Please remember: seeking it, and wanting to seek it, are two different things. They separate the doers from the dreamers, as they say. And more possibly (and fairly), they separate the ready from the not-yets. I believe that everyone is Michelangelo’s Statue of David not yet chiseled into its complete form. Some of us are more in the form of a block of cement hardly begun while others are further along. But the truest essence is there waiting in all of us to emerge into its fullness.
Excellence requires us to do something that can be very hard to do: Get over ourselves.
It requires being still enough to hear our Truth.
It requires being courageous enough to acknowledge and act on our Truth.
It requires being disciplined enough to stay on course, especially when we don’t feel like it.
It requires understanding which mind we are coming from (negative, positive or neutral) to know if the “necessary” adjustments we wish to take are response-able or reactive.
It requires being strong enough to know who to reach out to (and who not to) to support us in our process. It begs the question: am I looking for elevation or validation?
In answering that question, it requires observing ourselves: am I asking the right questions and receiving guidance, or am I busy telling my story and trying to enroll others in it?
It requires loving ourselves enough -as an action word- to stay connected with community.
Kundalini Yoga & Meditation is a challenging practice. Why? Because it prepares us to be still enough, courageous enough, disciplined enough, understanding (through clarity), strong enough, observant enough and loving enough.
What makes Kundalini Yoga unique to other yoga practices is that it reaches beyond access to calm & relaxation and into the resiliency of moving back and forth from restful to active states (parasympathetic to sympathetic) without feeling fried. This practice trains our mind & body to be able to respond to the constant shifts between calm and irritability that we face daily in our lives. It helps us to choose excellence* over validation.
Here is a meditation to help you reach excellence. This pranayam meditation teaches concentration and endurance. Please take this practice slowly and build up to maximum time as you build the capacity to practice it in full integrity. In the question of quality vs quantity, let quality lead your practice. This meditation is known to conquer normal depression and discouragement. It builds tremendous strength into the nervous system.
Kundalini Yoga Quotes:
“I’d never felt anything like it; it was just an opening of energy and a feeling of such liberation.” -Marika Bethel, owner, Glowing House