Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha
This mantra is typically taken at the beginning of a new cycle, that's yogi-speak for new life path/relationship/career/adventure, as well as at times when you feel like throwing your arms up in defeat because something always seems to be standing in your way. Ganesh is the remover of obstacles, Lord of new beginnings and guardian of grace, beauty, prosperity and compassion. So often we can become wrapped up in our busy lives that we do not take the time to actually see what is standing in the way of our deepest desires. More often than not, these obstacles are rooted in our own fear, self doubt or thought patterns. When you decide that things need to change and you need to make space for something new, this mantra can help to not only focus your mind on this next step but can bring about positive energy and confidence to see the change through.
Repeating a mantra for a few minutes (10-20 min) a day helps to quiet the chatter in the mind that can sometimes lead you to believe you are not worthy of this new beginning. This can be done while in the shower, stuck in traffic, walking the dog or ideally sitting in a quiet space with yourself. Taking the mantra out-loud has a profound effect on the body due to the vibration of the sound which is felt on a cellular as well as emotional and energetic level. It also grounds us into a relaxed state of mind while steadying the breath and nervous system to a peaceful state of mind.
The power behind taking a mantra like this one is the knowledge that it has been chanted with this same intent, this same prayer for new beginnings, for thousands of years by millions of people. The reminder that you are not alone in this can be calming and also charge up the mantra to be that much more potent.
To repeat this mantra is to plant a positive intention into the next step you are about to take. It brings you inner strength and peace of mind to stay focused on the new path ahead, leaving behind anyone or anything that is holding you back.
Om Gam Ganapataye Nahama!
More about Ganesh:
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