"In this time Piscean values are giving way to Aquarian values. The difference between the two is very simple. Piscean values work from the ego, creating boundaries. Aquarian values have no boundaries; they are Infinite. Aquarian consciousness takes you inside your soul, so that you can relate to the soul in all."
-Yogi Bhajan from Aquarian Times, Spring 2003
Kundalini Yoga is more than just a physical practice, it is a philosophy and lifestyle. Ever since I completed my teacher training, I constantly find myself coming back to one of these sutras (lines to meditate on) to better understand myself and others.
1. Recognize that the other person is you.
When we are able to see that we all serve as reflections of each other, we are given the gift of understanding the areas where we can grow. The things that drive us nuts about certain people are likely the things we don't like in ourselves and what we love in others is what we can love and embrace in ourselves.
2. There is a way through every block.
This is an excellent reminder to honor the ebb and flow of life. When we find ourselves meeting an obstacle, this is the time to take action and opportunity for growth.
3. When the time is on you, start, and the pressure will be off.
Great advice for procrastinators, right?!
4. Understand through compassion or you will misunderstand the times.
As the Dalai Lama says, "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive".
5. Vibrate the Cosmos. The Cosmos shall clear the path.
Everything vibrates at a frequency, including our words, images, and thoughts (WIT), so when we put out positive WIT, the universe tends to work in our favor.
I invite you to take a sutra each day or day to integrate into your daily life. When you find yourself in a pickle, see how any or all of these can apply. Part of a yoga practice is also practicing the philosophy so that we can apply these beautiful teachings to our relationships and community.
Join me! I teach Kundalini with Yoga Nidra at the Awareness Center every Friday from 11am-12:15pm in Pasadena, CA.
About the writer:
Marisa loves hoop dancing, riding her bicycle, playing, hosting gatherings, doing yoga, kung fu-ing, traveling, meeting people, eating, and savoring dark chocolate covered strawberries and coconut ice cream. She strives to be fully present, compassionate, and act and connect from a place of love.