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Cleansing the Mind

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 Warrior


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.


The warrior

Wisely sits in a circle

With other men

Gathering the strength to unmask




Sits, giving,

Like a great illumined planet on

The Earth.


- Hafiz


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