Je vous dis, avec ma nouvelle page d’accueil également que je serai bientôt disponible pour du coaching holistique, en me basant sur mon nouveau diplôme en pratique Ayurvédique.
Je suis ravi de l’ampleur que mes cours prennent et de l’enthousiasme avec lequel ils sont acueillis.
J’ai l’honneur d’annoncer que vous me retrouverez très bientôt dans un article sur le journal régional Le Dauphiné Libéré.
Et c’est avec grand plaisir que vous pourrez m’entendre parler de mes cours dans une interview à l’antenne de la radio locale FMR ce samedi 24 octobre à 18h10.
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J’en profite pour remercier tous les acteurs qui ont fait que ces projets voient le jour. Et ce malgré plusieurs obstacles. Ils (elle) se reconnaîtront, MERCI.
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As I am on the internet everyday, like I’m sure most of us are, I come accross around 20 offers about courses I should take depending on my profile.
Discover with me how to step off those precious advices offered by what I call the knowledge merchants.
Of course, thanks to all those beautiful algorithms which direct the web, and that might be coming handy sometimes it’s true, we are all always offered exactly what should be good for us. And since I am running a blog, dozens of people offer me to write better, market better or take better pictures. I guess you are also offered to be better at what you do.
As if we needed to be better.
Don’t you feel the same?
No this won’t be an article about how awful commercials are. Instead you will be encouraged to believe in yourself. In this article, you will have a tool for stopping believing in the last ad you saw
“Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.”
Roy T. Bennet
Actually, I don’t like commercials but I’m ok with them because when you work by yourself and especially since I used to working in the TV industry, I understand that they can help. In fact, without ads some industry might not even exist.
Let’s say you’re an actor playing in a show next week and you don’t have any contacts in the town you’re going to play in. That was the case for me some months ago, before this crazy pandemic happened. Wouldn’t you be ready to go in the streets to tell every person you meet about your show that would be played the next day? That could help but if you don’t use some ads, you can be sure that almost no one is going to come to watch your show. And if nobody comes then you’re not working.
Imagine being on stage, alone with the members of your company, in front of an empty room. You’re all dressed up, you were in the backstage full of stage fright, ready to jump and play as if it was your last role and there you see no one in the room. Imagine how awful you might feel. It just gives me a stomach ache just to think about this.
It’s like saying that if you don’t use ads, all the hard work you gave, all the rehearsals you went to and all the lines you forced yourself to learn are just lost since you cannot show what you worked on.
This is why I put up with commercials. Not because I like them, we have way too much of them but because they can help an entire industry.
But I feel like nowadays we are all adviced to run a course that will change our lives.
Every course will if you listen to them.
Of course, we are all here to learn, I believe it is why we are all incarnated here, but aren’t we enough with what we know? Do we really need to enroll in the last brand new online academy?
I just feel like this is making people believe that they are not enough and that they won’t be fully themselves until they take a particular course.
I am saying this because I already enrolled in 3 classes, paid for 2 and used about 3 months of free trial. All for what? Yes I did learn many things but this took so much of my time that I just realise now that we need to focus on what we have, what we know and who we are spending our time with.
You see, every teacher you will have also have to learn everyday about the very thing they are teaching. Even if it is just being aware of the news and new laws for a lawyer for instance.
All I’m saying is that we all have to learn eveyday but eveything we are learning is taught to us by life itself. All the lessons we need to learn will be taught to us, in a way we might not even expect.
Didn’t you make a mistake that someone warned you about? Like start smoking cigarettes or lend money to someone who didn’t deserve it? Your loved ones warned you but you had to make the mistake so you would learn the lesson.
Isn’t it exactly why you always come accross the same problem every now and then?
Simply because you didn’t learn the lesson and life is teaching it to you again and again, until you understand and learn it well.
So next time you think about enrolling in the last online course you saw, be kind enough to ask yourself : « Do I really need this? » If you don’t have time, if other issues needing to be worked on are awaiting you then it means that you should already focus on what you have and come back to it later. You might even realise that you don’t even need that course anymore.
