i whispered a different mantra
Do you have a morning ritual? I do. You may call them habits, but I think ‘rituals’ sounds so much more important.
Hit snooze once or twice
Starfish for a while if James has already gone to the beach
Get up and head for the bathroom
Scrape my tongue
Brush my teeth
Swish swosh some coconut oil around my mouth - and in the last few weeks I've started doing squats while I swish swosh
Some days neti (nostril rinsing)
Then I sit down to meditate
I light a little candle and some incense
I choose an angel card – today I got ‘soulmate’ which is interesting, since things are tense
Then lately I’ve started reading a few pages of something before I meditate. Right now I’m reading Meditation and Mantras by Swami Vishnu-Devananda. It gives an introduction to a range of different meditation techniques. Today I read about japa (mantra) meditation.
If you asked me what a mantra is I would have said it’s a word or phrase that’s special and you repeat it, but he explains it so much more eloquently than me:
“A mantra is mystical energy encased in a sound structure.”
Then finally I meditate for a while - with a mantra, which hopefully works its magic on me.
Later today I whispered a different mantra.
When I found four of the new chicks drowned in the hens' drinking water.
The transience of life.