Five ways you can experience more joy in your life by practicing Karma Killer Yoga

Sacral chakra. The one responsible for joy and the optimal flow of life, creativity and joyful sexuality. No wonder that sacral chakra courses and classes at Anamé Program are among the most popular ones. 🙂 At the end of this post, I’ll list five things that can change your life when you work with your sacral chakra. 

I began the previous post, which was about relationships, by saying that my general attitude to basically everything and everyone was discontent. And being discontent, as you can imagine, is not the most fertile soil for being happy. 

And as obvious as it sounds, it’s still quite shocking to think about all those things, feelings, thoughts, general attitudes and circumstances that do grow out of the soil of discontent. 

I remember playing a ‘game’ since I was a child. Back then, it never occurred to me how perfectly it reflected my negative ways of thinking and to what extent it contributed to the programming that I was constantly looking out for the worst possible outcome.

So the game went on as follows: 

I played this especially when it was cold and I hated to wait for the tram in the stop. So I told myself that until I counted to … (and here I determined a number), the tram should arrive at the stop. I always tried to make the number big enough to be sure the tram would come before I got to the end of my counting.

Budapest, Deák Ferenc tér

This seemingly innocuous game showed two very important things about my general worldview. On the one hand, I counted on the worst case scenario (I have to wait for a long time). This way I gave positivity a chance only relative to the worst case scenario. On the other hand, I was so afraid of disappointment, that I tried to weed out all my positive expectations in the first place, in an attempt to avoid being disappointed at all costs. Even at the cost of ruling hope out of my life.

You may say that it’s just overanalyzing a silly game. And I, as a fan of simple explanations, would be willing to agree, if I didn’t see how astonishingly this silly little game reflected my attitude to basically everything. 

I had dreams about being successful, traveling a lot, making money while doing something I really enjoyed, of course. But it was all overshadowed by something that was encoded at a much deeper level of my being than my dream-weaving mind. It felt as if I had to jump over a high fence, but couldn’t take off from the ground like other people (at least this is how I saw it back then), but had to make this jump from a deep ditch in front of the fence. 

My fear of disappointment was so overwhelming that it made me cut off, ignore or leave behind anything and everybody who’d help me live a better, a happier and more content life. Out of precaution.

I wasn’t aware of all this then. What I’ve been describing here above was my natural state of being, so it didn’t occur to me that it wasn’t reality.

The nature of energy blocks

This is exactly how energy blocks behave. They are like blind spots: you don’t see the way they switch you to autopilot mode. These autopilot modes have their own worldviews, sets of emotions and thinking patterns, and they feel and think and talk and act according to them.

They don’t simply live through you, but have a tendency to maintain themselves. This means that the events of your life or even the world, or the way people behave will serve as proof for their righteousness. Therefore, as far as you are concerned, it’s perfectly justified or normal to have those feelings and thoughts, and to handle situations that particular way.

Although a different approach, it’s worth having a look at it from the perspective of psychology. The book Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People (the authors are the inventors of the implicit association test) for instance, has a ton of fascinating science on this topic.

If you take a look at its review, you’ll see what I mean:

Accessible and authoritative . . . While we may not have much power to eradicate our own prejudices, we can counteract them. The first step is to turn a hidden bias into a visible one. . . . What if we’re not the magnanimous people we think we are?”—The Washington Post

I know my own mind.

I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.

These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.

Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.

In Blindspot, the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot.

The title’s “good people” are those of us who strive to align our behavior with our intentions. The aim of Blindspot is to explain the science in plain enough language to help well-intentioned people achieve that alignment. By gaining awareness, we can adapt beliefs and behavior and “outsmart the machine” in our heads so we can be fairer to those around us. Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds.

Brilliant, authoritative, and utterly accessible, Blindspot is a book that will challenge and change readers for years to come.

For example, I used to have this strong feeling that people didn’t really like me. Unconsciously, it made me look for the signs that justified this… well, I wouldn’t say idea, as it was too strong to occupy only my mind, so I’d rather call it a gut feeling.

Here comes a little story for you to demonstrate, but there were hundreds of others along the same line. University, first year. There was this guy, always hung around a girl. They were not a couple, but seemed to be close friends. They had the air of being cool. Whenever I was looking at them, I saw that they were talking about others, gossiping, looking down on everyone. Especially me, you guessed right. 😉

It was almost the end of the semester, and there was a party. What else? 😉 I particularly remember, as that was the one where someone from our year fell out of a window (he’s OK, not to worry). Somehow we, the guy and me drifted next to each other and began talking. He was cool indeed but as it turned out, not even remotely in the way I’d imagined.

He was funny and kind and caring. He told me that he had grown quite fond of me since the start of the semester. He told me about all the things he liked about me without ever talking to me before. Later, we were together as a couple for a short time, but even after that he remained my best friend. Pow! That’s about the accuracy of the judgments of energy blocks.

The power of chakra cleansing and energizing

During the years of practicing Karma Killer Yoga by Anamé Program, I noticed so many changes in myself that it’s hard to follow. Below I’ll map the starting point as well as where I am now.