We will talk about how life has a way of directing back to you the same issues over and over in a later article.
I hope this one encouraged you to believe in yourself and to trust the skills you already have. If it did, you should be interested in next week’s article which will be about our series on the mind-body connection and specifically about the healing power of our body.
You are enough.
You are good.
You are smart.
You are beautiful.
You are love.
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Until then, remember that life has always something to teach you, everyday. Even if it is about opening a door for an elderly.
Recent events have – let’s hope so – brought everyone to think a little more about their choices considering what they consume and about the value of the actions that lead the world.
Once upon a time, there was a world where everyone were helping each other. People used their given free time to think about their neighbours by playing music on their balcony, by offering to go grocery shopping to protect them or even a time where we were applauding healthcare services at our windows – at least that was some time ago in France. (check this article from Reuters to know more about this).
But this, was before.
Today, we are queuing 3 hours long to get a Macdonalds menu, eat it cold or even alone in our car. We wait at least the same time to spend money in our luxurious clothes store we missed so much, making sure we bare our teeth if the person next to us isn’t respecting its distance.
I don’t know about you but after everything that happened, I feel even more close to humanitarian causes, those that are important and that bring surplus-value to our world.
Didn’t we have the example we needed to believe in a sense of togetherness?
This article won’t be about making you act for a humanitarian cause, it will be about showing you examples on how, by working together, we can achieve greatness.
« Man is by nature a social animal. »
Aristotle, greek philosopher who lived in the years 300 BC, already saw that and explained it really well. This famous quote doesn’t stop here as he also says that « anyone who does not partake in society is either a beast or a god ».
Of course this can be interpreted wrong but he does have a point. We are better if we act for the world and for the people that are in our world.
Do you know of someone who spent his life all by himself and was doing great?
If so, I would be pleased to meet that person and chat with them.
Isolating someone is a form of punishment in jails.
How many stories did you hear about an old person loosing the love of its life and then dying from grief or simply loosing its head?
Does anyone of you watched the movie Into the Wild by Sean Penn? A movie about a young man who decides to leave everyone and everything to hitchhike and live in the wilderness. I advise you to watch it if you haven’t already.
I don’t know about you but those kind of story inspire me to always be on the lookout to work with my peers and my loved ones.
Alone we go faster together we go further.
In 1993 a study was conducted to measure the benefits of meditation. Washington had a high crime rate and conducted this study. A group of meditators came into the city to meditate during an evening. Criminal rate decreased by 23.3% that same evening.
It seems like a group of people meditating and raising the vibrations of the city was enough for crime to slow down. If you’re interested to know more about this, you should read my article 4 Different Ways Our Body Ingest Energy.
« Washington crime study shows 23.3% drop in violent crime trend due to meditating group »
Sometimes, we even want to help but we are unfortunately too weak if we face the problem by our own.
In Mauritius recently, a ship leaked so many oil in the ocean that a « state of environmental emergency » was declared. In order for the ocean to be cleaned up, Mauritius residents were cutting off their hair to soak up the oil. See the article about it here.
Would it have the same effect with the hair of only one person? I don’t think so.
Here we have another example of what people can do when they work together.
Those are the 3 examples I wanted to share with you this week. Because I think we should all start to believe in each other again. In order to do that, we should always cultivate our awareness. Something I told you about in my article The Mind-Body Connection.
And you, what do you think about all this? Is Aristotle crazy according to you? What do you think about the story about the mediation group in Washington? Does the story in Mauritius have an effect on you and which one? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
I hope you liked that article and that it encouraged you to search for that help you so deeply need.
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Are you used to feeling anxious? Scared? Does anyone tried to help you in this matter but did quite the opposite?
In the last article The Mind-Body Connection introduced the subject of always being connected to what we do. This means being aware of our own emotions and desires and acting upon them.
I can assure you that meditation can be a powerful tool for addressing those issues.
Because I have been practicing meditation on a daily basis for 7 years now.
People fail to help you because they are not in your shoes and might address the problem from an angle you don’t really need and therefore, the problem still exists.
Meditation can be your medication.
