Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Excitement...

... is expansion of heart, of head, of mind
It is growing in every instant, yet impervious to time

It is a huge enormous bubble of breath I didn't take
while I was holding it, anticipating the moment I'd awake

It is a mistake, I think, to wonder when this soaring lightness will drop
Gravity may be a force of nature, but my excitement, I'm glad to say, is not!




Friday, January 21, 2011

Stars

when the water is calm and quiet
you hear what's in your head
you hear the trail of breadcrumbs
leading to your bed

you can hear the "no" you should have said.

when the water is calm and quiet
you hear what's still upset
you hear the crying heart
as loud as cries can get

and you can remember the desert, before the wet.

but courage is in swimming
up placid lakes and streams
where nothing comes to dampen
the sound of inner-screams

and courage is in swimming
through the sharks you try to hide

love is the accepting
of what's been submerged inside

while you may always know that story
your biography through scars
there are no more sharks connecting the lines between your stars.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I Am Bliss, I Am Testing

Sat Naam,

I recently made two new videos as tests. I'm making an album this spring and I want to hear what things sound like before I record. I am definitely putting "Bliss" on the CD. "Nirankaar" needs a little tweaking... or will possibly be left out. I have a lot more to choose from. ;)


"I am the light of my soul" is a mantra written by Yogi Bhajan.



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I Have a Dream...

Last night in Guru Singh's benefit yoga class for Y.O.G.A. for Youth, he talked about dreaming, in honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

Guru Singh explained that MLK had been such a powerful force because he didn't have a back-up plan. He was going to non-violent, and if that didn't work, he was still going to be non-violent. If you only have a Plan A (no Plan B or C), our teacher reasoned, you have 100% chance of success... there's no other option!

MLK was not afraid to dream. In fact, he spoke in front of an entire nation and told everyone about his dreams! Furthermore, Guru Singh explained, when MLK dreamt, he thought about a legacy. They weren't just passing passions. His dreams endured, influencing our society for decades to come.

It made me think about the bigger picture of why I want the things I want. In other words, how will humanity benefit from my dreams? It is a lot easier to dream "big" when millions of other people will benefit from it, not just me.

It inspired me to write my own "I have a dream" speech. Here goes.
  1. I have a dream that one day all human beings will be self-realized and happy.
  2. I have a dream that all human beings will live in a continuous experience of their connection to Infinity, to God.
  3. I have a dream that we will live in a world of spiritual warriors, prepared to demolish anger, fear, and doubt, inside and out.
  4. I have a dream that all parents will love and support their child's purpose on Earth, no matter what it is.
  5. I have a dream that all human beings will make decisions guided by their intuition and inner-light.
  6. I have a dream that no one will ever know lack.
And a little more focused...
  1. I dream of spreading the Sacred Sound Current, uplifting people all over the world.
  2. I dream of teaching children of all cultures that they are here on purpose, and how to connect their mind-body-soul towards fulfilling that purpose.
  3. I dream of inspiring people to be courageous in the face of their personal growth, especially where it concerns releasing past traumas.
  4. I dream of having abundant resources to funnel into various foundations that help children, women, and anyone who has forgotten their purpose.
When I put it this way to myself, my dream didn't seem so selfish. In fast, a lot of people's lives depended on me accomplishing these things. I realized I didn't want to be successful for success' sake. I wanted to be successful, because it would create a higher platform from which I could serve.

I highly encourage you to write a dream speech. It will make your dreams much more important. And they are very important!

Much love,
Sirgun

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Give it Away, Give it Away, Give it Away NOW

Does it sometimes feel irresponsible to give away your money in tough times, even though the law of abundance tells us we have to give in order to receive? It occurred to me that something we can all feel comfortable giving away right now is our blessing.

After all, we have an unlimited supply, and there is no risk involved. And hopefully, when we see the "return" on our blessing investment, we will feel more comfortable giving other things out freely.

:: Here's why I'm saying this...

The other night my friend told me how unsupportive her mother is of her lifestyle. It made me sad that she would have to go through that. I think sometimes the people we love most get scared that we change we will grow apart from them.

It’s hard for me to imagine parents that accept their children conditionally. Although some passages have been rough between me and my parents, given their track record, I know they will always come around in the end. As long as I am happy, my parents will be happy for me.

Anyway, we switched topics and I started talking about how I really wanted to go to India this year. She said she would add that to her prayers. Immediately I felt this sense of relief, like she was taking care of me. It almost felt like she was putting spiritual “money” in a bank account for me. It struck me that this was the kind of donation everyone could afford.

My first instict was to ask her what I should pray for her about, and she said: “that my mother can be at peace with who I am.” Of course, I accepted.

So now we are prayer buddies. Every night I pray that my friend’s mother can see the beauty of her daughter’s commitment to her spiritual practice. Every night she prays that the Universe conspires to send me to India.

It made me think of expanding this to a larger scale. Will you join me in teaming up with your friends and supporting each other through the power of your focused thoughts and words?

