In the high speed information world that we now live in, we are besieged … bombarded … with news, information, alternate facts and realities, and what seems like constant conflict. As a spiritually minded person, I have had to take a hard step back from the news and limit my exposure to the ongoing barrage. I am not sticking my head in the sand; I am carefully curating how, when, and where I place my attention and centering myself before jumping on the daily crazy train. It has been a relief and has given me the space to act consciously rather than react emotionally.
My mantra practice saves me daily. It is part of my morning and anytime prayers and meditation. Mantras weave through my day, subconsciously spreading the light with each chant. A mantra teacher said that you do not have to know the mantra or actually chant it for the benefits to activate. Just be in the consciousness of peace, healing, and love. Put the mantra on and let the sounds wash over you. Let the vibrations ring out to the Universe and become a beacon of power. Consciously call in the Power of Peace and Love.
There is a moment that we can make a choice when we are faced with multiple WTF’s. We have this singular moment to choose our response. Not to bury the pain, ignore the conflicts, or allow stress to become an ulcer, but to make a CONSCIOUS, POWERFUL CHOICE.
I have been so inspired by this post by Pema Chodron – Three Methods for Working with Chaos
How do we work with a sense of burden? How do we learn to relate with what seems to stand between us and the happiness we deserve? How do we learn to relax and connect with fundamental joy?
Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It’s becoming critical. We don’t need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what’s already here. It’s becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely with difficult times. The earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence. This is the best way that we can benefit others.
There are three traditional methods for relating directly with difficult circumstances as a path of awakening and joy. The first method we’ll call no more struggle; the second, using poison as medicine; and the third, seeing whatever arises as enlightened wisdom. These are three techniques for working with chaos, difficulties, and unwanted events in our daily lives.
My moment came a few weeks ago, pushed to extremes by not only the outer barrage but recurring illness in my body. I uncurled the ball of grief that had been knotted for weeks (maybe months?). I chose SHAKTI (with a healthy dose of Kali and Durga in there) instead of shutting my light off. I sang out my pain, my anxiety, my fear, and received thousands of years of repeated stanzas of PEACE. Calm settled. Purpose filled me to continue to chant with this focus every morning – that peace and love will banish hatred and tragedy. That prayer will soothe and uplift and heal. That my one voice is not alone in calling for this.
We cannot heal the pain of the world. It is impossible, but we CAN heal ourselves, make a choice for peace and happiness and joy and add our voice and light in a conscious way to affect change in ourselves and the world.
We can calm our souls and become whirlwinds of power and peace instead of reactionary emotions. We can take our power, prayers, peace, and beautifully righteous anger and pour it over the wounds and heal them. Stand for the light and the good. Remember the most excellent. Celebrate life and joy. Pick ourselves up and begin with loving our Self first. Acknowledge the anger and the pain, but refuse to invest in it. Refuse to spiral into it. Find our greater purpose.
Join me in SHIFTING stress, conflict, pain, grief. And understand, I am not a person who refuses the energy of pain and anger. I am becoming a person who refuses to become it or to allow it to derail me.
Mantras and Chants for Peace and Healing Conflict:
The video below with Tina Turner is an amazing rendition of the Om Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu mantra.
Om Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu means:
May there be happiness in all
May there be peace in all
May there be completeness in all
May there be success in all
I find this mantra energizes and also helps to release. Knowing I need a release, I chant and cry to this mantra and end up feeling renewed. It is a powerful universal prayer for light.
OM is the primordial sound of the Universe – the vibration of creation in its most primal form. Chanting OM repeatedly could be a lifetime mantra practice. When added to other mantras, OM enhances and elevates them and invites the vibration of cosmic creation. It is a HOLY YES to the universe and all divine manifestations, especially our Inner Guru. OM clears the mind and energetic fields on its own as well as with other mantras. It is harmonic healing in action.
When chanting OM, feel it from your root chakra to beyond your crown chakra. Through your breath, allow OM to infuse your physical and subtle bodies. Vibrate with it and expand with it!
OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI
Shanti means peace and brings us to a state of tranquility and bliss. Chanting Om Shanti Shanti Shanti invokes peace and is repeated three times to invite peace in body, speech, and mind. The goal is to encompass peace within your entire being.
OM MANI PADME HUM – Kuan Yin Mantra
Kuan Yin is Compassion … Mercy … Love in Goddess form. Chanting her mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” brings calm, healing, and an incredible unfolding of the heart chakra. This unfolding not only expands our capacity for love of others but (oh so importantly) love of ourselves. Kuan Yin is a Goddess who may be approached anytime and for any reason. Her mantras can be listened to or chanted daily, even hourly. When I need calm and unconditional love, I turn to Kuan Yin and her mantra.
OM MANI PADME HUM
Translation: The Jewel is in the Heart of the Lotus or The Jewel of Consciousness has reached the Heart’s Lotus
OM: Seed sound of the Universe
MANI: Jewel – the intention to become enlightened, filled with compassion and love
PADME: Lotus – symbolizing wisdom and how the lotus grows from the mud but is not tarnished by the mud
HUM: representing the immovable, the indivisible
You can make your daily activities a mantra … go for a walk and sink into nature; send a Thank You card to five people; take positive action on a cause or issue that is important to you; smudge yourself and your space; make an altar for peace; choose a random acts of kindness day.
How are you choosing peace and healing?
I made a Spotify playlist with Peace Mantras – Tina Turner’s rendition above is only available on YouTube ?