Wednesday, December 26, 2018

STEADY AS STONE - Official Music Video

Greetings Friend,

Paul C Little and I had such a great time making this music video in the picturesque landscape of PRESCOTT, AZ.

Just as I am, I am enough
I am bountiful, blissful and beautiful
Bountiful, blissful and beautiful I am
Strong as steel, steady as stone

May it serve as a reminder of your inner strength, your resilience. Your STEADY AS STONE-ness.



Much love,
Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sirgun Kaur Featured in The Eden Magazine

Greetings Friend, 

I am excited to announce my 4-page feature in this month's issue of The Eden Magazine. Check it here. Thank you for staying tuned on this journey with me! Through this article more people will be exposed to the truly magical nature of mantra. I'm so grateful to be able to share!

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Raa Maa - AVAILABLE NOW

Dearest,

I released a new EP with Songs of Eden!


Check it on Spotify, iTunes, and wherever fine music is sold and

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Mantra: the Mindfulness Hack

Greetings, Hot off the press from the Awaken Center for Human Evolution....


Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sirgun Kaur Goes INSIDE THE RIFT



Greetings,


I am so floored to announce that my INSIDE THE RIFT interview is now live on their website.

I was really excited by the questions they asked.

We talk about healing frequencies, how the teenage me would react to who I have become, what influences/inspires me...

It will give you more insight into my process and where I've come from.

Read the interview here.

Joyfully,
Sirgun

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Gift in Every Moment Is a New Perception!

Greetings,

On Sunday morning I awoke in a panic because of the light outside my window. It was way too bright to be 5:30am. I had slept in!

It was 7:47am and I had a rehearsal at 7:45! 

I SCREAMED at the sight of my clock, and then I put on some clothes, drank some water and ran out the door -- turban material in hand.


I somehow managed to arrive at 8:12am. But by this time I had realized that there was nothing to be panicked about. 

All was well.

I was on my way to the Creative Living Fellowship, and once we got through the rehearsal, the service began at 9am. 

What do you think the Minister's topic was for the day?

Yep. the gift in every moment. 

All week I had been editing this video entitled "Everything that Happens Is a Gift."

Ok God, got it.

It turns out I too needed to understand that everything is a gift. 

In fact, I had really needed the extra sleep. That was a HUGE gift. 

I felt loved, and grateful beyond words. 


Oh to be a fully AWAKENED individual, OPEN to the downpour of gifts being showered on us in each moment...

Oh how RICH we would be! Oh how HAPPY we would be! Oh how much LOVE we would feel!

This video is a deep dive into the "magic mantra," which shifts negative thought into positive thought.

IK ONG KAAR SATGUR PRASAADSATGUR PRASAAD IK ONG KAAR

Are you unwrapping the gift in every moment? Let me know.


Joyfully,

Sirgun Kaur

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

"Ma" (New Ending)

I have a new video for you!

Thanks to the lovely Kimra for shooting this at Yoga Phoenix on Saturday night. We had a magical time.


This song only has one word. MA. MA. MA.

Sometimes simplicity is best. This chant is so heart-opening because the "Aaaa" sound is a heart-opening sound. You can feel it.

"Aaaa" is also receptive to all good. "Aaaa" says thank you, I accept. I'm here. I'm ready. I'm available.

Ma is the first sound that babies utter and people think they are saying "mother." There is no concept of language yet. No association between words and things. No labelling.

Ma is not a designation. It is a feeling.

Of hunger fulfilled.
Of warmth fulfilled.
Of love fulfilled.

SOURCE provides all these things. And the mother is the vessel.

Getting back in touch with that feeling of MA is really beautiful.

Ma: Sound of Joy.

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Thursday, November 1, 2018

LAUNCH PARTY: You're Invited

Greetings!

On Saturday, November 3rd I will be doing a 12-hr livestream to launch my PATREON PAGE!

From 10am-10pm I will be talking to you, playing music for you, doing a bunch of GIVEAWAYS.


Some of the products I'll be giving away include...

Jewelry by KandyDisenos
Spa Therapy from Sage Moon
CDs from Songs of Eden
A Children's Book by Jerry Singer

Music, a poetry book, and harmonium lead sheets from ME!

Remember to LIKE, SHARE and COMMENT on the livestream so more people see it!

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur



Spiritual Biz Magazine Interview

Greetings,

So honored to be featured in SPIRITUAL BIZ MAGAZINE. To read the full interview, click here.


Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Monday, October 29, 2018

Sat. 11/3 at Yoga Phoenix

Greetings,

This Saturday, November 3rd at 7pm, Monica Page Subia and I will be vibing up the HOUSE (or rather, Yoga Phoenix) with some sacred chant.


Be sure to secure your tickets before THURSDAY, 11/1 to get the EARLY BIRD PRICE.

Here are some videos of our previous concerts...




See you soon!
Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur 

Ticket Link for copy-pasting: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=3064&stype=-101&sTG=29&sVT=77&sView=day&sLoc=0&sTrn=100000179&date=11/03/18&sessionChecked=true

Friday, October 26, 2018

"Quods" - NEW MUSIC with Songs of Eden

Greetings,


Today I want to share a new song with you! It's available on Spotify and YouTube.

This is a collaboration with a tremendously talented musician, composer and producer who goes by the name SONGS OF EDEN.

