New Moon in Aries Kundalini Meditation [ Audio]

Image from unknown source   Please note, while it is great to do this with the New Moon, you can really start ANYTIME, so don't make excuses why you can't start TODAY!

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Please note, while it is great to do this with the New Moon, you can really start ANYTIME, so don't make excuses why you can't start TODAY!

Change your thoughts and you change your world
— Norman Vincent Peale

With today's New Moon in Aries, the focus is on change.  Since the last Full Moon, you might have noticed that light has been shed on the things that are no longer working for you.  With the energy of the New Moon in Aries, we have more support than ever to commit to making these changes.  We can let go of habits, thoughts, patterns, beliefs, stories that are no longer serving us.  

While we let go of the stuff that no longer serves us, we make room for new habits  that bring us more freedom, happiness and joy.  I will still clear and charge my crystals with the New Moon, and you can checkout  THIS POST if you want a great journaling and crystal clearing exercise. If you haven't gone through it yet, I truly suggest you do, it is about letting go of habits. It works perfectly with the energy of this New Moon.

I invite you to start and commit to a 40 Day meditation with me. I have been doing it since December and I can not express how powerful it has been.  It is an instant calm for the nervous system. Now, I just hear the words and within moments, my body instantly relaxes.  I know many of you are still doing the 40 day meditation that we started last  FULL MOON , don't stop, just add it in! Remember , the more mantra and meditations we add, the easier it is to clear and change the old thought patterns that are stuck in our subconscious.  Mantra and mudras direct our subconscious in the direction we want to go.  You can also just have the song on and chant along during the day. 

 

I made an audile file that includes calling you in, and taking you out,  You will follow along with the song, saying it out loud at first, then whisper, then silent, then whisper, then out loud.  

 

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TUNING IN 

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo 3 times

I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine Teacher within

Ad Guray Nameh Jugad Guray Nameh Sat Guray Nameh Siri Guru Devay Nameh 3 times

I bow to the primal wisdom. I bow to the wisdom through the ages.

I bow to the true wisdom.I bow to the great unseen wisdom.

KIRTAN KRIYA (Sa Ta Na Ma Meditation)

This meditation brings a total mental balance to the individual psyche. Vibrating on each fingertip alternates the electrical polarities. The index and ring fingers are electrically negative, relative to the other fingers. This causes a balance in the electromagnetic projection of the aura. Practicing this meditation is both a science and an art. It is an art in the way it molds consciousness and in the refinement of sensation and insight it produces. It is a science in the tested certainty of the results each technique produces.


Posture: Sit straight in Easy Pose.

Eyes: Meditate at the Brow Point.

Mantra: Produce the five primal sounds (panj shabd): S, T, N, M, A, in the original word form:

SAA: Infinity, cosmos, beginning

TAA: Life, existence

NAA: Death, change, transformation

MAA: Rebirth

Each repetition of the entire mantra takes 3 to 4 seconds. This is the cycle of Creation. From the Infinite comes life and individual existence. From life comes death or change. From death comes the rebirth of consciousnes to the joy of the Infinite through which compassion leads back to life.
 

Image from 3ho.org

Image from 3ho.org

Mudra: This mantra can be done in many different mudras. Most common is to begin in Gyan Mudra. The elbows are straight while chanting, and the mudra changes as each fingertip touches in turn the tip of the thumb with firm pressure.

On SAA, touch the first (Jupiter) finger.

On TAA, touch the second (Saturn) finger.

On NAA, touch the third (Sun) finger.

On MAA, touch the fourth (Mercury) finger.

Chant in three languages of consicousness:

Human: normal or loud voice (the world)

Lovers: strong whisper (longing to belong)

Divine: mentally; silent (Infinity)

To End: Follow with one 1 minute of stretching the arms over your head and spreading the fingers wide, shaking them out, circulating the energy, inhaling and exhaling 3 times. Relax.

Comments: Each time the mudra is closed by joining the thumb with a finger, the ego “seals” the effect of that mudra in the consciousness. The effects are as follows:

1st finger: Gyan Mudra Knowledge

2nd finger: Shuni Mudra Wisdom, intelligence, patience

3rd finger: Surya Mudra Vitality, energy of life

4th finger: Buddhi Mudra Ability to communicate

©The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan taken from 3ho.org

Please  let me know how it goes! 

