The Spirit of Mantra, a 21 Day Mantra Meditation

If you enjoyed the first 21 day mantra meditation journey with Deval Premal and Miten, then you are in for a treat.

The world-renowned chant artists are offering “The Spirit of Mantra” – a 21 day exploration into the transformative power of a daily mantra meditation practice that began on May 14. It’s free to sign up and enjoy. The previous days are still up to listen.

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This new program offers another opportunity to explore the deep inner peace found in chanting these ancient sound formulas. Like the first mantra meditation journey, Deva & Miten will share a new mantra every day, with an explanation of the meaning, and a guided meditation into the chanting. This year’s program includes seven brand new chants from their album Mantras for Life. The

This free streaming 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey has begun! Join me &  register here

A few words from Deva & Miten:
Mantras make a difference, not only for the benefits they bring us on a personal level, but also as a healing balm for our troubled world. With this in mind, we have chosen mantras that help us meet life’s daily challenges, including blessing and protecting our children; healing body, mind and spirit; caring for the animals; and celebrating Mother Earth.

 

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I am not affiliated with this site and or Deva and Mitten.

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5 Things Yoga Has Taught Me On My Journey

Yoga continually teaches me new things, about myself, about life, and the world around me. This is just one of the many reasons I like it so much. I like to reflect on how far I’ve come, see what I have learned over time from these experiences, and observe what new knowledge I have gained along the way.

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Byodo-In Temple , located in Valley of the Temples. Oahu Hawaii.

A few things Yoga has taught me.

1. Honor your body
Don’t push your self too far past that edge. Its okay to push your self a little, but if you go to far past that boundary you can injure yourself. Your body will subtly let you know how far is too far. Its all about being mindful and listening to what your body has to tell you.

2. Let go of things that no longer serve you
This can be anything. It doesn’t have to be a physical object, although cleaning out that closet stuffed to the gills can feel cathartic. It can even something invisible such as anger. Every minute you spend angry, you give up 60 seconds of peace. Get rid of what you don’t need, physically and metaphysically.

3. Breathe
We often forget all the benefits of breath. Aside from the fact that we need it to live, there are other benefits to the breath. It grounds us, and forces us to be in the present when we focus on it. It can help us overcome obstacles, think of  lamaze breathing when a woman is in labor. I’ve even been able to get through what could otherwise have been a painful experience at doctor appointments, dental appointments, or even those few body piercings or tattoos just by focusing on my breath.

The breath is more powerful than you think, and there are even many types of “breaths” out there. To name a few in case you are curious, look up bhastrika, pranayama, Ujjayi, Shitali, Agni-Prasana, 3-breath practice, and 2-breath practice. I’m sure there’s others out there, in the vast yogic system. I’m always curious to learn and discover more. Feel free to comment if there’s any you want to share with me. 🙂 Our breath balances us and additionally helps us balance. I find this latter especially true when I focus on my breath and or a fixed point in those difficult poses where sometimes only one limb is touching the ground. Our breath fosters healing and allows us to extend our vital life force. Everything always comes back to the breath.

4. Be present and okay with it
Be present. Live in the here and now. Stop worrying about the future and the what-if’s. Don’t live in the past, and don’t dwell on the I should of’s. If you have trouble focusing on the present, your breath can guide you. Live in the present moment,  and be content with it. Live like there is no tomorrow, be at peace, and be happy in that state. When you try to control everything, or worry about the future or the past, you won’t be able enjoy what’s right in front of you. Relax, breathe, let go and enjoy the present moment. Even life can subtly remind us to be present. For me the winter weather reminds me to turn inward, slow down, and make time for myself. Be like the Buddha on his lotus leaf  under the bodhi tree living in the present moment.

5. You can achieve more than you think
Believe in your self. Sometimes we have to take risks in order to achieve our goals. Sure its scary, and may not be easy but no one ever said life was. We all have dreams, goals, hopes, wishes, and aspirations. Stop making excuses on why you can’t do them, and take baby steps to get there. We can all do more than we think, if we test our limits.

