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Friday, June 21, 2013

Finding Happiness and Peace Within



Even after all of our prayers, meditations, rituals, and initiations, many of us struggle with the notion of prolonged happiness and peace within. Surely, we all experience glimmers of happiness and peace based on our daily life's experiences. But, in the garden AND in the fire, have we truly arrived?

After coming across this meditation I found myself asking…is one the result of the other: Does the cultivation of inner-peace bring us happiness, or does happiness bring us inner peace? I always preferred the word contentment, in lieu of happiness, because happiness is temporal. It would be impossible to only experience "happiness" due to the yin/yang nature of life. Whereas contentment can be found in all struggles and tragedies, knowing that our trial is also temporal, and within struggle lies the fundamental key to the unlocking ones' consciousness and healing ones' karma. And is contentment something we realize rather than seek…"finding" it in ones Self through the fulfillment of ones' dharma (life purpose) thus burning ones' karma? Something to think about...

Well, I am not sure if my theories reign true but I am certainly curious about finding out. Lets dive within!

TO BEGIN:
Sit in Easy Pose with the spine straight with chin in and chest out (Jalandhar Bandh). Rub your hands together and bring them to Prayer Pose. Inhale through the nose and chant ONG NA MO GURU DEV NAMO (I bow to the Divine Teacher within) on two breaths.


PART ONE:
Chant ONG in the long form so that it takes roughly 10 seconds to complete. Focus on the third-eye point, making the sound nasal of the conch. The mouth is slightly open and the breath comes through the nostrils. Chant in this manner 5 TIMES.
PART TWO:
Chant ONG faster so that you are chanting one ONG every 3-5 seconds. Mouth is slightly open, and the sound is created by opening and closing the back of the throat. Focus and vibrate the third eyebrow point. Chant for two minutes.

NOTES:

ONG is the creative energy of the total cosmos and consciousness of the Creator as experienced in creation. It has the connotation of energy and activity. It creates involvement without attachment. It generates Shakti, the generative force of life. The sound is not OM, which is the sound for withdrawl and relaxation.

"Practice it, it will set your brain, if you do it correctly. If you start to cough, allow it, because it is just your thyroid adjusting to the pressure. The thyroid is responsible for beauty and for keeping you young. Chanting this sound correctly gives power, beauty and youth." -Yogi Bhajan

TO CLOSE:
Recite the Warrior Healers' Affirmations in Gyan Mudra (index finger and thumb pressed together while all other fingers are straight) resting on your knees with elbows straight.

TO FINISH:
Rub your hands together, bring them to prayer pose and chant SAT NAM (Truth is my Identity) on one breath 3 times.

So there it is R & B Yogis! If you have any questions, you know where to find me.

Sat Nam! Shalom! Salaam!

Mama Luz

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Donation Yoga & More in Central Park!

Rhythm & Breath Presents

Donation-Based Wellness in Central Park

Every Sunday in June (weather permitting)

Classes conducted by Luz & Adrian

9:30AM Pilates
10:30AM Kundalini Yoga 
11:30AM Capoeira Angola for Beginners

All ages and fitness levels welcome!

Suggested Donation:

$10 for one class
$15 for two
$20 for three

We will be posted by the 59th St. entrance to the park. Bring a picnic lunch! There is a WHOLEFOODS near by in case you forget!

For more information:

www.sacredmovementinstitute.org

For coordinates:
(347) 491-7834