Last night, I met with a group of friends (via - what else? Zoom!) for a monthly dose of spiritual edification, involving deep sharing, reflection, prayer and mutual support. I have come to treasure this monthly "date" on a Sunday evening.
At the end of every session, I leave my friends with a simple spiritual practice, and more often than not, it involves a mantra...
What could be simpler and easier to remember - right?
One of the mantra suggestions I gave them was this:
"Spirit, Come sit in my heart."
You can substitute God, or Divine, or Beloved - or whatever speaks to you. You get the gist.
When you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious and afraid, as many of us have felt this past year, I often recommend to my students to simply take a break.
Stop whatever you are doing - wherever you are, and place your hands over your heart.
Breathe in and out of your heart to a count of six...
Breathe in the healing and spiritual sustenance that you need. And breathe out, all that does not serve you now, in this moment...
Continue following the breath in this way for a few moments. and when you feel more relaxed, introduce your mantra:
"Divine Beloved, Come sit in my heart,"
Sit for as long and as often as you need, or repeat the mantra to yourself as you go about your day and many tasks, any time you remember to do so..
May your spirit be nourished. And may you find greater calm and peace.
Blessings my friends!