For those of you in New York City, I encourage you to sign up for HERE, so you can be the first to know the detaiks of the New Moon event I will be doing along with A Wild Dove.  We would love to see you there!

If you’re ready to really go after your goals and want a little extra help, I would love to see you in New York City in person, or virtually anywhere Schedule a time here. Looking forward to connecting! 

 

Full Moon Kundalini Meditation [Video + Audio]

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Please note, while it is great to do this with the Full Moon, you can really start ANYTIME, so don't make excuses why you can't start TODAY!

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.
— Yehuda Berg

 

The focus of tonight's full Moon in Libra, is about communication, balance and relationships.  It is the relationship with ourselves, our word and with others around us.  I know that I can have moments where my inner voice is having lots of negative things to say! Usually when that voice is out of wack, I notice that my outer voice can be less than kind to the people and about the people around me. When that is happening it's as if I can literally feel a block in my chakras through my heart and my throat.  So, for tonight's  Full Moon, I have decided to switch it up. Instead of listening to a mantra and journaling, I am going to start a new 40 Day Kundalini Mediation of  Antar Naad Mudra.  This meditation has a special meaning for me, as it was my first 40 day 31 minute personal Sadhana. It is considered a seed mantra, and helps to open the chakras so that the other mantras can be received in full effect.  Yogi Bhajan said, anyone who practices this meditation will be granted prosperity, creativity, and protection against attacks.  That includes self attacks and you attacking others.

I will still clear and charge my crystals with the Full Moon, and you can checkout  THIS POST if you want a great journaling and crystal clearing exercise. If you haven't gone through it yet, I truly suggest you do, it is about letting go of habits, and thankfully one moon cycle later, I am still committed to letting my three go! 

OK, back to Antar Naad Mudra.  There will be the one we do tonight, and you will see me explain it on the video below, and then starting tomorrow night, you continue to the same playlist, but you change from swooping through the chakras, to instead sitting with your hands in buddhi mudra. See instruction below.

 

Antar Naad Mudra for Full Moon

Playlist  HERE- Start tuning in with the GONG, then let the mantra play a few times while you are just doing the movement, then move into chanting along.

Always starting with Tuning IN

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo 3 times

I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine Teacher within

Ad Guray Nameh Jugad Guray Nameh Sat Guray Nameh Siri Guru Devay Nameh 3 times

I bow to the primal wisdom. I bow to the wisdom through the ages.

I bow to the true wisdom.I bow to the great unseen wisdom.

 

This version will only be practiced on the FULL MOON. 

 If you are starting this on a night that is not a full moon, please start with the latter version.

This version of the meditation is a key to opening the flow of Kundalini. The new awareness will give you the authority to make the right choices to conquer the ugliness of life. You will be peaceful and secure.

Mantra:

Jamie Graber teaching Tuning in and Antar Naad Mudra for the Full Moon

Sa Ray Sa Sa, Sa Ray Sa Sa, Sa Ray Sa Sa, Sa Rang Har Ray Har Har, Har Ray Har Har, Har Ray Har Har, Har Rang:  Adversity melts before this mantra. This mantra takes away negativity from within oneself awakening the Infinite Creative energy to burn away obstacles to achieving higher consciousness.  It gives you the capacity of effective communication so your words contain mastery and impact. This mantra helps you conquer the wisdom of the past, present, and future. It brings you peace and prosperity even if it wasn’t in your destiny. 

Mudra and Movement: Put the hands flat together in Prayer Pose at the Navel Point.

As the mantra starts with Sa Ray Sa Sa start to bring the palms up the center front of the torso, about 4·6 inches in front of the body.

As you pass the Heart Center, begin to open the hand mudra to make an open lotus by the time the hands reach the level of the Brow Point.

The open lotus has the base of the palms together. The little fingertips touch, the thumb tips touch, and the rest of the fingers are spread open.

As the mantra begins Har Ray Har Har turn the fingers to point down, with the back of the hands touching.

It is a reverse Prayer Pose. Slowly bring this mudra down the chakras in rhythm with the music until the fingertips reach the Navel Point on the sounds Har Rang. Then turn them around and begin again. (adapted from 3ho.org)

 

The Rest of the 40 Days

 Please start here if  you are starting this on a night that is not a full moon.

Playlist  HERE- Start tuning in with the GONG, then let the mantra play a few times while you are just doing the movement, then move into chanting along.

