Japa meditation, or the chanting of mantra has changed my life. I have stuck with it for 7 years, because it has been stable ground to stand on to endure an emotionally and physically abusive relationship in 2009-2010, then gave me the strength to leave that situation. Japa combined with asana practice enabled healing from that trauma in a way that I feel safe to say I don’t experience the samskaras from that period.
Japa is the ground from which I offer my teaching. It can be more transformative than silent meditation because we are replacing the observation of endless wandering thoughts with a meditation that is intentional thoughts and vibrations on the Super Soul.
My handmade mala beads are at Yama Yoga, so you can charge up your meditation practice with 108 reputations of transcendental sound. Pick one up or private message me if you’d like me to shop you one! These handmade beauties are $70 a piece.
Just finished up a 40-day mantra challenge a week ago and began a new mantra. Five days into this new mantra, I am already feeling the effects and shifts that this mantra is calling into my life. This new mantra is four times longer than any other mantra that I have succeeded with chanting on a regular basis and so it took extra work to learn it, and it takes extra concentration to chant it, which is perfect for my mind which has been super busy with the transitions currently happening in my life.
Mantra is like a prayer or the setting of an intention. It is a chant to be done aloud or silently, usually repeated 108 times. I have been practicing mantra for about five years and last year began to challenge myself to 40 consecutive days of practice. 40 days is an auspicious number for mantra practice. It is said around day 30 that your karma will make it challenging to continue by throwing obstacles in your path. That definitely happened on day 29-30 during my last 40 day challenge, with a studio merging with another and so 60% of my public classes are ending on Labor Day – catch me while you can! So I have been coping with a lot of stress and I have been in a survival mindset.
With this big transition in life, I knew to begin a new mantra right away to align my energy with my intention. A more complicated and longer mantra would balance the stress, chanting mantra tones the vagus nerve, so it is calling and helps practitioners still their minds for meditation.
We are powerful, if only we believe in ourselves. Mantra helps you gather your strength, focus, and the trust you need to be great. Are you ready to be your best? Check out my Offerings page to get your very own mala, like the one held in the photo above.
Approach everything and every act with intent to serve nature and then life becomes yoga or sadhana, spiritual practice. The following is written by Sri Swami Satchidanda.
Spiritual Practice is Not What You Are Doing, But What You Are Thinking – November 30
When you repeat your mantram, you should feel, “I’m not doing it for my sake. I am doing it to train my mind. If I train my mind, I can serve better.” So even your mantra repetition becomes an offering. “I’m doing everything as an offering to God, guru and humanity,” Then you don’t make distinctions between, “Ahh, this is sadhana, this is spiritual practice. That is not.” Sometimes we say, “Oh, I don’t have time to do sadhana. I’m always working on the bulldozer.” So what is bulldozing then? Your working on the bulldozer is not spiritual? Do you think that only by going into a corner and closing your eyes and murmurinmg something you are doing spiritual practice?
Spiritual practice is not what you are doing, but what you are thinking. Remember that. If you could understand the meaning of sadhana you would know how to do it. You don’t have to change your activities and say “This is sadhana but this is not.” Even your eating. Even when you sit on the toilet you are doing sadhana. Remember that. Everything becomes a spiritual practice. We should transform all our activities into this kind of sadhana. That means “I am doing everything as a meditation, as an offering, as a prayer to serve God through service to the humanity.” I wouldn’t even say to humanity; do it as a service to the nature. Why only humanity? Humanity means only human beings. Serve the dogs, serve the cats, serve the rats, serve the mosquitoes. Serve the plants. Be nice to them, be loving. Even if you have to pull out a weed, do it in a loving way.
Om Shanthi, Shanthi, Shanthi
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