Addiction is described as a chronic neurologic disorder. Addiction help is usually found is Twelve Step programs or rehabilitation centers. There are many kinds of addictions. Drugs, food, sex, gambling and interent addictions are just a few. They all stem from the same fundamental source…a preexisting biochemical inability to tolerate the pain and discomfort of life.
Having worked through a few addictions myself, I know the white knuckle stuggle of wanting what I know is bad for me and knowing better. I have been to 12 step programs, hypnosis and accupuncture and I know they all help with addictions. But I have to share what has helped me and continues to help me the most….a kundalini meditation called the Kirtin Kriya. This meditation, if practiced everyday, if the best help with addictions I have come across for myself.
Yoga operates on the principle that our inner reality creates our outer reality, so if we want to make changes in our lives, we have to change ourselves. We must clear our subconscious programming so it doesn’t sabotage our conscious intention. In yoga, mantras are used to clear and restructure the subconscious mind. Kirtin Kriya is a meditation chant exercise that involves chanting and finger poses (mudras).
This easy exercise reduces stress levels, promotes focus and clarity, balances the brain, increases blood circulation in the brain, and enhances mind-body-spirit connection. With regular practice, you will notice stronger intuition, a more solid presence in life, a close connection to your Higher Power and a lighter and happier state of well-being. In fact it is being studied as a prevention for alzheimers because it is so good for your brain.
Here is how to do the Kirtin Kriya:
- Sit in an upright, criss-cross position with your spine straight (easy pose). You may lean against a pillow, chair or a wall. Rest your hands on your knees palms facing up.
- Chant the syllables: Sa, Ta, Na, Ma
- As you are chanting each syllable, you touch each finger to the tip of your thumb.
(Touch your index finger to the tip of your thumb as you chant Sa. Touch your middle finger tip to the tip of your thumb as you chant Ta. Touch your ring finger tip to the tip of your thumb as you chant Na. Touch your pinky tip to the tip of your thumb as you chant Ma.)
As you chant and do the mudras, follow this sequence:
- Chant out loud for 2 minutes
- Chant in a whisper for 2 minutes
- Chant in silence for 3 minutes
- Chant in a whisper for 2 minute
- Chant out loud for 2 minutes
Visualize or feel each sound come in through the top of your head (crown chakra) down throught the middle of the head and out through the third eye to infinity. If any pictures or thoughts come into your mind as you are chanting this release them through your third eye and continue.
When you are finished, inhale deeply and raise your arms over your head. Shake out your arms and fingers as you exhale.
There are time variations to this meditations. You can do it for 11 or 31 or 62 minutes.
31 minute version: 5 minutes outloud, 5 minutes in a whisper, 10 minutes silently, 5 minutes whisper, 5 minutes out loud.
This meditation has been a very powerful help for addiction for me. I have transformed myself in as little as 11 minutes from wanting my “drug of choice” to being profoundly at peace with myself. But, don’t just take my word for it, try it yourself and see if it will help you.