Always starting with Tuning IN

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo 3 times

I bow to the Creative Wisdom, I bow to the Divine Teacher within

Ad Guray Nameh Jugad Guray Nameh Sat Guray Nameh Siri Guru Devay Nameh 3 times

I bow to the primal wisdom. I bow to the wisdom through the ages.

I bow to the true wisdom.I bow to the great unseen wisdom.

 

Posture: Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh.

Mudra for the remaining days of the meditation

Mudra for the remaining days of the meditation

Mudra: Keep the spine straight. Let the arms extend straight and rest over the knees. Make Buddhi Mudra with both hands (touch the thumb tips to the tips of the little fingers). The other fingers are relaxed but straight. Become completely still, physically and mentally, like a calm ocean. 

Mantra:

SA RAY SA SA, SA RAY SA SA SA, RAY SA SA SA RANG

HAR RAY HAR HAR, HAR RAY HAR HAR, HAR RAY HAR HAR, HAR RANG

 (adapted from 3ho.org)

Please  let me know how it goes! 

 

 

 

 

Using the Healing Energy of the New Moon in Pisces

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Please note, while it is great to do this with the New Moon, you can really start ANYTIME, so don't make excuses why you can't start TODAY!

The speed at which this year is moving is like nothing I have ever experienced, and I know I am not the only one who is feeling it.  With this New Moon in Pisces, it is a perfect time to slow down, reflect, go inward.  As I have said before, I am not an astrologer, but I am very connected to the moon cycles, and the more I pay attention, the more things start to flow.  When you do rituals with the moon cycles, you have the pull of the planets on your side.  This month with New Moon in Pisces, we can focus on healing. It is time for us to look inside and see what we have been avoiding, bringing it to the surface, and then letting it go.   

Some people think that to be strong is to never feel pain. In reality, the strongest people are the ones who feel it, understand it, accept and learn from it. — Unknown

"New Moon in Pisces invites us to take a deep breath and exhale everything that keeps us separate from our own connection to the dreamtime, the Wakan, the Great Mystery.  Here is the opening to take the deep dive into the Void – a deeper intelligence permeating all life.  Here we are called to surrender our burdens as we are held by the limitless ocean of consciousness.  We feel the compassion and acceptance of the Tao, and our own ability to forgive and accept ‘what is’ is strengthened so we may extend the same to others.  There is a time for being and a time for doing.  This is most definitely a time for being.  We extend gratitude to receptive, watery Pisces for her gift at this most feminine of times, more so than at any other time of the year.  Intuition, imagination, and the opening into awareness are at an all time high.  We are supported to connect with our own inner guidance.  So much is being offered for our awakening and healing and many are rising to the occasion."  Pat Liles Full Write Up Here

Image A Wild Dove

Image A Wild Dove

RITUAL

So, for this new moon, I invite you to take some time and get quiet. Find an area that feels sacred to you. Get out your journal, incense and cleanser of choice, I will be using Palo Santo.  And, for this Ritual, I will be focusing on my Amethyst and Selenite Crystals, as they both have such healing and clearing powers.

As you listen to THIS PLAYLIST let the first song play.  Just sit quiet and breathe. Go in. When it is finished, get out your journal and just let it out. Write it out, what has been coming up for you, what have you feel trying to bury inside. Give yourself permission to feel the pain, and know that is ok. Those things that have been whispering in your ear, release them on the paper. 

When you're finished, read it out loud telling yourself that it is ok to feel this way.  You are ready to heal it, and you know that means you have to see it and feel it first. Saying it aloud helps to take away the shame of keeping the pain unspoken and hidden. As you are reading your words, try to step outside yourself and see the lessons that that pain has brought you.  Look for the opportunities of learning and growth. 

When you feel ready, take your palo santo or sage, and start swirling the smoke around yourself and then your crystals. Really feeling the clearing that the smoke creates. Really feel yourself releasing the guilt, the shame and the pain. Then, place your crystals outside or by a window for a minimum of 24 hours.  

As far as the entry, I will be keeping it. I am finding the more I look back and reflect, the more I learn. Do what feels intuitive for you, burn it, throw it down the toilet, keep it etc...

PLAYLIST HERE

Ra - Sun

Ma - Moon

Daa - Earth

Saa - Impersonal Infinity

Saa Say - Totality of Infinity

So - Personal sense of merger and identity

Hung - The infinite, vibrating and real.