I am so tickled to also share that we met on Instagram of all places! When you know, you know.

The best part of singing on this song for me is that it reminds me of Cirque du Soleil... and I have had a lifelong dream of singing for Cirque du Soleil... but no interest in touring with a circus. Best of both worlds?!


The song is a track #4 on his album "The Casablanca Sessions." Check out this cool teaser video he made...

And the full album on YouTube:


Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Singing with Snatam

Greetings!

I have some footage for you from Saturday night at the Orpheum Theatre with Snatam Kaur. One of the best parts was right before this was filmed... she invited me on stage for a song we had not rehearsed: Guru Ram Das Raakho Saranaa-ee.

This song played on repeat throughout my entire birth with my second son (read about my freebirth) here. It's kind of amazing how that happened!

Alright, here is Snatam and I singing her Longtime Sun together.


Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur


Thursday, October 18, 2018

HARMONIUM TUTORIAL: "Wahe Jio" || 4 Easy Steps

Sat Nam,


If you are interested in playing harmonium for yourself, I have another great video for you!

This one outlines how to play "Wahe Jio" from my album THE COSMIC GIFT.

It's just 2 simple chords, and I give you one fingering variation.

This truly is the place to start if you want to begin a harmoniun practice! The only thing easier than this piece is playing a drone!

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur



Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Reclaim Your Happiness || REALIZE How Powerful You Are

Sat Nam,

This video is all about the journey from a low point to getting higher and higher and higher... in the yogic sense ;-)  
I share my philosophy on happiness and what it takes to maintain it. In a word: FOCUS. 



Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Charm the Shadows - Available Now


Sat Nam,


You know those projects you've been working on for over 7 years? They keep taking the back seat to more pressing projects...

Yes, those ones.

I have just completed something that I have been working on for over 7 years!

It's my first book of spiritual poetry, called CHARM THE SHADOWS. I'm an author!

It is a collection of my favorite poems that I've written since 2011. They chronicle my spiritual journey, motherhood, overcoming fears, breaking through old belief patterns.

It is available now as an e-book.

I am so excited to share this with you.

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Thursday, October 11, 2018

What You Eat Doesn't Matter! (HOW You It Eat Does Though!)

Greetings!

When I was growing up in France, people would say "bon appetit" before eating their meal. Then they would plunge their fork and knife into their thoughtfully prepared food, and talk about everything under the sun.

When I moved back to the United States, I noticed people not only found less enjoyment around eating, but they spent nearly the whole meal discussing what was wrong with it!

I became convinced that there was a perfect diet out here and I had to find it.

That is how I came to eat a raw vegan diet for nearly three years of my life. I've also been lacto-ovo vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, fruitarian, omnivorous, gluten-free, dairy-free, whole foods vegan, macrobiotic...

You name it. I've probably tried it!

When I discovered the teachings of Abraham-Hicks I was reminded about the law of attraction and why it doesn't matter WHAT we eat!

WAIT, did she really just say that?

More and more we hearing that food is the answer to pretty much everything health-related. All the food documentaries are telling us to stop eating added sugar, or stop eating processed fats, or carbs, or animal products, or or or...

You've probably noticed that there is so much "information" out there about food, that mealtime has turned into a very high-stress situation.

After all, there all almost no foods that everyone can agree on. Someone, somewhere, is calling almost every food out there "POISON."

Also, if you've sat down to a meal with another human being lately, you may notice (as I did) the negative self-talk people have around their food:
"Oh I shouldn't be eating this."
"I'm going to pay for this donut later." 
"I really shouldn't be eating this many carbs."
"I hope there's no dairy in this..."
I mean, if you find a dining partner who has only positive things to say about what they are eating, consider asking them out more often. They are a rare find indeed!

Because... how we FEEL about the food we eat is what matters. Not the food itself. 

Quantum physics has known for a while that it is our perception (which is shaped by our beliefs) that determines our biology. Our thoughts are responsible for our health.

Can you imagine what you are thinking when you are condemning the food you are chewing in that moment? What sort of effect do you think that negativity has on your digestion?

Do you see how it is backwards to look to FOOD to create health for us?

Not convinced? 

Watch me explain my rather controversial position on nutrition... you may find A LOT of relief in it.



So please remember to enjoy the food you are eating, and eat things that you enjoy.

Bon appetit (truly)!


Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur


P.S. Here's a nice confirming quote by Yogi Bhajan: "It is not food that matters. It is the spirit behind the food, which matters. Offering a flower to a teacher is nothing. There are so many flowers but the spirit of that offering will let him stay for years with that fragrance. What you call as God is vibration. Prepare the food for your children in love. Make them to eat that. See how beautifully they grow."

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Steady as Stone LIVE at Bhakti Fest 2018

Sat Nam Friends,


I have some more awesome footage from Bhakti Fest to share with y'all. This one begins with a sweet sweet UKULELE SOLO! Yes, that's what I said. I honestly could not believe what an an amazing line-up of musicians I got for this festival. Chad Wilkins plays ukulele like no one I have ever heard.

This song is a trio of English mantras. Words that are meant to reprogram your brain to make you know your excellence and strength.

I hope we can effectively "brain wash" you. :-)



Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Monday, October 8, 2018

Thank You Awaken Center for Human Evolution for Sharing My Story

Sat Nam,


This is exciting! I was asked to contribute an article on the HEALING POWER OF MUSIC for Awaken Center of Human Evolution's Blog!

