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Osho Kundalini Meditation: 4 Steps To Cure Emotional Blocks

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Kundalini meditation is the process of cleansing the subconscious mind of impurities. It acts as an energy shower that washes away negativity, stress, anxiety, and tiredness accumulated during the day. And it charges you with fresh positive energy, lightness, and peace. The Kundalini meditation that I’m going to talk about in this article, is one of the most powerful and effective techniques developed by Osho.

Kundalini Meditation Benefits

If you’re wondering what’s so special in Kundalini meditation and if you should practice it, check out its benefits:

  1. It helps to get rid of toxic thoughts. Kundalini meditation helps to let go of anger, resentment and accept yourself as you are.
  2. This meditation creates positive habits. As you may know, our brains are made up of 80 billion nerve cells. They’re connected to each other. If you are overtaken today on the road, and you are upset, then tomorrow in the same situation you will be upset again. This creates stable connections between groups of neurons. Through these channels, neurons trigger neurotransmitters. When you are overtaken again, the lazy brain commands the neurotransmitters to “get upset.” And you’re upset. That’s how habits get stronger. But when you practice meditation regularly your brain receives only positive information and you have only positive thoughts. And as you remember, our positive thoughts create our positive reality!
  3. At the end of the stressful day, Kundalini meditation helps to remove tension and fatigue. Instead of blocking emotions you harmoniously reveal them and let them go.

Side Effects

According to Osho himself, the Kundalini meditation is a dynamic meditation which may lead you to a deep catharsis (translated from Greek – purification, through the experience of a strong emotional shock).

Catharsis, in turn, can cause various reactions in the body: pain, numbness, nausea, the desire to scratch, sneeze, or all of this together. Dynamic meditation changes the whole body, creates chaos, and increases energy movement. This meditation opens up all the emotions that you were blocking without expression. These emotions can be expressed through tears or laughter.

It is important to remain in observation, not to itch and not to sneeze. Allow the pain to be and disappear, the tears to flow, the laughter to get released, but do not allow all this to capture your consciousness. Be neutral and observe all the processes at “the here and now” moment.

What Is Kundalini?

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Before you start practicing this powerful meditation you should clearly understand what Kundalini is.

Kundalini is a form of biological energy dormant in the human body. The Kundalini energy is present in the whole body but is concentrated mainly in the lower part of the spine, that is, in the genital area, transmitting vital energy to the offspring. This “snake energy” can be woken up, and through the spine and chakras transferred to the brain.

Kundalini meditation awakens this powerful energy. When Kundalini awakens, the energy rises up the spine, reaches the top of your head and, figuratively speaking, connects you with the cosmos. It is often compared to a snake that crawls along the spinal column, skirting it along the entire length. In the dormant state, it nourishes the body with energy and in the awakened state, it fills the body with it.

The Basis Of Kundalini Meditation

Osho called Kundalini meditation “the shaking meditation.”

Since ancient times, life has become more complicated. People have learned to create cities, grow food, live longer. We made life easier with technology, but there was a new problem. We, modern humans, don’t know how to relax without alcohol, drugs, pills, and smoking. Kundalini meditation solves this problem. Full of shaking and chaotic movements, it helps to literally relieve tension and accumulated problems.

Osho advises to just allow the shaking to be, not to focus on it or trying to control it. It is enough to help the body to relax hands and feet and not to strain.

Osho said that shaking is so important because when you’re shaking your shaking off the inner hardness, problems, tension, anxiety, and any negative emotions you’ve been blocking.

Instruction

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Kundalini Meditation consists of four stages. The duration of meditation is 60 minutes, each part lasts 15 minutes. The best time to practice is in the evening.

The interval of 15 minutes is not chosen by chance. Studying the works of Western psychologists and psychotherapists, Osho noticed that a person focuses on 15 minutes of activity. Further attention is scattered. Then Osho decided to take the interval of 15 minutes as a unit. It makes the practice easier, especially for beginners.

For doing this, you can set an automatic timer before meditation with 4 intervals of 15 minutes.

Osho created special music for Kundalini meditation, which many practitioners still like to use. Try meditating with or without music. Beginners are advised to start with music, it helps to concentrate on the practice.

Now let’s take a closer look at each stage.

Stage 1

Shaking in the first stage helps to remove the inner blocks.

Turn on the music, make sure no one bothers you. In a standing position start shaking. Let your body shake: arms, legs, neck, head, whole body. Your whole body should feel the movement and energy. Don’t think about how you look, it doesn’t matter. There are only you and your body movements. There are no right and wrong movements. The way the body moves is the right state. Eyes can be open or closed. It’s completely up to you.


Let the shaking be, don’t try to force it or control it. Stand still, feel the approach, and when Your body begins to tremble, help it, but don’t force it. Enjoy the freedom and strength of your body.

Stage 2

Dance as you wish. Smooth or sharp, fast or slow, it doesn’t matter. Let your body do whatever it wants. The main thing is that you feel good. Relax and let the dance be.

Stage 3

Stop. Close your eyes and don’t move. You can sit or stand as you like. Keep your back straight, so as not to create obstacles for the Kundalini energy. Even if you don’t feel like it is running down your spine, it’s ok. Everything comes with practice. Give yourself time.

Tighten the abdominal muscles, feel the elastic force of your body. Because you are not moving, the mind will start a conversation. Don’t worry, it’s ok. Watch your thoughts, but don’t dive into emotions. You are an observer, a witness. Your only task at this stage is to watch what is happening, but not to think about it.

At that moment the mind does not understand what is happening. Usually, you obediently play the mind’s games, getting involved in every thought that the mind has planted. Now you are not taking the proposed “toy” (thought) that your mind gives you, you are not playing with it but just looking at it.

Stage 4

Lie down on the floor, do not open your eyes and do not move. Keep watching your thoughts.

Over the past hour, you have tuned in to a deep practice. As musicians tune instruments before playing, so you have tuned your body. You dropped the voltage, then calmed down, came into the position of the observer.

Stand up with your eyes closed and stand for 10-15 minutes. Feel the silence. Feel your power.

The Bottom Line

If the energy of Kundalini has not passed through the spine, it’s okay. Practice this meditation for 3-4 weeks every day to bring the release of energy closer. We cannot know when the Kundalini energy will wake up. If you want the Kundalini awakening so badly that you even get upset after the meditation that nothing has happened, then nothing will happen. Don’t be attached to the result. Just focus on the process and enjoy it!


Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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6 Steps to Start a Meditation Practice: A Clear & Easy Guide

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Mindfulness is no longer considered a “soft skill,” but an essential part of overall health care among conscious people. Taking a few minutes to focus your mind each day can reduce stress, anxiety, pain, depression, and more. Meditation practice is getting more and more popular all around the world because without mindfulness it’s really hard to stay healthy and balanced in the modern world. If you want to start practicing meditation but don’t know how to start, this clear & easy guide is for you! To make it simple we will guide you through 6 easy steps to start a meditation practice.

What Is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.

Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s all about developing such skills as awareness and mindfulness, the ability to be present, and getting a healthy sense of perspective. During meditation practice, you don’t need to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.

When you learn mindfulness you gain the ability to be present, to rest in the here and now, fully engaged with whatever you’re doing at the moment.

Meditation Benefits

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The popularity of meditation is increasing as more people discover its benefits. Here are some of them:

  • Reduces stress & anxiety;
  • Promotes mental & emotional health;
  • Increases focus & concentration;
  • Enhances self-awareness;
  • Can decrease blood pressure;
  • Improves attention and clarity of thinking;
  • Increases positive feelings and actions toward yourself and others;
  • Improves the immune system;
  • Increases our capacity for empathy & compassion;
  • Can help fight addictions;
  • Increases the energy level;
  • Improves sleep;
  • Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior;
  • Improves emotional stability;
  • Promotes clarity and peace of mind;
  • Can diminish the perception of pain in the brain which may help treat chronic pain;
  • Increases creativity;
  • Develops intuition;
  • Expands consciousness.

6 Steps to Start a Meditation Practice

Enough theory! Let’s dive into practice! Here are 6 easy steps to start a meditation practice.

#1: Take a sitting position

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Make a commitment to sit still and watch what happens. Do not pick up the phone, ignore the doorbell, do not add another task to your to-do list. Just sit and observe the thoughts that arise and pass through your mind.

If you’re just starting your meditation practice you will probably be surprised at how difficult it can be just to sit still for 10 minutes. However, in the process, you may learn something important about the properties of your restless mind and the ever-changing nature of life.

#2: Listen to the sounds of life

Close your eyes and tune in to sounds – both external and internal. Most likely, at first, you will only hear the most obvious sounds (like a sound of a car passing by your house or sound of a barking dog), but over time you will discover new layers of sounds that you have not previously paid attention to. Observe what you hear, not clinging to it, but not resisting it. Note that the world seems more alive as your awareness of the present moment deepens.