This mantra taps into the energies of the sun, moon, earth, and the Infinite Spirit to bring deep healing. It is important to pull the navel point powerfully on the first Sa and on Hung. Note that the word Hung is not long and drawn out. Rather, it is clipped off forcefully as you pull in the navel. Chant one complete cycle of the entire mantra with each breath. Then deeply inhale and repeat. Remember to move the mouth precisely with each sound. Try to feel the resonance in the mouth and in the sinus area.

(Taken from 3HO )

Please  let me know how it goes! 

If you’re ready to really go after your goals and want a little extra help, I would love to see you in New York City in person, or virtually anywhere Schedule a time here. Looking forward to connecting! 

Putting an End to Imposter Syndrome

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Often when I sit down at my desk to prepare for a big interview, write an outline for a speaking engagement, or work on a new article, I hear whispers of self-doubt swirl through my mind.

 

Before I even begin, the fear can start to get to me.

 

You know nothing.

Who are you to deserve this opportunity?

No one wants to hear what you have to say.

 

How many of you have heard those exact words echo through your mind—maybe after a promotion, or after an invitation, or after being asked to pioneer a new project?

 

Well, say hello to “Imposter Syndrome.”

 

Imposter syndrome was first named by a pair of clinical psychologists in the 1970s, who identified the near-universal experience of feeling like a fraud, feeling like an accidental high-achiever, and feeling unworthy in the face of your own accomplishments.

 

When success arrives at our doorstep, we convince ourselves that it was meant for someone else—because there’s no way that we deserve it. We’re too inadequate, too incompetent, too small.

 

We’ve all been there, right? We’ve all experienced self-doubt. We’ve all been crippled by insecurities and paralyzed by fear. 

 

But the irony is that we believe we’re the only ones. We fall for the lie that everyone else is confident, worthy, and deserving. And that’s when we start to listen to the damaging voice in our head: I’m the only fraud in the room

 

The truth is, we all have an inner critic, a voice that makes us question our worth and our experience. This voice tells us the same, worn-out story: you’re not good enough. And, ironically, this voice is often triggered by external approval, opportunities, or compliments.

 

These positive experiences unearth our buried insecurities, and spin us into a whirlwind of self-doubt.

 

I see this scenario play out in my clients’ lives all the time.

 

One day, they’re telling me that they have been asked to speak a prestigious event,  photographed a campagihn or  asked to spearhead the next team project. And, the next day, they’re telling me that maybe it’s not the right fit, and maybe they should back out, and maybe it’s not meant for them.

 

Too many times, I’ve experienced this same swinging pendulum of emotions—in one moment, fiercely grateful for new opportunities, and in the next moment, completely trapped by the triggered voice of the inner critic.

 

But thankfully, through all of my years of self work, I’ve learned how to meet imposter syndrome head-on and move through it with mindfulness and intention.  That doesn’t mean it doesn’t rear its ugly head every now and again, but I am able to come back to reality real quickly and get my self in a different state of mind.  The mind of someone who knows not only are the capable to doing what they are being asked, but it is their responsibility to do so.  We al have talents and skills and we are doing a disservice to ourselves and the other we can help if we don’t let them shine. 

 

So, now, when imposter syndrome shows up for my clients, I encourage them sit with it. Don’t try to drown the feeling or shove it into your gut. Instead, take long, deep breaths and bring your awareness to your physical body.

 

Once your body begins to relax, bring intention to your thoughts. Visualize your accomplishments,, and the faces of people whose lives have impacted through your work. Remind yourself that it is not only your right, but also your obligation to speak out and show up—so that your healing can serve others. Trace your way back through the work you have done to arrive at a place where you can be of great help and inspiration to others.

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world"
—Marianne Williamson

 

Usually, this moment of intentionality is enough to bring you back into a positive headspace and get you back into action mode.

 

But for the days when imposter syndrome’s grip is especially strong, I’ve developed a series of practices that help to quiet the voice of the critic.

 

Next time you’re battling self-doubt, I encourage you to implement one or more of these practices—and always remember: you’re in charge of your feelings, and you’re always free to recalibrate and reclaim control.

 

1.     Stack the positives. Reframe your inner story by consciously naming your past accomplishments, achievements, and successes. Claim your areas of brilliance and speak your strengths aloud. By focusing on these positives, you take your attention away from the weaknesses and imperfections that your inner critic wants you to concentrate on.

