Have you ever chanted in a yoga class before? Do you feel awkward or silly at the mere thought of it? I totally understand! It is a strange feeling when you're new to it, but once you start, you'll love it, I promise!
Here's the thing, people think meditation is some end result, when in fact, the cultivation is the meditation! Watching the breath. Watching the thoughts. Being uncomfortable. It's all part of the journey! And guess what? The ebbing and flowing is part of it too! As well as the yoga asana (postures) which prepares the body and mind for the cultivation of awareness. ie meditation. Yoga is meditation. Meditation is yoga. Mindfulness is meditation. Mindfulness is awareness.
When I first started my practice I was completely overwhelmed!! My spiritual teacher had given me an hour and a half long practice to do in the morning, and a half hour to do in the evening for 120 days! Coupled with that, I was deep in my Macrobiotic Mania of cooking every healing dish for the day to bring to my 10 hour work day. It was exhausting, to say the least! But it was sink or swim survival time! If I ever wanted to move past the areas that I felt stuck in, I needed to do the work! I needed to put myself first! Self Care is paramount folks!
My meditation practice consisted of specific breathing exercises, combined with mudra therapy (hand positioning) and mantra (repetitive prayer/chanting). The breathing, or as we(yogis) call it, pranayam, stills the mind. When you follow your breath, the mind stops thinking. It's a universal law! Try it. Watch your breath fill your belly, then your lungs, then your chest. Hold for a moment and watch it deflate from your chest first, your lungs and then your belly. As you continue this 3 part breath, you will notice your thoughts fall away. But then you'll be thinking about your thoughts falling away, and then you'll bring yourself back to the breath again and again. It's normal for the mind to wander ~ it's all part of meditation! :)
The different breathing patterns 'prescribed' to me helped me to become more clear and grounded in my life, while the mudra therapy was designed to help me communicate with my angels that I needed to find my life's calling. The ways in which you position your hands, act as antennas for the unseen realm ~ it's the language of the astral world! The specific mantras reinforced aligning me with my soul's purpose, by way of re-wiring my thought patterns. Mantras are the fastest way to meditation ~ it literally changes your thoughts so that you can have the life your heart desires! Whatever goes on in our mind will be manifested in our physical world! The repetition of sound vibration along with the place of where your tongue meets your upper palette, is continuously stimulating different nerve endings in your brain to re-wire your thought patterns to ones of which you are working on. It's a divine science!
Meditation practices raise your energetic vibration so that you vibrate LOVE. So that you are your best version of your highest self! All that does not serve you will start to melt away, and you will be aligned with your heart ~ with love, positivity, joy and peace. You will be more open to receive the gifts of abundance, because you will be in tune with the universe.
Meditation is not a destination. It is the journey of life. Watch your life shift as a result of dedicating the gift of this practice! Give yourself 11 minutes minimum each day for breathing, hand positioning and/or mantra. Remember it takes 40 days to neutralize a pattern, another 40 days to negate it, and another 40 days to replace it. My first meditation practice was 120 days long, and I was committed...to myself!
It's the New Moon and a Solar Eclipse! Aaaahhh! Hold on to your hats! These next few days will show you your shadow side, because where there is light, there cannot be darkness. Whatever is coming up for you is there for you to acknowledge, to learn from, and to assimilate. My Mantra for the week is to, "Just Allow".
Try it on for size. See what happens when you let go and let the universe guide you!
In health and happiness,
naam translates to mean 'the word'. it's our connection to spirit. all your answers lie in the word.
naam is the beautiful fusion of kundalini yoga and kabbalistic principles.
when we have a question of how to do something we turn to google, right? the answer to any question we have is literally at our fingertips. the same is true when we have a pressing matter, or a question, we can turn to our hearts for the answer. sounds too esoteric, right? well it's true.
try to stay with me on this: when you speak, you are creating--you are literally planting a seed of manifestation into the world. you are the scribe and the author to your life, your movie, or your book. the tongue is the pencil, the pen, or the keys of your computer.
everything you've ever said has been written.
what makes us, as humans, unique, and closer to spirit, is that we can literally communicate with the divine. we can form words and sentences that become creation in and of itself. when you speak, you are communicating to the universe and your heart is that source of all creation.
your heart is the eternal flame that is ever present in your life. it's the heart chakra that is your own inner compass--your guide, your intuition. it is the soul that connects us to life, of that which is love, originating from a higher power that gives unconditionally. are you following me? you are a beacon of light. you are the sun.
all that you need to know lies within you.
your unique energetic vibration radiates out into the universe and is reflected right back to you. all your questions can literally be 'googled' in your heart. whether you can hear, listen, or read the answers all depends on your level of consciousness.
i can literally laugh now when i realize that whenever i have a question to something and ask it aloud to myself, the answer lies in the exact question. for instance, i was wondering the other day whether i should commit to staying on the cape or not. i asked myself, "what do i value?" the answer was my health, my spiritual practice, my family, a sense of adventure and connecting with like-minded people. everything was checked off my list which made me realize, that i have all i need right here. boom--the answer lies within the question.
