also invited us to develop our presence and an unlimited projection Saibhang, self illuminated, radiant identity of your spirit. Stretch your mind to infinity; abandon your cleverness for innocence, then everyone and everything will sense your presence.   Do not confront or fight the mind, always elevate its vibration. With consistent practice it will get easier.

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

This week’s classes:

Mon 26 Feb 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 27 Feb 9.45-10.45am Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 27 Feb 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Tues 27 Feb 6-7.15pm           Kundalini Yoga Class with Shauangh@ 145/5Fife Road, Col 5

Wed 28 Feb 5.00- 7.30am   Sadhana @ @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 28 Feb 3.30-4.15am      Kids Yoga Class @ The Om Space, Colombo 5

Wed 28 Feb 6.45-8pm         Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

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

Thurs 1 Mar 3-4pm              Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sat   3 Mar  6-7.30pm         Gong Bath @ Sri Yoga Shala, Thalpe, Galle.

 

Anatomy of Psycho Emotional Self – Kundalini yoga 6-7pm Tues 21 March 2017

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While recently dealing with a right knee issue, I decided to go back and look at my blog on 15 August 2015 which looked at our anatomy as the psycho-emotional expression of our life.

What does this mean? It means that your body, pains, problems etc., mirror what is going on in your mind and emotions and vice versa. The body like the Universe was created in balance. Your body is always trying to get back to that natural state. When we do not deal with our emotional issues, i.e. process them correctly they create small blocks in the body, which change our movement. The physical constraint coupled with a movement that compensates for this block, ends up in chronic health problems. As I discovered with my right knee. When we start to spend time every day balancing our bodies we start to change the physical imbalance which can help process the psycho-emotional imbalance. I have created a table to help you understand how the major joints relate to your emotions and how to balance each one.

 

Body Part Emotion Imbalance Key to Balance Chakra
Ankles lower legs Standards, those you set for yourself verses the standards set by society, family etc. It you do not balance doing what you want to what society wants for you, you will have ankle and lower leg problems Massage the heal to 4inches along the Achilles tendon – with your thumbs 3mins.

Balancing on one foot, tree pose, eagle.

1st chakra
Knee right Motivation You make plans but do not have the energy, will, to see them through. Kriya for knees. Balancing on a block. Strengthening your willpower at the navel point to make you determined. Channel anger into determination to complete a project 1st chakra
Knee left Intention, creativity, ideas When motivation is greater than intention you get bored easily. Kriya for knees. Balancing on a block.

Be more creative, patient and master things.

 

1st chakra
Hips Your Purpose – conception Hips problems prevalent in old age when you are running out of time to complete your purpose Kriyas to balance the pelvis, butterfly pose. 2nd chakra
Arms Sharing and caring beyond just your self interest or

Closed heart, isolated, introvert

Open your heart, selfless service. Balancing the heart centre. 4th chakra
Shoulders Carrying the weight of your thoughts and worries on your shoulders Try to resolve worries and negative thought patterns Shoulder shrugs, kriya for shoulders and neck. Use mantra to change negative thoughts to positive ones. 5th chakra
Neck Thoughts travel from left inner ear to right inner ear via your throat When you have thought loops, unexpressed worries, this build up creates neck problems. Neck rolls, thinking and worrying less.

Use mantra to change negative thoughts to positive ones.

5th chakra

Bring your body to balance, allow this balance to work on your mind and emotions and finally affect the world around you. This is the root nature and cause of manifestation. Your purpose (pelvis) in life is to manifest your intentions (left knee) through motivation (right knee) while keeping up your principles and standards (lower leg/ ankles).

Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs and brain candy updates raymond.fiona@gmail.com www.sanasuma.co.uk 0778011984.

Mon 20 Mar 6.15-7.30pm Kundalini yoga@ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 21 Mar 6-7pm Kundalini Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

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

Wed 22 Mar   3-3.45pm      Radiant Kids Class@ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Wed 22 Mar  7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock

Sat 17 Mar 5am – 7pm Retreat Negambo@ Sat Sang Yoga Shala & Villa Araylia

Sun 19 Mar 5am – 4pm Retreat Negambo@ Sat Sang Yoga Shala & Villa Araylia

 

Vibrate – What energy are you sending out?

