Applied Intelligence – Kundalini Yoga 5 Feb 6.15-7.30pm Prana Lounge

The Mind and Applied Intelligence

In January took at look at ourselves, our relationship with the self and how through the use of our own voice and sound we could be our truest, highest self. During the next few weeks I want to take us on a discovery of our minds. I want us to understand the mind, its function, its challenges and discover how to make it our best friend. In order to do this we need to clarify the relationship between ourselves and our mind.

What is intelligence?

We begin with a look at Intelligence. Intelligence is the ability to manifest the thoughts that we identify with and create clear intentions from. Intelligence is not the thoughts themselves, nor just the intellect, nor knowing something. It is the capacity to act on what we know and to evaluate quickly the result of our choices.

What is Applied intelligence?

Is the capacity of the mind to determine the thoughts we dwell on, the intentions we manifest and the actions we take. With applied intelligence you have subjective control to select and direct your thought projections.

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Remember we talked about mantra, man being mind, tra being projection. When you can control your thought projections, you are said to have applied intelligence. This is not easy, but with patience and discipline it can be learnt.  The normal way of thinking is we attach to an idea, feeling, or belief that is just a stream of messages running through our mind as a result of internal and external stimulation. When we do not consciously understand this we let those random thoughts narrow our perception of what is, which slows our ability to learn and adapt to new environments. The key to appropriate development of intelligence is the power of non-attachment.  It is the capacity to select a strategy, from competing factions, that can get you to the goal. It is the higher form of the negative mind In this context, it is your ability to negate false learning and move quickly to a new insight and direction.  This week we will analyse the kinds of thoughts we are constantly having from the elevation and development of our neutral mind and focus on the projection we want have. Sat nam Fi x sanasumainsrilanka.wordpress.com read our weekly blogs, raymond.fiona@gmail.com   0778011984 www.sanasuma.co.uk  www.3ho.org

 This week’s classes:

Mon 5 Feb 6.15-7.30pm    Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 6 Feb 9.45-10.45am  Kundalini Yoga @ Om Shambala, 143 Fife Rd, Col 5

Tues 6 Feb 3.30-4.30pm Special Needs Kids Class@ Reach Beyond, Tickell Rd, Col 8

Wed 7 Feb 5.00- 7.30am    Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 7 Feb 3.30-4.15am      Kids Yoga Class @ The Om Space, Colombo 5

Wed 7 Feb 6.45-8pm          Kundalini Yoga@ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5

Thurs 8 Feb 11 – 1pm          Special Needs Kids and Teachers Class@ Reach Beyond

Thurs 8 Feb 3-4pm               Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Sun   11 Feb 10-11.30am     Kundalini Yoga @ Sat Sangat, Negambo

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Mindful Monday – Kundalini Yoga

958e1e5d6844156b9df9e9ddc554b0a6Mindfulness off the Mat

Having spent the last week on teaching and practicing yoga during our 8-day Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program, it made me realise how wonderful it felt being in the present moment during as many moments as possible in the day.

Mindfulness increases the brain’s connection to each present moment by causing the production of electrochemical charges. These connect the sensory system, to the nervous system, to the glands and organs, back to the nervous system and onto the brain producing sensations, thoughts, calculations, and then attitudes of calm.

Of course, it is wonderful when you are mindful in the moment during your yoga or meditation class, but this year we need something useful during your day and during times of stress or emotional upheaval. Mindfulness is a simple wonderful tool you can use to touch that place of presence and surrender many times during your day.

Tips & Tricks

  1. Find your Motivation. This is an important concept because in times of stress or need when you want to just go back to your mind pattern of unconscious behavior your initial motive for starting being mindful will help you. Your motivation may be to increase inner and outer peace, more joy, feeling healthy and happy, deepening your relationship with yourself or others, etc. Use your motivation as a touch stone to keep bringing you back to your practice.
  2. Notice your breath, either first thing as you wake up, last thing at night, while having a shower, before your first bite of food or drink. At least 5 times a day decide to practice a few conscious breaths. Make sure it is the same things everyday, as this creates positive mind patterns that support you.
  3. When you are practicing your conscious breath, eating, typing or reading, you will become distracted at some point. Do not let this put you off. The mind is a thought producing machine. Let the thought go. This is difficult because we tend to expand every thought with our positive, expansive mind (look at older blogs on the 3 minds). Our mind likes to turn thoughts over, become judgmental, engage us by endless questions which have no answer. Just kindly let the thought go, see if fly off, do not follow it.
  4. Recognise your thoughts and emotions are just that, you do not have to believe them or react to them. Remember, being mindfulness is being the observer. You shouldn’t be passing judgment, good or bad, on anything including disruptions to your concentration.
  5. Tune into your senses whenever you start being mindful. Feel the air on your skin, the taste in your mouth, the smell in your nostrils, the sounds around you,etc.
  6. Score timeout in your diary or daily routine to do nothing, just be. Do not fill up all your time, multitasking. Take pleasure in doing whatever you are doing by being present, even if it is something you dislike like chores.
  7. Notice where you tend to zone out (e.g., driving, emailing or texting, web surfing, feeding the dog, doing dishes, brushing teeth, etc.). Practise bringing more awareness to that activity.

