By Surjot Kaur
The world is not violent; the world seems violent.
In the beginning is peace. In the middle is peace. In the end is peace. The miracle of peace resonates within every moment. Violence, fear, and ignorance seem ubiquitous, but reality is full of peace.
Yogi Bhajan’s teachings challenge us to cultivate peace within our individual thoughts, minds, words, and actions from moment to moment.
Here are three consciously peaceful actions that can help us radiate peace: focus your attention on listening and trusting silence; focus your vision on an illuminating, co-creative horizon; focus your energy on cultivating a mind that serves the soul’s highest purpose.
Your attention, your gaze, and your energy are precious. In this moment, what is most deserving of your attention? In this moment, what should you look upon that sheds the widest light upon the truth of the moment? In this moment, what can you do with your energy that will be most nourishing for the buoyancy and elevated spirits of all?
What will work now is delving into our inner being on the level of our neurons. What will work now is a deliberate practice of focusing on our mind’s eye and directing it toward peace, and then beaming that peace into the cosmos.
Avoid dwelling on the negative by inwardly or openly chanting Gobinday, Mukunday, Udaaray, Apaaray, Hariang, Kariang, Nirnamay, Akamay.
Breathe consciously and intuitively know we are incapable of being exploited. Let this be our peaceful action: inhale for 20 seconds; hold for 20 seconds; exhale for twenty seconds and repeat. We can intuitively know that we can face and overcome any challenge.
Beloved Creator, May we be blessed with the strength to commit our attention to the peaceful dimension of all Creation. May our focus be so penetrating that peace makes its home within us and around us. May our gaze heal and shed light. May our energy flow with peaceful currents so that we may amplify peace into every light and dark fold of the Universe. Sat Nam!
Surjot Kaur teaches Kundalini Yoga in San Diego. She is a mother, wife, and writer. She also teaches English as a Second Language. Her yoga lifestyle supports her in creating a loving home while she still has enough energy to participate, with enthusiasm, in community activities and volunteer work. You can read more of her writing about yoga and meditation on her website: surjotkaur.com