Often times when I sit down to meditate not only do I take a few moments to connect with my breath and fall into a pranayama but I’ll also focus on a mantra as well. In yoga philosophy, a mantra is simply a word, such as OM, or a sound or a collection of words that vibrate at a higher spiritual level and when chanted are considered to bring about or enforce positive transformation. For today’s post we’ll continue with a few deep inhales and exhales at your comfortable pace and then I encourage you to say the below mantra a few times, either to yourself or aloud.
The mantra today focuses on new beginnings, and like every new beginning comes a sensation of limitless possibilities but also the daunting feeling of not knowing where and how to begin. Reciting this mantra during your meditation practice will allow for your internal and external states of being to align thus creating an open channel for transformation to occur, especially in regard to your new beginning.
The following mantra is traditionally chanted to start new endeavors and is an offering for Genesha, also known as Ganapati, who is a Hindi deity, the remover of obstacles. Try starting your day with it and feel the associated stress and obstacles around your new endeavor simply fade away.
Sitting up tall and in a comfortable seat, start to flutter your eyes closed and take a few rounds of deep inhales and exhales. Once your thoughts and mind start to soften, go ahead and begin with the mantra.
Mantra to Ganapati (Ganesha):
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha
Om Guhm Guh-nuh-puh-tuh-yeaNah-mah-hah
Mantra from Yoga Journal.