When I was a kid I liked to do nothing, as my mom liked to call it. I liked sitting in my room and just contemplating. It felt really good: I got immersed in a kind of flow and I was at peace with myself and everything else. According to my mom, it was a time I spent useless, and it wasn’t productive. So I gradually developed a feeling that everything I do has to be productive with a visible outcome, otherwise it was time spent without value. And whenever I did sit down to do my thing of doing nothing, I didn’t feel so good anymore. An urge of some sort began to mix into my contemplations, a feeling that I should be doing something: something useful.

Later, in secondary school, I liked to have a nap after school. Those early afternoon naps on the couch felt incredibly relaxing, as if they had a healing power. They gave me a warm and cozy feeling, something I could describe best as giving myself a present. But my mom considered them to be a sign of laziness, and this a time I could have been spending with more sensible, more useful things like studying or clearing the mess in my room. So I became reluctant in allowing myself such treats and only had my naps when she wasn’t home.

From quite an early age, I didn’t dare to express if I really liked or disliked something. As if there was something in me that blunted everything.

Later in my life as a young adult, I didn’t notice the small, joyous moments of my days, as if I was programmed to somehow make them look insignificant compared to all the negative things I saw around me.

Whenever I did something that I was supposed to enjoy, like having a massage, I wasn’t able to fully be aware or give myself over to the experience. Even in those moments of joy, I felt some tenseness. There was a constant gripping feeling in my lower belly.

In my relationships, I was more dismissive than accepting. Naturally, it had an impact on my sexuality as well. I used to have this well, this is really nice but I’m sure there’s a lot more to it kind of feeling.

I think you get the picture by now.🙂

So what changed with practicing Karma Killer Yoga by Anamé Program?

At the beginning, I really enjoyed the classes. It was partly because I felt so good after them: light and positive and generally more happy (feelings that didn’t visit me too often back then🙂). 

And partly because Anamé personally had a great impact on me. It was more than twenty years ago, so my memories are not that sharp anymore. But I do remember that she impressed me in a way that I knew she was going to have a significant role in my life. 

It was during my university years and I was in a really great relationship. I thought it was all because of me, because I was doing really great. I was ignorant of my energy blocks and how much they affected my life. They were like time bombs, but being busy judging others I didn’t see them. 

With the practice slowly but surely came the realizations, one by one. The process of cleansing and energizing the chakras with the exercises of Karma Killer Yoga by Anamé Program is very well controlled, and it is one of the reasons why I trust and love this method so much. 

You only have to face an amount of your karmic laundry that you’re able to handle at once. Going layer by layer, I had the opportunity to clear out the energetic imprint of old stories that kept generating the same reactions over and over again, that might have been useful at some point, but became useless and limiting with time. 

The first change I noticed was that I could relax into everyday situations much better and became more spontaneous. Earlier, if I had a plan for the rest of the day, for example, I was quite rigid about it and was reluctant to modify it even if the change was a pleasant one. So I become a lot more flexible in such situations, relaxing more into them, and at the same time enjoying the flow of life. 

Then, I began to notice and appreciate the small things like the feel of a fresh breeze on my skin or an exchange of a friendly smile with a stranger in the bus stop. 

What were the biggest takeaways?

Less control and more ease, a general feeling of well-being that’s not a result of things going my way. Quite the contrary, it’s not dictated by the events around me. Earlier, I hoped to reach this state by trying to control and/or manipulate the circumstances, even people. That didn’t turn out well. 🙂

In this current state there’s much less need for control and a lot more letting things happen and waiting for the outcome with trust and curiosity in my heart.

I also have a much more intimate relationship with my womanhood. Earlier, I used to think that being soft and gentle and inclusive equals to being weak. Now I can integrate these qualities, live and enjoy their beauty and benefits, while I can still feel my strength. And parallel to that, I appreciate and respect men in general more than before. 

Here goes the five things that can change if you work with your sacral chakra 

  1. More joy in your life in general

You might have noticed already that how much joy we find in our life is in many cases independent of our circumstances. Having the most wonderful, comfortable circumstances or even a luxurious lifestyle won’t guarantee more joy. Just have a closer look next time and you’ll see the same tense, worried or troubled faces among the wealthy, too.

Instead, true joy means that your inner atmosphere of perceiving life is mostly coming from inside, not outside. Which is good news, as all you have to do is get to inner work if you want to have a more joyful life.

2. More creativity, playfulness and spontaneity

Sacral chakra is responsible for these qualities, so the more free and clean and energized it is, the more you’ll be able to enjoy them in your everyday life, your work, your hobbies and your relationships.

3. An improved ability to let go of worry and to relax into the flow of life

We were not born to worry. Deep inside, we’re all aware of the fact that worrying and anxiety doesn’t help a bit in facing challenges or solving problems. But with a well balanced sacral chakra we can do both in a relaxed way.😉

4. A more joyful experience of your manhood or womanhood

Finding joy in living a pole of unity always brings you closer to it. Unity never comes from rejection.

5. Improved sexual life

Happy and truly satisfactory sexuality is not a question of finding new positions, accessories or partners (although there’s nothing wrong with any of these, of course). It has a lot more to do with having a good and intimate relationship with yourself and with your pleasure, being devoted both to your partner and your relationship and with complete acceptance. Points 2, 3 and 4 above are a great deal of help as well.🙂

I do hope you enjoyed this post. Next week I’ll dig into the exciting topic of how you know if a spiritual teaching/method/guru is trustworthy and what signs you have to look for to avoid being misled. Hope to see you there, too!

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