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Planning for the Holidays

Yes, the holidays are upon us and we either make our way to spend time with family or prepare for them to visit us. Either way, many of us find this a time of challenge and even view the opportunity to be with those with whom we grew up to be a threat to our enjoyment of this time of year.

The use of your practice is an excellent way to prepare for rationally managing your familial relationships. It is all well and good to engage in yoga and meditation without setting an intention, but why leave out the important ingredient of directing all of that powerful energy to enhance our relationships? Framing your intention is important and investigating the dynamics of Life and how we deal with others is a good place to begin.

Nothing is all good or all bad:

In fact, nothing is good or bad, but it takes on one of those qualities by virtue of our thinking of things in that light. Any time that we delve into the realm of matter we engage in duality because we leave the state of merger with All that Is. Everything has a polarity: heads/tails; good/bad; light/darkness; love/hate – to name a few. In our state of Yoga, we allow both qualities their space and resolve the difference by allowing the entire spectrum of experience to be. Our quality of experience then becomes one of either being centered and Still and appreciating polarities, or diving down into definition and judgement and dividing Life into Good and Bad.

We give power over our state of being to others:

Before we learned how Life works we were at the mercy of our teachers/care-givers to guide us in the right direction to lead a powerful and happy life. Unfortunately, our care-givers’ idea of a happy life for us turned out to be what made them happy or their lives easier without much regard to the young life stream given to their charge. Hopefully we have learned that our power to Be in the Life comes from That which is within us. Our expansion across all of the potential frequencies that make up our existence is gained by the journey into our inner realm and claiming our own power and deciding our own terms of fulfillment.

One of the beautiful discoveries on the path of the Yogi and Yogini is that we determine how we Will ourselves into responsiveness. We take the ability to respond as our birthright and reject the necessity to react as our only option in resolving to the experiences of the Life.

In the place of Stillness comes the ability to qualify our response-ability:

If you have gone deeply into Shivasana or meditation, you have discovered, perhaps, that there is a place of Stillness within which becomes deeper as we allow all of life to be without judgement or definition. The temperature of the environment, its sounds, its fragrance, texture and voice are all factors which we can appreciate if we blend them into the tapestry of the moment and with our breath and intention include them as integral facets of the moment. It is the same technique we can use to enjoy all of the human relationships we invite into our Space.

The experience of the moment is not Me, it is here for me to enjoy:

We are not our roles, perceptions, feelings or thoughts. We are only responsible how we identify and act upon those facets of our life experience. Because of condition of a past relationship has caused us discomfort or given us reason to doubt our response-ability to be happy, doesn’t mean it is the ironclad Truth. The fact of the matter is that, given some space (the Zero space of Shuniya) and the confidence of experience, we can chose to react or respond to anything or anyone one however we choose. The response to, “I would have thought you would be married with children by now, dear.” could just as easily be, “How nice of you to be thinking of me!” as the stock answer of “Mother, we have discussed this a thousand times!” It’s all a matter of refusing to take offense, sidestepping the typical traps of egocentric patterns, and being free and creative in our responses.

A strong magnetic field and open heart center are keys to preparing for the Holidays.

A charged magnetic field will not only create a buffer for you as you move through environments and engage in social activities. It will also lend an elevated space to every place you enter. The aura is known as the Platform of Elevation for good reason. All who come into your space, your presence, can sense your field of energy. If it is a high frequency energy, they will be uplifted.

A clear and active Heart Center can take the energy reflected by your virtues, values and goodwill and populate your magnetic field with the vibrations associated with those qualities. So not only are you protecting yourself by tuning those two energy centers, but you are also allowing all who experience your presence to benefit from your alignment as well.

There are several ways to facilitate the tuning and clearing the aura and heart spaces which you can find in Kundalini Yoga manuals, discover in various class sessions, or find elsewhere on this website. They include:

Strengthening the Aura – Sadhana Guidelines
Circulatory Systems and Magnetic Field – Sadhana Guidelines
Magnetic Field and Heart Center – Sadhana Guidelines
Kundalini Kriya to Open the Heart Center – Level 2 Conscious Communication

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About Siri Bahadur

Siri Bahadur began teaching Kundalini Yoga in the 1970s when he was in residence at the Dallas Kundalini Yoga ashram. He is a graduate of the first Kundalini Yoga Masters Touch teacher training program and has been teaching at Yoga Yoga since its inception. He brings music to his classes with his original guitar compositions and through the sound of the gong. He believes that yoga allows students to define and redefine themselves as they travel their life path of realizing and fulfilling their destiny.