ME Time Mantra Chanting

Why is ME time so important to any one? From the time you wake up to the time you sleep, do you seem like that you are preparing for a battle / ending a battle. It’s a like a never ending cycle, feeling drained at the end of the day. Even when you are sleeping, you aint sleeping – your brain is working. Feeling even more tired the next morning.

What is your ME time? Watching TV, Reading A book, Playing TV games, Gardening? What is it? We might think that we are resting – but are we really resting? What is your state of mind?  Mothers and many would have told us  – TV is not good {i found out the reason – the state of mind and it might not what your soul needs}. Reading a book – its give you a calm mind and feeding your self with information, TV games – most cant sleep after that and leaves your agitated, then again if you win the game its give you that happy rush which is relatively good your brains but not before you sleep. Gardening – dealing with the nature its take a lot of patience. {I would end up with this sentence: I listen to my  body on what my body needs that day} Listen to your body / soul, it would be very thankful to you.

My personal journey , what I am working towards and sharing here might work for many of you.

Before i started on the spiritual journey, a day after work would be a beer hanging out with friends but the feeling of happiness is short lived.  I ask my mentor why am i feeling so tired and agitated with crowd – one of the reasons would be that I am sensitive to energy – good or bad – and I bring it home and not clearing it.

Eversince, I started my journey with my mentor, slowly but surely, i was able to “protect” myself my not absorbing the negative energy and preventing negative energy  from coming close. and now i slowly open up my heart chakra again.

Why do people want to chant? For me its an escape from the reality of life, its a space that I “own”, its a time for my higher soul, my physical body, my connection with the universe and my guides.

Mantra chanting practice, its for your inner-self, your soul and your connection to your calling.  During the chanting, let your body feel the vibration of the sound and see where is travels to. Sometimes, there may seems as if the vibrations aren’t able to flow to a certain part – it may be highlighting to you that you are blocked somewhere. The vibrations would leave us in a more peaceful and meditative / stable mind. Simply said : it able to make your life flow, flowing the inner energy within us and radiating out from our heart.

Chanting is an amazing form of meditation that teaches you by showing rather than telling you what may be restraining you from fully living the life of your dreams.

Chanting really is a process of connecting with your own heart and soul.  While you develop a relationship with the Divine, you end up learning more about yourself through the conversation.  In pursuit of the Infinite, you develop your own infinity.

Some tips from: Spiritvoyage.com

If your voice is so quiet you can hardly hear yourself, you may be living a life where you are afraid to be seen and heard.  Are you really living your truth and being all you can be?

If you are nervous when you chant and your throat feels tight, fear may be a problem in your life.  Are you ready to let go of the fears that hold you back and step into a life of faith and love in action?

If your voice seems to vibrate more from your head than your navel, you may not be fully living from your heart.  Are you centered, grounded and balancing the needs of your heart with the needs of your head?

 

1) Breathe!

Sit quietly and close your eyes.  Inhale slowly and deeply for 10 seconds.  Hold the breath for ten seconds.  Then exhale slowly and deeply for 10 seconds.  Continue for at least 3 minutes.  Gradually build up until you can hold each portion of the breathe for 20 seconds.

2)      Silent Meditation

There is no way around this one.  Meditation is key. Stilling our minds becomes the most important tool for developing a conscious heart.  There are hundreds of forms of meditation, and certainly chanting is one.  But try to turn the chant inwards for a change.  Go into the silence of your own heart and develop a relationship with the mantra internally.  Silent repetition of a mantra leads to a deep and profound understanding of its meaning, which is an irreplaceable boost to the spirit behind your chanting.

4)      Affirmation

You cannot hide your feelings when you chant.  This leads to an immediate emotional response when you are listening to a beautiful mantra chanted by an experienced practitioner.   The mantras strip our layers of concealment away and we are exposed as pure souls.  If we are nervous or fearful or angry, it shows in our voice.  So in speaking, so in singing.  A shaky voice means shaky self-confidence. Develop a habit of self-encouragement.  Commit to saying a positive affirmation to yourself with as much belief as you can muster.  Select something that feels right to you.  Try something like: “I have a unique and powerful voice, and I share its special beauty with the world.” Or “With every note and every word, I open my heart to the universe, accepting healing and strength.

5)      Heart Opening

At its heart, chanting is about your heart.  To open your voice, you have to open your heart.  Do whatever it takes to heal your heart; there is no more important work in your life.  What makes your soul sing?  Were you that girl who dreamed of being a ballerina, but felt too conscious of your body to put on a leotard?  Maybe take a ballet class as an adult.  If you are a painter, go crazy with swirls of color.  All of this will help your chanting.  And if at your heart, what makes your soul sing is chanting, then sing, sing, sing.  Never stop.  Play the mantras as often as you can, while cooking, while driving, while walking.  Sing along with the happy abandon you would see from a kindergarten class singing Twinkle, Twinkle.  Consider attending a chanting workshop with your favorite singer.  Snatam Kaur and Guruganesha Singh, for example, where you do yoga and chanting in a sacred space with a group of like-minded souls who share your love for the music.

As my mentor Shirley has always been telling me “Be Kind to yourself, Be Gentle to yourself”. It is a form of yoga after all. Slow and steady progress is made through commitment and self-nurturing.   The more you do it, the more you shine.

If you are located in Singapore; you may come join my mentor for her classes:

Chakra Clearing and Healing Meditation
Every 1st and 3rd Thursday
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
One Heart
37 Tembeling Road S(423580)

Body Mind Balancing Meditation
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Red Dot Traffic Building
28 Maxwell Road #04-04 S(069120)

Yoga of Awareness  (Kundalini Yoga)
Every Tuesday
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
One Heart
37 Tembeling Road S(423580)

Every Saturday
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Gallery Helios
38 Petain Road S(208103)

Email: shirley.namaste@gmail.com

 

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