It can help you overcome your issues, if you know how to use it.
How does meditation can help me?
Why doesn’t it work on me?
Is there a simple tool I can use for helping me meditate?
Those are the questions we are addressing today.
How does meditation can help?
Meditation is simple and practical.
Research shows that simply by sitting down and closing your eyes you can access a level of relaxation that is deeper that deep sleep.
It reduces stress hormones by 30 to 40% where a good night sleep reduces it by 10 to 12%.
It increases serotonin, prolactin, oxytocin and reduces blood pressure. It even increases the production of anti-aging hormones.
It is more effective that any other relaxation techniques.
Research also shows that it makes new connection in the brain. If you scan the brain of someone that is meditating, you will see connection happening in the left and right side of his brain as well as in the back and front of it.
Which results in making us make better decisions, have better judgment because we allow the part of the brain responsible for this -the pre frontal cortex- to be well fed in oxygen particularly.
Meditation helps us become our best self.
When I was starting meditation, I encountered a wonderful teacher that helped me understand that I was embodying letting go thanks to meditation.
After a 45 minute mediation I had with him, we all shared our experience. At that time I had a hard time staying still, I always had to readjust my position or even just was disturbed by my own clothes. I explained him that I finally was able to tell myself during that single meditation that it could wait, that for this moment I was able to stay still and wait for the end of the meditation for moving or even for thinking about something else I had in mind.
He congratulated the effort and showed me that my meditation journey was on the good path.
Meditation doesn’t always work
Meditation can work for everyone, but it can also worsen the very thing you’re trying to meditate for. This is because there are several types of meditation.
Of course, if you look online, everyone is going to tell you that their technique is the best one there is but this is just a lie. Unfortunately those are the ones that are going to be the closest to sectarianism.
As a matter of fact, you can choose what type of meditation you want to do according to what you’re doing it for.
Before choosing the type of meditation you’re going to dedicate yourself to, you should ask yourself those questions :
What is the goal of my mediation? Do you want to feel more free, let go a situation in particular, understand something …
Which sense do you prefer? Some meditation will be more visual when others might be more auditory …
Which aspect do you want to develop the most? Patience, love, spirituality, memory, focus …
We will go through the types of meditation in a later article but for now I would suggest any beginner to try and start with those types of meditation :
Yoga nidra : this is actually the simplest one I was given to try. You just lay down on your back and let yourself be guided by the voice of your meditation teacher.
Spinal breathing : which will help your anxiety as well as mantra and mindfulness meditation.
Inner silence : lead you to know yourself, deal with your confusion or restlessness.
Learn to overcome your fear thanks to a simple tool
I’m using fear as an example here and the tool I’m going to share with you can be used with any emotions you’re having difficult times with.
The tool I’m sharing with you comes from another meditation teacher I had and uses the technical memo RAIN.
RAIN stands for Recognise, Allow, Investigate, Nurture.
Recognise : name your fear.
Allow : do not judge it but instead allow it to be here.
Investigate : feel where it lives in your body and what sensation it brings you.
Nurture : use your own kindness and care to begin being present with the fear.
After the rain, feel the shift that has happened from the fearful self when you started to that space of compassionate presence.
Want some help?
I can now tell you that soon, an online meditation course will be available on the blog. It is a 21 day challenge designed for discovering meditation where I teach you the fundamentals of mediation in a progressive way. The first day of the challenge will include 1 minute of meditation the second day 2 minutes, the third day 3 minutes and so on until 21 minutes of meditation for day 21.
Be sure to stay tuned, more information about this in a few weeks.
I hope you enjoyed this article and that it gave you a clearer idea of what meditation can do for you.
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In the meantime, remember that everything you do can be turned into meditation, from sitting to making dishes and running. It only takes conscious presence in what you are doing.
Do you always feel connected to what you’re doing? Do you wish to be more connected and aware?
As promised in one of my last articles, On Being Childlike we’re going to start talking about this mystical connection that is always available to us…
The mind body connection.
When you’re used to driving the same road everyday, you might find yourself being caught up in driving, it can even sometimes happen that you forget the way you just drove through.
