The Biggest Contributing Factor to Happiness

Do this tonight and you’ll thank me later: This isn’t the first study so show this correlation between gratitude and happiness. However, it is the first study to present the findings in a way that moved me to tears (happy tears, of course!). Immediately after watching, I sent an email to the strong, independent females in my family who inspired me to become the woman I am today. I also called a few women over the phone to express my gratitude. And I felt happier afterwards. They all seemed sincerely touched by the gesture. My aunt even told me that I was someone who inspired her and who she also appreciated — which was a HUGE compliment coming from someone who I personally had always looked up to, and who I saw as a source of feminine strength and resilience. My mother told me how proud she was of me, how strong and beautiful I am, and how she admires me as a woman and values my opinions. And my father told me he truly appreciates how our relationship has grown over the years. Needless to say, I ended the evening on a very positive note, feeling love for others AND love reciprocated for myself, smiling, crying happy tears, and feeling grateful for all things in my life. My mother also reminded me that she and her sisters have always shared an interest in astrology, philosophy, spirituality and anthropology, and reminded me of a time when I was sixteen years old and my aunt paid for me to have an astrological chart reading from a professional astrologist. I’d almost...

Kirtan Kriya, Kundalini, the 7th Chakra and Infinity

The following was shared with me by my Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Loren Crawford. She got this from The Inner Work Out Manual by the Kundalini Research Institute (pp 31-34). This mantra turns challenges into opportunities and removes fear. If you’re ever in the Louisville, KY, USA area, I recommend swinging by Shine Louisville for Loren’s Kundalini Yoga classes. Oh, and… She also does gong bath meditations. If that’s your cup’a tea… KRIYA — FOUNDATION FOR INFINITY (SEVENTH CHAKRA) Sit in Easy Pose. Interlock the hands behind the neck at the hairline. Holding the upper arms parallel to the ground, inhale and twist to the left, then exhale and twist to the right. Continue at a medium pace for 3 minutes. Sit in Easy Pose. Interlock the hands behind your back, at the base of the spine. Begin Breath of Fire, alternating between this posture and Yoga Mudra for 2 minutes. Move at a steady pace in coordination with the breath. Back Platform Pose. Come up into Back Platform Pose. (Begin by sitting with your legs stretched out in front. Place the hands flat on the floor behind you with the fingertips pointing towards the toes. Heels are on the ground, feet together. Lift the chest and hips up. Allow the head to fall back, lifting the heart. Do not collapse the neck.) Then lower the buttocks to the floor and bring the head straight, in line with the spine. Create a steady rhythm between these two positions with Breath of Fire for 1 ½ minutes. (This exercise increases the strength and flexibility of the pelvic area and releases the...

Kundalini Yoga Kirtan Kriya Meditation

This Kirtan Kriya is a Meditation taught to me by Louisville, KY-based Kundalini Yoga Instructor Loren Crawford. This was adapted from Sadhana Guidelines (pp 95-96), Meditations with Mantra (p425) and Meditation as Medicine (pp 122 – 194). This Kirtan Kriya is a great exercise for training the mind and stimulating new neuro-pathways. In fact, it is even being studied by some Alzheimer’s research organizations as a therapy to help stimulate the brain (see research notes here). The Kirtan Kriya uses the SA TA NA MA Meditation. Posture: Sit in easy pose or a chair with your spine straight. Relax your hands on your knees. Clothing: Pure White. Timing: It’s recommended to practice this meditation every day, at the same time of day, for 40 days. Due to the Earth’s magnetic field, the ideal time for meditation is just before sunrise, between 3am and 6am. (Of course, this is YOUR spiritual practice, so if you are not a morning person…simply choose the best time of day that works for YOU!) Practice: While maintaining your relaxed seated pose with hands on the knees, close your eyes and begin chanting the Sanskrit words: “SA TA NA MA.” As you say each word, touch your thumb of one hand to each finger. For instance, on “SA” you would touch the index finger to the thumb on the same hand; on “TA” you would touch the middle finger to the thumb on the same hand; “NA” would be the ring finger, and so on. When you’ve completed all the fingers on one hand, repeat for the other. Repeat the “SA TA NA MA” meditation...

Garlic bad for the brain?

First, GERD and stomach acid irritation, and now this. Apparently, it might be a good thing that I’m allergic to garlic now? Elephant Journal reports that garlic could be bad for the yogi...