Oh change, so inevitable, so sporadic . This year started with many last minute change of plans, and I must say, it hasn’t been easy. I keep telling to myself that change is good, and new doors might open, but lets be real, we hate when things doesn’t come as planned.
That’s why I came up with a list of 5 mantras to embrace those moments when we are not ready to face change. They might seem mellow and hyper positive, but in moments when everything seems blue, we need to put extra sprinkles on it.
1. I have what I need to get through this.
Remember all those moments when you felt defeated, and you thought “I can’t do this” but at the end you did it?. If theres a will there will always be a way, you only need to use those skills, tools and resources that you already have to make things work.
2. Om Namah Shivaya
My personal favorite. It translates to: “I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represent the truest highest self.” I learned this mantra from one teacher in my teacher training, and I usually use it when I feel overwhelmed, this is my way of reminding myself that we are made up of divine energy and we should treat ourselves accordingly.
3. Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah
Other divine mantra, this time praying to Ganesh, it translates to : “I bow to the elephant-faced deity who is capable to remove all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection”. In hinduism is Ganesh is known as the god of wisdom and success, and destroyer of obstacles. So for those moments when you feel that change is going to destroy you, just chant to Ganesh and ask for wisdom and strength, so you can face any challenge.
4. When we stop feeling sorry for ourselves, we start feeling stronger.
I promised myself to stop using the “why me” expression, its too sad. Or feeling bad because “unfair” things are happening to me. There are worse things going on to other people right now, we are just facing the hacks of being alive, we need to embrace ourselves and start believing we are capable of going through hard times.
The ultimate mantra, that fits any situation. The first original vibration, represents birth, death and rebirth, and thats what happens at any difficult moment of change. Something is born, it dies but it will rebirth again. And the sound and vibration of OM will automatically help you to chill out.
I recommend to repeat a mantra at least for 5 minutes, while sitting down in easy pose (with your legs crossed) palms up to be receptive or down to the knees for grounding. Be aware of your breathing, repeat the mantra to yourself or chant it out loud. And if 5 minutes is not enough, stay there as much as you need to, or if you don’t have those 5 minutes ( but believe me you need them!) take just a second to repeat the mantra along the day when you feel like doing it.
It has helped me a lot this past couple of months that have been very challenging, and I don’t expect that things are going to get easier at any moment. We just need to take deep breathes and flow with it, right?