First introduced to the western world in the late 70s by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini yoga is a combination of breath, movement, and sound. It derives from the Sanskrit word kundal, which translates to “coiled energy.” The idea is that we all have energy gathered at the base of our spine and, through the practice of Kundalini, we bring that energy up our spine through the seven chakras, and out the crown of our head.
The same level of attention dedicated to the body, now for the space. Everything surrounding that body.
Your room should be your sanctuary. You should adore everything inside it without anything unnecessary. Why have a cluttered desk? Productivity and inspiration comes with only the things you need. Your bed should be a place that you only sleep in, try avoiding it during the day. Make it worthy of the moment you slip between the sheets, like a treat at the end of the day, a dessert and the end of a meal. Light should be natural and mirror the time outside. Artwork should be the first thing you see when you wake up. Your clothes hanging neatly on hangers, candles burning and books stacked, both the ones you re-read obsessively and the ones you probably won’t ever get around to.
In 1990, a conference entitled "Psychology as if the Whole Earth Mattered" was held at the Harvard-based Center for Psychology and Social Change. There a gathering of ecopsychologists concluded that "if the self is expanded to include the natural world, behavior leading to destruction of this world will be experienced as self-destruction." In one conference paper, Walter Christie, assistant chief of psychiatry at the Maine Medical Center, observed,
"The illusion of separateness we create in order to utter the words 'I am' is part of our problem in the modern world. We have always been far more a part of great patterns on the globe than our fearful egos can tolerate know ing... To preserve nature is to preserve the matrix through which we can experience our souls and the soul of the planet Earth."
Sarah Conn, a Cambridge clinical psychologist who had helped initiate a form of "ecotherapy," put it more dramatically. She contended that "the world is sick; it needs healing; it is speaking through us; and it speaks the loudest through the most sensitive of us."
The faster one goes, the more strain there is on the senses, the more they fail to take in, the more confusion they must tolerate or gloss over - and the longer it takes to bring the mind to stop in the presence of anything. Wendell Barry, "An Entrance to the Woods"