Mediation and Mantras | Model Behaviors

Meditation and Mantras

As I’ve grown older and hopefully wiser, my curiosity has also grown. I’ve learned that Life, the Universe, God, has a way of putting things and circumstances in front of you. If you resist, it will keep bringing the same obstacles until you open your eyes, mind, and heart to what you’re supposed to experience.

For me it all started after my divorce, when everything I knew was gone, and my life was turned upside done. I became a very negative human being with no desire to see the light. I made myself a victim. I felt angry, empty, sad, alone, insecure, and ugly.

Mediation and Mantras | Model BehaviorsAnd when I sat in front of my empty canvas feeling like the entire world was against me, the only thing I was able to paint were Buddhas.

But then as luck would have it, I ran into a long-lost friend whom I used to model with. He had become a very well-known Ayurveda therapist—Yogi Cameron. Unbelievable!

I started meeting people all around who were really spiritual and practiced meditation. I began paying attention to everything that was coming my way and urging me to believe and connect with my spiritual self.

I couldn’t read enough—self-awareness, Buddhism, meditation—I found it all interesting. I wasn’t quite convinced, but I was open.

With the help of Yogi Cameron, I started a meditation practice and began embracing spiritual people who were walking into my life, seemingly out of nowhere—healers, hypnotists, and spiritual guides. I felt so much better, and started to see the light in formerly dark places. I was positive and happy. Meditation and mantras were changing my life. They were changing me. For the first time, I heard and trusted my inner self.

Then out of nowhere, my inner self was tested. I fell in love with a man even though everything inside of me was warning me to “RUN AWAY!”

But I was on an emotional high, and was feeling so good that I eventually skipped some of my daily practices. Before I knew it, I hadn’t meditated in weeks. I was losing myself, and in the end, my worst fears came to fruition.

So, I went back to meditation and mantras, and became more committed than ever. Today, I can actually say that meditation has changed my life.

Meditation and Mantras | Model BehaviorsWe hold the power to change our lives. It’s simple. Take ten minutes each day in a quiet place. Once you feel settled, start paying attention to every breath. Let that sense of peace take over, harnessing a sense of love and gratitude. Stay that way—aware of your breathing. Then if you so wish, recite a mantra. It’s a word, sound, or phrase that resonates with you. Keep repeating your mantra with slow easy breaths. The repetition aids in concentration, and ultimately meditation.

My first meditation mantra was, “I’m okay right now, right now I’m okay.

This phrase helped me in moments of desperation when I forgot to be in the moment, and was still holding on to something that wasn’t there anymore.

If your curiosity is piqued, like mine was, here are a couple meditation mantras I love to use:

Aum” or “Om
Its Sanskrit/Hindu meaning is “It is” or “To become.” This is considered most sacred in the meditation tradition. Focus on the vibration, and think of it as the vibration of the universal consciousness.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.
It’s the start of “Om” followed by peace of mind, peace of body, and peace of speech.

Meditation and Mantras | Model BehaviorsSat, Chit, Ananda.
It means, “Existence, Consciousness, Bliss.” Deepak Chopra uses it, and it refers to the subjective experience of Brahman.

Om Namah Shivaya.
It translates to, “I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self. I honor the divinity within myself.” This is a great mantra to help build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves accordingly.

Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah.
This mantra means, “I bow to the elephant-faced deity [Ganesh], who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.” In Hindu teachings, Ganesh is known as the god of wisdom and success and the destroyer of obstacles. This is my favorite mantra, which I always draw on when I’m facing a big challenge in life. I recite it especially when I’m traveling.

Now, it is time for you to try it. Take the time every day to let your mind and body rest from the madness of life. Enjoy the journey! If you already practice meditation, please feel free to share your experiences or some favorite mantras. If you’ve never meditated before, I’d love to hear about your first time!

Lots of love,
Barbara

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