|Posted by Lisa on December 10, 2011 at 9:15 AM|
As I ready for the delights of the holiday season, I notice that very early on my mind gets very very active with some anxiety over the "to do" list which includes preparing for a kirtan. All good things to come but soooo much to do. For others, the holidays can bring on sadness, missing people and assessing where you are in life as the year ends. Your mind is very powerful which is why Pantanjali says in his yoga sutras, "Yogas Cittas Vritti Nirodhah." Yoga is the ending of the flux in the mind. But how do we get to that point??
One of my favorite ways to cleanse my very active mind is mantra recitation and chanting in general. Choose something that feels right to you. Om Namah Shivaya (Bowing to the power of change) Om Dum Durgayai Namaha (bowing to your power) Om Sri Maha Lakshmiyai Namaha (invoking abundance) Om Shanti Om (invoking peace) as examples. But never underestimate the profoundness of the Om. Bask in the Om. Chant it aloud, Whisper it and take it internal. And then listen for your own internal sound uncovered under the chatter.
The warriors tame
The Beasts in their past.
So that the nights hoofs
Can no longer break the jeweled vision
In the heart.
The Intelligent and the brave
Open every closet to the future and evict
All the mind's ghosts who have the bad habit
Of barfing everywhere.
For a long time the Universe
Has been germinating in your spine.
But only a Pir has the talent,
The courage to slay
The past-giant, the future anxieties.
Wisely sits in a circle
With other men
Gathering the strength to unmask
Like a great illumined planet on