We all have stories to tell of a time when we worked a job or lived somewhere that was completely wrong for us. We stayed for some far off in the future reason that we knew would be worth it. But what is the damage we do when continue down a path that does not make us happy? At first, not much, we simply aren't happy in that moment. Over time, we think that since we have done it once or twice before, we can do it again. We sacrifice our happiness repeatedly all in the name of that next big goal or step. We can become so fixated on reaching for something that we will do anything to get there and we no longer feel content with what we see around us. Things move too fast when we are always planning for where we want to be 6 months from now. Denying what brings you joy or passion can be the fastest way to watch life zip by in a flash.
So lets slow things down and check in. Try and do things that light you up (read: bring you joy right now) and if you must set goals, let them be focused on how you feel about your life right now. Practice gratitude and open your eyes to all the blessings around you. Notice how full and rich everything you already have already is! Sit still once a day and find a way to slow down your spinning thoughts and slowly but surely the light within you will shine down the path where your next steps need to taken. This practice takes trust and strength, and I still struggle to find that inner light sometimes. Repeating a mantra, like the one below, is another way to slow down, check in and find your light!
Introducing...the mother of all mantras! The Gayatri mantra is one of the oldest and most powerful out there by uniting the body, mind and soul as a prayer to the giver of life and light. The Gayatri is the mantra Mama because it brings together the benefits of praise, prayer and meditation to a higher power. Now choose any word that means something to you; God, nature, divine, Buddha, love, and let that be the 'thing' that brings you light. This mantra has been said to protect you from harm, illuminate your intellect and improve your power of speech. It brings about confidence in who you are and eventually the understanding that we are all connected to each other as well as this great 'thing'.
For me, this mantra has always been the one I fall back to time and time again. It immediately brightens what ever cloudy haze is lurking in my mind. When chanting this in a group, I am always shocked by how peaceful my body becomes and there is always some sort of connection to a colour or bright light. This makes sense as this mantra is also said to stimulate all the chakras or energy centers in the body (see below for a link to more on chakras)
Now don't take my word for this! Go, sit and try it. Don't get wrapped up in needing to get the words perfect every time, if you fumble just have a giggle and keep going. Once you have the phrasing down, focus on how the body feels as you continue to chant. Repeat how every many times you have time for (ideally 3,9,18,54 or 108) and notice any shift, inside or out.
AUM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA,
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM
BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT
What does that mean:
We contemplate the glory of Light illuminating the three worlds: gross, subtle, and causal.
I am that vivifying power, love, radiant illumination, and divine grace of universal intelligence.
We pray for the divine light to illumine our minds and lead us down the righteous path.
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For information on seeing colours and the chakras check out:
This is my life through the yoga lens. Join me in my lessons, journeys across the ocean, dancing with a wild heart, eating with a happy belly and flowing down this blissful path.