Here I tell the story of how I came to meet the producers of Bhakti Fest, how I was asked to sing response vocals for C.C. White (still so grateful!), and how I came to be in the right place at the right time--again and again and again. Thank you Awaken: Center for Human Evolution for publishing this blog article!

Read it here.

Joyfully,
Sirgun

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Stop Beating Yourself Up for Your Negativity || Can You Love that Too?

Sat Naam,



This video is the result of a "downturn" my mood took a few days ago. I realized something profound as a result of it that I felt was very much worth sharing. 

I call it "STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP FOR YOUR NEGATIVITY || CAN YOU LOVE THAT TOO?"

My prayer is that we can all be a little easier on ourselves. Let our emotions be there and not add insult to injury by judging them so much.


Joyfully (truly),
Sirgun Kaur

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Why Sympathy SUCKS

Greetings Friend,

Today I want to talk you about something that has been on mind a lot these days: sympathy. As a culture, we seem to applaud those who feel the pain of others, worry for them, struggle with them, as A GOOD THING.

This video is about why you cannot help someone by feeling awful with them. That's not how vibration works.

COMPASSION means we see someone beyond judgement. We can be helpful because we KNOW someone's wholeness. We know that someone is capable of finding their inner support system. And we hold true to the KNOWING that all is always well--no matter what it looks like. No matter what.

Check out my video, which explains way more about this... And how you can be a helpful influence in someone's life.

Don't SUCK :-)



Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo

Greetings,

I'm excited to share a little more footage from my Sacred Chant Concert at Bhakti Fest's 10th Anniversary. 

This one is of a mantra that many of you will know very well: "Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo." 

The translation I give in the video is the best one I've given so far. 

Ong = I focus my consciousness
Namo = I acknowledge, I bow
Guru Dev = the divine teacher within

So all together, it translates to something like: 
I now focus all of my awareness on the divine teacher within. I acknowledge this transformative energy that already exists within me. I bow to that POTENTIAL.


Within each living being (including every living cell) there is an innate intelligence. So often we ask other people to substitute that intelligence for us. This is called "seeking advice."

Quantum Physics tells us that our Universe is a hologram. We are all holograms. This means that the ENTIRE body of intelligence that is our Universe exists in exactly the same form in every single living thing on this planet. 

The degree to which we are "enlightened" is the degree to which we put ourselves in a place of allowing that intelligence to flow through us... as us. 

As you chant this mantra, make sure the ONG sound resounds through your forehead and nasal cavities. It will activate the frontal lobe, which is associated with learning, and our personality. Vibrate that area with awareness and you will make yourself available to all the intelligence that is already within you.


JOYfully,
Sirgun Kaur


P.S. If you enjoy this video, please SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel for more videos like this, as well as little educational videos on mantras and technologies for greater awareness. Thank you in advance!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

WAHEGURU: Mantra for Transformation

Greetings,

photo by Jake J. Thomas
In this video I explain the Kundalini Yoga and Sikh mantra "Waheguru."

This mantra is an expression appreciation and awe of the TRANSFORMATION that occurs when we step from our questions into our solutions.

I break the word down into four parts - WA, HE, GU, and RU, since each of these sounds has its own very rich meaning.

WA - an expression of wonderment
HE - in this moment
GU - darkness
RU - light

Put them together and you get a most powerful all-purpose mantra.



Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

What is a Mantra? || Finding Harmonic Resonance with Your SELF

Sat Naam,

In my newest video I give my personal take on what a mantra is and what a mantra does.

People sometimes ask me what the difference is between a mantra and an affirmation. To me, a mantra can be in any language. The distinction between mantra and affirmation is the thought process behind it.

--Take the meaning of mantra: to entrain/tune the mind.

--Take the meaning of affirmation - the action of affirming something.

Our Universe is not taking order through our words. Our Universe speaks the language of FEELING. When our mind is "in tune" with the greater part of our self (=yoga), we feel REALLY GOOD. The Universe responds in a way that will also feel good.

Many people use affirmations as a mantra... a combination of good-feeling words repeated over and over again until the mind is taken away from petty circumstances, and in-tune with greater purpose.

So if you are repeating "Ong So Hung" again and again and it sends you into bliss, that is what I would call effective use of a mantra.

If you are repeating "I am love" over and over again, and it sends you into bliss, that is also an effective use of mantra.

On the other hand, if you are staring at a disappointing bank statement, affirming angrily to yourself "I am rich. I am rich." That is not effective use of a mantra. You cannot mask your feelings with empty words.

The Universe FEELS you.

You feel me?

So say things that are easy to BELIEVE. 

That is one of the reasons it is easier for most people to use a mantra in another language.

Watch the video for more mantra talk:



Joyfully,
Sirgun

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Most Magical of Mantras || Live @ Bhakti Fest's 10th Anniversary

Greetings and Happy Sunday to you,

I have more live footage to show you from Bhakti Fest (thanks Masood Ali Khan!).

I want to share with you a most magical mantra... it's called... wait for it... THE MAGIC MANTRA.

Yep. For real.

I first learned this mantra in Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training in 2010. Yogi Bhajan said that if you repeat this mantra five times it stops the momentum of negative thought in its tracks and reverses it.

This mantra was again brought to my attention when my dear friend and teacher (here in Phoenix AZ) suggested I use it.

She never told me this exactly, but looking back, I can tell that she saw how destructive many of my thought patterns were at that time. It has taken me a lot of deliberate re-focusing to stay on productive (aka positive) thought tracks.

So here I give you a yogi hack: The Magic Mantra.


~It goes like this~

Ik Ong Kaar Sat Gur Prasaad
Sat Gur Prasaad Ik Ong Kaar


(Many will pronounce it EK, but I have yet to hear the sound "eh" in the Gurmukhi alphabet, so please do tell me if YOU have!)

So here it is... LIVE at Bhakti Fest's 10th Anniversary! (Did you know I got to see Deepak Chopra in person?!)


After you chant this mantra be very conscious of your next thoughts. DO NOT COMPLAIN. Seriously, Yogi Bhajan said so!

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Friday, September 21, 2018

Playing Total Surrender for Bhakti Fest's 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Sat Nam Friend,

I am back from a week in the California desert, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Bhakti Fest. This is one of the pieces I played for my sacred chant concert on Friday, Sept. 14.

I was joined by Greg Barnett on bass, Clayton Campbell on percussion, Chad Wilkins on guitar, Candace Park on viola, Radharani on vocals, and Dharma Fears on vocals.

I was not expecting to get footage from this concert, so seeing this in my inbox upon my return was a very nice surprise indeed!

The mantras in this song are:

  1. So paatisah(u) sahaa paatisahib Naanak rahan rajaaee
  2. Ik ong kaar sat naam siree waaheguroo
  3. Waaheguroo, waaheguroo, waaheguroo, waahe jio
They are not generally used together. They came to me in a dream when I was writing the music for -8. I loved the way they sounded together, especially the overlapping "waheguru" part. 


And thank you to Jake J. Thomas and Masood Ali Khan for your footage!


Joyfully,
Sirgun

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Live at Joyful Yoga ~ Monica's "Om Dum Durgaye Namaha"

After an entire week in Joshua Tree, CA, it is nice to get back and be at home.

I always seem to have an ample amount of live footage because I film nearly EVERYTHING I do. It's a habit I've had since I was a singer-songwriter, and it has remained a habit to this day. I mean, I can always delete it, right? (And I do. A lot of it.)

This video of "Om Dum Durgaye Namaha" I wanted to share though. Monica Page Subia has been supporting my music for years now, and this concert at Joyful Yoga marked the first time that I supported her. It was such a pleasure to share her music. She has such a deep love of devotional chanting (as you'll hear), and she is a wonderful teacher here in the "valley."

Thank you to Joyful Yoga in Tempe, AZ for hosting us.

And many thanks to Monica for sharing her beautiful music.



Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Live Music for Kia Miller's Yoga Class @ Bhakti Fest

Sat Naaaaaam!

I was so blessed to be part of this class at Bhakti Fest. Kia Miller is an amazing hatha and kundalini yoga teacher. I love playing music for her classes. And at Bhakti Fest! People are so engaged and appreciative to move their bodies to live mantra music/kirtan.

Thank you to Monica Page Subia, Chad Wilkins, Chad Wilkins and Oshri Hakak for joining me in making a joyous noise!



Love,
Sirgun Kaur

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

-8 FULL ALBUM Video

Sat Nam Fierce Friend,

After the nice comments I got about my full album video of The Cosmic Gift, I was inspired to make one for my latest release: -8.

This album means a lot to me because it marks my return to the world of producing.

For those of you who do not know what that entails, producers make music sound like more than just a live recording. They make the artists you know and love sound like "them."

Chad Wilkins was my co-producer on this album, and he added so many great elements, like a reggae vibe on "Ra Ma Da Sa", and all the ukulele harmonies that sound like harp to my ears sometimes. Without his contributions, this album would sound very different.

And given that I LOVE the way this album turned out, I'm glad it doesn't.

Chad also played most of the instruments on this album including ukulele, acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, and even a little bit of organ (for "Ra Ma Da Sa").

In fact, I appreciated the elements he added so much I decided to release a spin-off album called Minus Vox. It's everything except the voices.

The other contributors to this album added equally uplifting additions: Jai Jot Singh on percussion, Ram Dass Khalsa on clarinet, and Caleb Michel on drum kit for "Kabir's Realization."

I had so much fun making this album. And I felt so grateful to have been able to devote as much time as I did to it, thanks to my sister-in-law watching my children 4 days a week.

This was my first endeavor since having children that made me realize I could mother AND chant, and have enough time for both.



Enjoy!

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Monday, September 10, 2018

Joyful Yoga Kirtan - Bhalay Amar Das & Ong Namo

Sat Nam,

Happy first day of the week!

On Friday night I did a kirtan with my longtime musical partner, Monica Page Subia. In all the years we have played live shows together, I had NEVER seen her lead chant herself. This is humorous not only because she does it way more often that I do, but also because she is AMAZING at it.

I will post one of the songs that she led very soon. For now, I did the opening invocation - "Bhalay Amar Das" (from -8) and an unrecorded version of "Ong Namo."

Monica wanted me to explain what "Bhalay Amar Das" meant in the beginning of the kirtan, and, honestly, I was a little stumped. Besides knowing that it is a song written in praise on Guru Amar Das by Bal the Poet, all I could do was say how it FELT to me.