Take a deep breath with me.
And then release it.
Here, you’ve just made a step further into connecting your mind with your body.
Connecting your body with your mind have many meanings. One of them is to bring life into some parts of your body that you tend to forget.
Your tongue for instance. If you think about it, you’ll realize that you have a tendency to keep it up on the roof of your mouth. You do this without even thinking about it.
Just like when you’re used to driving on the same road everyday. And it is proven that what is happening is that you are hypnotizing yourself for a short time. That’s called auto-hypnosis, which will more likely happen when your mind isn’t connected to your body.
You will tend to loose focus on yourself.
Take another deep breath with me.
Bring your attention to your mouth now, are you able to relax it even more than it already is? Where is your tongue? Up or relaxed at the bottom of your mouth?
Don’t you feel more relaxed now?
The first step into connecting your mind with your body is simple. Breath and realize that you have a body, notice all the parts of it and learn to relax it more and more everyday.
If one looses focus on oneself it is more easy to stop controlling what one is doing. I told you in the article 4 Ways Our Body Ingest Energy that I stopped smoking. What will happen if I’m not in control of what I do?
What will happen if my mind isn’t connected to my body?
I will forget the benefits of stopping smoking, I will loose myself into listening to the voice that tells me to enjoy things and to loose the benefits of my efforts.
Which takes us back to saying that when we loose our mind-body connexion we stop being our best self, we stop stepping into ou power and therefore loose our time, efforts and energy.
The next article will teach you more clearly about meditation and its benefits. You will also learn about a new meditation course that will soon be available on the blog.
Thanks for reading this article, I hope it introduced you well to this topic and made you even more curious to know more.
Being more aware can be considered as being magical in so many ways. We’ll see that soon enough.
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In the meantime, stay connected to your surroundings by simply trying to notice all that exists in your field of view, all that you’ve never noticed before and more specifically all that is alive around you, from plants to humans and animals.
Do you also feel the need for more simplicity? New methods for “eating better” and “feeling better” are beyond you?
Ayurveda is a science sister to yoga – my article about Yoga as a Path to Transformation is also available – that wants to equilibrate our mind and body so we can live in harmony with our mental, physical and emotional health.
A lot of people are used to running to the doctor once they are hurting somewhere in their body. Do they think about the fact that pain is a way for our body to bring to our awareness that there is a problem that can be fixed without any drugs?
My body is hurting, so I go see a doctor, I get a prescription, I pay for all this and then my heart is hurting. It’s a vicious circle when we think about it. And even if sometimes, drugs are necessary, we must think twice about what we are making our body ingest. I talk a more about this in my article 4 Ways Our Body Ingest Energy.
Didn’t you ever tell yourself that your doctor was only treating symptoms and not the cause of your problems? A very wise woman once told me that if my knee was hurting it might be because my relationships were as well. As a matter of fact, she explained the French word to me – knee in French is genoux – and told me that she was writing it JE and NOUS – I and WE. I even went back to her some other time and she had another explanation for the same word, she told me that we could also write it differently, JE NOUE – literally I tie – meaning I tie problems with myself, so my relationship with myself was bad.
In our run for knowledge and always going faster and longer, we want our body to go faster and so we highjack our own body and its own way to function.
Ayurvedic medicine was born in ancient Vedic times, about – 1 000 BC. It is based on a set of Vedas – knowledge in sanskrit-, it is literally a science – or knowledge – of life. This ancient medicine is going to take care of our whole body to lead us to a balance of the being of the person in need.
Freedom from illness depends upon expanding our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body.
According to this science, by taking care of our mind and body, and so our spirit, we attain an inner balance. A balance I talk about in my article about meditation, Stop Running and Listen to Yourself.
Ayurveda assumes that all that is present in nature is also present in ou body. We are made of the different elements, fire represented by ambition, joy of living, air with incessant thoughts for example, water with creativity or even earth by anchoring.
According to the World Health Organization, Ayurveda is known to be a “a traditional medicine including different practices, approaches, knowledge and beliefs and health matter, using herbal and/or mineral-based medicines, spiritual therapies, manual technical exercises, with the aim of maintaining well-being, as well as treat, diagnose or prevent the disease.”