I wasn’t sure I could ever do crow pose, but knew I wanted to be able to “fly”. I was a little apprehensive but I didn’t let my fear stop me. Sure I fell on my head a few times in the learning phases, but as I discovered even someone who is a very seasoned yogi can have an off day and fall in an asana [pose] they have been practicing for years. We don’t always see everyone’s mistakes but we all make them. Eventually we end up where we are supposed to be and can achieve things we never thought possible.

21 Day Mantra Meditation Journey Returns

First and foremost, I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve written, I’ll address that in a separate post later, for now I will leave you with one of a few posts from my exciting things to share list =)

Back in May, the Mentors Channel hosted the 21- Day Mantra meditation. I have great news friends. Due to popular demand they have decided to run the free course again coinciding with the world tour of Deva Premal, Mitten and Manose. The 21 day program begins on SEPTEMBER 10th 2013.

Below is my original post from may since the below links etc… apply once again. I hope you take advantage of this special opportunity and join me.

Below is Re-posted from my May 4th entry on the journey:

I am someone who enjoys having things to look forward to each day, especially when they not only make me feel great and refreshed but can make me a better person. Things like yoga months, or a themed type of yoga 21 day challenge, etc… This month my “I feel great and I am excited to get up in the morning even though its cold and barely daylight out” journey is a 21 day Mantra Meditation Journey being presented for free from Deva Premal and Mitten on Mentors Channel.  Want to join me on this three-week  journey into the powerful world of Mantra? I have listed some details below on how you too can participate.

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Let me start off by saying that I am not affiliated with this site and or Deva or Mitten.  I’ll be honest I was not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten prior to this transformative journey, and never really listened to their other albums. I’ll have to check them out and give them a chance, but my point is that even if you are not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten I think you will still enjoy this special gift and should take advantage of this opportunity. There’s a saying, there’s no time like the present, so if you have been putting off trying out meditation well, why not grab life by the reins and do it now?

You too can join me and the thousands of mediators worldwide as and explore the healing power of these ancient sounds. You can join by email or Facebook. When you join [for free] you get access to the daily mantra sessions as they are released. You will receive daily emails with the link to the new mantra sessions, as well as some suggestions on ways to bring the mantra practice into your daily activities.  Each day they introduce a mantra with a guided meditation, followed by an exploration into its energies and meanings. If you decide to give it a whirl you can discover how these ancient sound formulas carry us into a state of inner peace and well-being.

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This is an opportunity to acquire for yourself a potent tool for healing and transformation; one that will support and nourish you on your journey through life’s adventures and challenges.

Deva & Miten launched their first 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey April 23.  We are invited to spend 15 minutes with them every day for three weeks. They share a new mantra every day, explaining the meaning, chanting together, and meditating on the mantra’s essential energetic quality. A program of 21 days provides the possibility for real and lasting change to occur, in body, mind and spirit. They say it takes 21 days for something to become a good habit and integrated into our lives. You can register here for this transformative inner adventure.

A few words from Deva and Mitten’s site: “We look forward to sharing these precious and sacred moments together with you, with the intention of making this world a better place”.

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Healing Rhythms: A 15 Step Free Program to Relax, Relieve, and Restore.

Recently we had the 21 Day Mantra Journey. Looking at the site, comments and views, I know thousands of people enjoyed that course, so I wanted to share the newest free course offering from Mentors Channel. Its almost a new month with new and exciting opportunities, such as this, to look forward to. Like the last program I am again in no way affiliated with this and do not receive anything from them. I just  like to share things I think others can enjoy and benefit from.

Healing Rhythms is a 15-Step Free Program beginning on June 10th. The program will consist of a daily journey where you train with the top leaders from the world of Wellness: Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Andrew Weil, and many others. Best of all, its free!

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I joined, will you?

A few words from the site:

“With each step, you’ll receive an inspiration and two guided practices, one-on-one training with the masters in the field. Learn breathing and mindfulness techniques that will help you to quiet your mind, release physical tension and enrich the most important relationships in your life.

Together with Healing Rhythms beautifully interactive 15-Step program you will learn the tools to build a happy mind and a more balanced lifestyle. We look forward to sharing this life changing, daily experience with you.”

