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Enhorabuena

Life in this world (specially with a toddler) is all about being present.
We just returned from a Family reuniting trip, and actually the whole theme I was dealing with during this journey was about staying me, staying true to my self, not getting caught up in my own mind games, relaxing my mind and just being. Today this quote from Yogiji fits perfect to close up the gained experience:

When in your life have you ever just sat down for one hour and said, “ I am going to be me, I am going to be me, I am going to be me, I’m going to be me. I’m not this. I am not that. I am me.”
When was the last time that you did your prathyahar, synchronizing yourself to zero in experience?
–© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 27, 1996

Prathyahar is the art of not feeding the senses with nonsense. It is the art of remaining zero, neutral although you are not removing yourself from the normal world. It is the art which we less practice in this world, yet the one we most need.

Blessings in light,
Sukhdev Kaur

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My prayer through challenges

When there are challenging times, it’s always an opportunity to grow, to learn.
I’ve noticed that some of these times are usually transitions- those are the experiences we humans fear, for the uncertainty of what lies on the other side is too big to comprehend. Events of transition are birth and death, accidents, changes, twilight hours, falling asleep and waking up, and in children also growth spurts. Usually we feel uncomfortable with transitions. We don’t know how to act or behave, and when we are the ones supporting another who is going through a transition, we often lack the big picture, since we are too focused on our own internal process, which may include very strong emotions such as fear or anxiety.
To bring this down, Theo is having a growth spurt and at the same time I am going through some shaky times myself. He’s having it hard and I’m not at the moment the most centered person myself. Since sometimes my patience is short, and this is not helpful because he can sense my despair immediately, all I can do (for I can’t do anything really) is place a prayer. Make this prayer be bigger than me, bigger than this moment or situation. In tonight’s case, make this prayer of having infinite patience to hold him (and comfort him) all the way through and keep cool while doing it. This prayer will serve as my anchor, when I start to lose it, I refocus on this prayer again. Because I become powerless and let go of control, I can come across this ocean.
My prayer is now that we can keep the consciousness and the spirit through all tests in life.
Blessed be thy challenge
In humility,
Sukhdev Kaur

Conscious Parenting workshops in Estonia and France

Dear Family,

I am happy to announce that my long-planned project and wishes of teaching Conscious Parenting have started to crystallize. Together with my dear colleague, mother and kundalini yoga teacher trainer, Bachitar Kaur from Germany (living in the Netherlands), we have set up a series of workshops to start the project running. All information is found from our joint website on Conscious Parenting: http://www.consciousparenting.eu/

The first one of these workshops is this weekend here in Estonia, at the Haapsalu Yoga Festival. The workshop will be held in English and translated into Estonian. We will see what parenting is from the yogic perspective and I will guide through a meditation to connect with this life flow as parents. Full description of this workshop and the Haapsalu Yoga Festival you can find here:
http://www.joogafestival.ee/en/program/tootoad/tootuba-kuidas-olla-teadlik-lapsevanem/

The second, longer workshop will take place at the European Yoga Festival in Fondjouan, France. This we will teach together Bachitar Kaur and me, and we welcome all friends from all over Europe (and beyond!) to join us. It will be an experience of parents together uplifting our experience as teachers for our children. For more information go here:
http://www.3ho-kundalini-yoga.eu/en/eventsactivities/european-yoga-festival/festival-program/workshop-schedule2012/bachitar-kaur-sukhdev-kaur-netherlands-estonia/

Im looking forward to seeing you all and sharing experiences and the teachings with all of you!
In gratitude to the divine,
Sukhdev Kaur

Japji sahib: song of the soul – (kursus 09.05.2012)

“When someone can understand Japji, he can understand the entire wisdom of God.” – Yogi Bhajan

Starting this wednesday, I will be holding a 5-class Japji Sahib course for the following weeks. The course is open to all who would like to dive into the teachings of Guru Nanak and experience the richness and wisdom of his words in the Japji Sahib. The Japji Sahib is a wonderful poem written to uplift the soul from the darkness of the ego-mind, and bring it back to its essence. The Japji Sahib teaches how to live in this world without having to retreat from the everyday doings and its teachings can be applied to every situation at home, work or during meditation. It is an extremely rich and beautiful poem, written in Gurmukhi in 40 paurees or stanzas which harmonizes the 5 tattwas (elements), the 8 chakras, the 10 spiritual bodies and brings clearness to the mind and fulfills the heart’s longing to belong.