That seems to be a lot more in the forefront of my chanting these days. I pick chants based on how I FEEL about them... how I FEEL when I chant them... how I FEEL when others chant them with me.

I have a bit of a different perspective when it comes to writing songs in English, where meaning is very important to me. I suppose that is because I am WRITING the words, rather than interpreting them with new melodies.

I really liked the way these songs turned out. Our band was great. The people who showed up were ready to use their "outside" voices. And how could you not love the name of the studio we played at: Joyful Yoga!?



If you enjoy the opening song, this is a video of the recorded version.


Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Do You Want to Play YOGA?

Sat Nam,

I recorded our home yoga practice from a couple of days ago to make this video. In it, I explain how we go about practicing as a family, what yoga play activities we did on this particular day... and you'll hear my son and I sing "The Longtime Sun" (with both of us on piano!)

I hope this gives you some good ideas for your own home practice with your children.

I've noticed that my 5-year old will sing the songs all day. And even though he gripes about having to do this every morning, he always has a fun time anyway. It's become NORMAL, so it becomes less difficult to motivate them each day we do it.

As with anything kids-related, I find that variety is important. Don't do the same thing each day!

And also, don't expect them to participate like compliant adults. Encourage, but don't MAKE them, or it stops being fun. If something isn't working, CHANGE it up.

Happy yoga-ing!

From my little yogis to yours!

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur


Monday, September 3, 2018

60,000 Blessings!

Last week something unfathomable happened to me on Spotify...

I reached over 60,000 monthly plays!

I am overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation. 

As a thank you, I will be doing a giveaway with Longtime Sun Apparel. They sell some of my favorite Kundalini Yoga attire, not to mention they named a pair of pants after me! 

So stay tuned for that!

This video is a THANK YOU and a story of my journey from doing music "just for fun", to doing it as a super fun career. 

May all your dreams come true. May you never doubt your vision. 


Joyfully,
Sirgun

Friday, August 31, 2018

Beginner-Friendly Harmonium Lead Sheet for "Mul Mantra"

So after I made my beginner-friendly harmonium lead sheet for Guru Ram Das, I got a request to make one for my Mul Mantra.

First off, if you don't already know, you can get a FREE download of my Mul Mantra (11 Minutes) HERE on my website.

It is the mantra for removing the effects of non-liberate thoughts, or "karma."

I made the lead sheet as a download on my site, and the video tutorial explains how to use it.


I am getting better and better at video editing, so this is the product of some of the my first "trys." I'm excited to improve!

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

New and Improved YouTube Experience

I learned how to make an intro for my videos the other day, and here is the product: 


The video itself wasn't edited, just the intro. I had one last song from -8 that needed an official video on my YouTube channel, in order to represent the entire album.

So here it is: "Har Piaarai Jio" - mantra for understanding the nature of sound, and the awareness that our human body as a resonator of sound. This mantra is about vibration.

This mantra isn't really a mantra though. It is considered a shabad, because it's longer, and it is an entire section of a longer bani (Sikh hymn).

The full bani is called "Anand Sahib," which is also where I got the ending of my song "Bliss (I Am the Light of My Soul") that Sat Darshan Singh sings. Here is the LIVE version, which pre-dates the recording that has become so popular.




Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Monday, August 27, 2018

Playlist-Me Guilt-Free!


This blog is all about Spotify playlists and how...
 
every time you make one...
a firecracker of appreciation shoots from my heart...
and explodes love all across the sky...


Often I will get a guilty "confession" from someone that they listen to my music on Spotify.

(Let's whisper so no one hears.)

First of all, guilt feels awful, so don't do it!

But secondly, I want to assure you, that from my perspective, Spotify is a great place to listen to music and discover new artists.

This is me telling you why it's OK (nay, AWESOME) to listen to my music on Spotify:


I'd like to highlight one feature of Spotify that is particularly revolutionary, and gets me really excited about the future of music.

It's called PLAYLISTS.

Playlists are a democratic system by which YOU the listener get to share the music you love with (potentially) millions of other listeners.

In effect, anyone who listens to music can become their own (digital) radio station...

Take this "Best Yoga Music of the Year" playlist that I was recently added to, which has 2,514 followers at the time I wrote this.


OR, this "TIBETAN BUDDHIST MANTRAS + ALL" playlist I was just added to that has 11,427 followers at the time I wrote this!

Every time someone listens to this playlist (that I did not create!), I get paid. And depending on how many playlists I am added to, and how often people play them, and how many people play them each time, that really adds up.

That means more people are getting exposed to my music, which is why I do this in the first place!

Also, the revenue generated from all these playlists means I get to create MORE RECORDINGS, which then go on Spotify and increase my chances of being added to even more playlists... which allows even more people to hear my music... and so on.

It's exponential greatness!

So by all means, playlist-me. By all means, "follow" me on Spotify. By all means, listen all day and all night!

The future of music is SHARING.

I'm so happy to share with you.

To see a huge collection of all the playlists I am on (that I am aware of), click here.

Have you made a successful playlist that I'm on? Let me know and I'll add it to my page!

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Sunday, August 26, 2018

This Week's Posts

Here's what I posted on this blog from Monday-Saturday.

This week I shared some easy ways to start a sadhana (daily spiritual practice), how to distract yourself away from your issue, my favorite sadhana for prosperity, how I discovered my spiritual path, how I met my husband, and my new FUN sadhana.
As always, remember to "keep up and you'll be kept up" ~Yogi Bhajan.

