Usually I post on my book blog, ExploringthemagicherosJourney.com, but I felt this post fit better here.
I have done a meditation practice for a long time. Like decades. I’ve used many different tools, with varying results, but usually I feel I do OK. Recently I heard a podcast in which a young man explained how he created his own mantra with help from an experienced meditation guide. When I tried what he explained, a mantra came to me and meditation has been easier than ever before (Dang, this reads like an infomercial….)
Listen to Justin Michael Williams’ podcast on Sounds True here. From the transcript,
“He just says, “Close your eyes.” He asked me, he said, “If you could be bathed and soothed by any energy and if that energy could help you become the person that when you close your eyes you know you were put on this earth to be, what would that energy be? If you could get it out of an ATM anytime you needed it, if you could let it fill you up and bathe and soothe you in every crevice of your inner and outer being, what would that energy be? Name it. Use one, two, or three words and name it.””
My mantra came in an image first and then words.
[Pause…] Thoughts: Should I say what mine is? Is a mantra too personal? Would it reveal too much about me? Would it influence others’ experience? Would I be embarrassed by what I think it says about me?
Oh, my! Am I not the most fascinating thing in the entire universe?!
The mantra that came to me was first the image of a prism with light coming in and a spectrum coming out. The words next were, “I am the light; I am the prism.” Using both the visual and the words on my in and out breath have been a unique experience meditating. I am very grateful for it.