And this, I have to say, awakened my soul.
I did a Kundalini Yoga Session the other day and the stiffness has just now subsided. This was, by far, the hardest yoga practice I have experienced—lots of movement. Repetitive movement that keeps on going way beyond when you think it is time to stop. The instructor kept saying that this is a principle of kundalini yoga; to continue each movement past when the brain says it is time to stop. In doing this we take our practice out of the head and into the heart. And so, on and on we went.
I found it tough to get started but once I closed my eyes and allowed myself to go inward, my body started to loosen and I began to really get into the groove of it all. It woke me up and left me freer in my body.
Throughout the session the instructor used the mantra Sat Nam. Sat (Truth), Nam (Identity).
Sat Nam – the truth is my identity and I call upon the eternal truth that resides in all of us. Chanting this mantra is said to awaken the soul.
I began to bring this mantra into my breathing. Inhaling Sat, exhaling Nam.
I do love the true meaning of this mantra, however, by disconnecting the Sat from the Nam I felt that I gained a deeper, personal connection to Sat Nam.
Inhale the truth, exhale the ego.
As I went through this practice, all 67 sweaty minutes of it, I focused on bringing in the truth. My truth. The eternal truth. Any truth.
And letting go of the ego. Breaking down the things that I identify with that, in some way or another, have come together and formed this dam of attachments that is restricting the flow of truth.
Through the ups and downs and twists and turns of this practice I focused on opening up to the truth and releasing the ego. And this, I have to say, awakened my soul.
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