052010. I know we’ve all read articles about how meditation can reduce or eliminate stress. That just a few minutes a day can decrease anxiety, boost weight loss efforts, make decision-making easier, help your body resist disease, etc., etc.
I also know I’ve been complaining about not being able to find a meditation, which has been causing me a little stress :)
But a few things happened this past week to bring a little clarity to mind.
First, I took a yoga class about 10 days ago, after which, I talked with the teacher and realized that her life experience made her exactly the right person to ask for advice about meditation. When she finished her teacher training, she went home to Australia and started her own studio. We are different people who will walk a different path on this yogic journey. But if she found a meditation at the beginning of hers that helped her build confidence and radiance and invite the Universe to help students find her door … that doesn’t seem like a bad thing.
So I asked and she offered me a meditation to do called “Meditation for Prosperity I.” The comments on this meditation are that it will “provide guidance and the way through any block. The future is clear, without anxiety … “ Which is good. Because I could use a little relief from the anxiety of moving to a new town. Only knowing a few people. And not knowing anyone in the yoga community.
And it’s only eleven minutes.
For 120 days.
That’s right. I said it.
Some meditations are for 1,000 days.
Some are for a lifetime.
It’s only 120 days.
It’ll be over before I know it.
So I’m 8 days in.
112 to go.
The other thing that happened is that I just completed another intensive Teacher Training retreat. Six days of Stress and Vitality. We did kriyas (yoga sets) and meditations to clear stress, to increase vitality, and to find balance so we can listen to our Neutral Mind. We shared experiences. We listened to great teachers. And we had more than a few Gong layouts (which is something everyone should do if you get the opportunity … I might have to get a Gong … they are awesome.)
And in those 6-days, we were assigned a 90-day meditation. The Satya Bandh meditation – to put healing energy in the hands. Another 11-minutes. And it’s beautiful. And it’s real homework. I need to keep a journal of my experience with it.
But in a fascinating turn of events, also in that 6-days, I found my meditation! Or rather, it found me. It’s called Meditation for Mastery. And Yogi Bhajan taught it in Rome in 1989. It will “create your horizons to become wider and wider …”
Here’s how you do it:
MUDRA (hand/body position): Buddha Mudra - Put the two hands flat in the lap, palms up. Left under. Right on top. The tips of the two thumbs are touching. Sit up so your spine is straight, chin slightly into the chest.
MANTRA: Silently. With a closed mouth. Use the tip of your tongue to utter that mantra “Waa-Hey Guru” without making a sound.
TIME: Start with 11 minutes.
So … after stressing and complaining about not finding a meditation, I find myself with THREE. And away we go!