This mantra is one to inspire universal compassion and joy for all beings everywhere. It serves as a reminder that what we do everyday, how we choose to live our lives has an effect on those around us and everyone on this planet. For me, this is the 'smarten the f**k up' mantra. We can no longer plead ignorance that how we speak or act has no impact on others. What we put out there is exactly what we get back. And this world can not continue down this destructive path much longer. We need a compassionate kick in the ass and it starts with looking inward to see what is really going on. If we harm others with words or actions, where are we hurting? If we ignore the truth, we are only hurting ourselves and moving further away from our true self. We all deserve a life full of joy, love and freedom! But we have to feel these things inside first and know that we are worthy of such splendor.
It starts with self compassion and self love. Practice positive inner dialogue with your own body everyday and notice what sets off a negative conversation with yourself. Watch when your mind starts to spin out of control and find a way to steady or slow down your thoughts. It may be sitting still and closing your eyes, it may be going for a run, it could be writing or singing or making art of any form. Find something that helps you to connect back with your heart...as that is the fastest way to calm down a wild mind.
The translation of this mantra is: May all being everywhere be happy and free. May the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to happiness and freedom for all.
Taking this mantra is a calling to action of your truest, most loving self to recognize how connected we are. To see that any act of compassion for another is powerful enough to make a difference. We have to believe that we can change this world for the better, otherwise we will never try. Every act of love, no matter how small can change someone's mood or day or even life!
Ready more about this mantra here:http://jivamuktiyoga.com/teachings/focus-of-the-month/p/lokah-samastah-sukhino-bhavantu
And as promised last week, here is a deeper look into the reason behind 108 repetitions:
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.