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21 Day Mantra Meditation Journey

I am someone who enjoys having things to look forward to each day, especially when they not only make me feel great and refreshed but can make me a better person. Things like yoga months, or a themed type of yoga 21 day challenge, etc… This month my “I feel great and I am excited to get up in the morning even though its cold and barely daylight out” journey is a 21 day Mantra Meditation Journey being presented for free from Deva Premal and Mitten on Mentors Channel.  Want to join me on this three-week  journey into the powerful world of Mantra? I have listed some details below on how you too can participate.

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Let me start off by saying that I am not affiliated with this site and or Deva or Mitten.  I’ll be honest I was not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten prior to this transformative journey, and never really listened to their other albums. I’ll have to check them out and give them a chance, but my point is that even if you are not a huge fan of Deva and Mitten I think you will still enjoy this special gift and should take advantage of this opportunity. There’s a saying, there’s no time like the present, so if you have been putting off trying out meditation well, why not grab life by the reins and do it now?

You too can join me and the thousands of mediators worldwide as and explore the healing power of these ancient sounds. You can join by email or Facebook. When you join [for free] you get access to the daily mantra sessions as they are released. You will receive daily emails with the link to the new mantra sessions, as well as some suggestions on ways to bring the mantra practice into your daily activities.  Each day they introduce a mantra with a guided meditation, followed by an exploration into its energies and meanings. If you decide to give it a whirl you can discover how these ancient sound formulas carry us into a state of inner peace and well-being.

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This is an opportunity to acquire for yourself a potent tool for healing and transformation; one that will support and nourish you on your journey through life’s adventures and challenges.

Deva & Miten launched their first 21-Day Mantra Meditation Journey April 23.  We are invited to spend 15 minutes with them every day for three weeks. They share a new mantra every day, explaining the meaning, chanting together, and meditating on the mantra’s essential energetic quality. A program of 21 days provides the possibility for real and lasting change to occur, in body, mind and spirit. They say it takes 21 days for something to become a good habit and integrated into our lives. You can register here for this transformative inner adventure.

A few words from Deva and Mitten’s site: “We look forward to sharing these precious and sacred moments together with you, with the intention of making this world a better place”.

21dayregister

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Lessons in Life Sometimes Bring Gratitude

I’m on cloud nine and have been this whole weekend for a change of pace. This weather and some changes at work had me feeling really down and out, additionally it left me in a negative head space. Most people who know me well would be surprised that with the gloomy weather outside, to find me in such an upbeat mood today.

I’m feeling such joy, gratitude, love and warmth in my heart. The kindness of strangers can go a long way my friends in cheering someone up. My family was distraught when one of our little chihuahua’s escaped unbeknownst to us. Possibly when a contractor came to work on mom’s kitchen remodel. The temperatures dropped where my family lives, and they couldn’t find our Chi – Steven. After a few days had passed, and fliers had been put up, they still couldn’t locate him, and were beginning to lose hope.

We were worried that due to old age and cold temps, that he had frozen to death somewhere out there, in the pale moonlight. Mom was upset and in trying to make her feel better I mentioned how perhaps since he is really quite old maybe it was his time, and maybe just maybe he wanted to just be alone and not be a burden on us. He has led a long life lovely after all at 15 human years I reminded her.

I continued on with what I hoped was comforting words and went on to say, Now he can run across the rainbow bridge in the sky with his brother Greedo, [another chi we had that passed away a few years back] and they can have all their fill of dog bones, pig ears and “greenies” to their hearts content. Mom laughed and I could tell she felt better. I was so relieved. She does not handle down trodden times well. We spoke for a while more and once I was certain she would be okay we disconnected the line.

When I reached home I lost myself in painting, art through meditation. I chanted a sloka [mantra]. Gayatri, that which saves, brought us back our little furry family member. I learned first hand how  Gayatri mantra are very powerful meditation aids.

A  few days later came our Happy Ending. My heart is absolutely brimming with love and appreciation. I’m grateful and it’s because there really are still good people out there in the world. Some young girls down the street found Steven and returned him home to my family. My family has such gratitude that Steven was found.

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[aka life in my universe]

Life doesn’t always have happy endings, many things happen so our souls can understand. So we can take in what we needed to learn from these situations. Even if we could wave a magic wand and change things, they would only change back until our souls understood what it is that we needed to learn and experience in this life.

In this latest life lesson, it brought gratitude, hope, contentment, and love. Along with all that, the gentle reminder that as above mentioned, there really are still good people in this world.

