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
2. 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)
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!
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.
You can listen to your favorite music while in this meditation or sit in silence. I created a playlist that I absolutely love.
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: