11 Reasons to Attend the 21 Stages of Meditation in Owen Sound, Aug 20-25

What are the 21 Stages of Meditation? Find out by attending this beautifully designed course for all meditators to experience, explore and refine awareness and the sense of Self through practicing meditations that take you into each aspect of your nature. The program is very systematic as it pokes and calls attention to each area of your self. This will help you to develop an integrated awareness of who you are in all the conditions you produce and encounter in your life. Each practice enhances the range of your choices and the strength of your authentic inner alignment so you can walk the path you are here to fulfill; it helps you realize your destiny to co-create with the universe and the Self. Eleven reasons to attend:   1.  The teachers. Gurucharan Khalsa wrote the exquisite book that accompanies the course, under the guidance of Yogi Bhajan. There is no better … Continued

The Mystery of Meditation; the Power of an Altar

Sometimes meditation practice grants us mysterious rewards. Almost 40 days ago on June 21 at the 2015 summer solstice celebration in New Mexico, I committed to practicing two 31 minute meditations for 1000 days, as part of the Kundalini Yoga Level 3 teacher training requirements. I have been travelling and teaching in Spain and Belgium since then, and have been blessed to be able to keep up with these daily meditations. Today I returned home from Belgium after a long day of travel. I have a little room I often meditate in. It needed a good cleaning and some re-organizing. I removed the clutter from the shelf that I use as an altar, wiped it down with a damp cloth and set upon it a picture of Baba Siri Chand, a small calligraphic ink painting by Thich Nhat Hanh that says “Flow as a River” and a large crystal. I cleaned … Continued

Can Depression Be Relieved by Yoga and Meditation?

Like all of you, I was shocked and saddened by Robin Williams suicide on August 11, 2014. I considered him a brilliant comedian and fine actor and remember him with a smile. When my children were younger, we gathered together to watch Jumanji, Night at the Museum, Patch Adams, Flubber and Aladdin – and knew we would have a good time. He captivated us and lifted our spirits with his staccato style humor and seemingly boundless energy. What a tragic loss to the world and his family. God bless you Robin. May you be at peace. Thank you for what you gave us. I was surprised to learn that Robin had suffered from longstanding depression and addiction – such a contrast to some of the characters he played on screen! I thought about depression, reflecting on some of the people I know whose lives have been crippled because of it, … Continued

Women’s Moon Centers and Yogic Secrets of Sacred Sex

The Kundalini yoga tradition teaches that women have 11 moon centers – erogenous zones of the body that are activated at different phases of the lunar cycle and influence our emotions and way of viewing the world. Our psyche is focused on one of the moon centers for 2½ days and then moves on to the next. The order of the moon centres is different for each woman – it’s up to us and our sexual partner to discover which one predominates on a particular day. The fluctuations in sexual desire during the menstrual cycle interweave with the rhythm of our moon centers to determine how we express ourselves sexually. When we are attentive to the pattern of our moon centers and menstrual cycle, we gain more awareness of ourselves as sexual and fertile beings. During foreplay, have some fun by inviting your sexual partner to discover your most active … Continued

Eleven Steps to Activate Your Destiny

Each of us has a unique role, a sacred contract with our soul – a mission and destiny, which if followed, brings much fulfillment and happiness – to ourselves and others. Sometimes we don’t recognize or accept our destiny and turn away from it, resulting in frustration and sadness from unfulfilled dreams and lack of meaning. We may deny our destiny because we are afraid of the commitment it requires, we don’t believe it is possible, or feel we are not up to the task. We may ignore or push away the inner voice that guides us onward. When we walk towards our destiny, though, we are filled with meaning and supported by the universe. Yogi Bhajan writes: The magnetic field on which the current of life runs computes thought waves and it is connected with the Supreme Computer; this connection is known as destiny. Everybody is born with a … Continued

Guidelines for Meditation

The quality of our meditation is dependent on many things, specifically posture, concentration, knowing what elements to focus on, skillful redirection of one’s focus, being accepting and allowing of “what is” without “running away or running towards”, being able to locate our awareness fully in a specific part of the body, and the length of time of our practice. The following tips may help you to improve the quality of your meditation while affirming that every moment of practice is a victory. Carefully understand the specific areas of focus for the meditation before you begin i.e. tip of nose, third eye point, mantra or breath, place in body, chakra, bandhas, visualization etc. Set a timer for the length of time you will meditate. Sit with a straight spine, chin pulled in slightly. If needed, use a sitting cushion, bench or chair to sit comfortably straight. Keep as physically still as … Continued

Beyond Addiction: the Yogic Path to Recovery

Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery – Guidelines for Stopping Smoking Addiction is displaced longing – we all have a longing to be “at home” with ourselves, comfortable in our own skin, and to be loved. Often because of early childhood stress or abuse, lack of safety, or unmet developmental needs, we look for that longing in other places. Those other places can take the shape of a daily Starbucks coffee, a cigarette, a glass of wine every night before dinner, a closet full of shoes, marijuana a few times a week, checking Facebook every hour, a string of unfulfilling relationships, or the need to be constantly pushing for success. There are so many ways it expresses itself. We can do this for decades before realizing that what we are really looking for is unattainable from external sources. It all comes back to acknowledging the pain, hurt, discomfort or … Continued

Honing Your Meditation Skills

We know from Patanjali the 8 limbs of yoga – yama, niyama, pranayam, asana, pratyahar, dharana, dhyana, samadhi. All are essential as we mature as yoga practitioners and meditators. Yogi Bhajan often calls Kundalini Yoga the “yoga of awareness”. What does he mean by “awareness”. Awareness is applied attention and focussed concentration (dharana) during meditation or yoga practice, and in daily living. This could mean attention on the breath, attention on the tip of the tongue while chanting, attention at the third eye point, attention to some part of the body in a posture, attention to a devotional feeling, attention to mantra – both repeating it or listening to it, attention to whatever arises as we practice, attention to the moment. What awareness is not, is thinking. It is helpful to me to observe myself while meditating or practicing yoga and to catch the activity of the mind, recognizing when … Continued

Using Meditation to Become Free of Your Complexes

We Identify with Our Complexes Rather than Our Spirit Though our reactive patterns served a particular function while we were growing up, our problem is that we identify with them as who we are and we allow them to rule us. We become stuck experiencing the world through the same pair of childhood glasses, not realizing that our vision is clouded by these experiences. We limit ourselves with an identity, no matter how functional it may be, of “I am a mother; or wife, or teacher, or human, or middle aged, or black, or doctor, or French, or Japanese etc.” When we say in a twelve step meeting, “My name is Jane and I am an alcoholic”, we are identifying with the complex of the alcoholic. A more truthful way of articulating this might be, “My name is Jane and I am a spiritual being who in the past used … Continued

Meditations to Practice on the Full Moon

On the full moon, the sun’s radiance is strongest – reflected both from the earth and from the moon to the earth. We receive this light. If light = consciousness, then it is when we have access to greatest consciousness. We can begin a 40 day meditation on the new moon, and continue building its effectiveness daily to perhaps have most profound experiences on the full moon. From the new moon to the full moon there is a building up of energy. From the full moon to the new moon there is a winding down of energy. Many processes in nature are linked to the cycling of the moon. Biodynamic gardeners plant most flower, fruit and vegetable seeds two days before the new moon, finding that both light and gravitational conditions following the new moon assist in root and foliage growth. Thus it is good to begin a 40 day … Continued