I leave you with one of my favorite playlists on Spotify: YOU, BEAUTY :: Gentle Yoga || Bathtime || After Work


Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Saturday, August 25, 2018

My New Favorite Mantra is "FUN"


Yes, I have of late been meditating on the word FUN. Imagining myself having fun, feeling fun, visualizing fun, and just breathing and being FUN.

I start my day out like this everyday, silently meditating on FUN.

Many fun things have happened. My children are very appreciative that I have been jumping on the trampoline, and playing more with them.

This is my way of being a better mother, and a more fulfilled human being at the same time.

Here's some fun we had the other day with a phone app:



Sometimes the simple things make all the difference.


Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Friday, August 24, 2018

My New Year's Resolution Was to Get Married!

(This was originally posted on the Spirit Voyage blog)

This is a story of yogic technology in action. It is the story of an answered prayer and a fulfilled New Year’s intention. It is the story of two people who knew what they wanted and dared to receive it. This is the story of how I came to enter the most rewarding (and yes, often challenging) partnership and commitment of my life. This is how I met my husband.

In 2010 I attended my first Summer Solstice Sadhana in New Mexico. I was very new to Kundalini Yoga at that time. A friend had invited me to sing for his workshop, and besides, I had some free time. At least that’s why I thought I was there. If you have ever been to this epic event, you know that the reason you think you go, is a very far cry from the reason your soul arranges for you to be there. It turns out there were a lot of reasons for my presence, not least of which was doing a service exchange on the sound team with the man I would marry exactly one year later.

The most amazing part about our first meeting was that neither of were interested in the other romantically. It was not love at first sight.

In fact, besides some conversations about his teacher training, and some other service-related banter, we barely interacted.

The next time we met was at Winter Solstice in Florida, only 6 months later. I had just finished my month-long intensive teacher training in Espanola, New Mexico. Also, I had completed 40 days of reciting the prayer “So Purkh” with the intention of attracting a partner.

My future husband, Harimander, had begun his own spiritual practice. He had expressed interest in marriage, so his teacher encouraged him to being a Sahej Path to activate the intention. A Sahej Path is a personal prayer that involves reading the Siri Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh scriptures) each day, eventually completing it in its entirety.

When we met again at Winter Solstice, something had changed in both of us. Still no attraction though.

We both signed up for the sound team again. On one of the days, we were assigned to help out for a class taught by Snatam Kaur and So Purkh Singh (I love that that is his name by the way!).  I could tell the story within the story of how they met and married—because that was the topic of their class—but I’ll keep on point here.

At some point during their class Harimander and I realized that everything was going smoothly, so we decided to participate in the class.  Unbeknownst to me, he got a very clear message as we were doing one of the exercises in the kriya. The message was: “Your future wife could be very near you right now.” Immediately interested in this suggestion, he opened his eyes and sees that I’m the only one next to him within a few feet. We were “backstage” and everyone else was actually in the class. He didn’t tell me this until a little later in our relationship. He probably didn’t want to scare me.  Smart man.

Our courtship began when he started Facebook messaging me about two weeks later. He ended up coming out to Los Angeles, where I was currently living, to see “how our auras would get along.” I kid you not. That is what he said.

In the car, on the way to a Dave Stringer kirtan, he asked me what I wanted out of a relationship. I told him I wasn’t interested in dating. I wanted to get married. He said that was exactly where he was in his life as well. Three months later he proposed over skype—and again in person when he came to meet my parents in Connecticut. Two months after that we got married at Ram Das Puri in New Mexico at Summer Solstice Sadhana.

Some family members expressed their concern that the relationship was so new, and that the marriage felt rushed. My mom thought I was pregnant! (Nope, not until the next year!). Funny enough, for the Kundalini Yoga community, short courtships (even no courtships) were fairly commonplace. Yogi Bhajan had arranged marriages for many people who met and married on the same day. Harimander used to tell people that Guru (the subtle energy that guides us to our highest and brightest) arranged our marriage. I think that’s about right.

We knew what we wanted, recognized it was right there, and signed up for the adventure. We have certainly had our difficulties, but all in all, we both know we made the only possible decision. After all, when God answers your prayers, the least you can do is receive.

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End of original post. This is footage from our wedding, with Snatam Kaur playing the traditional shabads for the Sikh "Anand Karaj" ceremony.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

How I Found Kundalini Yoga

This is the story of how I found Kundalini Yoga, and, through it, myself. 

(This was first posted on Spirit Voyage's Blog)

When I first heard Snatam Kaur’s voice, I had no idea where it came from. I was not a Kundalini Yogi. I was not a Sikh. I could not have even told you how to pronounce Snatam’s name (first or last!), let alone the mysterious sounding words she was singing. And yet, I listened to her “Ray Man Shabad” (from her album Grace, produced by Thomas Barquee) on repeat in my car for three months when I first moved to Los Angeles.

The way that track made me feel was different from any other song I’d heard before. I would usually gravitate towards music that fit my current mood—happy, distressed, lovelorn, lonely, angry, etc.
This music was different. It was fitting to any emotional state, but it didn’t keep me where I was. It took me somewhere else. More than that, “Ray Man Shabad” created a sonic space I wanted to live in.

