Variety is the Spice of Meditation

Last week I promised to follow-up on the topic of putting 7 daily spiritual principles into action.  As I continue to learn more about meditation and mindfulness, one of the things that has been really enjoyable is realizing there are so many recipes to choose from to create a customized plan that is savory and delicious – variety is the spice of meditation.

When I first learned about meditation, I was provided with my primordial sound mantra. This was determined based on my birth date, birth time and birth place. It is a representation of the sound the universe was vibrating on at that specific time and is determined using Vedic mathematical formulas. My primordial sound has served me and I still frequently use it as the basis during my practice. However, if you’re anything like me, exploring and seeking are key drivers for me, so I am always curious about what other options exist!

Today we’ll focus on a specific set of mantras that correspond to the 7 spiritual laws of success introduced last week.   This is a great way to create a daily meditation practice and combine it with a daily intention.    And there’s a different one for each day of the week!   You can correspond each one to the corresponding day of the week or get creative and choose your favorite one or the one that has the most significance for you in that moment.  This is your yummy recipe to define – just for you…

There is no right or wrong way to meditate.  If you simply have the intention to spend some quality time with yourself, nurturing, accepting and providing love, then you are capable and qualified as a meditative being.   Below are some suggestions you can choose to follow if you prefer a step-by-step experience:

1) Find a quiet place in a comfortable room – ideally where you will be uninterrupted.

2) Sit tall and comfortably – on a chair with your feet on the floor or on a pillow or blanket in one of many cross-legged positions.  You can also sit against a wall or lie down on your back with your knees bent if you have discomfort in one of the other suggested poses.

3) Set a timer for the desired time frame.  10 minutes per day is a popular amount to start off with and you can adjust as needed.

4) Determine the spiritual law for the day based on the day of the week and take a few moments to consider this intention.  Ask yourself, how can I practice this intention today?  Note: you do not need to find an answer.  This is the time to begin meditation and just allow yourself to be.

5) Determine the mantra of the day based on the information below and begin to silently repeat the phrase to yourself with your eyes closed.  It doesn’t matter if the words gets jumbled or you forget the phrase – just do the best you can with the tools you have.  Trust the process and allow it to unfold.  When you have thoughts, simply allow them to float by and gently return the mantra.

6) Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when the timer is complete. Once again, remind yourself of the spiritual law of the day.   When you are ready, open your eyes and soak in the moment – whatever is happening, it is just as is it supposed to be.

MONDAY: The Law of Giving and Receiving

Mantra: Om Vardhanam Namah

Meaning: I am the nourisher of the universe and the universe nourishes me

TUESDAY: The Law of Karma

Mantra: Om Kriyam Namah

Meaning: My actions are aligned with cosmic law

WEDNESDAY: The Law of Least Effort

Mantra: Om Daksham Namah

Meaning: My actions achieve maximal benefit with minimal effort

THURSDAY: The Law of Intention and Desire

Mantra: Om Ritam Namah

Meaning: My intentions and desires are supported by cosmic law

FRIDAY: The Law of Detachment

Mantra: Om Anandham Namah

Meaning: My actions are blissfully free from attachment to outcome

SATURDAY: The Law of Dharma

Mantra: Om Varunam Namah

Meaning: My life is in harmony with cosmic law

SUNDAY: The Law of Pure Potentiality

Mantra: Om Bhavam Namah

Meaning: I am absolute existence

Is there a new favorite phrase you learned?  Maybe one that after meditation popped up suddenly in the middle of your day?  Were some phrases a little challenging to pronounce?   How did handle that?  Tell us in the comments below.

~ Health, Happiness and Prosperity ~

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