The course will be focusing on right pronounciation, meaning and translation of the words and paurees, experiencing the power of Guru Nanak’s sound current, and integrating these in your life. We will be listening to Japji, chanting and meditating in different paurees, with yoga exercises and special meditations to enhance the experience. The course will be an elevating and inspiring immersion into self-mastery through the technology of the Shabd Guru.

Price:
Regular price 50 eur (full 5-class course)
Kundalini yoga teachers and trainees (teachers-in-training) 40 eur
Unemployed, senior and students 27 eur
Attending one class 12 eur

Place:
Loovstuudio, Rästa 10b, Tallinn

Dates:
K 9.05.2012, K 16.05, E 21.05, K 30.05, E 04.06
18.00 – 19:45 hrs

As part of the course, you will receive a printed copy of the Japji when registering in advance.
The course will take part either in English or Estonian, depending on participant’s needs and flow of the class.

To register, please fill the form below or write an email:
Sukhdev Kaur
+372 53731839
sukhdevkaur@khalsa.com

When you surrender

Becoming a mother is an act of surrendering. During the first months of the pregnancy, the psyche experiences a partition, an energetic and pranic division when the “I” no longer exists as it has been before, and it gives into the “you” or “we”. When the mother focuses her consciousness and can lovingly and humbly give her prayer to the child, that partition becomes a “thou”. During birth, the first and most physical separation between mother and child begins, leading into the second division of spiritual bodies and marks a path into the consciousness of the woman and child. If the mother is meditating, conscious and they experience a loving birthing process, the sacrifice of giving up the “I” into the “Thou” is smooth and conscious. The bond is created and reinforced by closeness, complete peace and a calm and elevating, loving environment (supported by father and other loved ones) in which mother and baby can totally be skin to skin, with the mother’s milk being the new physical link between mother and child, uninterrupted and without scheduling.

The Bear Mother by Bill Raid

The first months of life are laying the fundament for a lifetime. They shall not pass lightly. Specially for first time mothers, the act of surrendering becomes strong during this time. Lack of sleep, complete dedication into the child’s needs, giving up the ego-self and the life she had before are a big challenge which needs to be faced in a conscious and loving embrace.

In the contemporary society, the act of surrendering has got a negative connotation, usually related to history where we were imposed a sacrifice by a regime, a ruling party or religious authority. True sacrifice and surrendering comes from the wish of the soul to merge with the divine, and is an act of love and compassion.

There are many ways of describing this state of surrendering: Sacrificing the ego for the light in the soul, surrendering to the higher self, obeying the truth in all, trusting one’s destiny, humbly accepting and agreeing to what the universe brings us, and seeing them all as gifts in our spiritual growth. 

Guru Nanak wrote a very beautiful description of this surrendering in four paurees or stanzas of the JapJi Sahib (12-15):

Your state of consciousness cannot be described when you surrender and agree with your path and destiny. Anyone who tries to describe this will be sorry he tried.
There is no paper, no pen, no writer who can sit and reflect on this.
Such is the Naam, it makes you pure.
If you surrender and agree, you gain experience and align your mind with your soul. (12)

When you surrender, you gain the power to listen and intuition comes.
When you surrender, you gain all the wisdom of the universes and realms.
When you surrender, you will not be slapped on the face and you will be respected.
When you surrender, you will not die into this world.
Such is the Naam, it makes you pure. If you surrender and agree, you gain experience and align your mind with your soul. (13)

When you surrender, no obstacles will come your way.
When you surrender, you will go home with honor and radiance.
When you surrender, you will not wander in worldly paths.
When you surrender, you embrace the Dharma.
Such is the Naam, it makes you pure. If you surrender and agree, you gain experience and align your mind with your soul. (14)

