Is it coffee? (Yeah, man. Me, too.)
Or is it tea, maybe? (Me, too. Also. Sometimes.)
Is it reading? Writing? Rowing? Walking the dog?
No? Okay . . . how about stretching, perhaps? Yoga? Running?
Alright, I give up. Tell me, do you have a morning routine? Something – or set of things – you do to get yourself ready for the day? (If it’s running I applaud you, by the way.)
Rituals can be a brilliantly centering, comforting and steadying thing. We commit to them repeatedly until it no longer feels like a commitment, it just feels like ‘the thing I always do.’
We sort of nestle ourselves into them. We rely on them to feel like who we are.
In many ways, this is what ‘tuning in’ is all about before meditation. By having a regular ritual of tuning in to the Sacred Power we summon, we center ourselves in mind, body and spirit and prepare ourselves to become vessels, to become instruments for light, love, healing and guidance.
Without really trying, I kind of stumbled onto three mantras that I recite in order to tune in, and they have stuck with me now for a very long time.
I didn’t think about or force them, they just appeared in my mind when I first decided to get serious about my early morning meditation practice.
These little guys have stayed with me ever since.
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that they are short, simple, powerful and no matter what state I find myself in (tired, punchy, happy, confused, energized, relaxed) they always open me up to my highest self.
May I share them with you now? While you are having your coffee maybe?
Perfect . . . here we go. :)
As I light each of three candles in my meditation space, I recite the following short mantras to myself. Sometimes I’ll say them out loud to really get the deep resonance going.
I am willing.
Simple, yes? But so profoundly grounding and beautiful when I move through them, each one slowly, mindfully and with devotion.
Simple, short – but heavy. The power is not so much in the words themselves but in the energy they invoke. This is, after all, a miracle and an invocation of the highest compassionate and peaceful Presence.
You cannot be weak if you are willing.
You cannot be arrogant if you surrender.
You cannot doubt if you believe.
These three mantras are a declaration of readiness, of intention, to listen and serve.
I am willing.
This is my intentional way of saying: I am here. I am not perfect but I have shown up. I am present and I wish to be one with you, Love. Show me.
This is my way of saying: I hold onto nothing. All the anxiety, all the fear, all the questions, all the answers are no burden to me in this holy space. I am not attached to the past or the future, to the failures or triumphs, to the plans or outcomes. I am present now. I am here to honor and allow the presence of Love and Wisdom to move through me.
This is my way of saying: Not my will but Yours be done. I believe there is a higher answer that I am not able to see on my own. I believe it will come. I will watch, listen and tune in for the miracles I know are on their way. When they appear, I will receive them fully.
So. These are the three little mantras that have stayed with me over hundreds and hundreds of meditation sessions. They also guide me throughout the day when I need to quickly center myself in times of trouble or confusion.
They are a guiding light that get me back to the Light.
How about you, my friend? Do you have a favorite way of tuning in? I’d love to hear about it if you would be willing to share in the comments. Sometimes hearing about what others do sparks inspiration in someone who is searching for their own way to connect more deeply.
Tuning in is a personal thing. There are countless ways to move through it. But in a world that, for the most part, seems to want to just ‘get through’ another day, starting our days instead with intention and power seems a much better way to become the peace we want to see.
I am willing. I surrender. I believe.
Now . . . did anyone make coffee?
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P.S. It seems the more mantras and chants I learn, the more there are to learn. Isn’t that always the way? So much good stuff out there.
Here are just a handful I’ve come to learn and love. If you are eager for a fresh spin on your meditation practice, dig into these beautiful mantras to center your spirit and tune in to the Source of our divine energy.
(The truth is, you cannot go wrong with anything sung by the angelic Snatam Kaur):
Wishing you peace, always, always.