2.     Be of service. Sometimes, when we’re spiraling into a negative headspace and feeling like a fraud, we’re hyper-focused on our ego. When you’re trapped in a self-centered mindset, serving others is a perfect way to recalibrate. Find a way to mentor a colleague, volunteer for a good cause, or help a needy friend.

3.     Get into action. One of the fastest ways to tackle imposter syndrome? Start doing the work anyway. When you show up, in spite of your fear, you leave no room for self-doubt and you create space for others to do the same.

4.     Remember that you’re not alone. Gently remind yourself that you’re not the only one experiencing feelings of self-doubt. Thousands of other brilliant, generous, successful humans encounter imposter syndrome every single day. And here’s some proof.

5.     Practice meditation. A consistent meditation practices allows your brain, body, and nervous system to slow down. And, in that slowness, you create space. Space to choose your actions (instead of living in reaction mode). Space to notice and release your triggers (instead of spiralling into self-loathing). Space to observe a situation and act with intention (instead of falling into knee-jerk reaction patterns). I love active meditations, and I’ve included one of my favorite Kundalini meditations below. 

 

The Caliber of Life Meditation:

 

Start practicing this meditation for three minutes, and slowly increase your practice to eleven minutes. Pay attention to the details of the pose, and don't increase the time until you are practicing the post correctly. This meditation builds self-trust and groundedness.

 

Use this GONG PLAYLIST in the background to cleanse self-doubt.

TUNING IN  

“Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” said three times. Ong Namo: I  bow to the Creative Wisdom, Guru Dev Namo: I bow to the Divine Teacher within. 

Ad Guray Nameh Jugad Guray Nameh Sat Guray Nameh Siri Guru Devay Nameh said three times. Ad Guray Nameh: I bow to the primal wisdom. Jugad Guray Nameh: I bow to the wisdom through the ages .Sat Guray Nameh:  I bow to the true wisdom. Siri Guru Devay Nameh: I bow to the great unseen wisdom

 

Following instructions taken from KRI Teachers Training Manual.

 

1.     Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. (Lift the chest and sternum up while lengthening the back of the neck, by pulling the chin toward the back of the neck. Neck, throat, and face muscles remain relaxed.)

2.     Extend both arms straight forward, and parallel to the ground. Curl the fingers of the right hand into a fist. Extend the thumb straight up. Keep the elbow straight and move the fist to the center of the body. Move the left arm to the center and wrap the fingers of the left hand around the outside of the right hand's fist. Extend the left thumb straight up. Adjust the grip of the hands so that the thumbs can touch along their sides as they point up. The tips of the thumbs will form a little "V" like a gunsight.

3.     Focus the eyes on the thumbnails and through the "V". Look through the "V" like a gunsight, seeing far away and seeing the "V".

4.     Inhale deeply and fill the lungs for 5 seconds. Exhale completely and empty the lungs for 5 seconds. Then suspend the breath out as you stay still for 15 seconds.

Photo: The Library of Teachings

Photo: The Library of Teachings

5.     Continue this breath cycle.

Photo: The Library of Teachings

Photo: The Library of Teachings

Using the Energy of the Full Moon in Virgo

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Please note, while it is great to do this with the Full Moon, you can really start ANYTIME, so don't make excuses why you can't start TODAY!

Wow, how are we already at the end of February our third Full moon of 2018?   As I have said before, I am not an astrologer, but I am very connected to the moon cycles, and the more I pay attention, the more things start to flow.  When you do rituals with the moon cycles, you have the pull of the sky on your side.  This month with Virgo, we can get a lot of cleaning done.  It is a time for getting honest with yourself and taking action. 

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” John C. Maxwell

The full moon in Virgo is all about processing and analysis and those really habitual things. Virgo is a sign that’s concerned with what we do day to day. This particular full moon is a really great time to clear up what it is that you're willing to let go of, so that you can be more whole in your life. So that you can get out of your own way. (taken from Jessica Lanyadoo,)

Our habits and why we choose them, have been coming up  lot in classes I am taking, articles I am reading and with clients in our sessions.  It is an interesting topic to ponder...Why do we do certain things? It is because someone in our family did them, something we see on social media, or a choice that we are making truly for us?

Image A Wild Dove

Image A Wild Dove

So, for this full moon, I invite you to take some time and really journal out your daily habits. Sitting by your Altar, or a place where you have privacy, get out your crystals, light your candle and incense and begin.  Play this Playlist Here    Use  two different pages, and free flowingly write out your habits.  Without over thinking it, put them on either side A, that is for things that are positive actions and choices, like daily meditation and then column B for things that don't really serve you and that you do out of routine, somewhat robotic.  

