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Don’t dance around the perimeter of the person you want to be.

In this week’s vlog I share my thoughts on how we can play BIG in our lives starting NOW. We can no longer dance around the perimeter of the person we want to be, we must dive in deeply and completely. Watch now.

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Backpack Meditation

Throughout the day we have different stress triggers. We can be triggered by all kinds of circumstances, people, noises, even the weather. Yogi Bhajan said that 85% of our behavior is automatic and determined by our environment. If we let our environment dictate our mood then our life will feel like an emotional roller-coaster. The only way off the roller-coaster is through our breath.

In today’s vlog I share a powerful and practical meditation that you can use to reduce stress anywhere, anytime. This Kundalini practice is often referred to as the “backpack meditation” because you can bust it out of your spiritual backpack whenever you’re in need of some serenity. We can’t control the stress in our life but we can control how we handle them. Use this practice to change your reaction to stress.

Test-drive this meditation and share your experience with me in the comments below. If you need future guidance check out the breakdown underneath the video.

Meditation to Alleviate Your stress (AKA Backpack Meditation) breakdown as taught by Yogi Bhajan:

Here’s how it works:

The posture: Sit cross-legged in easy pose.

The hands: Place your hands in Giyan mudra with your thumb pressing against your pointer finger. The pointer finger, otherwise known as Jupiter. When you press your thumb against this finger you ignite your knowledge.

The breathe: This Kundalini meditation suggests that you breathe in eight strokes through your nose and out for one stroke through your nose. If yogic breathe is new to you and it’s hard to breathe in that much air then breathe in for four strokes instead of eight. Breathe in four strokes through the nose and one breath out.

Time: You can do this meditation for one minute and experience miraculous results. Put this meditation in your back pocket and use it whenever stress arises. The Kundalini yogis suggest that you do this meditation for eleven minutes for 40 days.

Pay close attention to how your environment triggers your stress patterns. Whenever possible turn to this meditation to release you from stress and restore your vitality.

How to Handle Negative People

I have a weekly radio show on Hay House radio every Wednesday. The show before mine is hosted by one of my favorite authors, Dr. Christiane Northrup, so I often listen to the last fifteen minutes of her program. Even as a passive listener of Dr. Northrup’s show I always pick up some kind of incredible wisdom and advice. On one show a caller complained that her mother loved to rant about how miserable she was. The caller went on to say, “my mother hates life and doesn’t believe in happiness.”

When I heard this comment I perked up with curiosity wondering how she would answer. As usual, Dr. Northrup’s response was spot on and when I applied it in my own life it greatly helped me handle negative people. In this video I share her tip and offer you the opportunity test-drive this exercise in your own relationships. Practice this tool and let me know how it goes by posting a comment below. I expect miracles!

How to Release Pain

After reading Nick Ortner’s new book, The Tapping Solution, I became passionate about tapping and started to apply the technique to every area of my life. Tapping, otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is a psychological acupressure technique that supports your emotional and physical health. By tapping on specific energy meridians on your body, you can unblock ancient fears, limiting beliefs, negative patterns—and even physical pain.

In today’s video we’re going to tap on pain. We all are affected by physical pain in different ways. Whether it’s a daily neck ache from hunching over a laptop, PMS cramps, or chronic pain from an injury, tapping can help you release it.

Sometimes our obsession over physical pain stems from an emotion. Our emotions trigger shifts in our bodies’ delicate balance of hormones and neurotransmitters. Positive emotions support our health, while negative emotions stimulate stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Negative emotions are also a major contributor to pain. Therefore, tapping on your pain allows you to release your emotional attachment to it, thereby relieving the physical discomfort as well. If it sounds powerful, that’s because it is!

When you watch this video, repeat each phrase I say while tapping on the different meridians specified. Just follow my lead and expect miracles.