“Ribbon Lotus”: Art through meditation, depicting gratitude and love

More Tea Quotes

“There is always time for tea.”

Like the quote says, there’s always time for tea. Time to stop and smell the roses. We just have to make the time in our busy lives.

I drew this not long ago as part of a meditation through art project. I then stuck it up on my art site http://andysartworks.wordpress.com/

30 Things To Be Thankful For

Since November in America is about harvest time and being thankful, I decided to gather some positive thoughts and energy into a post all about things I am grateful for. November has 30 days, so this became the magic number of things I am decidedly thankful for, know matter how large or small they may be.

In no particular order, on with the spirit of positivity and thankful energy:

  1. I am thankful for the sunset yesterday 11/16/12, it really brightened what could have been an otherwise dreary day.
  2. Today I am grateful for the abundant sunshine, even if it is chilly [42F].
  3. I am pleased when I can sleep through the night and not have to wake up early.
  4. I am glad to have a roof over my head and food on my table, when one loses their job and there home it’s something you never forget.
  5. I am thankful my parents taught me to the joy of reading, I enjoy the reprieve from reality and being able to escape into awaiting adventures.
  6. I am grateful I had the opportunity to put my self through college, I know there are others out there who do not have the chance.
  7. I am appreciative that my parents encouraged me in the sciences & technology field, not all girls are as lucky.
  8. I am thankful I had a chance to know some of the individuals I have met in my life, [even if I have a heavy heart now —  memories of  loved ones passed].
  9. I am glad that with age I have developed the ability to at times just throw something together to eat and it works. No measuring or recipes during those occasions.
  10. I am grateful I was introduced to yoga, meditation, and the Art of Living. I don’t know if I would be here today if it wasn’t for them.
  11. I am thankful that with age and life experiences we can become humbleness and wise.
  12. I am thankful I had the opportunity to see how others live in a 3rd world country.  It really makes you appreciate what you have and inspires me that I really don’t need all this “stuff” to live.
  13. I am grateful to have had the experience to let go of my material possessions. Losing a job will do that to you, while I can say the circumstances weren’t originally by choice, at least I was able to learn and grow from the difficult times I was dealt. I made peace with it and realized I didn’t need so many possessions. The art of detachment.
  14. I am grateful to have learned how to cook Desi [Indian] foods.
  15. I am glad my parents encouraged me to be independent and a free-thinker.
  16. I am also grateful my parents coaxed me into so many extra curricular activities and interests. I think I turned out to be a much more rounded individual with a grater appreciation for many things in our world.
  17. As a kid and even growing up I appreciate all the traditions we had for holidays as a family. When you’re an adult and live you far away from family you really miss those times. I can acknowledge and appreciate them that much more.
  18. I am thankful for quiet days where I can just sit, relax, read, relax in a bath, enjoy a cuppa tea or bake something tasty.
  19. Good Health! We take our health for granted sometimes, but after having just completed a battle with what I coined as a super bug since it seemed to take for ever to be back to optimum health, I can admittedly say I appreciate being healthy.
  20. I am grateful for my job. The economy over here still isn’t that great and I know several people who lost their jobs, so I am in fact grateful to still be employed.
  21. I am glad I was able to pay off my school loans, in record time at that. Now it doesn’t hang over my shoulder and I have the financial freedom I desired.
  22. I am grateful for friends and family. They certainly keep life interesting and are not only very important but also quite dear to me.
  23. Love and to be loved in return.
  24. Generosity from others in its many forms.
  25. I am thankful for having all my 5 senses and even my sometimes 6th sense.
  26. I am thankful I was not born with any birth defects.
  27. The internet – for the wisdom it shares, for connecting us with those who are separated by distance and time, for all the time passes it has to offer.
  28. I am thankful for when I have things to look forward to. It may seem trivial to some, but when you suffer from depression it makes a world of difference.
  29. Hugs! Sometimes just giving or receiving a hug can really brighten your day.
  30. The ability to see things outside the box from different perspectives.  Not something inherent that we are born with, but something I had to learn along the way.