When you're done,  pick a minimum of 3 on each page, side A, the ones you commit to doing until the next Full Moon, and side B, the ones you commit to letting go, at least until the next full moon. On another page, rewrite the ones you will let go of, saying out loud, I will release...making room for things that help to serve me.  While you are saying this, you can light your palo santo or sage, and start cleansing your crystals.  When you finish, write out the actions you are committing to keeping daily, and say out loud, I am committed to doing ... daily knowing that this will help me live the life I know I am capable of living. Then, place your crystals outside or by a window for a minimum of 24 hours.  

For this entry, I won't burn or though away the journal entry, as I may get inspired to revisit and add more habits to release throughout the month.  It will also be a nice thing to look back on for the next Full Moon...

Playlist Here  

Mantra is: Sa Re Sa Sa, Sa Re Sa Sa, Sa Re Sa Sa Sa Rung, Har Re Har Har, Har Re Har Har, Har Re Har Har Har Rung

Translation:

That Infinite Totality is here, everywhere. That creativity of God is here, everywhere.

Adversity melts before this mantra. This mantra takes away negativity from within oneself awakening the Infinite Creative energy to burn away obstacles to achieving higher consciousness.

Sa is the Infinite, the Totality, God. It is the element of ether. It is the origin, the beginning, and it contains all other effects. It is subtle and beyond. Har is the creativity of the Earth. It is the dense element, the power of manifestation, the tangible, the personal. These sounds are woven together and then projected through the sound of ung or complete Totality. This is the base mantra of all mantras.

It gives you the capacity of effective communication so your words contain mastery and impact. This mantra helps you conquer the wisdom of the past, present, and future. It brings you peace and prosperity even if it wasn’t in your destiny. (Taken from 3HO )

Please  let me know how it goes! 

If you’re ready to really go after your goals and want a little extra help, I would love to see you in New York City in person, or virtually anywhere Schedule a time here. Looking forward to connecting! 

Setting Goals with the New Moon...

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Please note, while it is great to do this with the New Moon, you can really start ANYTIME, so don't make excuses why you can't start TODAY!

New moons are the Perfect time to focus on new beginnings and things that we want to bring forth. The first New Moon of the year, in Capricorn, is especially powerful for setting your year in the direction you want it to flow.  The New Moon in Capricorn is all about setting long term goals and taking actions towards them. 

Knowing the power of tonights New Moon, let's really focus on goal setting for the new year. I will still clear my crystals and set them in the New Moon energy infused with my intentions like I  wrote about a few weeks ago, but tonight I really want to get clear and focused.  I want to set my goals with laser focus;

Remember. 

“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” Harvey MacMackay

To start, let's get quiet. For me, I will sit by my Altar, light my incense and candle and play  THIS PLAYLIST .  I find practicing One Minute Breath, before I journal, helps my creative flow. It calms my mind and my body so that my thoughts can flow clearly.  It helps me get into my body, and into the present moment.  

When the gong portion of the playlist is finished (The first 3 songs are 11 minutes, including the Gong),  get out your journal and just start to write out some of your desires for this upcoming year.  The song following the gong, is a very powerful mantra.  Ek Ong Kar Sat Gur Prasad, Sat Gur Prasad Ek Ong Kar mantra, the Magic Mantra, stops anything negative and removes all obstacles. It brings great intuition. (3HO) 

This mantra is so strong that it elevates the self beyond duality and establishes the flow of the spirit. This mantra will make the mind so powerful that it will remove all obstacles. We call it the ‘magic mantra’ because its powerful effect happens quickly and lasts a long time. But it has to be chanted with reverence, in a place of reverence.”-Yogi Bhajan

ONE MINUTE BREATH

  1. Sit in Easy Pose with Neck Lock. 
    • Neck Lock: Lift the chest and sternum up while lengthening the back of the neck, by pulling the chin toward the back of the neck. Neck, throat and face muscles remain relaxed.
  2. Inhale very slowly for 20 OR 10 OR 5 seconds.
  3. Hold for 20 OR 10 OR 5 seconds, pull the spine up, drop the shoulders.(the same amount of time you inhaled)
  4. Exhale very slowly for 20 OR 10 OR 5  seconds. .(the same amount of time you inhaled and held)
  5. Continue in that pattern. Just keep the numbers for each part of the breath the same. (Each part of the breath is the same amount of time)

Adapted from The Library of Teachings and KRI Teachers Manual.

