By Kathe Forrest
You can vibrate peace; you can project peace. One mind is a part of the universal mind. Even one soul can tune in and you can change the times. Do something for yourself and for the entire humanity.
–Yogi Bhajan 5/11/72
“One soul can tune in and change the times.”—How very true.
I was at a Snatam Kaur concert years ago and she spoke about the capability and possibility of touching just one student, one individual who might reflect on the teachings and go on to touch hundreds, even thousands because he or she received from you the teacher, inspiration. We can acknowledge today that Snatam has done just that. But In that moment of hearing her, I understood the truth of her words.
It is possible to touch humanity everyday even if you see no one or talk to no one. It is called sadhana—praying and vibrating the Universe.
For the past 9 weeks, we have been studying the Yamas and Niyamas in yoga class, along with our yogic stretching. We discuss how best to incorporate these practices—restraints and disciplines—on the mat and off the mat.
Sending love and light and healing through non-violence, being truthful, letting go of the need for what others have that you don’t, sustaining our energy and being detached from outcomes are the Yamas in a practical sense. Yogi Bhajan taught that these and the niyamas master the negative mind.
And what is the negative mind? In the most literal meaning, it is being depressed or pessimistic which does not bring out light and joy in a person or project that to the world. In a yogic meaning, it is our protective or discerning mind. It can tell us the difference between what is good for us or what is not. If the negative mind is out of balance, we are out of balance, which may cause anxiety and worry.
In come the Niyamas…
The Niyamas include: watching your thoughts and speech, acceptance of who you are, being present in your practice, reflection on the soul, and finally, faith or dedication to your Ishta (the one you call divine).
These are not easy things to do or maintain, but if you “keep up” and do your sadhana, attune to your thoughts, and always project love and light, that’s Huge!
“One mind is a part of the universal mind.”
Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
If you observe yourself and observe the way you speak to friends and family, the way you react when plans change, the way you hold yourself when walking or sitting, or even just the way in which you get dressed each morning; and then comply with the yamas and niyamas, you will indeed not only find peace within but reflect that peace to all.
“You can vibrate peace; you can project peace.”
Send Love – Calm Heart Meditation
Send Light – Sing May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You
Send Healing – Chant Ra Ma Das Sa Sa Say So Hung
Kathe Forrest/Siri Kirin is the author of The 40 Day Sadhana Companion: A Guided Journal (formerly titled Keep the Change). She is a mom, grandma called Nonni, yoga teacher, herbalist and nutritionist. She lives deep in the heart of Texas and volunteers through her local hospice and herb society. http://www.keepthechangenow.com/ http://nutritionconsults.weebly.com/