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Summary of Question:Can't Find Peace Of Mind
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Date Posted:Sunday, 2/25/2001 1:33 AM MST

I was just wondering if gurbani teaches you any ways to deal with stress..


Sometimes there's so many pressures with friends, family, school, life.. And it can all get so overwhelming, that you don't know where to turn, and who to trust..

I think drugs and alcohol are total crap that I would never wanna do.. And I have faith in God but bad things keep happening, I dunno how to stay strong

Sometimes no matter how hard I try, I can't find peace of mind.

Thanks a bunch, this forum is always really helpful
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Greetings to you in the Name of God and Guru. What a wonderful question!

First of all, what works for you? For me, I can sit and relax totally by completing my entire nitnem at one sitting before facing my day. Sometimes, I have to play the tape while I prepare for the day. I always take the time to tunr in deeply inside myself and feel the protection and presence of Guru and Infinite God.

Then, there are small things to do all day to keep your cool...like, carrying a bottle of water and drinking 8 glasses of water a day. Cut out caffine and white sugar from your diet because they stress your nervous system.

But bottom line is...to develop a trust within yourself, a trust in your goodness and an experience of the power that Gurbani brings to your life.

There is a shabd on Page 1106 of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib(Jai Dev) that has a very great meditation for cutting though the confusion and strengthening your internal resolve. "Chand sat bhedai-aa, Naam sat pure-aa" or "Man Aad Gun aad vakhani-aa". It is also printed on Sikhnet in the book "Victory and Virtue" just after the Sloks of Guru Tegh Bahadur.

Sit in a quiet place that is clean and meditative. Close your eyes and meditate at the tip of your nose with your eyes.(drunk stare...eyes 9/10 closed).

Place your thumb over your right nostril and inhale deeply through the left nostril.

Hold this breath in as you pump your naval center 16x....each time you mentally chant "Wahe guru"(you must hold the breath and chant mentally as your pump your diaphram).

Then exhale... totally and slowly and completely... through the right nostril, by placing the fingers over the left nostril. Then again, block off the right nostril with the thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Repeat the "wahe Guru" and naval pump 16 times on the held in breath....repeat the exhales through the right nostril.Continu this process for 11-31 minutes daily.

Start doing this meditation 11 minutes a day. You can work up to 31 minute or 62 minutes. You can do this 11 or 31 minutes a day for the next 40 days without break. If your miss a day, start again and that day is day #1.

This meditation stabilizes the mind. Puts you in touch with your own intuitive power and reveals your oneness with the Infinite God. It also releases anger.
Go for it and God bless you for asking!



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