We’ll talk about this more in a future article but to keep things simple, according to Ayurveda, we can rank ourselves in 3 différent doshas, that are bio-physical energies by which we are all formed.
VATA, refering to air element and space. Vata means “to move” and people in this category like to move particularly.
PITTA, energy of fire and water. Pittas are always in need of transformation and like to sacrifice in their work.
KAPHA, earth and water. Kaphas are stables, and have a tranquility of mind, they are calm and home-loving.
By knowing your type, you will be more inclined to know when and where you are out of balance in your body and mind. Thanks to Ayurveda, we can be taught to choose certain type of food, or even meditation and yoga poses that fits our type and that balance our doshas so we will feel better.
When we feel better, it is more easy to step further into life. I would even say that life give us the tools necessary to go forward by ourselves, by listening to us and let us be guided by our instinct.
For instance, I have a tendency to run everywhere and to overload myself with work, that’s my Vita side. But, if I make sure I eat enough vegetables that are good for grounding and so that I balance my Kapha side, I will feel better and more balanced.
If you want to know your type, I invite you to take the quizz on this website.
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Have you ever felt the need to be alone? Did you ever feel the need to step back and take time by yourself in nature?
I knew about someone who was one of those people who needed to please its friends and family to feel accepted. I saw that he was completely forgetting himself just because he thought that he needed to do as many things as possible to finally be accepted by someone and therefore to be whole.
Maybe if by then I had known about what was a silent retreat, I could have had told him about it and it would have been a life saver for him. Because after all those empty attempts he never found anyone that had the same convictions and therefore he felt rejected and even rejected himself from his country..
Maybe you too are feeling overwhelmed by some people or just maybe by social medias. Maybe you also need to step back from the news and the situation happening in the world with the virus. And I know that it is overwhelming, you can get easily anxious with the situation and that’s partly why I decided to experience this silent retreat.
Hridaya Yoga, a mediation – yoga school based in France organised a 3 and 10 day silent meditation retreat – in French and English. The rules were simple, we had to be alone for the duration of the retreat and we couldn’t do anything more than what the program was offering. Except eating of course and writing on a journal ; no music, no reading, no talking.
Thanks to the quarantine – if I can say it like that – Hridaya Yoga organised this online silent retreat based on a conscious donation. Anyone who was interested could join and take part in all the courses offered. We were guided through four hours of meditation, two hours of yoga and three hours of teachings each days from 8 am to 9 pm.
Of course if you’ve read my articles, you know that I’m familiar with mediation but I was never bold enough – because it takes courage – to meditate for one full hour. My girlfriend joined the French group and I joined the English one. The French group was guided by Deborah Blin and the English group was guided by the founder of the school, Sahajananda.
Sahajananda stayed in silence for 17 years. Yes, you heard well, 17 years. And when you follow his mediations, it’s wonderful to see how, even through a camera, his peace can touch you. All the teachings given in this school are the product of 17 years of silence.
I’m not going to lie, staying in silence for 3 days was really hard, especially when you know that I planned to do the 10 day retreat. But this is also part of the process, yes, all in good time.
Moreover, as I said I was doing it with my girlfriend, but in a little flat so we had to organise our three days in order for us to not even see or eat with each other. We weren’t even supposed to sleep next to each other, we couldn’t do that so we agreed that we wouldn’t look nor touch. It might seem harsh but since we wanted to have the full experience, we had to play along.
The first day was the harder one, my mind even tried to spoil me by checking my bank account. This too could wait. It is difficult to talk about an experience like this since everything is happening in your mind and especially in your heart. My girlfriend explains her experience here :
“I apprehended a lot before the retreat because of all the things we couldn’t do, like not interact with anyone and especially not having any information coming in or out if I can say it like that, no books, no tv… But despite those apprehensions, it made me feel a lot better, like an introspection, something I wasn’t used to do. It did lift things to the surface of my being but it help me sort things out and soothed me. It was like an exploration of the self. »
As for myself, I know that there is a Ben before the retreat and a Ben after ; it’s a crazy experience and we don’t realise how our mind are busy and how we really have to calm them. Now I’m taking things less seriously and I’m learning to listen to myself even more. Since then, my meditations and yoga sessions are a lot more easier and I go through life more serenely. The retreat wasn’t easy at first but we do have to fall before flying.
