This post (as so many) did not start out about chanting mantras. The past few days have been very emotional for me as it is the 12th anniversary of a dear friend’s death. It was sudden, tragic and devastating. The tears have been flowing and being so close to the holidays, the emotions seem to swell up, definitely unbidden, as if my soul is trying to expel the scar of that day. Another good friend said celebrate her life and I say YES, of course – all of my memories are shiny and full of laughter with her smile and quirky sense of humor. But each year … I seem to lose a few days at this time of December to grief.
My commitment this morning was to get up and CHANT. Meditate. WRITE. Be in my Shakti. Huddled cozy under my blankets around the dawn, I like skipping sleepily through posts from those I love and feel connected to. This morning, I was shocked to see a post about a horrific tragedy unfolding in Pakistan at a children’s school with the Taliban killing over 126 people (at this writing), most of them children. Dr. Clarissa Pinkola-Estes had posted her note about the situation and asked for prayers.
I made my coffee in a haze of grief. My personal grief wove into the pain of the children in Pakistan … layered onto the division and strife that has filled the news. It stung me like the proverbial scorpion tail (thanks Saturn!). And here, my darlings is the moment. The 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 grabbed my moment this morning. I uncurled the ball of grief that had been knotted for several days. I chose SHAKTI (with a healthy dose of Kali and Durga in there) instead of shutting my light off. I sang out my pain 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. 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.
Acknowledge the anger and the pain, but refuse to invest in it. Refuse to spiral into it.
We can calm our souls and become whirlwinds of power and peace instead of reactionary emotions. We can take our power, prayers, peace, and even 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 good. Pick ourselves up and begin with loving our Self first. Be with our personal grief by focusing on the memories that made us laugh and smile.
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.
Chant with me … 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. It is 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 them on and let the words wash over you. Let them ring out to the Universe and become a beacon of power. The Power of Love.
You can make your daily activities a mantra … go for a walk and sink into nature; send a Thank You card to five people; smudge yourself and your space; make an altar for peace; choose a random acts of kindness day; make a choice to shift stress, conflict and pain however works for you and works for the positive.
Please check out a beautiful post by Pema Chodron this week – 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.
OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti OM.
Tell me … how are you shifting?
The following mantra has been my balm many times and I listed a few more down below.
May there be happiness in all
May there be peace in all
May there be completeness in all
May there be success in all
Dedicated to the life and laughter of Shannon. I will always miss you.
I made a Spotify playlist with the Peace Mantras – Tina Turner’s rendition above is only available on YouTube 🙂