I’ve posted in the past about the power of mantra, or “a sacred utterance (syllable, word, or verse) believed to possess mystical or spiritual power. Mantras may be spoken aloud or uttered in thought, and they may be either repeated or sounded only once. Repetition of a mantra can induce a trancelike state and can lead the participant to a higher level of spiritual awareness.” So on the three-month anniversary of starting this blog, I thought I’d post another simple one that has guided my life ever since I came across it in a Virayoga newsletter a few years ago…
This simple set of phrases migrated from an e-newsletter to a post-it note to my chalkboard to a deep part of my memory where it lays the foundation for what matters most. What mantra do you rely on? Where did it come from, and why did it stick with you?
photo by jasleen_kaur via flickr creative commons
As a kid I spent a week every summer at Phantom Lake YMCA Camp in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. As anyone who has been to summer camp well knows, it can be a magical and transformative experience….and it definitely was for me. Beyond teaching me basic things like how to be away from my parents…how to shoot a bow and arrow…how to use a compass…and some basic social mores (i.e., streaking across a summer camp lawn is NOT okay), my experience at Phantom Lake gave me something I still come back to today: a mantra. Read more
Sean and I ran six miles through Palo Alto this morning and didn’t see one car (moving) on the road. Not one. On any other day, this may have felt eerie or unsettling, but on this Christmas morning, it felt comforting and special and peaceful.
For those who celebrate Christmas and those who don’t, the national holiday gives us all a beautiful excuse to slow down…to eat a steaming breakfast with our families…to make a call to a loved one far away…to show gratitude for all that we have…to find a way to help someone who doesn’t have as much…and to find peace in ourselves so we can spread peace in this world. All of this is so amazing and so simple and for many of us, far too rare. Read more