This past week my sister went on vacation. For the first time in 11 years, she didn’t take one of her children. She called on her little sister (me) to show up and be a full-time mommy substitute while she went away. So up I stepped to the plate to take care of three little ones aged 2-11 (plus two dogs and two cats). There were softball games and play rehearsals, pageants and choir shows, special school projects that required craft and costume making, a whole lot of lunches and even some nighttime sniffles. All the while, I kept working at my full time job, balancing lunch boxes with conference calls and in general juggling a whole lot.
Here’s the thing….mommies apparently do this ALL THE TIME. I tried out the mommy kriya and was instantly pretty darn exhausted and overwhelmed. After three days, rather than searching for a mommy blog that would tell me how to balance everything, I remembered to use my Kundalini Toolkit. You would think I would have thought of this BEFORE, but somehow I kept praying for some mommies-only technique to make everything magically easy to be revealed to me. Although I never found the Mommy Magic Wand to make it all done, clean, tidy and fixed, I did remember Kirtan Kriya. (By all means, if you have a Mommy Magic Wand…please share it in the comments below so I’ll know when my time comes!)
Late one night after a particularly busy day, I crawled into bed exhausted expecting the littlest one to wake up and start again in just a few hours. But instead of passing out, I picked myself up and began to do Kirtan Kriya, repeating Sa Ta Na Ma while touching my fingers to my thumb in turn. Within a few minutes, I felt refreshed. I felt like I could continue, and continue I did until my sister came home, where I gratefully handed over the Mommy reigns and picked back up my comfortable Auntie mantle. I’m not meaning to imply that you’ll never be tired again if you do Kirtan Kriya (let’s face it, the mommy kriya is the kriya without end), but I do think that it is an excellent tool to refresh your mind and energize your body in stressful and complex situations. It’s a great reset button for moms (and all busy people).
Here’s what I learned from trying out the mommy kriya:
1) Mothers are seriously hard core (uh-hem, hard KAUR.)
2) The Mommy Kriya is no joke. It’s like doing Bound Lotus in Wheel Pose with Breathe of Fire for 2 1/2 hours (Professional yogic stunt doubles were used in the testing of this posture…please, don’t try at home!!)
3) Kirtan Kriya is really helpful in stressful situations where you are being pulled in a million different directions. If you are tired, overwhelmed and just plain frazzled, give it 11 minutes (up to 31 if you really have a block of time to luxuriate…in fact, set the little one up with a Paw Patrol video, grab your headphones, and carve out 31 minutes of Kirtan Kriya for yourself…Dr. Ramdesh’s orders!)
Here’s how to do Kirtan Kriya:
Sit straight in easy pose or on a chair. Meditate at the brow point (third Eye) and produce these primal sounds:
Sa Ta Na Ma
On “Sa” touch the first finger (Jupiter) with the thumb tip.
On “Ta” touch the middle finger (Saturn) with the thumb tip.
On “Na” touch the ring finger (Sun) with the thumb tip.
On “Ma” touch the pinky (Mercury) with the thumb tip.
Kirtan Kriya is divided into 6 parts. During the first part, you chant the mantra out loud. During the second part you whisper the mantra. During the third part you mentally chant the mantra. During the fourth, you whisper it again. During the fifth you sing it out loud again. Then you practice one minute of absolute silence.
Example times would be 5 min, 5 min, 10 min, 5 min, 5 min, 1 min. (As long as you maintain this ratio, you can do this meditation in any length you wish up to 2 1/2 hours.)
It is important to shut the eyes the focus on the brow point, visualizing an “L” shape of energy flowing down into the crown chakra and out the third eye point. Keep the spine straight. The words represent the cycle of life (birth, life, death, rebirth) and also are the bij or seed mantras of the mantra “Sat Nam”, meaning truth is my identity.