For all those Kaphas that have been waiting for this last installment on meditation according to your dosha, wait no more!
Kapha dosha types need meditation in order to release emotional attachment and to fight mental stagnation and lethargy. Meditation is known to help all dosha types, but for Kaphas, meditation helps to release possessiveness and heaviness in the consciousness.
Kaphas may require additional support and motivation to get them into meditation. For this dosha type, it is often beneficial to seek out a more disciplined approach to meditation, even if it doesn’t yield immediate results.
Kaphas may fall asleep during meditation, thus it is often recommended for this dosha type to seek out more “active” forms of meditation, including pranayama and mantra. Kaphas are known to daydream, they need to cultivate a wakeful attention to meditation to counter this natural tendency.
It is recommended that Kapha dosha types first do some physical exercise to get their circulation going before taking a seated posture. Think mild aerobic exercise, but nothing too strenuous that will disturb the mind. Walking meditation is a good starting point for Kaphas.
Also recommended – some robust pranayma, focusing on quick inhalation and exhalation (i.e., bhastrika), or right nostril breathing to get the energy moving. From there, Kaphas can move on to a more calming type of pranayama. A good idea is to combine meditation with periods of pranayama to keep their energy flowing.
In so far as visualization, Kaphas should focus on images that increase fire, air and ether elements. Some good imagery includes: the sun, the wind moving through the trees, a clear blue sky. (Kapha, the watery Dosha is associated with Water and Earth, two elements that have no real affinity for one another. Only when Kapha is balanced do Water and Earth remain in balance).
When it comes to affirmations, Kaphas should focus on affirming the detachment of their higher nature. A good one to consider incorporating, “In my true Self, I am independent, free and of the nature of space.” To cultivate and develop their kapha energy, Kaphas should focus on the energy of love and directing thoughts of love and care for all sentient beings.
Some mantras that are beneficial for Kaphas include: OM, HUM or AIM. At first, say them out loud, then repeating them with the flow of the breath.
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