When you surrender, you find the door to liberation (your 10th gate opens)
When you surrender, your family is liberated and goes across with you.
When you surrender, you cross over the world ocean taking the Guru’s Sikhs with you.
Oh Nanak! When you surrender, you do not wander as a beggar. 
Such is the Naam, it makes you pure. If you surrender and agree, you gain experience and align your mind with your soul. (15) 

My experience during the first six months of Theo’s life in this earth was the most intense surrendering. It was an act of love, and a conscious decision to surrender and become his guide. It was not an easy task, specially to let go of what I was, what I am and what I will be, as an individual, as a professional and as a teacher, in order to gain a new level of experience in the consciousness towards the divine. Sometimes, when I thought that this job as a mother was “useless”, e.g. holding sleeping Theo in my arms (for endless hours!) when I could be doing something more “useful”, I brought myself back into consciousness and inner focus, to let go of these thoughts (let them be) and find the bliss in obeying my destiny and lesson in the moment. On this last pauree (15) of surrendering, Guru Nanak gives the key to it all: you are liberated, not in your fantasy of escaping the reality, but it is a full liberation of your soul.

If motherhood (and babyhood) seems sometimes as a prison, that condition is a gift, since it is challenging the ego, which always wants to run away, to do and do and do, and escape the present moment. It is a gift given to connect with the soul and the real meaning of life. Nanak gave us the path of the householder, and it is while being a householder, a housewife, a mother, whatever you want to call it, that we can be liberated from our attachments to this worldly illusions and be deathless in our soul, touch others with this light of consciousness and radiate.

In deep love and gratitude of the divine,

Sukhdev Kaur

Tartus: Teadlik rasedus ja sünnitus, jooga kursus 25. märts

Sat nam!

25. märtsil külastame Tartut ja hommikul õpetan rasedate jooga mis ettevalmistab sünnituseks. Partnerid on ka teretulnud viimaseks tunniks.
Kursus algab kl 9:00 ja lõpeb 13:00.

“Laps õpib sinu kõhus. Kõik jõud, julgus, vaimsus ja inspiratsioon mis sa tahad temale anda, tee seda enne sünnitust. Kui laps on sinu kõhust väljunud, mäng on läbi. Pärast seda, ema on juht, põetaja, hooldaja. Ema roll algab kui laps on tema kõhus.” -Yogi Bhajan

Teemad mis me puudutame:

– Kuidas joogaga saad nautida oma rasedust ja sünnitust. Igapäevase harjutused, meditatsioonid ja mantrad.
– Muutused psüühikas raseduse ajal, sünnitusel ning imetamisel. 
– Kuidas keskenduda ja saada selget meelt
– Pranayam (hingamine) mis aitab sünnitusel ja pärast sünnitust. Hingamistehnika mis annab jõud.
– Emotsioonid, hirmud, väljakutsed.
– Ema ja naine, erinevad rollid
– Sünnitus: avades beebiväravat, emotsionaalne väljakutse, koostöö beebiga. Komplikatsioonid ja kui asjad ei lähe nii nagu oli plaanis. Alistumine beebi eluteele.
– Teadlik lapsevanem ja kuidas jooga saab aidata.

Kursusele on teretulnud rasedaid ja kõik naised kellel huvi on teada rohkem teadlikust rasedusest. Eelnev kogemus joogaga pole vajalik. Kursusel teeme jooga harjutused, mis tugevdavad keha ja närvisüsteem ja ettevalmistavad keha sünnituseks, hingamisharjutused, meditatsiionid ja räägime teadlikust rasedusest.

Kursus maksab 25 eur (20 eur etteregistreerimisel enne 23.03 makstes 10 eur Urban Dharma OÜ arvele 10220090076018 selgitus “Tartu rasedate jooga”). Partnerid on teretulnud kl 12ks ja jääda lõpuni.

Aadress: Küütri 14, sissepääs on hoovist ja 2. korrus.