#3: Practice mindfulness

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Pay attention to the sensations of the present moment – feelings of warmth and coolness, hardness and softness, pressure and lightness. What parts of your body touch the ground? How does the shape of the body change with each breath? How does your experience change over time? Developing awareness of the present moment will encourage a calmer and more attentive mind.

#4: Follow the breath

Focus your attention on the breath – on every breath you take in and out. Don’t force your breath in any way. Just observe it with your inner vision, the similar way as you would watch a tennis ball bounce from one side of the court to the other during the game. When you notice that the mind is wandering, just turn your focus back to your breath.

#5: Repeat the mantra

You don’t have to choose a complicated mantra in Sanskrit. Start with choosing just a positive word, phrase, prayer, or fragment of a poem and repeat it. Let its rhythm and meaning soothe you and bring you into a quiet, contemplative state of ease. When you notice that your mind is distracted by other thoughts, just redirect it back to the words of your mantra.

#6: Practice kindness

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Direct your attention to someone who needs love, compassion, and healing right now. Mentally send this person love, happiness, and well-being.

The Bottom Line

For many people, meditation practice has become as essential as taking a shower or brushing teeth. Give it a chance – practice it daily, and very soon you will experience all the benefits this practice can give. Once you get into the habit and experience all of the mental clarity, emotional stability, physical relaxation that the meditation offers, not practicing meditation would seem unimaginable!


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Gyan Mudra: the Key to Deep Meditation

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Gyan Mudra, or Mudra of Knowledge, is one of the most important mudras. It symbolizes openness to the wisdom of the Universe. Gyan Mudra practice stimulates wisdom and knowledge and evokes the most expansive version of the self, so you can flow through your life lessons with ease and calm.

In this article, I will share with you how to perform Gyan Mudra and receive its benefits.

What Is Gyan Mudra?

Gyan is a Sanskrit word that refers to ‘Knowledge’ or ‘Wisdom’. Mudra means ‘Gesture’ or ‘Symbol’.

Connecting the fingers in certain combinations, you can activate the meridians and direct energy throughout the body, restore the flow of energy and eliminate “breakdowns” in diseased organs thus improve your health.

Different positions of the fingers have the ability to close or clear the energy channels. In addition, performing mudras, we affect the biologically active points of the palms and fingers.

When performing Gyan Mudra, we use the upper phalanges of our fingers. On the upper phalanges of the fingers, there are a lot of nerve endings, which when connected to each other create something like a “short circuit of electricity”, because of which the energy does not diverge in the outer space, but is concentrated inside. It helps to create the correct redirection of energy in the body, for the control of prana, and for changing the psycho-emotional state.

To perform Gyan Mudra, we use the tip of the index finger with the tip of the thumb. And there is a reason for that.

Each finger of the hand corresponds to certain energy. And each tip of each finger is responsible for a specific part of the body.

The index finger is associated with knowledge, wisdom, and self-confidence. It is connected to our life force.

The thumb is responsible for our ego, will, and logic. Also, this finger is associated with wisdom, mind, and awareness.

By connecting the index finger with the thumb, we create a powerful gesture that activates all the components these fingers responsible for.

Also, it is important to know that each finger is associated with one of the 5 elements.

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Thumb represents the Fire element (Agni).

The index finger is associated with the energy of the Air element.

Gyan mudra mainly works on increasing the Air element inside the body. Increased Air element helps the brain to work more efficiently.

Gyan Mudra Benefits

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This beautiful mudra has lots of benefits. Here are some of them.

The Gyan Mudra:

  • helps to eliminate stress, sadness, and sorrow;
  • gives hope and confidence for the future;
  • improves concentration;
  • helps to process large amounts of information;
  • improves memory and attention;
  • stimulates the Root chakra;
  • heals Kapha and Pitta Dosha;
  • eases tension and depression;
  • calms down;
  • brings spiritual openness and ease in meditation;
  • boosts the air element;
  • stimulates the brain;
  • empowers the mind, nervous system, and pituitary gland;
  • prevents insomnia.

How to perform?

Lightly touch the tip of the thumb with the tip of the index finger, keeping the other fingers straight but relaxed. Do this with both the right and left hand and hold for at least a few minutes. In Kundalini Yoga, this mudra is usually practiced with the hands resting on the knees and the elbows straight.

When performing this mudra, it is recommended to visualize white color. For example, a white wall or a piece of paper.

You can perform this mudra with only one hand. This is especially appropriate during pranayama practice when the other hand is used to regulate breathing by pinching one nostril.