I cannot remember what seemingly random incident first took me to the Golden Bridge, however, when I entered, the bookstore was playing Snatam’s “Ray Man Shabad.” I saw a few people who dressed identically to what Snatam was wearing on the album cover of Grace, and I thought to myself: “this place is the physical manifestation of how that music makes me feel.” In that moment, I had a very strong sense that I had been part of this community before in another lifetime.

After this experience, I wanted to know more, and it only then occurred to me that the meaning of the shabad (Sikh hymn) might be on the internet somewhere. My first understanding of what I found was that “Ray Man Shabad” was about the healing that comes from singing. Since I was a singer, that seemed pretty fitting.

My current understanding is that the shabad is a statement about true God awareness— that it cannot be superficially expressed by wearing “spiritual” clothing, or preaching about one’s faith. It can only be lived—as virtue.

In a place like Los Angeles, where persona tends to rule the day, I am so grateful for this sound current that reminded me (albeit in a language I didn’t think I understood) to be true to myself. It has been my compass ever since.

My favorite line, and the one I mediate on most frequently is:
Jaap so ajapa jaapay,

… which I interpret as, “sing with such devotion that you are vibrating God’s name even when you are silent.”

In the magical synchronistic way life seems to work since Kundalini Yoga entered my life, I was recently asked to sing background vocals for SatKirin Kaur Khalsa’s new album, Good Company. In the control room in Thomas Barquee’s studio (producer of Grace) he asked me if I knew the next shabad we were going to record vocals for. I looked down at the shabad sheet titled “Ray Man Eh Bidh Jog.”

Yes, I know that one well.

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End of original post. I hope you enjoyed that.

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Great Mantra Sadhana for Prosperity

I have coined this daily spiritual practice--or what we like to call "sadhana"--as the GREAT MANTRA SADHANA FOR PROSPERITY.

I did it for over 90 days and it felt like it shot forth into prosperity like a rocket. I have felt more creative, more driven, more energetic, and more passionate ever since. So I wanted to share it with you!

If you are looking for an easy place to begin a sadhana (they start at just 3 minutes a day!), check out my previous blog post HERE, where I outline 5 Easy Kundalin Yoga Practices Everyone Has Time For.

:: THE SADHANA ::

1) 11 recitations of Bahuta Karam

This mantra is for prosperity. It reminds us that you can ask and ask, but until you resonate with the vibration of solution (i.e. the vibration of your soul), you will not feel the prosperity. You will be like a person collecting water with a bucket that has a hole in it. Come with a mended bucket and receive all the "water" you can drink from the Universal "tap." (Read the full post on this mantra HERE)


2) 11 recitations of Amul Gun

Yogi Bhajan gave this mantra to people to recite specifically for business success. He said it “transforms nothing into everything. In your business it banishes losses, misfortunes and miseries.” Can't hurt, right? Even if just play it in the background as you work, it will be enormously potent.

3) 25 recitations of Aakhan Jor

Possibly my favorite of all three. This one seals in the energy of all them to me. It is the mantra that says, and I paraphrase, "I am not the doer, GOD is." Put a different way: I ask, the Universe gives. I call, the Universe answers. I am pray, the Universe hears. I request, the Universe grants. We recite Aakhan Jor to firm-up our certainty that everything is always working out for us. There is no need to effort, because the great power of creation is not ours to create. But it is ours to direct through our focus. (Read more about directing focus HERE). It is important to understand our place in this business of Creation. We don't create energy. We direct it through our vibration. 


And slowly...


If you don't know them yet, begin by listening. Snatam Kaur has 11 recitations of each on her album "Meditations of the Soul," which is a gem of a reference for people wanting to learn Japji better.

Oh, and check out the song versions I have made of these mantras too:




Happy mantra-ing!

Joyfully,
Sirgun Kaur

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Overcome Your Issues

Sat Naam,

This is a response to a question I got on facebook.

How do I overcome issues?


I used to think I had to talk out my problems. This was how I was raised: You talk out your feelings to a loved one, and they help you work out a plan of attack.

It took me a while to realize this system is totally flawed. For one, it defies Universal Law. But no big deal there, right? (I kid.)

The deeper I have gone into my yoga practice, and my understanding of the law of vibration, quantum physics, and humanology, I have come to truly understand what Yogi Bhajan called "dissolving" our problems.

Eistein said "No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it."

This is a statement from someone who understands that our energy follows our attention. Our attention creates an environment. This environment has a vibrational "ecosystem" that will be more or less conducive to the growth of certain things. For example, a farmer would not prep his/her soil for corn, place corn seeds in it, and then expect roses to come up.

Similarly, you cannot focus on a difficult issue--or even an interesting question--and expect to find a solution. To find a solution, you must expect a solution. 

The energy of expecting a solution feels very different from the energy of needing a problem to be solved.

Let us sit with that.

Imagine...

... trying to solve a problem. Feel what that feels like. To me, it often feels like a mental gymnastics tournament. Trying to come up with a million different plans and really effort my way through it. It is, to put it plainly, exhausting.

Now, imagine...

... expecting a solution to come. Or knowing that an answer is on its way. A great way to feel this is to remember how you feel when you order something on Amazon and you are checking for the box to come. You don't doubt that it will come. You wait for it because you know it will.


Everything that we ask is answered. Every problem we face has a solution.

