Sat Nam Goddesses,
Communication. Focus. Concentration. These are the themes for this lunar cycle’s practice—our last New Moon of 2018. But first, take a moment, and reflect on where you were last year at this time, what were you doing? What did your spiritual practice look like? What diet were you following? How would you have described your financial and romantic situations?
Lately, I have been sharing in classes this idea of “Bullseye Dharma”—that unless you are precisely living in that bullseye, the coming year will bring this fact to the forefront of your existence and beg you to start doing so. Being near it, will feel like a million miles away more than ever.
This coming year will make it so that it is simply not enough to be in the vicinity of you Dharma. Take the example of Yogi Bhajan…in his late 30’s YB was a master Yogi working as a customs agent for the Indian government when he met a man from Canada who invited him to take a teaching position at a University—teaching yoga. I’m sure he was quite excited to be able to join the special wave of Punjabi immigrants heading to the West in 1968 (around the same time my own father left India for Chicago).
Even though he had a good job that let him go to remote ashrams and sit with great yogis (to collect taxes!), yet still earn a paycheck to support his family. I bet on some level he thought he was totally #winning since most of those immigrating were doing so as doctors and engineers, and here he was getting to go as a Yogi!
So he arrived in Canada, in the middle of winter, wearing a pink turban and green shirt and chappals (Indian flip flops). I can only imagine his brand new winter shoes (likely a gift from one of many bon voyage parties hosted by family and friends) and a box of sweets was packed neatly by his wife in his checked-in suitcase. Well—the airline lost his suitcase. Not only that, but the man who had promised him the position at the University passed away during his flight over from India.
No job. No money. No shoes.
And definitely, no students.
How is it possible that Yogi Bhajan, the man who brought Kundalini Yoga to the West as his dharma, had all of these things happen when from the outside looking in, he was bringing yoga to the West on that plane ride, upon arriving in that airport?
He was close to his Dharma, but not in the Bullseye. He took out his little book of prayers and started reciting Asa Di Var. The path to Dharma is never supposed to easy, known, or earned on a linear timeline. It happens when we rhythmically surrender with a meditative mind…
So he surrendered. He got a place to stay for a night, taught one class then another. Made his way to LA. And then got the download: he was here to teach not just yoga, but the secret stuff. And…he was supposed to turbo-charge what he had been taught with the Shabd Guru (sacred sound current as teacher that lets our atoms dance with ecstasy and wisdom of the Divine). Once he began to live in this “bullseye,” the students appeared in droves, the mission became clearer and clearer, and the path was laid out solidly for all of us in the Aquarian Age to experience these amazing teachings, and to find our own “Bullseye Dharma.”
As we reflect on 2018 and get ready to make resolutions for 2019, my best suggestion is…try not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Maybe these areas of your life that we began this email reflecting upon, (romance, finance, diet, and spiritual practice) only need a little tweaking. Like Yogi Bhajan, maybe you already are checking all the big boxes, and you are one mantra or meditation away from surrender and…alignment.
I created a practice this New Moon Sagittarius experience for you to clear out the subconscious mind, and polish the pituitary gland so that you can be better equipped to navigate your Dharma during this transition.
Feel free to practice the meditation at the end daily or regularly (2-3 times per week). There has been a lot of science to back up the healing effects of this meditation (known as Kirtan Kriya) in helping prevent Alzheimer’s. It has even been shown to help decrease depression and actually regrow the telomeres of the brain nerve endings for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients—letting them heal the mental and spiritual fatigue that comes from caregiving. See here and here.
One last suggestion…try not to buy into the #groupthink of, oh it’s a new year, I’m going to change everything about myself, and pay thousands of dollars for yet another “program” or “training,” distracting you from YOU, for yet another year…
How about, instead, we just try to become willing to feel a little more clarity in who we are and why we are here and ponder what it would be like to reflect more LOVE in the Universe in our daily lives—one day at a time?
Happy New Moon, Goddesses.
Please read: This New Moon Sagittarius practice is not suitable for those Goddesses that are pregnant—although you can feel free to listen to the mantra and visualize the breathing practices and connect with our community energy. Always check with your physician before practicing with me. I am not a doctor. All of the assertions based on wellness or health are rooted in my understanding of yogic technology and my own experiences. Please listen to your body, and do not do anything that creates pain or shortness of breath or lightheadedness, and use your common sense and stop practicing immediately if you don’t feel well. To review the terms and conditions for practicing with me click here.
* This video will be accessible through January 7, 2019.