Five or so days before my yoga teacher training started, I was attending a ton of yoga classes, including kundalini yoga. I was still partially freaking out all the time about OMG WHAT AM I GOING TO DO AFTER TRAINING so when my kundalini teacher said, “We’re doing a kriya set for prosperity today!” I was all, “Yessss.”
She advised we do this for 40 days and then it would help bring us prosperity. I believe we’re all energy so anything to change my energy in the direction of prosperity sounded all good to me. I decided to try it. I was supposed to be done the day before Valentine’s Day, but I missed a few nights here and there so I continued doing it through last Friday.
Now it’s over and I feel good about having done it for 40 or so days. Hopefully the ‘prosperity’ part will kick in soon. The actual meditation is past the jump!
Sit comfortably, placing your left hand over your left hand on your heart and close your eyes. For at least 3 minutes (11 minutes maximum), repeat to yourself: “I am bountiful, I am blissful, I am beautiful. Excel, excel, fearless!”
After that, flip both of your palms so the pinkie sides of your hands are touching and on your next exhale, flip the palms so the index sides of your fingers touch, and your left thumb is crossing over your right thumb under your palms.
The word you chant, out loud this time, is “har,” which when pronounced correctly sounds like “hud.” So, for 3-11 minutes, chant “har” on your exhale while flipping your palms to face up and down.
They say that doing this for more than 11 minutes is considered greedy, but 3 minutes is the absolute minimum.
J and I made a resolution to start a habit of journaling for 5 minutes a day – not to each other, but on our own, and to be honest, it was his idea that he was doing and I piggy-backed on it.
Because I suck at journaling. Seriously, I have a gold journal that I bought at the end of December 2013 that I still have yet to fill in it’s entirety. It is 2017 now. BUT with my new habit of daily journaling, and recording my food diaries in the same journal now, I’m on my way to finishing it in the next week or so. Five minutes goes by really quickly. It feels like too short of a time to record all the thoughts in my monkey mind.
Anyways: journaling for just five minutes a day helps me get my thoughts onto paper and it’s also made it much easier to write in general. I have another blog that I’ve written two entries for in the last week after posting maybe 3 times in the last 6 months. And my last entry about Warsaw? Completely in-the-moment. There was no planning and queuing of that entry.
Another new habit that I’ve taken on is a kundalini meditation for prosperity. I’m on day 4 of the 40 day practice. I need it now more than ever before.
If you can make one last-minute, semi-late resolution, I couldn’t recommend a daily 5-minute journaling practice more highly.
Since I started practicing yoga seriously in 2011, the chakras have come up regularly. In world of meditation and yoga, we study our 8 chakras. A chakra is basically an energy point in the body (check them out here). The fifth chakra is located in your throat and it supposedly helps you speak your truth.
Back in 2013-ish, I read the book The Eight Human Talents by Gurmukh, a famous kundalini yoga teacher (she owns Golden Bridge Yoga which has locations on both coasts). The studio in New York is on the Lower East Side and sadly, I’ve never been able to make it down there because on the weekends I’m usually a) busy, or b) lazy.
In her chapter on the fifth chakra, she talks about wearing a blue pendant whenever she’s feeling weak in this chakra – having trouble speaking her truth or whatnot – because blue is the color associated with this chakra. I always really liked this idea and was always on the look out for a blue pendant that I liked.
Throughout the years, I would walk past, especially when I was working in the Film Center building on 44th and 9th, a really pretty blue pendant in the window of this used jewelry store/thrift shop on 43rd and 9th. It was always there, sitting in the window. It wasn’t at all expensive but I would never let myself buy it, probably because I have so much other jewelry.
The week before Valentine’s Day, this necklace came up in conversation with my boyfriend. I honestly don’t remember how it came up because it’s such a random thing to talk about in a conversation. But it did and he asked if he could buy it for me because he wasn’t comfortable picking out jewelry for me on his own.
On the day before Valentine’s Day, on our way to Brooklyn, we met on the corner of 43rd and 9th (also the corner of the apartment where he was living when we met) and the necklace was still in the same place in the window so I tried it on and that was that.
I haven’t told him all the chakra theory because I don’t like to shove too much of my yoga/meditation/new age-y stuff down his throat. I don’t know if the necklace is having an affect on my ability to speak my truth, but it’s pretty and it’s meaningful and I like it.
Dwell in the feeling of what it is that you desire.
I’m not sure how, but I received an email from someone in Gabrielle Bernstein’s camp last week about an hour-long lecture that she was giving with Philosophy, and after checking my schedule, I happily RSVP’d.
I arrived a tad before 6pm, not remembering that it was first-come, first-serve, and I was at the end of a long line. They told us at the back that we probably wouldn’t get in as they were at capacity, but I stuck around with a few others anyways. You could say we willed ourselves in because just before the event started, fire codes be damned, and they let the few us that stuck around stand in the back. Total win.
