Do you ever find yourself in situations where you feel triggered?  What situations take you out of your comfort zone?  What situations test your patience and your tolerance?

Often times, kundalini yogis love these kinds of situations.  When we are triggered and upset, that’s energy.  What do we do with energy?  We direct it toward healing and elevation.  When our buttons are pushed, that is when our beloved Guru Deva (the teacher within) refines our subtle consciousness.  When we are triggered and upset, and we learn to relax with that trigger, we discover the beauty of surrender.

One of the housing options offered at Sat Nam Fest is the shared dormitory.  Experience of past festivals have revealed that before guests arrive, they communicate some anxiety about living in close quarters with strangers.

But experience has taught us that once these guests settle in at the festival and commit to a transformative experience, they soften, they turn more receptive, and they can discover lifelong friends in their dorm-mates or roommates.

These guests experience the beauty of surrender and acceptance.

Over the years, many people have forged lasting friendships in these shared living situations.  Consider this a very precious few days, a very short time when you have an opportunity to share your living space with others, and test Yogi Bhajan’s wisdom:  “If your presence doesn’t work, nothing works.”  When you are living in close quarters with one another, this is a time to contemplate how your presence works.  This is a time to notice when you keep silent and when you feel the need to speak.  This is the time to observe how your presence impacts the shared-living space.  This is a time to observe yourself, learn more about being you.

Ask:  How does my presence impact this shared living space?

This is the time to expand your capacity for compassion.  Remember, each of us feels the same.  All come to Sat Nam Fest seeking the same things you seek:  peace of mind, inner well-being, time to focus on yoga and meditation without the day-to-day distractions, relax with good music, eat healthy food, establish a closer relationship with the Guru.

So, this is a quick and gentle reminder that whatever situation you may find yourself in that feels like it triggers your reaction to be uncomfortable, upset, hurt, offended, or compromised in any way, lucky you!  That situation is the best kriya!

And what do we do during these kundalini kriyas that are designed to stir up something, we inhale deeply, suspend the breath, tighten the root lock, press the tongue to the roof of the mouth, and roll the eyes to the crown of the head.  We pause!  We allow that energy to upgrade our whole system.  We use that energy to awaken and raise the kundalini.

Be gentle but firm with yourself.  Accept a situation that triggers you for all that it is, the ways that it is.  Seek to see all of its facets and dimensions, and use your most elevated presence to shift energy and participate in the play.  Surrender does not mean do nothing about a situation; surrender means relax into consciousness, and be you with a commitment to make your presence work at its highest level.  See things as they are and accept them 100 percent, regard them as perfectly imperfect, and participate from a place of grace and ease.

Revel in what seem to be mishaps of creation, the strange couplings, the odd and awkward moments when everything seems to be going wrong.  Before outwardly reacting to a trigger, pause.  Consider that there is a divine order to the universe that plays in seemingly peculiar ways.  Humbly asks the divine source to welcome your graceful presence into the game.  In any particular moment, what you are perceiving as an inconvenience may actually hold the key to your awakening, enlightenment, and ultimate liberation.

See yourself sitting amidst the activity of the dorm and find yourself quietly singing like Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda, “All that I am I offer at the altar of love…  In sweeeeet surrender!”

If you are choosing the shared living options, set an intention to be a generous roommate.  Be receptive and trusting that God and Guru have a brilliant plan for you that will serve your highest inner well-being.

With open hearts, may we go with the flow of the universe.  May every being share in the gifts bestowed upon the consciousness that refines its sensitivity to the beauty of surrender.

Sat Nam!

Surjot Kaur is a KRI certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga as Taught by Yogi Bhajan. She writes about yoga, meditation, and consciousness. She seeks to be a humble observer of the Play of Divine Consciousness. She prays all beings may awaken to total freedom. She lives with a loving husband, two daughters, and a dog in San Diego.