Palun võta kaasa mugavad riided, matt või vaip/lambanahk et istuda põrandal, ühe patja ning tekk lõdvestamise ajaks, veepudel, kui vajad midagi näksida ja kirjutamisvahendid.

Rohkem infot:

Sukhdev Kaur
Tel. 5373 1839
Email. sukhdevkaur@khalsa.com

http://urbandharma.ee/conscious-pregnancy/

Theo’s new discovery

Sat nam dear family

My son Theo will soon be three months old. Life has become completely different since he arrived, of course a lot more demanding and full of responsibilities, and blessed with new light and an opportunity for us to relive life and discover all it has to offer.

Today Theo has been immersed in the discovery of his hands. he spent all morning just looking – or I should say contemplating deeply – at them. He just held them on the air as long as he could and would look at one and the other. All the time both hands were in really tight fists and motionless. Just concentrated on the one thing of realising that those interesting tools were his own, and that he could move (and squeeze) at will. Thats I guess what a baby in deep meditation looks like.  He even did not want to be held, which is rare. 

As we get used to our hands, our bodies, manners and habits, we humans tend to forget how amazing the tools we have been given are. And such simple yet key realisations, like Theo today, are big steps in understanding our surroundings, ourselves, and life. May our days be filled with such illuminating moments throughout our lives, so we remain fresh, alive, healthy, learning and in love.

Reporting from the mother’s lap,

Sukhdev Kaur

some thoughts on motherhood

Motherhood is actually the chance to practice all I believe in, going beyond the thinking of what others might think, and diving deeply into the seed and the soul of my child. The more I can teach him by my own centeredness, zooming in and out from the 1 to the 10, from the situation into the big picture and viceversa, realising of the situation. Parenting is when children reflect the mirror of what we show them. And motherhood (as pregnancy, childhood, adulthood, and well, LIFE)is the time to keep in mind (and meditate on) the nine treasures:

1 humility

2 loyalty and devotion

3 equality

4 selfless service

5 sacrifice

6 fearlessness

7 forgiveness

8 compassion

9 peace

and also, the 10th hidden treasure behind all, which is courage

karam kriya nädalavahetus

Tee numbritega tutvust.

Numbrid ümbritsevad meid kõikjal – kogu universum põhineb ju numbritel. Mida numbrid kaasa toovad? Kuidas arendada välja keel numbritega suhtlemiseks= Kuidas numbritega muuta oma elu?

“Teekond peast südamesse”

Sissejuhatus Karam Kriyasse / Teadlikkus numbritest
09-10 juuli 2011, kl 10-18 Tallinnas, Budakojas (Luha tn 1)

Tule liitu Hari Krishan Singhiga teekonnal peast südamesse, mille teejuht on numbrite universaalne keel.

Karam Kriya ehk rakenduslik numeroloogia tegeleb numbrite nö „viimase keelega“, mis võimaldab meil ületada näiline reaalsus ning kuulata alati kõikjal olevat Tõde, mis ilmneb igapäevaselt meie suhetes ja ümbruskonnas. Töötame viie keelega: maagia, meditsiin, teadus, kunst ja haridus. Karam Kriya on teadlikult loodud ruum, kus numbrid kõnelevad igavikulist Tõde.

Numbid on viimane abstraktsioon enne kõik-on-üks olemist ja seetõttu ka üks viimaseid samme mõistmaks kosmilise kanga mustrit. Kommunikatsioonis me tunnistame nelja järgnevat avardumist, mis võivad tervendada blokeeringuid, pahelisi mustreid ja mis iganes takistusi, et kogeda selgust oma suhetes. Kaasame loomaliku, inimliku ja ingelliku aspekti ning loome sideme personaalse ja universaalse vahel sinu elus.

Karam kriya numeroloogia jätkukoolitus (november 2011-oktoober 2012) õpetab, kuidas teha tööd numbrite maailmaga.

