Part II of a two-part blog on Kundalini meditation. See Bathe your Mind with Kundalini Meditation for Part I.
How aware are you of your own habits? Grab your phone and set your timer for 30 seconds. List your habits. Here’s what I came up with…
Now ask someone close to you to do the same – reflect on your habits for 30 seconds. My husband Fergus, noted that I:
If I asked my sister, a friend, colleague etc. this list would grow exponentially and some of it, I will literally have no awareness of.
A habit is a process by which new behaviours become automatic i.e. you just do them without any mental effort. In one way this is empowering as habits free up mental space to focus on other things. But! If the habit is one that doesn’t serve you, it can have a destructive impact on your life – you’ve acted out the habit before you even realise it. As stem cell biologist, Dr Bruce Lipton, stresses, “95% of the day, our life is coming straight out of the programmes in our subconscious.” Not to get all dystopian on you, but you largely operate through daily algorithms that predict how you will behave.
“The mind has a capacity to act like a recorder. A habit enters the recorder and then begins, automatically, to play itself back in your behaviour, feelings, and thoughts. Layer after layer of habit forms in the subconscious mind of each person. Used with awareness, habits help you act quickly, and automate actions that require little change. Used without a relationship between you and the mind, they steal your spontaneity, uniqueness, and projection. You have a choice: live in excellence and awareness or live subject to the stereotypes of your subconscious habits.”Yogi Bhajan
Poor lifestyle habits steal your power as they disrupt melatonin secretion from the pineal gland. This results in crappy sleep, increased stress levels and a confused pituitary gland, which sends your entire glandular system haywire. As I outline in Bathe your Mind with Kundalini Meditation, Yogi Bhajan called our glands, the “guardians of health”. When they’re unhappy, you’re unhappy. Think about your worst hangover – can’t sleep, can’t eat, can’t think straight, have the fear of bejaysus! Most of us who’ve been there swear in that moment, “Never again!” That is of course until we eh yep, you guessed it – do it again.
Yet, don’t despair, there is a way out, and you can make that road in 40 days. All you need to start is a willingness to dip your toe.
Human habits are established or broken in 40 day cycles. Since Kundalini technology is thousands of years old, there are thousands of meditations designed to help you form or break new habits/or both. From thinking before you speak to preventing burnout to addressing your money mindset and everything inbetween. Here’s how it works…
Practice your chosen meditation each day for 40 days straight. This will break any negative habits that block you from the expansion possible through this meditation.
Practice for 90 days straight. This will establish a new habit in your conscious and subconscious minds based on the effect of the meditation. It will change you in a deep way.
Practice for 120 days straight. This will confirm the new habit of consciousness created by the meditation. The positive benefits get permanently integrated into your psyche.
Practice for 1,000 days straight. This will allow you to master the new habit of consciousness that the meditation has promised. No matter what the challenge, you can call on this new habit to serve you.
Tempted to try? Below is one to kick you off that’s on theme, ‘Meditation for Healing Addictions’. If you start 40 days today, it will bring you to Friday 3rd January. Imagine beginning the new DECADE having healed some of your addictive habits? Remember, “First we create a habit, then the habit creates us.” So, what kind of habits do you need to create the life you want?
The pressure exerted by your thumbs in this meditation triggers a rhythmic reflex current into the centre of your brain. This current activates the brain area directly underneath the stem of your pineal gland. It is an imbalance in this area that makes your habits and addictions seem unbreakable. This meditation will correct this imbalance.
It’s not an easy meditation. Habits are stubborn divils but as Yogi Bhajan assured, “Keep up and you will be kept up.”
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