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The weather has shifted, the lights have lifted and we are in the full swing of the holiday season. With that comes shopping for gifts, time spent with family and… yes, stress. Let’s face it, all the holiday planning and spending extra time with colorful personalities in our families, and/or missing loved ones who are no longer with us, can lead to chaos in the mind and in our lives.This holiday season tries moving into a stress-free zone with a daily meditation practice. Meditating offers an opportunity for the mind to relax, recalibrate and rejuvenate. It’s a time to just be. There is no place to go, nothing to do, but to be still and present. Sometimes our mind goes into overload. Meditation allows us to let go of all the garbage and chatter that is swirling around in our head.
The complete mantra is ‘I am, I AM’. ‘I am’ is the finite and ‘I AM’ is the Infinite and the mind must shuttle between the two. ~Yogi Bhajan.
Posture: Sit with the legs crossed on the floor or sit on a chair with the feet flat on the floor. Hands on the knees or thighs, eyes closed, spine straight in. Tuck the chin down slightly. Inhale and exhale deeply 3 times. Then repeat the following in easy rhythm for 11 minutes.
I am - Simultaneously bring the right palm to the left chest.
I AM - Simultaneously bring the left palm to right chest and return the right hand to the leg.
I am - Again, bring the right palm to the left chest and return the left hand to the leg.
I AM - Again, bring the left palm to right chest and return the right hand to the leg.
Keep repeating this cycle. Start with 3 minutes. You can work your way up to 11 minutes. When finished, inhale deeply and relax.
If you are looking for a way to start or deepen your daily meditation - take
look at this program by MindValley: bit.ly/YOGIMeditation and the Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction online course by Sounds True: - The YOGI TIMES team