All posts filed under: Holy

The Power of ‘Shreem’

I’ve started doing my daily mantra meditation again and it feels good. Having experimented with  different mantras over the years, I seem to be pulled back to the one that my guru Christine (beautiful yogi and friend) gave me years ago. It was a gift offered to me after I completed by Yoga Teacher Training in 2008. At the time I was told that we shouldn’t share our special mantra with anyone as it would lose its power (I think this is traditional TM meditation practice), but I feel that the mantras are universal and all-powerful, so why can’t they be shared? We are, after all, one. What is Mantra Chanting Simply put, each mantra represents a certain sound frequency (energy) that dates back to ancient times. Mantras work on the principle of ‘like attracts like’, so the more you chant a specific mantra, the more those qualities will be developed in you. Mantras are vibrations, and as we know, we are made of energy, each vibrating at a different frequency – mantras have the power …

Do Something Good

“We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety, or a hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. Try to be at peace with yourself and help others share that peace. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.” – Dalai Lama (Awakening the Buddha Within, Lama Surya Das)

Deepak’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge

Deepak is doing it again…. this time he invites us to journey into our hearts with his free, three week guided meditation series focusing on Miraculous Relationships. “Fall in love with yourself. Fall in love with life.” I love Deepak Chopra and I love his teachings. I have read many of his books and done many of his 21-Day Mediation Challenges, taking something new from each one. Although I aim to meditate daily, sometimes this just doesn’t happen. I find that when I’m in a lull, doing Deepak’s Challenge is exactly what I need to get back into the swing of it. Give it a try, whether you’re a beginner or regular meditator you’ll love it. It’s not too late to join – register HERE See what Deepak has to say about the Science of Meditation: Oh and did I mention that I was lucky enough to meet Mr Chopra himself on a random train ride from Haridwar to Delhi back in 2010. He sat right next to me on the train and I got …

Connecting With Your Dharma

“Connect with your talents and begin a project that employs your natural gifts and really inspires you to serve. Don’t think about what is possible, think about what will really move you. Then begin with what you have from where you are at. The moment you start your project, the moment you do one little thing to move closer to your goal, everything shifts. Purpose, focus and inspiration increase. Things start to happen to move your project forward. Out of the blue, people and situations show up to help you. It is one of the mystical secrets of success that the world hears what’s in your heart – and responds.” – Mahatma Das

Just Like That

Can it really be that simple? I’ve been thinking a lot about beliefs lately and how they shape our reality. I think that we overcomplicate things all the time as humans. Last Tuesday morning I was feeling rather glib and as I was driving along I thought to myself, I can change how I feel right now. I really can. I just need to make a conscious decision. I can choose to feel miserable and have my whole day play out like this or I can choose to feel good. So I put on some happy tunes and sang my little heart out all the way to my morning meeting. Needless to say my whole day turned out a lot better than it started out. And driving home I realised that it’s kind of hard to feel depressed on such a dam fine and perfect sunny day in Durbs, who would’ve thought its Winter time. I guess that’s the secret right – the power is in the present.

“Right action comes in understanding relationship”

I find myself getting irritable on my train rides to work lately, perhaps it’s because I’m itching to leave and start the next adventure. As anyone who has ever lived in Tokyo knows, peak time is chaos. People pushing and squeezing to get on the train and then we all stand there like squashed little canned sardines. What annoys me though is that throughout Winter and now as we begin Spring, men continuously snort up their nasal passages (pollen allergies). It’s disgusting, but in Japan apparently it’s impolite to use a tissue and blow your nose. I know that I shouldn’t let minor things like nose snorting (and picking for that matter) irritate me and I should just let it go, so I try to remember that we are all connected, and send out love to the snorting culprits instead of irritation, which I guess is a mild form of anger. Hmmm.. It’s hard though! This excerpt from the great J Krishnamurti reminds me that as much as I’m ready to leave Japan, every day I …