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Within each of us exists a special place, deep in the center of our Being. A place of divine, loving and healing peace. Though unique to each one separately, it is a gift and a birthright from the Universe to all, no exceptions. It is where the Universe connects with us and speaks with us, and most importantly, guides us to the awareness of the divine Being that exists within our very core essence. To find this special place may become challenging, given the “busy-ness” of our lives in this 21st century, yet each of us, in perfect timing for this life’s journey, must open the doors that gently guide us and lead us to this greater place within. It is in the slowing down and exploring within that the true gifts begin to surface, for our greater good.

Two practices that help you find and develop that special place within are Kundalini Yoga and Gong Meditations:

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is an ancient practice of yoga, which has a deep scientific base to strengthen the connection between the body, mind and soul. It brings the technology and personal discipline to awaken one’s higher consciousness, bringing greater balance and harmony to one’s life. This awareness and balance is encouraged by the practice of pranayam (breath work), specific kriyas (exercise sets), ancient mantras (sounds) and meditations. Through this practice of kundalini yoga, the soul’s energy, kundalini force, is moved from the base of the spine, where it lays, up the spinal column, feeding the nerves, glands and energy centers (chakras), as it travels up the body. Some of the benefits of Kundalini Yoga are:

Strengthens the nervous system, helping the nerves to function better. Improves muscle strength and flexibility of the body and spine.

Increases circulation of blood and lymph, encouraging health of organs, glands and tissues.

Helps to eliminate toxins and waste products of the body.

Helps in connection with the Divine Being in our self, our higher consciousness, bringing peace and balance.

Live Gong Meditations: The gong creates sound waves and vibrations which are heard and felt in each cell of our body. It is thought that the sound is heard with the ears and the vibration is felt on and inside the body. The gong acoustically elevates us to a higher state of awareness and affects the brain waves to bring about changes in the subconscious mind, facilitating a deep, effortless meditative experience. It is during this time of letting go and relaxing that the benefits of the gong begin to impact the body. Some benefits of a gong meditation are:

Deep relaxation as the mind releases feelings of stress

Releases blocks and reduces tension

Stimulates circulation

Balances the chakras

Strengthens the immune system

Encourages higher awareness and consciousness conducive to healing

Encourages the movement of prana or chi (life force energy)

Restores normal vibratory frequencies that are in disharmony

Stimulates the glandular system to a higher level of functioning

The listener only has to let go and let the sound of the gong do the work as it bathes the body, mind and soul. Just as we bathe or shower daily to cleanse the physical body of the “stuff” of the day, so too shall we meditate daily to cleanse the mind of what no longer serves us.

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