My family just went out for a little while and my ears are ringing!! Have you experienced this? There is so much noise and commotion that when you do find yourself in silence you can still hear the residual noise in your mind?
It's the same with mantra meditation. At first you repeat the mantra out loud, then silently to yourself and then you "hear" the mantra in your mind.
When my mind is racing out of control, like it is right now, I chant mantras. Lately the Gayatri mantra is what I've been "hearing" in my mind. The night before last I was reading a book my teacher gave me. The chapter was about doing a Gayatri mantra sadhana (spiritual practice).
**The Gayatri mantra can be found in a previous post titled The power of Nature**
Noticing the synchronicity of things and acknowledging that the universe provides for us exactly what we need, I have begun a Gayatri mantra sadhana. I will be doing 1mala (108 repetitions) of this powerful mantra each day for the next 30 days.
I'm sure there are rules about sharing your meditation experiences but as I've mentioned before, I'm not your typical yogini. My intention behind sharing this experience with you is two-fold. First, I'm hoping to encourage you to begin a sadhana of your own. Secondly, it will encourage me to follow through.
Here's the rules:
1 mala (108 repetitions) of the Gayatri mantra every day.
If I miss a day..... the 30 days begins all over again.
I will give a brief report at the end of each blog of my experience
Yesterday was Day 1 - Observation: Need more time. It takes about 20 minutes or so for 1 mala but then I wanted to sit for a longer meditation afterwards.
Let's hope I find some quiet time today for sadhana. If not, I'm afraid the top of my head might blow off!!
Note: I'm teaching a workshop on Yoga Sadhana: Developing a spiritual practice on April 8th at Yoga on Main. (www.yogaonmain.com) -- All-levels are welcome!