When you first get on a spiritual path, looking within, you start to see the garbage in you that you weren’t previously conscious of. Looking within can be a dirty job. The negative mind becomes magnified and amplified. All your flaws become bigger and your self-loathing is right there in your face.
Once you take out the garbage, however, it’s one gift after another. The greatest of all gifts is patience. Yogi Bhajan always said, “Patience Pays…” Patience leads to tolerance. At first you think you’re just becoming tolerant of others, but really you must first become tolerant of yourself before you can turn that outward. This meditation can help you deepen self-respect, give you discipline to have patience in your life and ultimately lead you to the God-like tolerance that allows grace.
MEDITATION FOR PATIENCE, TOLERANCE AND DEEP SELF RESPECT
Given by Yogi Bhajan, May 22, 2000
Mudra: Sit with a straight spine in cross legged position. Bring the right knee up to the chest, and lock both hands around the knee. Pull it in as close as possible to the chest.
Eyes: On the tip of the nose.
Mantra: “Tantric Har” by Simran and Guruprem was played. Mentally chant “Har” and breathe through the round mouth in rhythm with the mantra.
Breath: Breathe in and out through the round mouth, powerfully, along with the mantra.
Time: 31 minutes
- Inhale deeply… Bring both hands flat against the chest, and press hard. Tighten yourself and stretch the spine from top to bottom.
- Repeat one more time.
- The third time: inhale, hold, and stretch both arms up over the head. Keep the right knee into the chest without pressure. Stretch the spine and every muscle of the body. The harder you stretch the better it will be.