Friday, March 22, 2013

Kundalini Meditation by Kathryn McCusker

Kundalini Meditation: The Path to Personal Transformation and Creativity
“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” – Gautama Buddha
Kundalini Mediation is said to have the ability to unleash your “life force” to awaken your inspiration, insight while removing anxieties and other destructive behaviors. Ultimately Kundalini Meditation’s goal is to connect you with the divine one within yourself. Kundalini Meditation: The Path to Personal Transformation and Creativity by Kathryn McCusker is a guide for novices or advanced students.

The book is divided into six chapters. Chapter one details the Hindu gods and goddesses and explains how they are used as metaphors in Kundalini meditation. It also briefly introduces the chakras and explains their uses in Kundalini meditation.

Chapter two gives you tips on how to prepare for a Kundalini meditation practice. This includes suggestions and instructions for creating your meditation space, cleansing your body for practice, and tips on how to overcome negative thinking that may hinder you from beginning a practice. It is also in this chapter that more detail is given about god and goddesses used in Kundalini mediations. For example, it is in this chapter that we find out more about Prajnaparamita the Buddhist goddess of supreme transcendental wisdom (name means Perfection of Wisdom). When we invoke her in our meditations we are performing an exercise that will help us focus our energies on the Crown Chakra.

Chapter three further details that chakras, and asanas that can help you open one or all seven chakras. It is in this chapter that we are also given more information on prana and nadis. There is also a wonderful section in this chapter detailing various body locks that are performed in Kundalini meditation. This chapter offers many exercises you can perform and details how they will help you in everyday life. For example, Frog Pose is discussed in detail and is said to be able to activate your third chakra therefore increasing creative energy, build inner strength and circulates energy to the heart and higher chakras. It will also give you motivation, inspiration and courage.

Chapter four is the chapter that explores the importance of breath work. It details a few breathing exercises and how to visualize prana.

Chapter five deals with mantras, mudras and yantras. It defines each and offers great instructions and illustrations for performing all three. Personally, I learned a lot from this chapter as my own practice did not include many mantras, mudras and to be honest it was not until I read this chapter that I learned what a yantra was (illustrations of the chakras that you can meditate on).

Chapter six is the best chapter, and my personal favorite in the book. It gives you several specific exercises that you can perform. It ties the entire book together. Each meditation tells the reader what it will help; who it is good for, what mantra, mudra, lock and asana you should perform along with instruction on how to perform the mediation and for how long. In some cases it also offers advanced instructions should you complete the initial meditation. This chapter alone is worth the price of the book.

Overall, the book is a wealth of information, worth buying. My only grievance with the book is there is some repetition in the first three chapters. I recommend this book for novices to Kundalini meditation, anyone interested in Hindu gods and goddesses or anyone in search of great Kundalini meditation instructions for emotional turmoil, anger issues, addictions or more common afflictions of the human condition.

This book was published in February 2013 by Watkins Published Limited and is currently available in a paperback edition.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Note: I received this book from the publisher to review. In no way did that affect the content of this review.

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