Lots of my friends who read this will probably roll their eyes at the granola-y vibe of what she spoke about and that’s fine. Roll your eyes and keep living your life how it suits you. I digress!
Gabby Bernstein will always be my favorite. She spoke about manifestation and vision boards, of course. We meditated. She said the number one key to manifesting is to put what you want out there into the universe and then chill. Because the energy of being a maniac and trying to get something, anything, will drive it away from you. She also said to pick a sign and ask for it and ask for it often.
I needed this talk and I took this advice to heart with my search for the perfect(-ish) job. Every now and then I get into panic-mode about my job and that helps exactly no one.
So, pick a sign and chill out. Oh, and meditate. Always meditate.
This Valentine’s Day I did yoga, went grocery shopping, got a pedicure, took a bath, and cooked. It was pretty great. The day after I went to a post-Valentine’s Day kundalini yoga and meditation workshop at PureHouse in Brooklyn. I’d met the founder, Anne, of TAPIN last April at her “Own Happy” installation that a former colleague was working with her on. She’s totally creative and open and awesome.
I know, I know. Just pass the granola.
Anyways, it was about 20 of us and we started with a short meditation, then a physical kriya, then much more meditation, and finally some journaling and pouring our hearts out about what we’d like to manifest in the relationships in our life.
After that awesomeness we were all starving and lunch was being made by Jaquy and her partner at Tasty Freedom. Jaquy has dairy and gluten allergies so her food is all gluten and dairy free. I saw so many vegetables that I was expecting to be pretty hungry afterwards.
Nope. I was so stuffed. Maybe too stuffed. There were baked squash and broccoli, mashed sweet potatoes, baked tofu and mushrooms, beet strings, kale salad, and pickled ginger. It sounds so hippy but it was all SO good. For dessert they had “ice dream” which was dairy (and soy) free ice cream made out of banana, vanilla, ginger, maple syrup, etc. So, so good.
Afterward we all friended each other on Facebook, duh. I’m quite glad I trekked an hour out to Brooklyn and made some new connections. An perfect way to spend the day after Valentine’s Day.
I think New Years Eve is highly overrated (as with almost every Excuse For Bridge-And-Tunnelers To Come Into NYC and Drink) and I used to stress out about plans, like hardcore, probably in high school and college. Luckily my New Years Eve plans have been the same for the past few years. Two friends of mine always have a party at their apartment, and it’s chill and lovely. They had the audacity to get married last Sunday though (hope you’re having fun in Paris, you bastards!) so no party this year. I found a two and a half hour Kundalini yoga workshop tonight though from 6-8:30 at Kundalini Yoga East, so I’ll be there, then getting dinner with a few friends and hopefully waking up tomorrow sans a hangover.
2013 seemed to have been a pretty shitty year for most people, per my Facebook feed. It wasn’t too rough for me, personally (I guess out of sheer luck?) and it’s ended on a pretty high note (you know who you are). I bought a new notebook for journalling and made a list of resolutions. These are some of them:
Play more guitar: Since I was in between jobs and strapped for cash, thus not taking lessons, my guitar practicing has become monthly, rather than daily. I might start taking a monthly lesson, if my teacher has time. Otherwise, I’ll have to kick my own ass to practice.
Cook more (and new) recipes: I cook the same shit all the time and it’s time to try something new. I received two new cookbooks this holiday season and I’ve marked them all up already with the recipes I want to try.
Save more money: I’m not sure why, or for what I’m saving for, but it’d be nice to be a little bit more financially aware. I’ve stopped spending $40 a month on lattes, so it’s a start/
Learn to do a handstand: This is pretty self-explanatory.
More journaling: I think it’s a good habit.
Meditate: I’ve been meditating regularly for a year now and it’s time to meditate more, and for longer periods of time. And also to keep going to the DMC.
Trust my own instincts & continue to detach from my ego: I made my life for a while into an opinion survey, ie. ask everyone what they think and then make my decision. I’ve stopped doing that most of the time. It’s time to stop doing that all of the time. I’ve also made strides in detaching from my ego. I’ve begun to be able to see when someone’s anger is really about them, not me, and that’s nice. It helps make me be less angry.
Read at least 25 books: I looked at my GoodReads page today and I read 16 books in 2013. Let’s up that to 25 in 2014.
Time to go shower (I took a yoga class this morning with a teacher whom I’ve always been a bit intimidated by and it was great!) and look as-presentable-as-possible for the workshop Kundalini Yoga East. If you’re still looking for something to do, the DMC is doing a free hour and a half meditation that’s open to all from 7-8:30pm. They’re great – I highly recommend them.