By Kathe Forrest/Siri Kirin Kaur
January 1st, 2016, a new year begins and with that the opportunity to join with possibly thousands reciting a poem, a poem of love—Japji, the song of the soul. How awesome is that to uplift your life and the world, doing mantra and shining your light into the dark.
“The Sound Current of Japji and the meaning of its words, when meditated upon with openness and love, awaken a soul to its destiny. Step by step, Japji gives you the comprehensive power to know yourself as you are and be with God’s Creation in a spirit of joyful surrender.” Ek Ong Kaur Khalsa
The extended meditations in Kundalini Yoga (40/90/120 days) instigate transformation and action. Rightly so, if you journal daily—and here is something that is key—read over and over what you have put down, realizations begin to sink in, one single footstep at a time.
“…To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kinds of thoughts (actions, too –KF) we wish to dominate our lives.” Henry David Thoreau
There are key words for journaling during a 40 or 90 day or more meditation or practice. These are: introspection, clarity, experience, awareness and release. After you have gone within in the quiet of the morning, introspection on one’s life is often found and in just a few words can be disentangled. Clarity on your actions (both good and not so good) is found through writing about your day.
Awareness and a deeper understanding of one’s life are processed as you refer back on the journaling paragraphs. And there can be an emotional release in those written words that does not have to play out in the outer world. Everyone’s experience will be different and also everyone’s understanding of that experience.
“What happens to us is not as important as the meaning we assign to it. Journaling helps sort this out.” Michael Hyatt
I suggest you become a little bit familiar with Japji before the 40-Day Sadhana starts on January 1, and begin to learn the nuance of the language by listening to a tape. And find your journal!
Kathe Forrest AKA Siri Kirin Kaur has been committed to the 40 day practice since 2007 when she attended her first Summer Solstice. She completed her Kundalini Yoga teacher training in 2008. Keep the Change, Simple Practices for Lasting Transformation is an exploratory guide and journal on how to develop discipline and get into a positive routine through a 40-day or more yogic practice. For more information go www.keepthechangenow.com