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Backpack Meditation to Alleviate Your Stress Anywhere (Video)

September 24, 2013

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Throughout the day we have different stress triggers. We can be triggered by all kinds of circumstances, people, noises, and 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 this 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 in the comments below. If you need future guidance check out the breakdown underneath the video.

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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 breath: 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.

Gabrielle Bernstein was featured on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday as one of the next generation thought leaders. She is the bestselling author of May Cause Miracles, Add More ~ing to Your Life, and Spirit Junkie. She is also the founder of the social networking site HerFuture.com for women to inspire, empower and connect.