om namo bhagavate vasudevaya

Photo by Sarah Dufresne

108 beads, 108 connections to my heart

………..and then there was this little mantra that changed my LIFE

‘om namo bhagavate vasudevaya’ 

literal translation for this mantra is Om, I bow to Lord Vasudeva or Lord Krishna

the translation that speaks through me is ‘I honor all that sustains me.’

Day 3….my LIFE in mantras

I feel like its funny that I can look back over time and recall certain phrases, intentions, pieces of my memory that stand out enough to compile a weeks worth, if not more, of mantras that have showed up in my LIFE.  It’s funny how LIFE works.  It is funny what we remember.  I always say there are so many lessons and opportunities in the present moment but do not disregard the power of hindsight.  Looking back over your LIFE, for me, has provided me with the wisdom that I need today in the present moment.  Often my present moment is a reflection from a past experience, showing me or telling me what I need to know.  It is only when I listen am I able to really take in what is in front of me, in the now.

This mantra is a game changer.  Any of my fellow classmates from yoga teacher training know this mantra well.  This mantra is sacred in its own way and so very meaningful.  I feel strongly connected to the power and possibility of these words.  I return to this mantra again and again.  I keep this, alongside my other prayers and mantras, posted on my desk so as to have it available to me whenever I need it.  For me there is a mystery behind these words.  I can recall the experience of my teacher training and can feel the essence of this mantra.  We repeated these words over and over through the entire training and I feel became embedded inside the foundation of my being.  If ever you are to do a yoga teacher training you will learn the power, the gift, of transformation in the first few minutes.  In my personal experience, through the recognition of self I was able to begin to build a solid foundation of intention, laying this mantra at the very base of all of it.

Over time I have heard this mantra again and again, and each time there is a new, yet familiar connection.  I feel each students relationship with this mantra can be so very different, as I have learned since my training.  It can contain exactly what you need during your training or any other time in your LIFE, or not.

Photo by Sarah Dufresne

yoga teacher training, peeling back the layers and finding a true connection

For a long time I was unable to hear the words of this mantra, it was too intimate, too vulnerable.   Then one day while teaching a YOGA class it suddenly sounded through the walls of the classroom and there I was…… guiding, listening, hearing the words I needed to hear.  Again, the universe providing me exactly what I needed, when I needed it.  Often I return to the mantra for healing, for guidance, for connection.  When I share the mantra with my students or anyone in my LIFE it becomes that much more sacred to me, strengthening my own personal connection.

Each day is a gift, I say this often, but each mantra is an opportunity to see your own reflection, beautiful and with tremendous depth.

Here are 2 different versions that I LOVE by Deva Premal.

Here are the links in case the videos are not allowed in your inbox (video 1 & video 2)

enjoy this day

~screaming gratitude

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