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Mon 30 January 6.15-7.30pm   Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Place, Col 7

Tues 31 January 6-7pm   Kundalini Meditation @The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5

Wed 1 February   5- 7.30am  Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Wed 1 February  3-3.45pm   Radiant Kids Class@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5

Wed 1 February 7.15-8.15pm   Kundalini Yoga @ the Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd Col 5

Sat   4 February 5-7.30am     Sadhana @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5 (FREE CLASS)

Sat 4 February   9.30-10.30am Hatha General Class@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd

Sun 5 February   10-11am Hatha General Class@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5

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

 

Understand through Compassion or Misunderstand the Times

compassion 1This is the 4th Sutra for our age. If you truly work on developing compassion as a virtue you can clear up a lot of your relationship problems.

The mind and ego cannot understand compassion, it is word, a mental concepts. The mind and ego are all about keeping us separate from each other, finding the difference not the similarity. It is like trying to understand water by just looking at a blue sea, you need to dive in and feel water to understand its special quality. The heart brain feels compassion. We are going through testing times and our spiritual lesson is to know that all humanity is connected as one. Your heart brain will recognise this as a truth. You feel included when someone talks from the heart, smiles at your from their heart.

In fact compassion starts at home. You are doing your best in every situation so feel compassion for yourself. NOT SYMPATHY, but compassionate understanding, instead of being self-critical and hard on yourself, which is our internal dialog.

We all wear masks, but if you look beyond a person’s mask you will see that everyone is trying their best, on the level of consciousness they are at. We need to look at people not just with our eyes but feel them with our hearts. This is hard because in order to do that we need to feel our own pain, that is why it is so challenging to live from the heart. Pain of the human condition makes us feel separate and afraid of one another. We feel alone and disconnected from our divine source. We even fear our emotions. We have to allow ourselves to feels these emotions, accept them in with non-judgemental awareness. This can range from acknowledging ‘tightness in the chest’ or ‘increases in heart rate’ as well as the thought content and emotions that arise. During mindfulness or meditation difficult emotions that may arise become paired with a compassionate and accepting attitude, which may gradually extinguish the fear of experiencing the emotions and any related thoughts. We relate to the experience of pain, fear, loss, etc. as they are, which are changeable and transient states of being, and that they are not characteristic of absolute reality. This may lead to increased cognitive flexibility  reflecting consciously choosing mental content to identify with, rather than habitually responding to provocative external events.

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When you are out tonight or tomorrow make eye contact with people, smile from your heart. You will make that person’s day, maybe even their life because when they see you smiling from your heart this makes them remember their identity on a subliminal level. Inside them there will be sign of relief, and they will be divinely guided. We bring heaven down to earth by lighting up one person at a time.

Meditation – Quick Heart Opener

Sit in a comfortable crossed legged position or in a chair. Close your eyes and focus on the tip of your nose. Inhale through a whistle breath, exhale LA. Continue for at least 3 mins. To end inhale deeply hold and relax.

This week’s classes:

Mon 23 Nov 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 24 Nov Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 25 Nov 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ Uta House, call 0778011984 (FREE)

Wed 25 Nov 3-3.45pm Kids Yoga @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 25 Nov 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Thur 26 Nov 7.15-8.15pm Yoga to Destress, The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd, Col 5

Sat 28 Nov 6.30-7.30pm Gong Healing@The Om Space,185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Attitude of Gratitude

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What fills your heart? Gratitude

What is having an attitude of gratitude?

Very simply it is when you are grateful for the breath of life. We only cultivate gratitude when we feel things are going our way.  We cannot accept all that life holds for us because our mind keeps us stuck in our patterns, polarities of likes and dislikes.

Yogi Bhajan says, “People ask me, what we should do when we feel something is wrong? When there is something wrong, thank God it is not you. When you feel there is something good, thank God that you have learned something. In this way, you can process your life and progress your life.

We need acceptance of ourselves, we are human. Don’t let your mind talk negative, think negative or you will negate yourself. Instead cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Instead of telling people you love them, when you want something from them instead tell them how grateful you are to have them in your life.

