We know that our thoughts influence the way our lives play out. But we don’t always know how to influence our thoughts so that we’re creating the life we really want to live. Today, as we close out the current series on exploring various types of meditation, we’ll explore a new methodology for doing just that.
The exact origins of Kundalini meditation are not known, according to verywellmind, although its traditions date back to approximately 1,000 BCE to 500 BCE. In Sanskrit, kundalini means “awareness" and this mediation tradition seeks to awaken us to our true selves.
I have no experience or knowledge about this form of meditation, so I spoke to psychotherapist Madhur-Nain Webster, author of the new book, “The Stressless Brain, The Power of Meditation and Psychology to Create a Stressfree Life.”
Madhur-Nain Webster’s life has been balanced by the traditions and practices of Kundalini Yoga. Her love of humanity and fascination with the human mind and behavior guided her towards a career where she could influence people and enrich their lives through the use of psychology and meditation.
She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon and moved to California, where she became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She currently runs a full practice out of Napa, CA. Her conviction of the positive influence that meditation has on the psychology and well-being of a person plays a major role in her approach to therapy. Which lead to the writing of her first book The Stressless Brain.
Many thanks to Madhur-Nain for sharing her insights. Visit her website to access her resources, including audio recordings of her meditations, plus you can find more information on her and her book, The Stressless Brain, at madhurnain.com. And you can see the entire interview with Madhur-Nain on our YouTube Channel, as well as past interviews.
I again encourage you to explore various types of meditation to find one that feels like a good fit. Regardless of which type of meditation you practice, we know there are many physical, emotional and mental health benefits derived from meditating, so it’s worth some experimentation. I’m going to try kundalini just to see what it feels like, as it’s quite different from my normal practice. I agree with Madhur-Nain that when trying anything new, try it three times before you make up your mind. If it doesn’t feel right for you, try another style. And if you’re not yet ready for meditation, that’s okay, too. But please remember to practice mindfulness.
Until next time. Stay well and be kind. Have a wonderful week.
Mindfulness increases our emotional, physical and mental well-being. It can also enhance our focus and productivity. Perhaps most importantly, mindfulness strengthens our empathy and compassion for others, which I believe we need more of in our world today. So, practice mindfulness in everything you do. Spend at least a little time meditating every day. And remember to be kind to yourself and others.
We’re here to do more than just survive. We can thrive. And it all starts with a mindful moment.