Note: I updated this post in 2018 to include more resources!
Throughout the day we have different stress triggers. We can be triggered by all kinds of circumstances, people, noises, even the weather.
The Kundalini master Yogi Bhajan said that 85% of our behavior is automatic and determined by our environment. If we let our environment dictate our mood then our life will feel like an emotional roller coaster. The only way off the roller coaster is through our breath.
The backpack meditation
In this video I share a powerful and practical meditation that you can use to reduce stress anywhere, anytime. This Kundalini practice is often referred to as the “backpack meditation” because you can bust it out of your spiritual backpack whenever you’re in need of some serenity.
We can’t control the stress in our life, but we can control how we handle it. Use this practice to change your reaction to stress.
Test-drive this meditation and share your experience with me in the comments below.
Breakdown of the backpack meditation breakdown as taught by Yogi Bhajan
The posture: Sit cross-legged in easy pose.
Mudra (hand position): Place your hands in Giyan mudra, with your thumb pressing against your index finger, otherwise known as Jupiter. When you press your thumb against this finger you ignite your knowledge.
The breath: This Kundalini meditation suggests that you breathe in 8 strokes through your nose and out for 1 stroke through your nose. If yogic breathing is new to you and it’s hard to breathe in that much air, then breathe in for 4 strokes instead of 8. Breathe in 4 strokes through the nose and 1 breath out.
Time: You can do this meditation for 1 minute and experience miraculous results. Put this meditation in your back pocket and use it whenever stress arises. If you want to get the most out of this practice, the Kundalini yogis suggest that you do this meditation for 11 minutes a day for 40 days.
Pay close attention to how your environment triggers your stress patterns. Whenever possible, turn to this meditation to release stress and restore your vitality.
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