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Exhale Worry, Inhale Peace

By Siri Kirin Kaur/Kathe Forrest

I exhale worry…and inhale Peace.

I release tension…and accept tranquility.

I breathe out fear…and breathe in courage.

I let go of all anger and welcome Love.

I release sadness and receive joy

“In your day, give one minute to peace. Sit down and just relax, feel peaceful inside, and give a prayer to honor those who work for peace and for the tranquility of all mankind. Let us honor ourselves. Let us recognize our inner peace. Pray deeply for your inner peace and for the entire mankind.”
-Yogi Bhajan 6/10/89

The world is crazed due to anxiety and fear of future possibilities. People do and say things that are unkind and hurtful to one another. How can an individual help in these times?

Imagine giving more than a minute for a prayer for peace.

Find the quiet within.

The light from one moment beams out into the Universe.

That energy of peace and harmony escapes through the cracks of disharmony.

Sit down as Yogi Bhajan suggests in the early morning or anytime and align with the Breath.

“From the soul’s perspective, we all have a direct connection and relationship with every soul on the planet. The deeper and clearer our inner awareness is, the deeper and clearer our connection to all of humanity. This is how, in our own small way, we can have a real effect on the world. We can maximize this connection through service (seva), spiritual practice (sadhana), and sharing experiences with like-minded people (satsang).”
–Deepak Chopra

Now, examine the ways you find peace. This is how I do it:

  • Sadhana first thing in the morning as I listen to songs of light and holiness.
  • I visualize the people around me that I hold dear and that love me.
  • I think calm thoughts as I go about the day.
  • I see beauty in the world.
  • I call and connect with a friend.
  • I work outside in the sunshine.
  • I feed my chickens and guineas and chuckle at their silliness.
  • I enjoy my grand child and laugh with her.
  • I exhale worry…and inhale Peace

The Calm Heart Meditation soothes and brings one back to center.

Siri Kirin Kaur/Kathe Forrest is the author of Keep the Change – a journal for a 40-day practice of meditation and yoga. She is a mom, grandma or Nonni, yoga teacher, herbalist and nutritionist. She enjoys seva and has recently found an ashram near her home in Brenham, Texas.