You wake up in a funk that you just can’t shake.  Someone in the office says or does something that makes your blood boil.  You’re in traffic and lose it – screaming at the top of your lungs in the car…alone.  You go from completely calm to crying in .5 seconds.  You’re in the middle of a fight and can’t remember how or why the fight started.

We’ve all been there – myself included.  I strive to be a calm and centered person but we all need a little help from time to time.  In late November I felt the stress building up.  I was losing my cool in traffic, waking up in a bad mood, and feeling a tightness in my body.  I knew that I needed to do something because I was riding the one-way train to crazytown.  I decided to practice a Kundalini backpack meditation for 40 days and chose one that Gabby taught me – A Meditation for Irrationality (Backpack #3).  Perfect!

I completed day 40 on Thursday and can’t express in words how amazing this meditation experience was.  I literally felt myself calming from the inside out over the course of the practice.  I moved through life feeling lighter, more centered, and never made it to crazytown.

To practice Backpack Meditation #3:

1. Sit in easy pose on the floor or in a chair

Sit in ease pose.

2. For women: Left hand near your left ear with your thumb touching your ring finger.  (Men: reverse hands)

For women: Left hand near your left ear with your thumb touching your ring finger.  (Men: reverse hands)

3.  For women: Place your right hand in your lap with your thumb touching your little finger. (Men: reverse hands)

For women: Place your right hand in your lap with your thumb touching your little finger. (Men: reverse hands)

4.  Close your eyes and take long deep breaths.  The recommended time is 11 minutes but you can start with 3 minutes, if you are new to meditation.

5.  Once you’ve completed the 11 minutes of deep breathing, raise your hands in the air and shake them widely for 3 minutes.  This is my favorite part!  I listen to Florence + the Machine’s Shake It Out – it is SO fun!

Shake it out #spiritjunkie's

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6.  I usually end the meditation with several minutes of deep breathing with my hands open in my lap.  This is totally optional.  I just find that I am in my ~ingzone, as Gabby describes it, after shaking it out and can really go deep into my meditation at this point.

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You can listen to your favorite music while in this meditation or sit in silence.  I created a playlist that I absolutely love.

My playlist for this meditation.

I HIGHLY recommend this meditation if you find yourself getting upset over something small, are easily overwhelmed, or experiencing a high level of stress right now.  Or if you simply want to feel calmer and more at ease!  Even though I’ve completed my 40-day practice, I plan to practice this meditation a few times a week because I absolutely love it!

Watch this vlog from Gabby for more detailed instructions: