"Mantras are not small things, mantras have power. They are the mind vibration in relationship to the Cosmos. The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having structure, power, and a definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche."
~ Yogi Bhajan
The day has started off with tension. My shoulders ache a familiar ache and it takes me a little while to leave my comfy bed. There are lunches to make, breakfasts to pull together, things to remember that I forgot to write down. There is water to drink and vitamins to take, and so many things to make sure I am healthy and strong.
With bare feet I step into the kitchen and slowly begin to shift my energy. First, I turn up the music that has been playing quietly all night on our little kitchen speakers. I let the vibration of the music soothe me and fill my cells . I let the music invigorate me. I actually LEAN on the sound.
I remember as a young girl leaving the Rocky movie as The Eye of the Tiger burst through the surround sound at the theater. The song activated my spirit and body. In that moment, I felt like I could do anything. Such is the power of music and sound.
I meditate using mantra. Mantra is the use of words or sounds to create a certain consciousness. In using mantra, I am creating a vibration within my body and my mind. As I use the mantra, I'm replacing the to-do list, the worry, and the stress with sound and the vibration of that sound. That sound pierces through the old thoughts and the stories that have the tendency to run amok. The more consistent I am with sitting and closing my eyes and meditating, the more I'm able to move through my life with clarity and calm. Even the stress feels easier.
Life is going to bring all sorts of things—beautiful amazing things; stressful hard things...you know the drill. The reality is that there is very little we have control over. Even the temperature of the oven at times can go rogue, and turn a roasting session into a disappointment. However, my attitude is one of the only things I do have control over. And so, I lean on sound and music. I lean on meditation and mantra. I lean on the vibration of these things to support me. In the order of self care, this is at the top for me. It’s what I reach for first when I feel that I need something. Just as I reach for water when I’m thirsty, I reach for sound to hydrate my soul and to soothe my heart and focus my mind.
One of the sutras of the Aquarian age is, "Vibrate the cosmos and the cosmos shall clear the way." And this is how I do it. With music. With mantra. With meditation. With sound. Mantras are living teachers.
Mantra and sound are medicine, and I personally have found many different remedies here. Eye of the Tiger was the sound of fierce determination, and it inspired my to my core. For years, I leaned on that sound when I felt weary or uninspired. We all have songs that lift us up or make room for the tears that need to be shed. Some songs help us through a hard time, and then later, we don’t want to listen to it any more, or ever again. We’re done with that vibration. Some songs will always remind us of someone we loved once, or of a moment when we felt free and on top of the world. This is what it means to vibrate the cosmos. It means to use the sound. With our own words and mantra, we can turn a situation around. Try quietly whispering “I forgive you, I love you, I forgive you, I love you,” to yourself when someone you love is driving you crazy. It changes the way you feel, wait and see. Much sooner than you thought, you’re back in the real place of loving them and forgiving them, the resistance will fall away.
And you know, you might walk into my kitchen and feel taken care of. Perhaps it’s the tea I make you, or maybe it’s just the sheer act of sitting down and taking your weight off your feet. Possibly it’s the fruit you eat from my table, or the honey on the toasted bread. But truth be told, I know it’s just the music in the space. It’s working it’s magic, and it’s clearing the way.
Photo: Michelle Gardella