Wow, and that’s 30. The first few on the list were easy, as the list grew in length it really took some thought but was a nice challenge for me today. As a result I feel like I accomplished something today, I feel grounded, and content. I have a lot to be thankful for, and it serves as a good reminder when I am feeling down and out. Here’s one more, I am thankful that I do not feel depressed today or down and out. Its been a while since I’ve smiled. It’s nice to have a shift in our focus and or mood.

There’s always something to be thankful for, what are you grateful for today?

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Spiritual Vitamins: Yoga & Meditation

In they way that vitamins, minerals, and supplements nourish our bodies, spiritual vitamins are food for the soul. They are tidbits of truth to our ever ravenous world. While we often take time to care for our bodies, we need to nourish our hearts and spirits as well. Sometimes this additional nourishment is forgotten about in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.

Most of us who perform a yoga practice consistently also tend to be mindful of what we eat. We take into account what our bodies need to perform at there optimum levels. By possessing a healthy mindset, we take vitamins and or supplements if our diets are not meeting all our bodies needs. Spiritual vitamins enrich our souls, our minds and our daily lives.

If I managed to capture your attention and you have read this far [I am humbled, and I thank you] I am going to go out on a limb and say perhaps you are wondering what some examples of “spiritual vitamins” are… don’t worry I won’t leave you hanging =). Spiritual vitamins are yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, for some it might even be prayer or puja’s. Basically anything of a similar nature that promotes health and well-being. Something, an activity perhaps that others might consider off the beaten path, is a “spiritual vitamin”.

Like me if you or someone you know suffers from depression, my “spiritual vitamins” [yoga & meditation] help to nourish ever fiber of my being, ever facet of my soul. Since I perform a regular daily practice, I think of yoga as my “one a day [spiritual] vitamin”. These vitamins can help you change and banish those negative thoughts, it can help keep them at bay, and improve your life. “Vitamins” can also help you become more enlightened after a time and free you from attachments. They can help you get the most out of your life and allow you to tap into unrealized potential.

When I feel the need to turn inward and my mood starts feeling low I know I need an extra dose of my spiritual vitamins. Today is one of those days, so I am going to meditate, move and stretch into some lovely poses. I feel like some calming music that meshes well with any practice.

Deuter’s – Tibet nada himalaya  2 . Youtube even has a playlist which will kick off from the below.

so I ask you, have you had your spiritual vitamins today?

Holding Space

Holding Space is a term often heard in yoga and other spiritual types of work, but it’s highly likely that not all understand the impact, the meaning, and the significance of holding space. Unless you have either been fortunate to be involved in a spiritual or yoga community from the get go, or had someone sit down and explain the term, you might not be able to fully grasp the lovely meaning behind this term. Now I consider myself to not only be open-minded but to have an open heart. While I had a feeling I knew what this term meant, to be honest as a personal rule I never like to assume anything.  So in my quest for enlightenment if you will, I decided to be a seeker of knowledge and truth. To discover what holding space means and share my interpretation of my findings.

There are several uses and meanings for holding space. You can hold space for your self with in your meditation or yoga practice. You can be responsible for your own space. In this space your warm, safe and loved. Whatever your heart may desire, the manifestation is out there waiting for you. If you hold the space, you’ll create the place, to make your dreams come true.

Holding Space

When you hold space for others, say in a yoga class environment, your creating a safe, loving and good atmosphere for the others you are holding the space for. We as the facilitator’s or holders of the space if you will, are offering ourselves up as a container for any overwhelming thoughts or feelings our companions may be encountering on their path. Everyone has and is responsible for their own space. But that doesn’t mean one person can’t hold the space for another until they can make it for themselves. Did you know there are other ways people in our lives have held space for us? Think back to when you were in school, unbeknownst to us our professors held space for us to grasp our unknown potentials. As kids our parents automatically held a safe space full of hope, and love so we can grow up with confidence. We hold space for our friends when they are upset due to one circumstance or another, and we offer them a shoulder to cry on, love, comfort, and a sympathetic ear.

Another way to look at it is that holding space for someone means staying engaged and present with them while they undergo a process of self-inquiry and discovery of truth. When we hold the space for someone we are just present, listening, and validating. We aren’t judging, giving advice or offering a solution. We are just there, in the present moment, holding their pain, their anguish, their joy, their space.

It not difficult to hold space, just remember this easy rule, if you hold the space, you’ll create the place. Intention is the key.

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