Meditation and mantra are two practical activities. Meditation helps me relax as I clear my mind of thoughts while mantra helps me get focused when my mind is busy. This practice is a wonderful foundation for getting into emotional and spiritual shape, embracing mind/body/spirit alignment.
My first goal in MEDITATION is to get beyond the thinking mind. I feel so calm at this point. The second stage is to move beyond the cognitive to enter the realm of bliss and inner experience. What can I say about inner experience? I feel like I float into the realm of infinite possibility… My quiet mind becomes open to the surrounding universe, a state where I am poised to receive answers to my prayers. Here, the veil between me and the other realms is thin and permeable. I meditate daily, for differing amounts of time, anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes.
Mantra is the repetition of a word or phrase used to create a state of calm. I use mantra when my mind is too active, and I can’t turn the thoughts off. The words and energy of the MANTRA replace the clutter with a repeated phrase. In this process, the focus is on the melodic chant – to let go of the unwanted thoughts. The I AM phrase is a useful one, which electromagnetically connects us to our Higher Self. In fact, when I say: “I AM” I feel the connective, energetic charge. It’s so reassuring and uplifting. It’s like the love is flowing from my soul – and I embrace it well!
Often, the assertions I AM focused, I AM safe, I AM loved roll off my tongue as I take them from my toolkit as needed. You can create your own mantras, practice them and have them ready for use. When I’m in my dentist’s chair, I say: “I AM calm.” It works. A hypnotic feeling comes over me, and my reaction to the the dental work is Zen-like…
Meditation and mantra give me a respite from a world that pitches fastballs to challenge my compassion, joy and calm. With this practice, I am able to jump into the flow of the river…into the stream of consciousness where love is all there is.
Here are three prior blog posts on the subject of meditation and mantra. Hope you find them useful…
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