JOURNALING AND GOAL SETTING

After you free flow with your thoughts,  start to add structure to your journaling and goal setting. I find the more detailed I get with my goals, the easier it is to see the steps I need to take to create them into my reality. So, be specific with each goal. For this exercise, focus on one goal at a time.  You can repeat it multiple times, but stay focused and bring each goal through the list of questions.

 Start by asking yourself some questions:

1) What is it that I want?

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It is important that we get clear on this. The process of manifesting and creating the life we dream of, starts with us holding a vision of it.  In order for us to create the life, it helps to see it, feel it, breathe it into our energy and hold it on our body.  So, specifically write down; how will you feel when you have this goal met? What will change for you physically? emotionally? visually?  Go through all the different aspects of your life that can change when you attain the goal.  

2) How will you know you have met your goal? 

It is helpful to have clear milestones that show you progress in attaining whatever it is you are wanting to call in.  In this step you want to create timelines where you check in to see the progress you made.  It is important that you take your time with this step.  Putting down right now as when you want to have this goal is not setting yourself up for true success.  When figuring out your milestones and the times to attaining them, you really want to think it through.  What are the steps you will have to take? How long will those steps take? Think about this step as if you are making a map with timeframes on your goal.  

3)What might stop you from having this goal met?

This is not to be negative, but we want to anticipate some of things that might present themselves as obstacles.  This way we go in, knowing how to get around them...So think about some of things that might stop you and then go inside and see the ways that you can get yourself around it.  This includes outside influences, as well as inner stories that you tell yourself.  Walk yourself through your doubt, so that you don't let it stop you.

4) What resources do you have NOW, that can help you in achieving your goal?

Go through and inventory all the things, people, connections and support you have that can help you with achieving your goal.  This could be a friend who is in the field you are looking to move into,  an editor of a blog you might want to be featured on, a Yoga teacher that inspires you etc...More often than not, people want to help each other.  Get together with people that inspire you towards your goals and spend time with them.  Ask the questions, ask for help. It is incredibly helpful to hear other people's success stories.  This gives your mind the conformation of what is possible.  

5) What are your steps?

After answering the first 4 questions you will have the answers to your last question.  What steps can I take to get closer to my goal?  List out the steps you need to make. Give yourself a number of steps you want to take each day, week, month etc...Track it.  Write down what you want to accomplish and when you do, write it down that you have completed it.  Look at it often, SEE your progress written down, in your handwriting.  This can be really helpful when you are having an off day.  

I have used these questions on myself and with clients, and if you do the work, your goals are just moments away... Please  let me know how it goes!

And if you haven't started yet, NOW  is a perfect time to start the New Years Mediation I posted a few weeks back, you can find it HERE . A New Moon is a perfect time to start a new habit. Remember, Yogi Bhajan says practicing every day for 40 days straight will break any negative habits that block you from the expansion possible through the kriya or mantra.

If you’re ready to really go after your goals and want a little extra help, I would love to see you in New York City in person, or virtually anywhere Schedule a time here. Looking forward to connecting! 

Meditation for Learning the Lessons of the Past-with Audio Track

Photo John Von pamer

Photo John Von pamer

The beginning of the year is a great time to reflect.  For me, today is about meditating and journaling. The start of the year is the perfect time to start a new habit. Yogi Bhajan says practicing every day for 40 days straight will break any negative habits that block you from the expansion possible through the kriya or mantra.

I am in love with Kirtan Kriya in general, and the Cross-Heart version is extra special. I find it to be incredibly clearing and peaceful.  This meditation works on The Negative Mind,  The Negative Mind is there to protect us, but when it is too loud, it can stop us from moving forward and taking action.  When The Negative Mind is too quiet, we can find ourselves repeating mistakes of the past.  This is a great meditation for bringing The Negative Mind into balance.  You will be able to learn quickly from your past, and see new ways to clean it up and avoid repeating the same lessons.  I am going to add this meditation to my daily meditation for the next 40 days.  I invite you to do this along with me and let me know how it goes!

"The Hemispheres will balance; the past will be processed and dumped; and insecurity will vaporize." Yogi Bhajan

I will start by being in a sacred space, for me that is by my Altar.  Next, I  will light my candle and my incense and sit quiet for a Moment.  Then I will begin...

