Powerful Practices for a Positive Vibe!
“Powerful Practices for a Positive Vibe!” was written by guest contributor, Jennifer Cleveland.
Scrolling through Facebook today I stumbled upon a video of a man offering “Free Hugs” to political protesters. It was clear by many of the responses (from a particular candidates supporters…) that the world is in desperate need of more light! It’s true with greed being in power our energy has become very scattered but I’m a firm believer that collectively we can come together to “Raise the Vibration of the Planet.” Even the happiest and healthiest of humans sometimes have a natural negativity bias. That’s why it’s important to work everyday towards having a positive outlook on the world. Here are three powerful practices to accentuate the positive in your life!..
Cleanse Your Energy~
One way I bring about a peaceful state of being and purify my energy is through Yoga. Kundalini teaches us that yoga goes far beyond the enhancement of our physical body by cleansing our energetic body and allowing life energy to freely ascend through the chakra system. One of the best ways to work towards this is a calming technique called Alternate Nostril Breathing…
Sit with your spine straight, resting your hands on your thighs, palms facing upward.
Take a few deep breaths to center yourself.
Inhale through both nostrils, and then raise your left thumb to depress your left nostril.
Exhale slowly through your right nostril.
Relax your left hand and inhale through both nostrils.
Raise your right thumb and close your right nostril.
Exhale slowly through your left nostril, then relax your right hand and inhale through both nostrils.
Repeat up to 12 breaths (6 on each side), aiming to lengthen each exhalation until it becomes twice the length of the inhalation.
“Just Be Light”~
Despite human evolution it’s very unfortunate that we continue to witness extreme violence, political corruption, and poverty on a regular basis. As “hippy hearted” as it, sounds the only antidote to all the hate and fear is LOVE. Here is a great visualization that uses the power of love and light to protect you from the darkness in the world…
Sit with your spine straight and eyes closed.
Visualize a pillar of light-energy above you and feel it pouring down through the crown of your head.
Imagine it filling your spine and filtering through all your cells.
Then, imagine the rays expanding beyond your physical body to cocoon you in a cloak of light.
Allow this cloak to protect you from the harshness of the external world and thus to maintain your internal harmony.
The Truth Within~
We all have an inner guru! Our satguru is our Northern star guiding us as we go about our daily life. When we truly listen to this hidden voice and respond to what it says we will be lead to our truest authentic self. Here is a hand mudra you can practice to honor both your light and the light in others.
Place your palms together in the center of your chest, fingers pointing upward, and close your eyes.
Offer this gesture to yourself, saying the greeting “Namaste”, meaning “I bow to you”.
By making this symbol of peace and harmony, you give reverence to the satguru, your inner guru, or the light within your heart.
Offer it to others, at yoga class and beyond, to celebrate the light in their hearts, and so to cultivate compassion and harmonious relations.
It is my wish that you will adopt one (or all three!) of these practices to become a light maker in this world. May all of your vibes accentuate the positive!
Thanks for Reading!
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About Jennifer Cleveland: Jennifer is a licensed stylist, performer and yoga guide. She’s always had a passion for being physically active and exposing the light in others. Follow Jennifer on Instagram @Zennylynn or check her out on Facebook!
Image Source: Cameron Gray (this image was reproduced with permission from the artist.