July 1, 2011
We’ve had a glorious practice of celebrating “thanksgiving” in June, and setting our daily inspiration as a word that represents what we are thankful for each day. Enjoying this simple practice of gratitude doesn’t have to be temporary. I invite you each day, to continue this gratitude practice.
As we used these words to guide us through our mat practice, they had become our mantras. Within yoga, mantras are based upon sounds that reflect the energy of our divine nature. The word mantra comes from the combination of two syllables: “man,” meaning “to reflect,” and “tra,” meaning “agent of.” Chanting “OM” is also a mantra. It invites the mind to settle, draw inward and cultivates balance.
Allow your daily mantra to guide you through short meditations throughout your day. At any time that you feel tension within the body or mind, take a short break to connect with your breath. Once you feel like you and the breath are one, say your mantra to yourself with each inhalation and exhalation. For example: Inhale; “Love”, Exhale; “Love”
Let your mind come to stillness, and soak in the tranquility of your day.