1 Meditation Into Being: “I Am, I Am” p.1 Sit in an Easy Pose, with a light jalandhar bandh. Eyes: Fix the eyelids at 1/10th open. The eyes look straight ahead through the eyelids. Mudra: Keep the spine straight. Place the right hand over the right knee. Keep the elbow straight and the hand relaxed in Gyan Mudra (the index finger tip on the tip of the thumb). Raise the left hand in front of the Heart Center . The palm is flat and faces toward the chest. The fingers point to the right. Mantra: AM AM, I I Breath: Start with the left hand 6 inches (15 cm) from the chest. Chant out loud I AM as you draw the hand closer to the chest to a distance of about 4 inches (10 cm). Then chant I AM as you extend the palm straight away from the front of the chest to a distance of about 12 inches (30 cm). Then take a short breath through the nose as you draw the hand back to the original position of 6 inches (15 cm) from the chest. Create a steady rhythm with the mantra and the breath. T ime: Continue for 1 1-31 minutes. Inhale deeply o End: T . , hold, and relax completely Y The T eachings of ogi Bhajan ©2008

2 Meditation Into Being: “I Am” p.2 Am, I Comments: This mantra connects the finite and Infinite identities. The first “I Am” that emphasizes the "I" is the personal and finite sense of self. The second “I Am” that emphasizes slightly the "Am" is the impersonal and transcendent All real mantras blend this polarity of sense of the Self. the Infinite and finite in their internal structure and design. If you only say the first "I Am," the mind will automatically try to answer , "I am what?" This sends the mind on a search through all the categories and roles that hold the finite identities. If you immediately say the Am" the thought becomes "I second part of the mantra, "I T Am." Am what I o be what you are is the essence of truth and will lead you to the nature of Reality . The hand and the breath move in rhythm and strengthen your ability to maintain a sense of self as your awareness expands. A yogi cultivates the relationship between the finite sense of the self and the infinite sense of the Self. gets this relationship when it becomes The mind often for attached to a particular emotion or object that it wants to keep. One of the important habits the yogi instills in the mind is the ability to break that trance of attachment by a shift to the perspective of Infinity . This is also the Y perspective of Being. ou exist before the objects you collect and even before the body that you use. It is very fective to remind the mind of your true powerful and ef identity with your Infinite Being. ithout this awareness, W then philosophy , ethics, and spirituality will reduce to What the yogi seeks is ritual participation in the "good." to participate in life with authenticity and wholeness. Y The T eachings of ogi Bhajan ©2008

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