MLK and the Navel Chakra

“I am concerned about justice.  I am concerned about brotherhood.  I am concerned about truth.  And when one is concerned about these, once can never advocate violence.  For through violence you may murder a murderer but you cannot murder murder.  Through violence you may murder a liar but you cannot establish truth.  Through violence you may murder a hater but you cannot murder hate.  Darkness cannot put out darkness.  Only light can do that… And I say to you, I have also decided to stick to love.  For I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go… [Because] I have seen too much hate…to want to hate myself…. Hate is too great a burden to bear…. I have decided to love.”  — REV. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Yes!  That’s what I’ve been trying to say for years, only it comes out more like, “Can’t we all just get along?” when I say it.

In Kundalini Yoga, one thing I have been focusing a lot on lately is our power center, the third chakra (energy center), also known as the navel center.  When it is balanced,our navel chakra draws upon the Earthy, grounded, feminine energy of the  lower chakras and combines it with the cosmic, celestial, masculine energy of the upper chakras.  When our power center is out of balance, we are prone to power struggles with others, trying to dominate or avoid domination.  We may also suffer from lack of will power, or from greed, anger, or a sense of powerlessness.  When we balance this chakra, and draw upon the vast energies I described above, we feel a subtle sense of unity with everything.  There is no “Other” to fear or control or guard oneself against.   We can relax and be.  When people around us try to suck us into their turmoil, we observe them as having a hard time, but we don’t react to their button-pushing.  We can be more tolerant, compassionate.

So there it is, I’m changing the world, one belly button at a time.

Cleaning House with Kundalini Yoga

It helps our minds to have uncluttered houses.  But sometimes we clean and clean until the house sparkles, but our minds and hearts remain discontented.  It’s time to go within.  Let’s use our Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to clear away the subconscious garbage that trips us up in life.  Are you relating to people today through the issues you’ve had from childhood?  It could be fear of abandonment from the parent’s divorce, or maybe a high school sweetheart broke your heart and you still live like an insecure teen in your thirties or forties?  Or perhaps you have it all handled. Congratulations, if that’s true.  A lot of us walk around with old stuff lurking below the surface, not dealt with, and it leaks out in ungraceful ways.  We say cutting remarks before thinking, we try to control our loved ones, we develop addictions, etc.  Is this how you want to live?  Not I!  Let’s courageously delve into our selves, see what’s in there.  Cut away the ego’s attachments.  What’s ego?  It’s just your old way of being.  It’s not the real you.  It’s a conglomeration of coping mechanisms clinging desperately to itself for survival.  I see it as a crusty or dusty layer over the real you, that unique divine spark burning inside.  So let’s roll up our sleeves, get down to business and uncover the true Self!  It’s time!