mindful mOMent

Looking for a way to deepen your yoga practice? Consider spending just as much time honing your mindfulness practice as you do on your asana practice. Keep an eye out for this new recurring TS blog column, “mindful mOMent” for tips, mantras and exercises to help focus your mind.

A mindful mantra: Until you spend time training your mind to concentrate, you can’t expect yourself to be able to immediately slow down your thoughts. Using a mantra, or repeated phrase, can provide a point of focus for your wondering mind.

One of the favorite mantras here at Tranquil Space is:

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

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.

Begin your mindful practice by finding a comfortable position. Spend a few moments reading the mantra out loud until it is memorized (don’t worry if you have to keep looking back at it to start). As you continue to say the mantra try to bring the volume of your voice down slowly until you’re not making any audible sounds. At that time, begin repeating the mantra to yourself without moving your lips. Your mind will wander away from the mantra. The key is to acknowledge the wandering and rein the flowing thoughts back in to focus on the mantra. Continue repeating the mantra as long as desired. Maybe start with five minutes, or two if that’s all the time you have. Your body, and mind, will thank you.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

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