Happiness Is a Warm Sat Nam
When was the last time you felt really happy? Hopefully when you just finished reading the last sentence!
Because happiness is not a condition we achieve or something we once had. It’s simply an acceptance of our natural state in the present moment. Happiness is not re-living the past or hoping for the future.
As Yogi Bhajan, the master teacher of Kundalini Yoga, said:
“Happiness is your birthright. It cannot be taken away from you. But you act as if it is not your birthright. You begin to wish for happiness rather than accept it and express it. When you wish for happiness, you also wish indirectly for unhappiness, just as night and day follow each other. When you wish, every happiness is followed by sadness and every sadness by a happiness. You are not happy because you make comparisons and compete with something over which you have no control.”
Happiness is always your choice. No one can make you happy or unhappy. But the choice has to be made when the mind is free from the hidden self-concepts of the subconscious that keep us locked into patterns so deep that some people even identify or depend upon their own unhappiness.
To free the mind from its self-imposed limitations that cause us to expect happiness from our possessions, our relationships, or our circumstances, we must engage in daily meditation. The development of the neutral mind, the non-reactive response to all possessions, relationships, and circumstances, through regular meditation brings about the essential state of being for progress in yoga and enlightenment: the niyama of Santosha, or Contentment.
A contented person cannot be controlled, manipulated, or limited. They are complete and accepting within themselves and consequently happy within themselves.
All meditation works to keep you in the natural state of contentment and happiness, yet there are two Kundalini Yoga meditations that are particularly effective. One for children (and the child within all of us) and another for experience the bliss that exists within every cell of our being.
“Don’t resent anything.
Express your essence.
Let your heart guide you, free of all limitation, regimentation, and fear.” – Yogi Bhajan
with Guru Karam
Sat Nam! In this monthly column, I will be sharing delicious Kundalini Yoga recipes from Yogi Bhajan, as well as my own favorite foods from my yoga and Ayurvedic practice.
This first one is delicious and some say a little “psycho-active” as the nutmeg has special relaxing properties. An ice cream recipe to complement our theme this month for Happiness!
Yogi Bhajan’s Banana-Nutmeg Ice Cream
(From Foods for Health and Healing)
1 cup milk – organic whole milk or your favorite non-dairy “milk”
3 medium-size ripe bananas
1 whole nutmeg – freshly grated or ground – do NOT use pre-ground!
1 fresh apple, peeled and cored
1/3 – ½ cup honey
Grate or grind nutmeg in a spice grinder. Place with the other ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Place in an Ice cream maker and freeze and churn until ready.
If no ice cream maker is available, you can freeze it in a flat tray until almost solid then puree in a blender and then freeze again and puree again. Freeze one more time and serve.
For the winter months instead of freezing, I like to warm the puree to no more than 110 F for a warm, soothing drink. Heat the milk and nutmeg first, bringing it to a froth three times, which makes dairy milk much more digestible. Add the other banana and apple and blend, check the temperature and add the honey and blend again.
Never heat honey to more than 110 degrees F! Ayurveda holds that honey has the unique ability to penetrate into the tissues, where it can scrape deposits of toxins called Ama from the tissues. If it is heated, it becomes toxic and it retains the ability to penetrate the tissues, thus causing Ama.
Nutmeg can be an intoxicating food. It is a warming nervine and is best for Vata and Kapha constitutions. Dried and powdered nutmeg can cause severe dizziness and should not be taken except in minute amounts. Fresh whole nutmeg taken with banana is a tonic, especially for men. Be cautious if you have a history of low blood pressure however, as nutmeg can lower the blood pressure.
Guru Karam Kaur/Laura Benton, MSN, APRN is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Kundalini Yoga yogi, and Ayurvedic practitioner offer individual healthcare counseling, transformational hypnosis, and sound .
She can be found at http:/www.selfhealthcarenurse.com