Friday, April 2, 2010

New Mantra and Mandala

Mantra Mandala

For several years, I have been enjoying the use of mantras for healing and also as a way to move vibrational energy within me. I first learned about mantras five years ago in a drumming workshop called "The Yoga of Drum and Chant" taught by my friend Jim Donovan.

In the workshops, we use steady almost trance-like drum rhythms combined with the call and response style chanting of simple non-devotional mantras such as "Om" or "Ah" to connect to a higher part of ourselves. This usually allows me to become more focused and open and provides a general sense of well being. Some of the mantras, such as "Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung" (A Tibetan mantra used for healing) are used more energetically - Jim will start that one slow, and then gradually take the rhythm faster & faster & faster... drums pounding away... it's fabulous!

I recently found a new mantra, "Om Prasannatmane Namaha" in one of Thomas Ashley Farrand's books. It encourages cheerfulness in frustrating times and it makes me happy just to see the words on paper or to repeat it in my mind.

When I'm learning a new mantra, I typically write it over and over in a journal I have set aside specifically for that purpose. I also enjoy incorporating it into my mandala art, as seen in the above image.

I would love to hear about your experiences with mantras.


The Pen Warrior said...

I must admit I have not used Mantra’s for healing or a general sense of well being before. However I do a lot of running and use mantra’s when I run in long distance races, as do a lot of other runners. My two favourites are “feeling good running strong” and “I love hills”.

Paula Radcliffe said I think it was after winning the New York marathon in 2007 that she got through to finish with repeating “I love you Isla” the name of her baby daughter to keep her rhythm going.

Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith said...

I never knew runners used mantras to keep them going... makes perfect sense though, a way to access that "zone" and stay there. Thanks so much for sharing.

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