By Nirbho Atma Kaur
Commitment takes courage. I began my Kundalini Yoga training in a small village in Israel. After the first week, my Visa expired and I had to return home to Florida. I thought I’d be going back to complete my training but with little money and no job, I didn’t know how I was going to get there.
In the past, with my relationships, jobs, and school, I felt overwhelmed when I had to commit to something. Commitment seems so long-term, and to me, I feared the responsibility that came with commitment. Then, I realized that commitment didn’t have to be so scary if I committed to my highest good. So, I trusted that with the power of a spiritual practice, I’d be able to let go of the “how” and listen to my inner guide.
Today people follow what society tells us is normal instead of listening to their internal guide. It is normal to commit to something that is often what your parents or friends wanted for you.
What isn’t normal is to wake up every day and chant, meditate, and connect with your inner guidance. When I returned home from Israel, I stayed with my parents. I got up every morning before they woke up and did my Kundalini Yoga practice. At first, I was afraid of them judging me. I leaped over that barrier when I remembered that it takes the courage of a spiritual warrior to be myself. It takes determination to commit to something that gives the rest of my day a foundation of spiritual perspective. Yogi Bhajan beautifully states,
“Sadhana is where you sit, dwell in the thoughts and words of the soul, and peel away all your non-reality with the vastness of your spirit. If you train your mind this way, then you will discover something for yourself. If you live in absolute fearlessness, God will live in you because fear and truth cannot go together.”
Usually, when people wake up in the morning they commit to their phones or their social media accounts. With the convenience of devices, people are under an illusion that they need this device from the moment they wake up. Technology takes our attention away from the present moment.
Directing my attention to something that spiritually aligned me in my morning allowed me to build the courage to align myself in other areas of my life. It turned out that there was another Kundalini Yoga teacher training course happening at the exact same time as the one I was taking in Israel, in Orlando where I was living. Instead of going back to Israel, I transferred my training over to the Orlando course and completed it a few months later. When this synchronicity happened in my life, I opened myself up to the power of universal flow.
It takes courage to wake up each morning, no matter how tired you are, and commit to a spiritual practice.
It takes courage to let go of what society thinks is normal and create your own normal.
It takes courage to trust in the path, no matter how many detours there are.
It takes courage to be yourself.
“A person with character and commitment will undoubtedly win the trust of everybody.”
I learned at a young age to live by my spiritual name: Nirbho (Fearless) Atma (Soul). I encourage you to trust in yourself and do what it takes for you to commit to your spiritual essence. From that place, all else will align.
Nirbho Atma Kaur (aka Honey Bee) is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Kundalini Teacher and Radiant Child Yoga Teacher. Her passion is to give people the gift of connection to their inner technology and manage their outer digital life. She does this through her writing, transformational workshops, retreats, and children's classes. Nirbho Atma will be publishing her first book in 2019 on how to balance spiritual life and digital life while entering adulthood. Learn more and connect with her at