I advise you to look for a retreat like this. Another one I heard about is Vipassana. But I’m sure you can find one of your own that suit you best and that you can benefit from. Life can be scary sometimes but remember those moments where you stepped out of your comfort zone, wasn’t it worth it? The fledgling is scared as well when it has to leave the nest and fly but when it does fly, it is finally free.
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Only because I’m actually doing a silent mediation retreat and I pre-wrote this post so you would keep being posted and know what is coming up in the blog.
Here are the next articles that will be posting in the blog.
We will talk about what is a silent retreat and what I gained from it.
I’ll explain how having a vegetarian/vegan diet is better for our mental and physical health as well as for our planet.
Then, it will give me space to talk to you about Ayurveda.
And because we already talked about many vast subject, we will take time to dive into them more specifically. What can we gain from all those? How can mediation, yoga, Ayurveda, veganism, travels, and even the corona virus, can benefit to us?
Be sure to stay tuned to know all about it.
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Welcome back! I hope everyone is feeling great and holding tight during these weird times. Today we are going deeper into the meditation series.
I see a lot of people trying to meditate, trying to be more aware of themselves and what they do or just trying to listen to something that makes them go deeper into relaxation. But they only try, they don’t seem to be able to sit and actually meditate. The thing is, in meditation you don’t even have to do anything to do it. You juste have to Be.
Sometimes I just don’t feel like meditating but still I know it could help me. And trust me, it is during those moments, when you don’t feel like it that mediation is going to be the most beneficial to you. It’s like when you go to the gym, you don’t want to go but you’re glad you did when you come out of the place. And it is something I could also say about yoga. Check out my article about yoga Yoga as a Path to Transformation.
But I know things aren’t always safe and sound, and you have a lot on your mind. This is why we are going to talk about meditative musics, and more specifically about mantras. And today we have the great privilege to welcome Carrie Grossman in the blog. Carrie Grossman is a singer and meditation teacher on the Insight Timer app. You know, the app I told you about in my article about meditation, Stop Running and Listen to Yourself. Carrie has a 10-day course on the app called Awaken the Heart through Chanting and Mantras. A course I advised you to take if you have a profile on the app! Carrie has a really beautiful voice and talks about mantras like I never heard better before, simply, truthfully and from the heart. She is going to be our host today and will be answering some questions I asked her specifically for this article. Carrie will be talking all along this article, when the text is put on italic. You’ll find links to her music and website at the end of this article.
Therefore, when I have trouble being still and keeping my mind steady, I think it helps to put on some music. I like listening to loud music but it is also refreshing to listen to something that talks to your soul. I sometimes like to listen to meditative music when I’m working or just cleaning my place. A YouTube channel I like for that is Meditative Mind. They’re sharing musics like this one. And I also listen to mantras.
For those who don’t know, Carrie Grossman explains what they are : mantras are sacred sound formulas. They are ancient sonic tools that can help to quiet our mind and open our heart. The word mantra comes from two Sanskrit words: “man”, which means “mind” and “tra”, which means “to cross over” or “to protect”. So a mantra is something that helps our mind go beyond thought, and it also helps to protect our mind from itself.
Carrie also specify that mantras were not created by anyone, but it’s said that they exist in nature. The Rishis, or great seers of India, heard the sounds in the depths of their meditations, and they articulated them. Then, these sounds were passed on in an oral tradition for thousands of years. Today, we’re blessed to have access to them.