It will be fun to see what happens with all the prayers going around. I anticipate that taking a little time out of our day to conciously think about, and bless, someone else will be a growing experience for all involved!

Who’s with me?

If you decide to do this, I’d love to hear what you and your partner are praying for, and what you notice as a result.

Blessings,
Sirgun

New Years Eve at Kundalini Yoga East

And another video! I love working with Sat Darshan! He mixes the audio separately. So fancy!

That evening was so amazing. Chanting in the New Year is definitely the way to go. The past few New Year's Eves I have spent watching movies and realizing after the fact that it had already changed days. At Golden Bridge (where we all went after this workshop), Siri Sat struck the gong at midnight while Gurunam was leading us in his version of "Aad Guray Nameh." Then we had Indian Food and spicy chai. Mmmm.

It had a been a while since I had been up until 3am. Usually, if I'm up at that hour it's after I've slept!

Anyway, enjoy!


Blessings and love,
Sirgun

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gobinday Mukanday

So excited about this video I made with my friend Sat Darshan as a promo for his newest album... coming out this spring!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Blogging with Spirit!

If you are a member of the Kundalini Yoga community, you may have seen some of my posts on the Spirit Voyage Blog this past week.

They've published two so far:


I'm really excited to be sharing my posts with more people. They have lots of other great blog posts as well. And if you are a Snatam Kaur fan, catch a one-hour interview by Ramdesh this afternoon at 5pm EST. >>more info.

Wahe Guru!

Many blessings,
Sirgun

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Feeling Blue?

Winter is a time when our outer environs seem to be telling us to slow down. It's colder, quieter, and darker outside, which can manifest as "the blues" inside.

I thought I would share a few tools that help me to stay in good spirits in any kind of weather. This list is by no means exhaustive. These are the things that work for me, so feel free to make more suggestions.

1. Activate Your Internal Fire:
In the winter everything slows down, including our digestion. For one thing, we are getting less exercise, especially if we live in extreme climates where snow is keeping us indoors. I find when my digestion gets slower, my mood gets lower. When my digestive fire is lit, it significantly improves my mood. It also reminds me that the way I feel originates inside me, not from the weather!

*Suggestions*
a) Before eating breakfast, do a yoga set that stimulates digestion (try: "Apana Kriya").
b) Before eating breakfast, do breath of fire for an extended period of time (3-31 minutes). This will also warm you up before you go outside.
c) Before eating breakfast, do some spinal twists--either supine or seated. Twisting your body at the core squeezes out toxins from your internal organs, making room for fresh blood and more efficient digestion. Very invigorating!
c) Start your morning off with fresh ginger tea (this is an easy recipe).
d) Eat light, and not right before going to bed. Yogi Bhajan said to stop eating by 4pm. If this isn't possible, give yourself at least a few hours to digest your food before going to sleep. You will wake up a lot happier.
e) Licorice is my new best friend. You can drink it as a tea. And as "candy" (I buy natural licorice from my health food store), it makes a good substitute for heavier desserts.
2. Let the Energy Rise
Our spine is like a straw, and our kundalini energy is like the nourishing drink we sip. If we keep sipping from a clogged straw, we are bound to feel thirsty. Similarly, if the energy at the base of our spine cannot move up, we will start to feel tired and sad.

*Suggestions*
a) Catch yourself slouching and remind yourself to sit up straight. Don't be a bent straw!
b) The "Basic Spinal Energy Series" (from Sadhana Guidelines) is a fast and effective pick-me-up. You can do it upon waking or any time during the day when you stomach is relatively empty. It wakes me up like nothing else.

3. Activate Your Blue
It is interesting that we call it "the blues" and that blue is associated with the fifth chakra, our throat center. Opening up the fifth chakra through chanting is a fantastic way to get the energy moving in our body and lift our spirits. There are two mantras that I use a lot for this purpose. Sing them at the top of your lungs for as long as necessary. You can even listen while you sleep.

a) Ek Ong Kaar Sat Gur Prasaad Sat Gur Prasaad Ek Ong Kaar (click for more info), known as the "magic mantra." Five repetitions reverses a negative thought pattern.
b) Guru Guru Wahe Guru Guru Ram Das Guru (click for more info), known as the miracle mantra. This is a good one to chant if you are worried about something. Ask the sacred energy of Guru Ram Das to come to the rescue. There is no request too small or too large.

4) Dance in Your Living Room
A great way to get over a bad mood is to dance around like no one is watching. Your living room is a great place to blast some high vibrational music and dance your cares away. As the African proverb goes: "When you pray, move your feet."

5) Give Yourself Permission to Be Sad
Our feelings can be our best teacher. We are often told to "get over it," but sometimes it is useful to simply observe the way we are feeling, without wallowing or feeling sorry for ourselves. It can be healing to simply accept the way you are, and love yourself regardless. I find I am able to "get over" something much quicker without the extra stress of cursing myself for feeling the way I do.

I hope some of these suggestions help you through the winter season. May you appreciate the natural beauty that this season brings, without internalizing the cold.

Blessings,
Sirgun

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