Wednesday, April 7, 2010

How I Strive to Live my Life

How I strive to live my life....

Every day, I do my best.

To be mindful
and thoughtful
and kind.
To listen with empathy
believe in abundance
and live in my truth.

-Stephanie

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.
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