Calm before, calm after the storm


Just remember, there was calm before the storm
there will be calm after.

The recent events on the streets of Hong Kong have disrupted lives and will leave a lasting residue on our psyches. No one can escape the impact.  In the paragraphs that follow Satya Kaur Khalsa, a senior kundalini teacher,  explains the effects of trauma and offers a simple yet effective yogic solution.

Trauma can be defined as a state in which our normal capacity to navigate and respond appropriately is overwhelmed.Then we will seek coping mechanisms because we do not know what to do. We become numb with the accumulated tension and we leave the state of presence in which we experience our wholeness.  

While trauma is an extremely uncomfortable state, it is also a gateway to transformation. Overwhelm invites us to step into a new reality. It brings us, in our deep need, to the committed and consistent use of the tools that will best serve us, such as the practice of yoga and meditation, mindfulness, and conscious awareness of what we choose to receive and transmit at any level.

We are guided to the people and information that will help us move through the anchored emotions and neuro-endocrine patterning to that new reality. By focusing our energy to know our self, we learn to recognise the patterns and mental and physical messaging that inform us we have moved out of self.

“The times are not going to be convenient. 
You need strength and the greatest strength you have is the strength of the breath.” -Yogi Bhajan

Pranayam, the science of conscious breathing, is one of the most powerful yogic practices for transforming trauma. Practice consistently, daily, even hourly, so that when the trauma state occurs, the breath automatically will come to take you through it. When you practice a meditation that uses that breath, you will have the strength of the breath, the mudra, the mantra, the asana.

To that end, I share a practice that in only three minutes will serve to ground your body and balance your mind.