As I sit down to write this blog post, there is a straight-up miserable mix of rain and snow falling from the sky. Walking from my car to the pool this morning, I legit almost fell on my butt four times. Even after some yoga and a vigorous work-out, my Spirit feels like it actually did fall on its butt. Remind me again why I choose to live in New England? Winter has already lasted an eternity - and basically everything sucks.
Okay, okay. . .I’m mostly kidding. But, I’m sure some of you out there can relate to finding yourself smack-dab in the middle of a Negative Mind moment that just won’t quit. Especially during the wintertime.
There’s a ton of scientific research related to these winter doldrums - and while scientists don’t have ALL the answers they do believe, in part, that decreased light exposure disrupts our circadian rhythm cycles.
So, what’s one way that we can gracefully combat this reality? Through the practice of mantra.
Chanting mantra stops the Negative Mind in its tracks, by giving you something else to focus on. It is an uplifting, heart-opening technology that is so simple and yet so effective. In our house, we play mantra in the background 24/7 - setting a higher vibration for ourselves, our children, our pet and anyone else who visits. If you feel shy about chanting, just try playing mantra and listening first - at work, at home, in the car. Feel how it shifts your energy. From there, find a quiet space to experience the practice of chanting. The effects are immediate and oh so filled with radiance.
Explore the following three mantras that will absolutely bring more light and lightness into your life.
1. Hey Gobind Hey Gopaal
hey gobind hey gopaal hey dayaal laal.
O Lord of the Universe, O Lord of the World, O Dear Merciful Beloved.
paraan naath anaath sakhay deen darad nivaar.
You are the Master of the breath of life, the Companion of the lost and forsaken, the Destroyer of the pains of the poor.
he samrath agam pooran mohi mayaa dhaar.
O All-powerful, Inaccessible, Perfect Lord, please shower me with Your Mercy.
andh koop mahaa bhayaan Naanak paar utaar.
Please, carry Nanak across the terrible, deep dark pit of the world to the other side.
This mantra was written by Guru Arjan - the 5th Guru in the Sikh lineage. It is a mantra that is said to ease suffering and is like having a direct phone line to the Divine. It gracefully brings together the Creative energy of the Universe (Gobind) with the Nurturing energy (Gopaal) to usher in support and help to those in need. Chant these words and feel compassion flood into your heart center, feeling a place of oneness with all that surrounds you.
Listen to a beautiful version of this mantra from this year’s 3HO Winter Solstice Sadhana. Snatam Kaur offered a version with her daughter, at the December 22, 2018 Gurdwara (the mantra begins at approximately 41:10 in this video).
2. Dukh Par Har
dukh par har
Thus comes relief from pain
sukh ghar le jaae
And happiness (peace) comes to dwell within.
The mantra Dukh Par Har literally brings you from pain to peace. Yogi Bhajan said, “Just chant 'Dukh Par Har Sukh Ghar Le Jaae' and you start feeling like you are foolish to be angry.” If you feel the old pattern of negativity start to rise up, replace it instead with this mantra. Sign and bring ease and light into your heart.
3. Guru Ram Das Mantra
Guru Guru Wahe Guru
Guru Ram Das Guru
Guru - teacher or guide that brings one from the darkness to the light.
Wahe - exclamation of ecstasy
Ram Das - literally translates as "God's Servant"
This powerful mantra calls on the healing energy of Guru Ram Das - the 4th Guru from the Sikh lineage. Guru Ram Das is commonly referred to as the “Lord of Miracles.” Through this mantra we can tap into that healing, protective energy and allow love, grace and light flow into our lives.
Happy chanting - I’ll be right there with you! <3