Many of us begin our day with a shower or bath. It seems to wash away the previous day and helps us to feel and smell good. Students of Yogi Bhajan take the morning shower a step further, making it a true wake up of the mind and glandular system. He brought to our attention that we could feel amazing after a cold shower and tune-up, via Kundalini Yoga and meditation, on the One who rotates the earth and takes care of our routines.
He spoke regularly about the importance of cold showers in improving blood circulation and strengthening the immune system. Ironically, cold showers can help to ward o common colds and illness. He even recommended it to students as one of the quickest ways to get out of any depression or indecision.
Before stepping into a cold shower you may choose to feed and warm the body, massaging it with natural oils. Almond oil is nourishing for the skin and is often used in massage.
Living in the Northeast USA where cold water can be icy during the winter, I use generous amounts of almond oil to provide a crucial barrier to the coldness. It took me quite a few years to ‘warm up’ to cold showers. Now I find them exhilarating on several levels!
Yogi Bhajan said that if you feel the need to cut a bit of warm water into your cold shower – do it, preferably at the beginning of the cold shower. Get started any way possible! If you feel able to end with more cold in your shower, it’s better to end with cold water than warm water.
“Out of 24 hours, one tenth belongs to God. See that you give it honestly. And after that, if you shall not be drowned in prosperity, then God is not real at all. You do what belongs to God and God will give you what belongs to God Itself. And that is a secret way of prosperity.”
Yogi Bhajan, 10/7/83
Everything we do in each moment is our prayer – for better or worse. But morning sadhana is a particularly focused form of prayer. I often ask God to ‘bless me this day’, to meditate more deeply than ever before and to understand with more clarity and self-trust what the best actions are to take in every moment.
A consistent Kundalini Yoga practice rewards us with cumulatively positive results. Steadfastness of practice returns steadiness of character. Developing greater resilience of body and mind expands our personal presence and opportunities so that we are able to experience and express greater depths of insight and joy beyond duality – including all others in our radiant sense of Self. Though our efforts to achieve consistency may be constantly challenged, perseverance pays. Keep up and you will be kept up is the Maha (great) Mantra of the Aquarian Age.
It’s important to keep in mind that yoga and meditation are transformational tools to the extent they are practiced. It doesn’t matter how many teacher trainings you may have participated in or how much you know about yoga, meditation, or sadhana. If you don’t practice, you will not be served optimally by them in your life.
Once when I was sitting with Yogi Bhajan, he said to me: “Son – you need to penetrate in your meditation.” I reflected on that for about eight years before I was able to understand how to do that more effectively. It took me at least 18 years of steady Kundalini Yoga practice before I felt able to meditate deeply. I had to develop patience and trust that the One who knows all of my needs will provide them, in some fashion – in time.
“You do not understand discipline. Discipline is the only friend other than God that you have.”
Yogi Bhajan, 10/01/99
Human radiance is a light shining from within, burning away any darkness, doubt and self-demoting tendencies. A radiant individual is deeply grateful and carefree. Lit from within, the radiant person wears a sincere smile, finds a sense of humor in regard to God’s play, and develops an ease in relating to all people, things, and challenges. Contained and content within, there is less need to be in control of everything without. These are the kinds of character shifts you can anticipate within yourself once you are well established in your daily practice.
This article is courtesy of morningsadhana.org
Excerpted from ‘The Essential Element’ book, by Jot Singh Khalsa.
Jot Singh Khalsa grew up in the Boston area on the east coast, USA. He studied art and gold and silversmithing in upstate New York for six years beginning in 1972, where he also began practicing Kundalini Yoga. Yogi Bhajan wrote him a letter ca. 1978, encouraging him to “use his artistic gifts to create things that uplift and inspire people.” His work has been featured on book covers, magazine covers, in museum exhibitions and in print media published in nine languages. For 30+ years, he managed 3HO Foundation’s Summer and Winter Solstice kitchens, where he learned that serving others is a privilege and can be a profound blessing.
Jot Singh enjoys teaching around new paradigms of prosperity, the importance of being a spiritual warrior today, and utilizing one’s unique gifts to authentically fulfill one’s destiny. He also enjoys facilitating and participating in men’s groups. His hobbies include downhill skiing, bicycling, swimming and the martial arts.
He lives with his wife and has a small manufacturing facility on the grounds of Guru Ram Das Ashram in Millis, MA USA.
Jot Singh wrote and published a book on morning sadhana in 2014 which has received numerous positive reviews from longtime practitioners, teachers and trainers of Kundalini Yoga. You can preview and purchase the ebook ‘The Essential Element – How to get the most out of Yogi Bhajan’s core teaching, Morning Sadhana, and why you won’t want to miss it’ as an Apple iBook, Adobe pdf and physical book or the Kindle ebook. He is honored to be supporting this aspect of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings, by acting as the website content administrator for this website, MorningSadhana.org.
Jot Singh has commenced writing a second book focused solely on the Aquarian Sadhana, morning sadhana practice, entitled “The Aquarian Sadhana by Yogi Bhajan – Handbook of Suggested Guidelines.”