It is best to perform Gyan mudra for 30-45 minutes daily. You can also do this mudra in 3 shifts of 15 minutes.

Morning time is the best time to perform the Mudra of Knowledge.

Side Effects And Precautions

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Gyan mudra mainly increases the Air element in the body. Therefore, if you have any health problems related to stomach or digestion problems, this mudra might increase these problems.

In Vata dosha, the Air element is already present. Therefore, if you have Vata dosha, perform this mudra moderately.

The Bottom Line

It is believed that Gautama Buddha practiced the Mudra of Knowledge during his meditation for the enlightenment, beneath the bodhi tree. Gyan Mudra is a great tool for deepening your meditation practice and enhancing the power of your concentration.


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Chaturtha Pranayama: Discover A New Dimension Of Awareness

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Chaturtha pranayama is both a meditation practice and pranayama that helps to enter deep meditation and the transcendental state of being. This pranayama is also called a “pranayama of the fourth state” which means a transcendental state beyond words. Chaturtha pranayama practice leads to a deeper awareness and helps to prepare for more advanced meditation practices. 

In this article, we will share with you what Chaturtha pranayama is and how to perform it correctly. Read on!

Chaturtha Pranayama

The Sanskrit word ‘chaturtha’ means ‘the fourth’. There are two reasons for this name:

#1

The first three types of pranayama are widely regarded as pooraka (inhalation), rechaka (exhalation) and kumbhaka (retention). Chaturtha pranayama is the fourth type that follows them. In this case, the Sanskrit word ‘Chaturtha’ can be translated as ‘the fourth pranayama’.

#2

According to the Mandukya Upanishad, there are four states of awareness:

1. Jagrat – is a waking state that people experience whenever they are not asleep. It corresponds to the externalized perception of the world;

2. Swapna – is the dream state, which corresponds to the perception of the subconscious mind;

3. Sushupti – is a dreamless state, which corresponds to an intuitive perception of the collective unconscious;

4. Turiya (Chaturtha) – is the transcendental state where words and definitions fail to reach.

Turiya is a state of deep meditation, a transcendental level of being. It is very different from the other three states of awareness. It is also called “spiritual awakening“.

There is nothing to say about this mysterious level of being since its understanding lays beyond words and can be understood only through experience. That is why it is called simply “the fourth (state)”. When the mind is deeply asleep and does not dream, but the consciousness is awake, this is Turiya.

Instead of trying to understand Turiya with our logical mind, we should try to experience it. Chaturtha pranayama is designed to help us with this!

How to Perform Chaturtha Pranayama?

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This pranayama is, in fact, easy to do. It has five stages (five processes):

  1. Sitting straight and motionless, we observe our calm, deep breathing. (At least 20 breath cycles or 5-12 minutes).
  2. Continuing to breathe as well, mentally repeat the mantra “OM”: on the inhale say ‘O’, and on the exhale M-m-m (do it mentally, your mouth should be closed). Do it for 5-12 minutes.
  3. Keep doing steps 1 and 2 and start concentrating on the point between the eyebrows or on the tip of the nose. Do it for another 5-12 minutes.
  4. Keep breathing and repeating the mantra. And now concentrate on the Sahasrara chakra. With the inhale and awareness of the sound ‘O’, you’re focusing at the chakras along the spine in descending order: SahasraraAjnaVishuddhaAnahataManipuraSvadhisthanaMuladhara. With an exhale and the mental sound “M-m-m” you are going up the same line: Muladhara – Svadhistana – Manipura – Anahata – Vishuddha – Ajna – Sahasrara (you DO not need to say the name of the chakras to yourself). You do so a few “circles”. It should take about 5-12 minutes.
  5. Now concentrate on the point between your eyebrows or on the tip of your nose. Continue to mentally chant the mantra “OM ” except now do not observe the breath. Do it as long as possible (5-15 minutes). This leads to deep meditation. This is the main technique of Chaturtha pranayama practice. Do not rush to complete this stage, give yourself time to achieve success in it.

Helpful Tip:

  1. For your convenience, you can set a quiet timer on your phone. If you do each stage for 12 minutes, the total practice (5 stages) will take 60 minutes. If you do each stage for 5 minutes, the total practice will take 25 minutes.
  2. Make sure in advance that no one and nothing will bother you during your practice. In this state, a person is very vulnerable and it is easy to get an extremely negative stressful experience if somebody will interrupt your practice.
  3. It is best to sit in the Lotus pose while performing this practice. If for any reason this pose isn’t comfortable for you then sit on a chair with your back being straight.


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