I created an audio file that will include tuning in, a quick basic spine series warm up and then 11 minutes of Cross Heart Kirtan Kriya, followed by 3 minute Wish Fulfilling Gong.  There will be music and I will be calling out all the cues.  You can listen to the audio below. (it can be pulled into spotify under local files after you download it...)

TUNING IN  

“Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” said three times. Ong Namo: I  bow to the Creative Wisdom, Guru Dev Namo: I bow to the Divine Teacher within. 

Ad Guray Nameh Jugad Guray Nameh Sat Guray Nameh Siri Guru Devay Nameh said three times. Ad Guray Nameh: I bow to the primal wisdom. Jugad Guray Nameh: I bow to the wisdom through the ages .Sat Guray Nameh:  I bow to the true wisdom. Siri Guru Devay Nameh: I bow to the great unseen wisdom

 

PHOTO BY CAITLIN MITCHELL FOR  A WILD DOVE

PHOTO BY CAITLIN MITCHELL FOR A WILD DOVE

 

WARM UP-BASIC SPINE

  1. Quick WARM UP of Basic Spine Flex. Come into Easy Pose (a comfortable cross-legged sitting position). Inhale as you lift the chest up high and tilt the pelvis forward. Then exhale, round the lower back, and rock the pelvis back. Remember to lift the chest up high on each inhale and keep the chin level to the ground in both positions.

  2. This is good to lubricate the spine, and move the energy. It adjusts the spine, strengthens the nervous and reproductive systems, and brings the emotions into balance. It is not part of the meditation, but beneficial to warm up the spine.

PHOTO BY CAITLIN MITCHELL FOR  A WILD DOVE

PHOTO BY CAITLIN MITCHELL FOR A WILD DOVE

PHOTO BY CAITLIN MITCHELL FOR  A WILD DOVE

PHOTO BY CAITLIN MITCHELL FOR A WILD DOVE

CROSS-HEART KIRTAN KRIYA

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Image by starhealing 11

Posture: Sit in easy pose with a straight spine. Cross the forearms below the wrist and place them in front of the chest. Arms should be out slightly and angled a bit up towards the chest.

Eye Focus: Look down to the tip of your nose.

Mantra: Sa - Infinity Ta - Life Na - Death, Transformation Ma - Birth

Process: 

Chant “Sa Ta Na Ma” out loud and press the corresponding fingers to your thumb on each syllable. 

Sa - Press thumb and index finger (brings knowledge) 

Ta - Press thumb and middle finger (brings wisdom and patience) 

Na - Press thumb and ring finger (brings vitality) 

Ma - Press thumb and pinkie finger (brings enhanced communication)

SA Library of Teachings

SA
Library of Teachings

TA Library of Teachings

TA Library of Teachings

NA Library of Teachings

NA Library of Teachings

MA Library of teachings

MA Library of teachings

Your arms should be like the drawing above, across your chest.  These pictures are just to show you the changing fingers for the meditation.

Time: 11 Minutes

To Finish: 

Inhale and suspend your breath, roll your eyes back up and become completely still. Then relax.  (Adapted from KRI and The Mind, Yogi Bhajan)

JOURNALING

After I complete the meditation, I will start to journal.  Because the New Year falls on a Full Moon, one of the most powerful ones of 2018, i am going to take extra time with this entry.  I will play  THIS PLAYLIST  I will write out all of the lessons I learned in 2017.  I'll reflect on what I want to let go of.  I will take the lessons, but leave the habits and stories that no longer serve me.  It is an important time to be letting go of what you no longer need, and moving forward in the direction of the life you want.  This Full Moon i all about letting go of patterns, beliefs ,stories etc that we do not want to carry forward.  When I am finished, I will burn the entry or throw it down the toilet. You can follow my previous post about FULL MOON RITUALS, if you want to read more details for my ritual.  

 I like to take time with letting go on the full moon so,  I will sit with this, and later in the week (3 days after the Full Moon), I will focus on all that I want to bring forward. Of course, I will still be doing my Cross Heart Kirtan Kriya for 40 days, starting today....Stay Tuned later in the week for my intentions post....

If you want to learn more about this Full Moon, head over to  Elephant Journal , they have a great report on this powerful Full Moon.

If you are looking for a little extra help with making 2018 a year beyond your wildest dreams, Book a One on One Session with me! Looking forward to connecting!