“If you cannot bless yourself, you cannot bless anybody.” – Yogi Bhajan
Time for a check-in! How do you really feel about yourself? How does your mind speak to you — as your friend or as your enemy? Are you constantly judging yourself, comparing yourself to others, and falling short? Well, guess what! We aren’t going to have any more of that. You are an amazing, light-filled, radiant human be-ing, and you deserve to love yourself, and to be loved.
So, let’s start doing that right now, shall we? Today, we invite you to love yourself, to bless yourself, and to be free to be who you truly are in all your glory!
Not sure how to get started on the path of self-love? There are many Kundalini Yoga offerings to help you begin. One of our utmost favorites: Ramdesh‘s album The Body Temple: Guided Meditations for Radical Self-Love, featuring eight guided meditations to help you heal your relationship with your Self and your Body. This compilation is powerfully transformative, and we highly recommend it to anyone who has ever struggled with loving themselves. For best results, listen to these meditations with headphones on. It was created using binaural beats and delta waves to increase the impact of the meditations on your brain. It’s really something to experience!
If you’re looking for a Kundalini Yoga meditation to add to your daily practice, we love the reverse Adi Shakti meditation for creating self-love. You can find this meditation and many more to transform your life in the Kundalini Yoga manual Self Knowledge.
The Reverse Adi Shakti Meditation: Creating Self-Love:
“Love doesn’t rule you. What rules you is fear, phenomenal fear. Through this kriya, love can be invoked and fear can be reduced.” – Yogi Bhajan
Exercise one is called Reverse Adi Shakti Kriya. Here you are mentally and hypnotically blessing yourself. This self-blessing affects and corrects the magnetic field. Doing this exercise will hurt if you are an angry person. Self-help is very difficult for those who are angry. After doing this exercise for 5 minutes your muscles will also start hurting if your diet is improper. The taste in your mouth will change if you are breathing correctly. Exercise two will benefit everything between the neck and navel. It will give strength to the heart and will open up the heart center.
1. Sit in easy pose with a straight spine and hold your right palm six to nine inches above the top center of your head. The right palm faces down, blessing you. This self-blessing corrects the aura. The left elbow is bent with the upper arm near the rib cage. The forearm and hand point upward. The left palm faces forward and blesses the world. The eyes are closed and focus at the lunar center in the middle of the chin. Breathe long, slow and deep with a feeling of self-affection. Try to breathe only one breath per minute – Inhale 20 Seconds – Hold 20 Seconds – Exhale 20 Seconds. 11 Minutes. Inhale deeply and move slowly and directly into position for exercise two.
2. Extend your arms straight out in front, parallel to the ground, palms facing down. Stretch out to your maximum. The eyes are focused at the lunar center in the center of the chin and the breath is long, slow and deep. 3 Minutes. Inhale deeply and move slowly and directly into position for exercise three.
3. Stretch your arms straight up with the palms facing forward. There is no bend in the elbows. The eyes are focused at the lunar center and the breath continues to be long, slow and deep. 3 Minutes. To finish: Inhale, hold your breath for 10 seconds while you stretch your arms upward (try to stretch so much that your buttocks are lifted) and tighten all the muscles of your body. Exhale. Repeat this sequence two more times.
This practice is included in Dr. Ramdesh’s Online Course ‘The Body Temple: An Online Course for Falling In Love with Your Self.” Learn Radical Self-Acceptance In This Online Kundalini Yoga Course.