“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” ~John Jakes
It's easy to allow those we care about sway our thought process. Allowing their fears and anxieties come through and carry over to our own lives. But the truth is, on the road to happiness, you must take care of yourself first.
Some may say this is a "selfish" or "greedy" idea to have, but this is not the suggestion you see yourself better than those around you. No, it is a statement that if you don't stand your ground about the things that are the essence of you - you will never be the person you were born to be.
The simplest mantra. The perfect sound. OM has not specific meaning, yet it means everything thing. It speaks of God, it speaks of you, it cleanses the air - it is the perfect mantra to clear away the cobwebs and clutter around our true self.
Pronounced A-U-M, each letter sung out through and through. It begins and ends most other mantras. It is many parts - yet still a whole, just like you. According to Sharon Gannon and David Life - the founders of Jivamukti, "The word OM beautifully expresses the four states of consciousness; jagrat (waking), swapna (dreaming), sushupti (deep sleep) and turiya (samadhi)... Each part of the symbol for OM represents a different state of consciousness."
That is why the very essence of OM is here to help you on your path. It is everything, just like you.
Placing your hands together, at your heart and pressing your thumbs into your sternum - Anjali Mudra is synonymous with Indian Culture. Used to greet people hello and good-bye and it is the most common mudra used in meditation and most often accompanied with a bowed head.
In simplicity we will find freedom. The freedom to live, love and learn and the freedom to be ourselves.
Easy pose - Sukhasana - is when you come to sit in a simple crossed legged style. This pose has many benefits from stretching your legs and knees to helping you ground yourself. Finding easy pose may not be that easy, but once you find yourself centered - perhaps sitting on a blanket or a block. Pressing your hands together at your heart, allowing your eyes fall to close and inhaling deeply then releasing OM from the debts of your being.
Let go of the tensions of life.
Let go of the expectations of others.
Find your inner guru and just be.