Mantra

In our Yoga practice, Mantras are often employed. Mantra is a Sanskrit word, generally defined as “divine speech”, or transformative sound. When we recite Mantra, not only do the words have power, but the very vibration and sound (which IS vibration) have power. Notice how your body often vibrates within as a word is sung or recited..or even breathed, like a whisper. According to Yoga teaching, the physical vibration in the body clears the Chakras, bringing another sense of peace and awareness. Chant mindfully and feel the difference….

WELL-KNOWN MANTRAS:

OM SHANTI

Om…the universal sound vibration representing the world

Shanti….Sanskrit for Peace

When said or chanted, this is a simple prayer for peace within ourselves, and within all beings

OM MANI PADME HUM

Translation: The jewel in the lotus of the heart

Inspired by the lotus flower that takes root in the mud, yet blossoms beautifully toward the sun, this MANTRA is a reminder that transformation is possible under any circumstances.  It is a much-used, often-heard Mantra among the Tibetan Buddhists.

OM NAMAH SHIVAYA

Translation: I bow to the goodness within myself

This MANTRA has roots in the Hindu tradition and it honors the god, Shiva.

It is a reminder that there is goodness within all things, and we honor that.

Sheri W.

The Present Moment

From Sheri Weiner:
In order to feel more at home in the present moment, it is important to try to stay aware, open, and receptive. Being in the present moment requires our full attention so that we are fully awake to experience it. When we are fully present, our minds do not wander. We are focused on what is going on right now, rather than thinking about what just happened or worrying about what is going to happen next. Being present lets us experience each moment in our lives in a way that cannot be fully lived through memory or fantasy.

How do you experience The Present Moment?