I always try to bring to you in the blog what works for me, what touches me in my life at the moment. This meditation is just one of those little gems, it is too good not to share with my yogis. Practice it if you would like to come out of the negative thinking pattern you may be stuck in.
The meditation comes from the Kundalini Yoga tradition and was originally taught by Yogi Bhajan, the founder of Kundalini Yoga. Kundalini Yoga uses mantras for meditation as this tool is very effective to anchor the monkey mind down.
The mantra for this practice is ANG SANG WAHE GURU. Which roughly translates into 'Every cell in my body is connected to the universal source'. This mantra is used to eliminate haunting thoughts (they can creep in in the current climate easily). It brings peace to emotional turmoil. It helps us to connect to ourselves again, to love ourselves again, to let go of any shame, any 'I am not good enough's'. It connects us to the loving energy of the infinite source, raising us to the vibration of healing energy - that is how powerful it is. When we feel all alone and separated, we are weak. When we connect to all there is, we are powerful.
The posture for this meditation is a comfortable cross legged pose, either Easy pose, half Lotus pose or full Lotus pose. Make sure you are comfortable and the spine is elongated. Cross the arms in front of the heart centre. The right palm comes first on the left shoulder and the left arm then goes on to the right shoulder. Feel the weight of your hands on the shoulders. Relax the shoulders away from the ears. Close the eyes and keep the internal gaze between the eyebrows. You can chant the mantra out loud, whisper it or just chant it internally. The louder you are, the more the Universe can hear you, so don't be shy, chant out loud whenever you can.
The duration of the meditation can be anywhere from 3-5-7-11-22-31 minutes. If you are not used to meditating, start with 3 minutes and work up to at least 11 minutes, where deep changes happen. In the Kundalini tradition a Kriya/meditation is practiced for 40 consecutive days, don't worry about this, just start and see how you feel, you may want to continue once you started.
You can chant on your own, or if you prefer it there are several recordings of this mantra from various artists that can be found on Spotify/Youtube/Google. Listen to a few and see which one you connect with. My personal favorite is Madhur-Nain Webster, she has an album called Healing the Self available in Spotify and Apple music where she gives you a 3, 7,11 and 22 minutes version.
Let your healing begin!