Hari Krishan Singh (Nederlands)
Hari Krishanist sai 2003 aastal Shiv Charan Singhi õpilane ning õpib tema käe all siiani. Teda on õnnistatud olema Karam Kriya asutaja Hollandis, ta on Karam Kriya õpetaja ja konsultant ning ühtlasi koolitab tulevasi kundalini jooga õpetajaid. “Numbrid on mu elus alati aktiivselt kohal. Mul on suur au õpetada Karam Kriya koolkonnas ja au läbi viia seda koolitust Eestis“.

KURSUSE MAKSMUS:
Mõlemad päevad 145 eur. Soodushinnaga 125 eur kui registreerid enne 01.07.2011
Osalemine ühel päeval 85 eur.
Osalemiseks on vajalik eelnev registreerimine meiliaadressil sukhdevkaur@khalsa.com , ja
tagastamatu ettemaksu 50 EUR tasumine hiljemalt 01.07.2011 Urban Dharma OÜ 10220090076018 selgitus “kk intro” Ülejäänud summa tasumine kohapeal (kui arve on vaja, sellele lisandub KM)
Kursus tõlgitakse inglise keelest eesti keelde

http://www.karamkriya.ee


karam kriya nädalavahetus

Tee numbritega tutvust.

Numbrid ümbritsevad meid kõikjal – kogu universum põhineb ju numbritel. Mida numbrid kaasa toovad? Kuidas arendada välja keel numbritega suhtlemiseks= Kuidas numbritega muuta oma elu?

“Teekond peast südamesse”

Sissejuhatus Karam Kriyasse / Teadlikkus numbritest
09-10 juuli 2011, kl 10-18 Tallinnas, Budakojas (Luha tn 1)

Tule liitu Hari Krishan Singhiga teekonnal peast südamesse, mille teejuht on numbrite universaalne keel.

Karam Kriya ehk rakenduslik numeroloogia tegeleb numbrite nö „viimase keelega“, mis võimaldab meil ületada näiline reaalsus ning kuulata alati kõikjal olevat Tõde, mis ilmneb igapäevaselt meie suhetes ja ümbruskonnas. Töötame viie keelega: maagia, meditsiin, teadus, kunst ja haridus. Karam Kriya on teadlikult loodud ruum, kus numbrid kõnelevad igavikulist Tõde.

Numbid on viimane abstraktsioon enne kõik-on-üks olemist ja seetõttu ka üks viimaseid samme mõistmaks kosmilise kanga mustrit. Kommunikatsioonis me tunnistame nelja järgnevat avardumist, mis võivad tervendada blokeeringuid, pahelisi mustreid ja mis iganes takistusi, et kogeda selgust oma suhetes. Kaasame loomaliku, inimliku ja ingelliku aspekti ning loome sideme personaalse ja universaalse vahel sinu elus.

Karam kriya numeroloogia jätkukoolitus (november 2011-oktoober 2012) õpetab, kuidas teha tööd numbrite maailmaga.

Hari Krishan Singh (Nederlands)
Hari Krishanist sai 2003 aastal Shiv Charan Singhi õpilane ning õpib tema käe all siiani. Teda on õnnistatud olema Karam Kriya asutaja Hollandis, ta on Karam Kriya õpetaja ja konsultant ning ühtlasi koolitab tulevasi kundalini jooga õpetajaid. “Numbrid on mu elus alati aktiivselt kohal. Mul on suur au õpetada Karam Kriya koolkonnas ja au läbi viia seda koolitust Eestis“.

KURSUSE MAKSMUS:
Mõlemad päevad 145 eur. Soodushinnaga 125 eur kui registreerid enne 01.07.2011
Osalemine ühel päeval 85 eur.
Osalemiseks on vajalik eelnev registreerimine meiliaadressil sukhdevkaur@khalsa.com , ja
tagastamatu ettemaksu 50 EUR tasumine hiljemalt 01.07.2011 Urban Dharma OÜ 10220090076018 selgitus “kk intro” Ülejäänud summa tasumine kohapeal (kui arve on vaja, sellele lisandub KM)
Kursus tõlgitakse inglise keelest eesti keelde

http://www.karamkriya.ee