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How to Handle Negative Comments

Recently I’ve faced negative comments on my social media feed. While my immediate response was to forgive and delete, in time my ego got the best of me. I found myself stuck in the discomfort of negativity and personal attacks from people I’d never met. I felt sad, hurt, and worst of all, defensive. But rather than lace up my boxing gloves, I chose to find the lesson in the Internet backlash. I called on a message from A Course in Miracles, “In my defenselessness my safety lies.” In this video I share my experience and the spiritual solutions I used for handling negative comments.

My Interview with Daphne Oz

In this week’s vlog I sit down with my friend Daphne Oz and chat about her New York Times bestselling book Relish, An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun. In the book Daphne shares essential advice on how to relish your food, your home, and your life in order to maximize health and happiness.

Daphne shares her empowering tips for creating a healthy relationship with food and will help you envision a life that’s highly desirable and eminently achievable. Enjoy the vlog and make sure to pick up your copy of Relish!

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A Meditation for Healing Addiction

Let’s face it: in some form or another we all suffer from addiction. These days we often turn to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, work, the Internet and many other addictive obsessions in efforts to avoid feeling our discomfort. If we’re not addicted to the drugs, cigarettes or the typical vices then we are subconsciously addicted to fear, rejection, victim-hood etc. In some way we’re all addicted to negative patterns.

When we’re addicted there is an imbalance in the pineal gland also called the the third eye. The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. When the pineal gland is imbalanced bad habits turn into addictions. The imbalance in the pineal gland affects the pituitary gland which regulates the rest of the glandular system. When the pituitary gland is affected the entire body and mind go out of balance.

Use this Kundalini meditation for any type of addiction from alcoholism to addiction to fear based thoughts.

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Breakdown as taught by Yogi Bhajan
Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. Straighten the spine and make sure the first six lower vertebrae are locked forward.

Eyes: Keep the eyes closed and focus at the Brow Point.

Mantra: SAA-TAA-NAA-MAA {in your mind as you press down on your molars}

Mudra: Make fists of both hands and extend the thumbs straight. Place the thumbs on the temples and find the niche where the thumbs just fit. This is the lower anterior portion of the frontal bone above the temporal-sphenoidal suture. Lock the back molars together and keep the lips closed. Keeping the teeth pressed together throughout,
alternately squeeze the molars tightly and then release the pressure. A muscle will move in rhythm under the thumbs. Feel it massage the thumbs and apply a firm pressure with the hands. Silently vibrate the five primal sounds—the Panj Shabd—SAA-TAA-NAA-MAA, at the brow.

Time: Continue for 5-7 minutes. With practice the time can be increased to 20 minutes and ultimately to 31 minutes.

If you want to learn more about Kundalini Yoga check out my teacher Gurmukh’s video class.

Meditations to calm down

April is National stress awareness month. Last week I visited Good Day New York to share ways to reduce stress. In this video I offer a stress-free way to start your day and two Kundalini meditations that will calm you down.
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How to Reduce Stress

For months I’d been praying for a book that would keep me up at night. You know what I mean: the kind of book you just can’t bear to put down. One afternoon I opened my mailbox to find a package—it was an advance copy of my dear friend Nick Ortner’s new book, The Tapping Solution. For several years Nick has led a tapping revolution. Tapping, otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is a psychological acupressure technique that supports your emotional health. By tapping on specific energy meridians on your body, you can unblock ancient fears, limiting beliefs and negative patterns. When stimulated, your body’s energy meridians can trigger the amygdala (a.k.a. the “fight or flight” part of brain) and signal it to calm down. When the amygdala gets the memo that it’s safe to relax, stress is immediately reduced. I’ve found tapping to be one of the best ways to bust through blocks in an instant.

Now I’m taking my tapping to the next level! In reading Nick’s new book, The Tapping Solution, I’ve taught myself how to lead a tapping session. In this vlog I will lead you through a tapping session that will lessen your stress and help you feel physically and mentally calmer. As you tap on the specific meridians I will guide you to address certain emotions that come up around your stress. Simply follow my lead and let the tapping begin!

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For additional help reducing stress check out my meditation albums here.