Backpack Meditation: A Mindfulness Tool You Can Take Wherever You Go

Screen Shot 2013-06-16 at 8.21.54 PMThroughout the day we have different stress triggers. We can be triggered by all kinds of circumstances, people, noises, even the weather. Yogi Bhajan said that 85% of our behavior is automatic and determined by our environment. If we let our environment dictate our mood then our life will feel like an emotional roller-coaster. The only way off the roller-coaster is through our breath.

In today’s vlog I share a powerful and practical meditation that you can use to reduce stress anywhere, anytime. This Kundalini practice is often referred to as the “backpack meditation” because you can bust it out of your spiritual backpack whenever you’re in need of some serenity. We can’t control the stress in our life but we can control how we handle it. Use this practice to change your reaction to stress.

Test-drive this meditation and share your experience with me in the comments below. If you need future guidance check out the breakdown underneath the video.

Meditation to Alleviate Your Stress (AKA Backpack Meditation) – as taught by Yogi Bhajan:

The posture: Sit cross-legged in easy pose.

The hands: Place your hands in Giyan mudra with your thumb pressing against your pointer finger. The pointer finger, otherwise known as Jupiter. When you press your thumb against this finger you ignite your knowledge.

The breathe: This Kundalini meditation suggests that you breathe in eight strokes through your nose and out for one stroke through your nose. If yogic breathe is new to you and it’s hard to breathe in that much air then breathe in for four strokes instead of eight. Breathe in four strokes through the nose and one breath out.

Time: You can do this meditation for one minute and experience miraculous results. Put this meditation in your back pocket and use it whenever stress arises. The Kundalini yogis suggest that you do this meditation for eleven minutes for 40 days.

Pay close attention to how your environment triggers your stress patterns. Whenever possible turn to this meditation to release you from stress and restore your vitality.

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About Gabrielle Bernstein

  “So long, Carrie Bradshaw—there’s a new role model for go-getting thirty-somethings. Gabrielle Bernstein is doling out inner peace and self-love for the post-modern spiritual set.”~Elle magazine   Featured in the New York Times Sunday Styles section as “a new role model”, motivational speaker, life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Expanding the lexicon for the next generation spiritual seekers, Gabrielle is a #1 bestselling author of the book Add More ~ing to Your Life – A hip guide to happiness. September 2011 Gabrielle launches her second book, Spirit Junkie, A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles. In 2008 she launched her social networking site HerFuture.com for young women to find mentors. HerFuture’s growing community exceeds 11,000 members. Gabrielle was just one year out of college, when she co-founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, a non-profit professional organization that connects female entrepreneurs.That same year, Gabrielle incorporated her own boutique public relations company, SparkPlug Communications. In 2003 Gabrielle was the president of the Young Professionals Council for NARAL Pro Choice New York. Her brainchild event Strut Your Choice became a YPCC yearly fundraiser. Since 2004 Gabrielle, who has a degree in theater from Syracuse University, has been on the speaking circuit. Gabrielle has presented lectures at Google, the WIE Symposium, Kripalu, the Massachusetts and Philadelphia for Women, Seattle Center for Women in Democracy, Nobel Women, Integral Yoga, Universities nationwide, The Step Up Women’s Network, The Junior Leagues and many other venues. Gabrielle has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times Sunday Styles, ElLE, Oprah Radio, Marie Claire, Health, SELF, Women’s Health, Glamour UK, Sunday Times UK, Forbes List: 20 Best Branded Women, Featured on the Cover Self-Made Magazine (top 50 Women in Business), CNN, NBC, WPIX11, CBS, Fox & Friends, PBS “To The Contrary”, Wall Street Journal, AdWeek, Sirius Satellite Radio, Am-NY and New York Moves Magazine. Gabrielle is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Yourtango.com, Intent.com and Crazysexylife.com, HerFuture.com and many more. She can also be seen riding around the East Village on a unicycle.