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Aspirations and Mantras
What we're talking about here are a short group of words that inspire us to feel our best, act our best. They clear the mind of the running thoughts that keep us in a worldly loop with no hope of becoming our own shooting star of promise.
Growing up as a Catholic, I often used the phrase "Jesus, Mary, Joseph" repeated over and over to lift myself into a positive mood. As a spiritual mentor, my teacher, Sri Swami Satchidananda, advised me to initiate seekers with a phrase, prayer, or mantra in keeping with their own faith.
When I was first initiated in a dream by Paramahansa Yogananda he gave me "Father Reveal." Later Sw. Satchidananda initiated me with a mantra with similar sounding syllables. That was almost forty years ago and to this day I follow his advice.
If you don't have a spiritual teacher, I advise you to personally pick a short phrase in a faith or language that uplifts you. Feeling devotion to uncovering your Eternal Self, you will be inspired to pick words that contain the sounds suited to your spiritual advancement.
Use your short aspiration or mantra at any time you need to quiet your mind. If you are in a group situation say it silently without moving your lips. When you are alone take a few moments to say your mantra verbally. Begin your meditation with your aspiration or mantra. Feel the energy and power it contains to transform your mood and thoughts from straight line to creative thinking.
All the universe is composed of energy vibrations, that means, on the micro level motion is continuous, nothing stays still. Use your mantra sounds to uplift you into higher thinking, and receive the best resolve to your situation of the moment. As mantra and aspirations are a prayer their energy can also be directed toward the good of others and particularly at this time in history, to world peace.
I invite you to join me in a daily world peace cyber group meditation. Click the article here to read about it.
Meditation Lessons for Teens and Adults
More than 70 offerings, from guided meditation techniques to on-the-go stress relief and relationship meditations interspersed with verse, and a section of special occasion prayers. 114 pages. Formats: PDF | EPUB | Paperback | Apple | NOOK | Kindle
Meditation for All Kids
Sitting, walking, dance and group circle meditations, along with positive affirmations, verses and benefits of meditation for kids of all ages and abilities in a 100 page book with illustrations. Formats: PDF | EPUB | Paperback | Apple | NOOK | Kindle
Article by Susan Helene Kramer
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