There’s no other day quite like 9/11 in American collective consciousness. It’s hard to image that it’s been ten years, because although I can feel the passage of time, whenever I see an image of the towers burning, I go right back there to that day and that moment emotionally. Everyone has a story of 9/11: where they were when they found out, who they were with, and who they lost. Here’s mine: I had just moved from New York City to Paris, and I sat in cafes watching the television crying because there was no TV in the small room I’d rented. I worried about my friends. Perfect strangers came up and sat with me, putting an arm around my shoulder or holding my hand, as the blue skies above Paris filled with fighter planes and paramilitary descended on the streets. They did not want me to be alone. That day everyone became my equal and treated one another not like a stranger, but like family. In the middle of the darkest time for my country, there was an exquisite light coming from humanity’s response. We cared about each other. We saw dark times around us, but were determined to hold the light. It was quite extraordinary.
Ten years later, I think the best way to honor that day is to remember the light and love that rippled through humanity. There were so many acts of incredible heroism from the “ordinary” people. As Rumi said, “There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” We can honor, remember and heal from that day in many different ways and through many different paths.
Healing does still needs to occur. How can Kundalini Yoga help you cope with the grief, either conscious or subconcious, that arises on that day? How can Kundalini yoga on 9/11 transform and shift the energy of your consciousness? Kundalini yoga connects you to the Divinity within you. It opens a portal to feel the stillness and peace within your heart and provides a safe environment in which to process grief. The mantras create a vibration that can shift and heal the energies around us.
On 9/11, Harnam Singh and I will be leading chanting and meditations for peace and healing in Audubon, New Jersey. We invite you to join us in person, or in consciousness by using some of the meditations, kriya, and chants that follow:
Here is a version of the mantra “Guru Guru Waheguru Guru Ram Das Guru“, sung by Snatam Kaur. This mantra brings peace and healing. It creates a vibration of sweetness around you. In this video, Snatam invites you to place the names of those for whom you chant into the circle of energy so that the mantra heals them. Use this to place the victims of 9/11 and their families into your awareness. This version also ends with the uplifting affirmation “I Am the Light of God”. Shining our light can brighten any darkness.
The mantra “Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung” is a powerful tool for healing. Sing it for yourself, for another, or for the world. Dedicate it to the spirits of all those affected on 9/11.
Do some yoga
Kundalini yoga frogs can help transform depression. If you are feeling depressed around this time, try Frogs to move your energy from the lower chakras to the upper chakras.
Do a kriya like Master Your Domain to get your energy moving and fully inhabit your body.
Strengthen your intuition and smooth your nerves during these challenging times on the planet! Try the Waheguru Meditation for something simple and easy to do anywhere that can bring you an immediate sense of relaxation.
The healing power of song can’t be overestimated. Find music that inspires you and play it. Listen to Snatam Kaur’s “Earth Prayer” and dream of a co-creating a better world. With our love, we shall rise above!
There are many techniques and tools to use to open and heal your heart in my book with Karan Khalsa “Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart”.
If you’re in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area, join Ramdesh Kaur and Harnam Singh for a 9/11 Healing Workshop at Live In Joy Yoga: