Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Written above, you see a Sanskrit mantra which means:
“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”
So, I call this one the Freedom Mantra.
Happy Independence Day!
And as I reflect on the role of relationships, and how they give us such opportunity and clear confirmation of our own state, our own growth, (or our own momentary, ahem, regressions and transgressions) I would like us to consider Independence Day as Interdependence Day.
I won’t get too political here, but let’s face it. We are on this planet together, and the more we can support each other’s freedoms the more we, too, can feel freedom, embodied.
Feel free to butcher your way through this mantra the first several times. It matters less that your sanskrit pronunciation is perfect, and a whole lot more about how much heart you pour into this prayer.
Practice and you’ll soon feel comfortable with this ancient language rolling of the ol’ tongue. Repeat each word, then string the whole phrase together on a single exhale. Make up your own melody, or you can find many guides and videos online.
Humming and singing also help stimulate vagal tone, or the relaxation response in our body. WIN WIN.
Chanting is a mindful practice, a tool for focus, a way of connecting to our spiritual practice. I’ve been practicing mantra more and more the past 2 years intentionally and I’ve found it to be incredibly grounding, calming and uplifting. It reminds me, also, of some of my favorite hymns and worship songs from being raised and seeking out spiritual community in my teen and college years. I hope you enjoy this and lift up yourself and your entire human family in song.
Happy 4th of July, y’all.
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