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Everything is moving. It’s all energy (and matter). Everything and everyone is vibrating at its own frequency. We’re a human body full of molecules as is the mat you are sitting on and all is moving as we live on a living planet that’s also moving. The earth is orbiting the sun. The moon is orbiting the earth. I love those “you are here” photos taken from space. It helps to take this larger view. It reminds us that with the cosmos comes expansiveness and limitless possibilities.

Ready and awake

For the most part, animals in the wild often remain still, lying in wait. They reserve their energy by springing from and then returning to a natural, neutral state. When the time is right, they spring into action. They do so at just the right, intended moment.

Are we humans that much different? Wouldn’t we also benefit from springing from and returning to our own natural, neutral state? Neutral does not mean passive! It does not mean stagnation. It is not a state of non-awareness. Quite the contrary. It’s a state of full alertness. It’s being truly awake to all that’s around us!  Tip: Setting aside time for a daily practice furthers and facilitates this state of what I would call “alert neutrality.” Some forms include: meditation, prayer, quiet reflection, observation, writing in a journal.

Spring into action and make waves!

Like the strings of an instrument, be it a violin or guitar or your body — and whether it be by way of plucking, picking, or singing — each sends off a unique vibration.

We each have our own built-in vibration creator! Chanting, humming, singing, they all carry their own vibration, too. And, whether you’re on your yoga mat, in the shower, or in your car – use your voice, and vibrate to your own private cosmos!   This will raise your own frequency, and in turn will impact those with whom you interact throughout the day.

It’s as if we’re knocking on Cosmos’s door, and saying with confidence, “Hey there, Cosmos! Bring it on! I’m ready! Clear the path! Let’s go!”

Remember that you may always return to a neutral state. Reserve and extend your energy wisely. Refresh, regroup, and reset. We don’t always need to be clearing a new path. When we are ready, though, we know what to do – vibrate the cosmos, and the cosmos will provide!

Lighten the load raise your vibration

Again, a daily practice plays a helpful role in getting you back to a neutral state and in tune (pun intended) with what you desire to set in motion. What is it that you’d like the cosmos to clear the path for? What burdens are weighing you down, that when lifted, will raise your vibration?

From a place of inspiration and divine wisdom, set the vibration and then let go. Trust the cosmos to clear the path for you. When activated, your desires set in motion the future you intend to create. Your thoughts and your words hold their own vibrations, too. You get to decide which ones you embrace, and which ones you discard. With this (e)motion set in motion, you’re primed to take inspired action. That one action in turn creates another, and another, and so on, and so on. The ripples continue on, creating the desired results.

That is not to say that you’ll be able to control all other vibrations coming toward and all around you! It is to say, however, that you get to decide which tune you wish to play.

 “When you pray, move your feet.” – African proverb

In conventional society, we’re often told “not to make waves.” And, “don’t rock the boat.” Phooey! This Sutra gives us permission – in fact, encourages us – to do precisely that. Ocean waves, sound waves, waves of light — nature is full of waves that carry energy with them. So too, shall each of us. During these enlightened times, the yearning, the impulse, is there. We no longer feel satiated by staying in one place. We feel the urge to raise our vibration. That’s the build-up of pressure that is ready to be released.

Okay, your turn:

Are you ready to vibrate the cosmos? What path do you intend to clear? What are you sending out?  Are you vibrating at the frequency of love? Of service? Of loving service?

This week’s classes:

Mon 30 Nov 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 1 Dec Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 2 Dec 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 2 Dec Nov 3-3.45pm Kids Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 2 Dec 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thur 3 Dec 7.15-8.15pm Yoga to Destress, The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5

Sat   5 Dec 5-7.30am   Sadhana @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5 (FREE)

Sat   5 Dec 4.30-7pm   Healing Workshop LEAD TRAINER Tonie Nooyens, Prana Lounge