When we experience trauma or pain, we often thrash around trying to find a means of relief from the turmoil. In some cases we find we turn to coping mechanisms which are not healthy, or will hinder our recovery in the long term.
Turning to Kundalini Yoga for support in overcoming these trials, helps us create strategies for our recovery which are holistic and fruitful, but also will not cause long-lasting damage to our physical or mental wellbeing.
In this guide we will be looking at a kriya for trauma and how to overcome haunting thoughts that result from these experiences.
Benefits of this Kriya
This kriya will benefit people suffering from haunting thoughts or struggling with moving on from many different types of trauma or anxieties. The main benefits include:
- Relief from unwanted or haunting thoughts
- A sense of progress and moving through pain
- Forgiveness and understanding
- Control over emotions
- Relief from anxiety and stress
How to do this Kriya
This kriya for trauma is straightforward and quick, although it may take longer the first few times you perform it as you become accustomed to the sensations. Take as long as you need, there is no benefit in rushing.
Start in a quiet, calm space, preferably somewhere you associate with safety and comfort.
- Sit comfortably, lowering the eyelids so your eyes are only around one tenth open.
- Begin to silently chant mantra “Wahe Guru” in your head
- On the syllable “wa” swivel the eyes to the right, on “he” to the left, and then on “guru”, focus the eyes on the tip of the nose
- Inhale and exhale, continuing this chant
- Inhale, bringing your thoughts to the incident or encounter which has affected you
- Exhale, mentally saying “Wahe Guru”
- Inhale, visualising and reliving the feelings and emotions of the encounter
- Exhale again, mentally saying “Wahe Guru”
- Inhale, and try to reverse the roles in the encounter you are visualising. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes, and try to see their perspective.
- Exhale, repeating “Wahe Guru”
- Inhale and allow yourself to fill with forgiveness for yourself, and for the other person
- Exhale and repeat “Wahe Guru”
- Inhale, and let go of the memories, allowing them to float off into the universe. Allow yourself to stretch, and fill the space that these thoughts were taking.
- Relax, breathe, and allow your body to heal.
It is important after practicing this kriya that you continue to act with self love and compassion, prioritizing your comfort and safety.
Take time to return to the here and now slowly, and with sympathy for the journey you have experienced. Enjoy the feeling of power knowing that you have faced your trauma head on and won.
Continue Your Journey
Recovering from a traumatic experience is a long, difficult journey that may not follow a linear pattern, and you may wish to seek help from a professional to deal with some of this process.
This kriya is a powerful means by which you can take control of your own healing, and overcome the thoughts and memories which can sometimes hold you back. Good luck!