That is what the Universe loves to do. It is built for this. It is the way the Universe (and all who are a part of it) expands.

You ask. The Universe answers. The Universe expands. 

Now, just like potatoes, problems/issues/questions, are not BAD.

They are great fodder for making more and more focused choices around the topic of what we truly want.

You cannot know for certain, for example, that you prefer caramel ice cream unless you have tired other flavors right? And you may try many flavors before you decide caramel is your absolute favorite.

You need to know the choices before you can make a good choice.

And aren't we blessed that the human experience provides just that.

So to sum up my answer, the way I deal with issues/problems/questions in my life is like this:


  1. I stew in it. I allow myself to feel the full emotion of it. 
  2. I decide if this is how I really want to feel about it.
  3. I reframe the issue/problem so that I can feel better about it... OR (and this usually works better, actually) I distract myself with something else. 
  4. I do some vibrational work to seal the deal. I meditate, do some breathwork, or recite a mantra. Sometimes I'll take a nap with the intention of waking up with a renewed perspective.
Remember, the more people you get involved in your "problems", the more they will remind you of it--even if they are well-meaning. Leave it alone and the answer will come.

The more you align with who you really are through YOGA or other spiritual practices, the easier this will become.

Joyfully,
Sirgun







potatoes are nt a problem.

Monday, August 20, 2018

5 EASY Kundalini Yoga Practices Everyone Has Time For

I was recently asked how to start a personal sadhana (practice). Yogi Bhajan said "when the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off." The best way to start a personal sadhna is just, well, to start! Here are 5 easy Kundalini Yoga Practices everyone (yes, even you!) has time for.

All you need to get started is a mind to learn and a timer. I recommend doing one of these practices for 40 days to see a noticeable effect. Even the first one, which is only 3 minutes long, will impact your life in a significantly positive way. Don't discount the power of commitment, however small the task.

Disclaimer: if you already have a 2+ hour morning practice, I would not recommend switching over to these practices. These ideas are for people who have been putting off starting a practice and need ideas to START. You don't need to be doing a 2.5-hour 3am sadhana to see improvement in your life. Simplicity can serve you well. And you might find yourself inspired to do more as you maintain CONSISTENCY. 

Read my cyber lips: DAILY is the most important part of any of this. Not how much, not how arduous, not where, not with whom. DAILY. Do it DAILY.

Got it? :-) Power to you!

1) 3-Minute Right-Side-of-the-Bed Sadhana:


  • Upon waking, do 3 minutes of ego eradicator while still in bed. Watch Russell Brand do it here. Do it, and you are done for the day! (Women: if you are on your moon cycle, do long deep breathing in the same position--as demonstrated below by Arjan--on heavy flow days, and then resume normal practice.) (Total: 3 minutes)

2) 6-Minute Extended Version

  • Do the 3 minutes of ego eradicator as described above. (Total: 3 minutes)
  • Before bed, chant your favorite mantra for 3 minutes. "Ma" is a super easy one to begin. So is "Wahe Guru, Wahe Jio." (Total: 3 minutes)



3) 15-Minute Calming Breathwork Sadhana


  • Upon waking up in the morning: immediately do the "wake up series" in your bed. No clue what I'm referring to? Watch Anne Novak do it here. Do 1 minute of each to start. (Total: 3 minutes)

  • After brushing your teeth, having some water, etc... sit down and do 3 minutes of Long Deep Breathing. Inhale "Sat", Exhale "Naam." Watch Arjun Kaur do it here. (Total: 3 minutes)

  • Set yourself a time for midday, before you eat. Again, do 3 minutes of Long Deep Breathing. (Total: 3 minutes)
  • In the evening, chant along to your favorite mantra for 3 minutes. You can do this while doing dishes, preparing dinner, or driving home from work. Up to you.(Total: 3 minutes)
  • Before bed, do 3 more minutes of Long Deep Breathing.  (Total: 3 minutes)

4) 20-Minute Great Mantra Sadhana

  • Upon waking, great the day with a victorious WAHE GURU. If you share a room with someone, keep the enthusiasm high and volume inaudible! :-) (Total time: negligible)
  • Still in bed, sit in easy pose and chant Wahe Guru, Wahe Guru, Wahe Guru over and over for 3 minutes. Chant with Nirinjan if you like! (Total: 3 minutes)

  • Get out of bed and start your timer for 10 minutes. While you are chanting Sat Nam, Sat Nam, Sat Nam Ji you will be going about your morning routine... Anything you need your mouth for (giving instructions to family members, drinking tea/water/coffee whatever, brushing your teeth, etc...) will have to be done before this, or after this. Plan accordingly. (Total: 10 minutes)
  • Midday, either before or after lunch, do 3 minutes of inhaling SAT, Exhaling NAAM. (Total: 3 minutes)
  • Before Bed: Chant your favorite mantra for 4 minutes. I enjoy Guru Ram Das before sleep, or Sa Ta Na Ma. Chant with me if you like! (Total: 4 minutes)

Remember that quality is more important than quantity. Doing things spread out through the day has the advantage of being a nice reminder (and helpful practice) to bring you back into alignment with who you are. Focus is something we need to keep working on, so even if you do a 31-minute meditation in the morning, don't stop inhaling SAT and exhaling NAAM throughout the day. 

I pray this helps you START. 

Joyfully,
Sirgun


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