Yogi Bhajan says, “We do not want to know how good we are. We want to know how bad everybody else is, but we can never, ever find our goodness this way. If somebody is bad, let it be. But try not to be bad yourself”.

zen-quotesHe says, “Mantra is “man” “tra”. It is a mentally projected vibration that entangles with Infinity and creates the effect. It is a sound system that you, I, me, we, they, thou can all create. It has nothing to do with what you feel or what you are. But when all the vibrations of you and your environments have gone negative, that is the moment to use the mantra. When you chant this mantra with the breath of life, you tap into all the angels of the Universe, including your own great ancestors who have a qualifying life as an angel. It’s quick. It’s fast. It’s purposeful. It brings in what you need”

POSTURE: Sit in Easy Pose with a straight spine, chin in, chest out, belly in. Physically and mentally straighten your spine, so the channels can be clear.

MUDRA: Bend the elbows down by the sides and cross the forearms over the diaphragm area, parallel to the floor, right on top, left underneath. Grab the right elbow with the left hand and the left elbow with the right hand. Comfortably lock your hands so that you have the elbows in your hands.

EYES: The eyes are closed.

BREATH: Breathe long and deep for 1 to 2 minutes before beginning to chant.

MANTRA:

Har Har Har Har Gobinday

Har Har Har Har Mukanday

Har Har Har Har Udaoray

Har Har Har Har Apaaray

Har Har Har Har Hareeang

Har Har Har Har Kareeang

Har Har Har Har Nirnaamay

Har Har Har Har Akaamay

Nirinjan Kaur’s version of this mantra was used in class.

Chant the mantra out loud from the navel. Continue for 1 minute.

Then whisper powerfully. Use the pranic power. Keep the navel engaged. Continue for 3 ½ minutes.

Then chant silently. Move the breath with the navel. Keep the navel moving as if you were chanting, but you are silently chanting with the mantra. Continue for 8 minutes.TO END: Inhale deeply, stretch your spine as much as you can, while squeezing the ribcage, the area where your elbows are locked, as well as every part of your body. Hold for 15-20 seconds. Cannon Fire exhale through the mouth. Repeat for a total of 3 times. Relax.

This week’s classes:

Mon 14 Sept 6-7.30pm Kundalini Yoga @ Prana Lounge, 60 Horton Pl, Col 7

Tues 13 Sept 8.30 -9.30am Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Rd,

Tues 13 Sept  6-7pm Meditation @ The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road, Col 5

Wed 15 Sept 4.45- 7am Sadhana @ 9 Greenlands Lane, Col 5 (FREE)

Wed 15 Sept 7.15-8.15pm Kundalini Yoga@The Om Space, 185/9 Havelock Road

Mindfulness, Tues 14 July 6-7pm Om SPACE

Modern living can mean you can spend the entire day on the computer not being present or have a meaningful conversation or interaction face to face with another being. This situation can lead to neurons, brain cells literally dying, loss of memory, alzheimers, feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted.

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Mindfulness another word for meditation is the antidote says a growing number of scientific studies as well as health practitioner.

The tendency to over-think is “an occupational hazard of being human,” says Kabat-Zinn.  “We’ll be projecting in the future or reminiscing about the past, or what went wrong, and who did what to whom, or who’s to blame….We’re creating narratives constantly.” It’s the constant narrative in our heads (i.e., the “monkey mind”) that leads to the sensation that we’re not really present in a moment-to-moment way. “The mind has a life of its own,” says Kabat-Zinn. “It goes here and there.”

meditation 2 So, in mindfulness, the real practice is bringing the mind back to a particular point of focus. The mind  may take a lot of redirection, since the mind’s nature is to wander. The mind can be likened to the ocean – most of the time, you’re getting bounced around by the waves at the surface. But meditation, when practiced enough, lets you dip below the waves and not be at the mercy of the choppy surface agitations. When you’re below the surface, in meditation, you’re still moved by the currents, but you’re not being slapped around by the waves.” In other words, meditation lets us get some reprieve from the constant rovings of our minds.

There are dozens of studies showing the functional and structural changes meditation can bring about in the brain.  That’s why global brands such as Google, Instagram and Facebook have all jumped on board. They practice mindfulness prior to meetings and have free classes in mindfulness for their lucky employees.

Googles guru Chade-Meng Tan, is charged with hefty responsibilities, as his official job description is to “Enlighten minds, open hearts and create world peace.” Not only does adding meditation to the work day make people happier and more present, but it also makes people more productive. The trick, says Tan, is to “get into that frame of mind on demand,” and meditation teaches people to do exactly this.

Meditation is really a form of cognitive training. This is just the next generation of exercise. We’ve got the physical exercise components down, now it is about working out how we can actually train our minds.

Attend one of my meditation classes every Tuesday at The Om Space, Colombo 5; 6-7pm. Investment 800-900Rs.

Love and light Fiona