instead of saying, "why did this happen to me?", ask yourself "what caused this to happen to me?". instead of complaining, "why doesn't he want me?", ask yourself, "why don't i value my self worth?" get really honest with your answers, to formulate your questions, and you will start to learn how to navigate through life.
within a 24 hour period, you can literally ask a question to the universe and receive a sign telling you which way to go. this is the answer, your intuition, your guiding light at work. you just need to be open and receiving of the truth. wake up, and pay attention!
to raise your consciousness, we use mantra with our naam practice.
the space between the sound vibration that your mouth makes and the reception of how your ear perceives it, is that gap where all the answers lie.
your heart and your mouth are in constant communication. that energetic vibration between sound and stillness is where the magic happens.
depending on what you're working on, you can access specific mantras and implement them into a meditation practice, to heighten your awareness and receive these answers in your life.
it has been scientifically proven that by doing something everyday for 40 days, you can neutralize subconscious patterns. another 40 days of the same will negate these patterns, and the final 40 days, totaling 120 days, results in manifestation.
when you chant along to a mantra, you are communicating with the divine world.
when we are still in meditation, we allow our intuition to come forth, but by chanting mantra, using vibration, we can cut through space and time and reach the level of consciousness we need quicker.
if you want peace, healing, self love, strength, prosperity, abundance or to find your soul's purpose, you need to get to work on raising your consciousness within that specific category. you will dissolve all the blocks that have been subconsciously created and reach new heights (literally) of total clarity, to hear, to listen and to receive all the answers that lie within you already.
check out www.rootlight.com under the music tab to access the mantra that's right for you, and start your practice today!
i love you.
in health and happiness,
it is absolutely divine what we are capable of attracting into our lives when we set an intention. the challenge is to let go of the attachment.
you see, whatever seeds we sow, we will reap eventually, but we don't have control over when.
there are tools, however, for staying in the most beneficial time and space, to keep your vibration with the universe elevated.
the best tool known for us here on the physical plane, is working with the mantra, TRIPLE MANTRA.
it can be downloaded at http://www.rootlight.com/music_triple_mantra.htm
please play it in your car on your way to and from work, or at home on low while you sleep, cook, etc. it is POWERFUL.
try to comprehend this for a moment: here on earth, we are working on the physical plane, but our being is much more than what we see, in fact it is only 10%.
the remaining 90% deals with the astral/emotional plane and the divine plane (this is where everything begins).
so think of it as a triangle - the top being the divine, below is the astral, and on the bottom is the physical.
you could also use a tree as a visual. the seed below the earth is where this creation actually began -representative of our divine plane - our thoughts/seeds.
the actual roots can correlate to the astral/emotional level, and the trunk and branches of that tree.
ultimately the fruits/flowers/leaves become what we actually see - the physical plane.
when you vibrate/chant/listen to triple mantra it works with the divine plane, neutralizing any negative thought patterns you may have, so as to not attract negative aspects into your life.
in essence, it protects your electromagnetic field, aka your aura, which extends 9 ft. in all directions. any challenges internally and externally, will be removed. you will raise your consciousness and be in the positive flow of the universe.
that being said, there is no room for blame or moping here.
YOU are a direct result of what is happening in your life right now.
whatever happens to you is based on your level of consciousness, so please take care of yourself. it starts with you first. your sweet, little heart. it's full of love. let that love burst from your chest and dazzle in your eyes, illuminating your face with a smile.
there are so many ways to give self love, but prayer and meditation are foremost.
it doesn't matter what your belief system is, devote at least 11 min. per day, preferably when you wake up, and/or before bed. maybe you just sit in silence, maybe you make a gratitude list, maybe you pray or meditate while listening to triple mantra, but do it in a sacred space.
find a little nook in your home that you love - create a source of inspiration! put a few of your favorite things on a table next to a comfy chair or pillow with a candle burning, and a pretty little plant.
you will instantly go to your happy place.
give it 40 days and you will have implemented a new routine into your life.
a second way to establish self love is by cooking for yourself!
it is the only way we can control our health. i can't stress that importance enough. for the next month or so, try to limit eating out to no more than 3x per week, as in 3 meals per week.
it may sound challenging at first, because believe me, i didn't know how to do anything in the kitchen until recently, and was a regular at my favorite take-out spots.
but challenge yourself to create simple, satisfying meals at home. rip out a few recipes at the beginning of each week from the internet, or cookbooks (my fave is alicia silverstone's, the kind diet because they're simple, satisfying meals) and make enough to re-heat leftovers for lunches/and simple foundations for dinner.
in no time, you will become a food snob, and not crave eating out! restaurants use too much salt (even healthy ones) and sneak in sugar, so be in control of what you put into your mouth.
if nothing else, it at least establishes an awareness.
also, the simplest way to connect with your soul, is to say a silent prayer before you eat. thank all those hands that it took to bring the food to your table, and for mother earth supporting us with the nourishing, nutritious ingredients to sustain our health and vitality, so we can enjoy the gift of life and the beauty that surrounds us.
stay in your hearts and lead an inspired life of love!
watch what you attract - you will become a magnet.
remember, you are a mirror-image of everything that surrounds you.
keep moving in the direction of health, taking each day at a time, to set your intention of becoming a better version of yourself.