In need of new meditation technique, I began meditating using a mala I created out of rosewood and rose quartz over a year ago, and found my peace, compassion, and serenity through the mantra Om Mani Padme Om. It worked beautifully, acting as a fantastic touchstone back to serenity from a hectic life... until it didn't.
I don't remember the exact moment, but it no longer seemed to fit. I went through the motions, but that sense of serenity was not the same. I leaned towards other methods of meditation, and soon my mala became more a permanant fixture on my dresser than a meditation tool.
Months passed, and life has been pointing me towards meditating with a mala once again. Images of a multi-shaded, aqua mala began to form in my head, and a little bit of research keyed me into to what my intuition was guiding me towards: an amazonite mala. A soothing stone for inspiring peace, self-esteem, self-discovery, and harmony, Amazonite is also reflective of the bold and powerful warrior women of the ancient Amazonian tribe of Brazil. This crystal seems to really align with the "Do no harm, but take no shit." mentality. Sign me up!
Now for the mantra...
Don't get me wrong, I seriously considered "Do no harm, take no shit." as my official mantra, but my gut said there was a powerful ancient Sanskrit mantra out there waiting for me to find it.
The possibilities of mantras are endless, but here are a few of my favorites from my research:
Om Namah Shivaya : “I honor the divinity within myself” or "I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self."
Om Hreem Shreem Hara Hara Swaaha: A mantra to inspire abundance
Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah: "I bow to the elephant-faced deity (Ganesh) who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.”
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu: "May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all."
What is your favorite mantra?