This subject is really large and it is difficult to talk about it in just one article but basically, I advise you to use mantra in your daily life, or just even during your meditations for a start. It’s only when you tried one and made the effort to feel its vibration that you can truly understand. I asked Carrie the best way to use them and this is her response :
There are many different ways to use mantras. They can be spoken, chanted, sung, whispered, or repeated silently in the mind. One popular mantra practice is known as Kirtan. This is a call-and-response singing practice that can be done in a group. It’s a very joyful way to experience the power of mantras and chanting. This kind of devotional music is widely available by different artists, and it’s a wonderful aid to meditation.
And believe me, she truly has a gift for singing them. I love listening to some of her interpretations and I really think she has a way of demystifying this ancient spiritual technique. You don’t have to be religious to sing them but sometimes it can feel like it and I advise you to go check Carrie’s music. As I said, she has a gift for modernising mantras, I think her way of doing it is more accessible than the traditional way.
Carrie talks about it like a sonic tool. Actually, scientist know that all that is present on earth has a vibration correspondant. We are indeed made of vibration, we can feel it when we are connected to others emotionally, we tend to feel their love, fear, joy, excitement … this all has to do with vibration. We also know that the earth itself has a vibration (we can think of the schumann resonance). You might have heard people chanting “Om” when they meditate or do yoga for instance. This sound is simply the vibration of the crown chakra (the one on top of the head), dedicated to our connection to the universe. Therefore, when I chant “Om” I am re-aligning myself (my chakra) with the universe. It is the same for mantras, as Carrie put it, they are sacred sound formulas, they are a succession of sanskrit words and “magic” sounds. Or as she put it : Everything in this world is made up of vibrations—including our thoughts and emotions. Since mantras are the purest sound vibrations, they can help to shift our vibration and uplift our mind and heart. Mantras can also purify the atmosphere.
So it’s not necessary to chant them, you can just listen to them and their magic will happen anyway. Since they are vibrations, playing them will make the vibration live and do its work on your being, on the planet and on your home.
However, this can be considered as a religious practice because of the repetition of the sounds. It is said, as in other religions as well that one has to chant a mantra / say a prayer enough time for it to make it work. So what happen for people who don’t really believe in that kind of things? The good thing about mantra is that you don’t really have to believe in them, neither do you have to count the number of time you’re chanting them. As a matter of fact, you don’t necessarily even understand what you are saying when you do sing them. Carrie answers this as well :
When chanting or listening to a mantra, it’s not necessary to believe anything—the power lies in the vibration of the sounds. While it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of what the mantras mean, ultimately they’re beyond any conceptual understanding.
Necessary during this times of need, help has to come from many places and I think dedicating some time of our quarantine to help others during this big “war” against the virus should be beneficial and a priority to everyone of us. The more we do it, the more vibrations are working for us and therefore the battle will be won way easily! Carrie also addresses this :
One very important mantra that can be chanted anytime is Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, which means “May all beings everywhere be peaceful and happy.” You can chant this every day, or find a recording to listen to or sing along. This is a beautiful way to send prayers and healing thoughts to all of creation.
Here is Carrie’s song dedicated to this particular mantra. Believe me, you can feel the benefits of the mantra within the first minute.
Here’s another one of her mantras that I love, Ang Sang Wahe Guru. It is a mantra for oneness that means “the lovely energy of the universe vibrates in every cell of my being”. When I first listened to it, I could basically feel my being coming back to itself and in alignment, a very powerful tool. And with Carrie’s voice, it is felt like sweet, trust me.
Of course, you can find many artists singing mantras, here are two of them I chose for you. Bhagavan Das, you can listen to one of his tracks here ; and Craig Pruess, enjoy his music here
We are only talking about thoughts, songs and time dedicated to this. You don’t have to pay anything and you don’t have to do a big ritual to make it work so why not give it a try?
I think this was a lot to take in already. I’ll let you digest everything and we might come back to this subject in the future. Don’t hesitate to ask any questions if you like.
If you want to know more about Carrie’s music, please go check her website. You’ll find out more about her work and her music here : carriegmusic.com. You can also find some of her music on her YouTube channel here.
I hope this article gave you a clear idea of what mantras are and made you want to listen to them – even more.
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As promised, let me now introduce you to yoga. I will share the history of yoga, how I went to it and how I find it really beneficial to anyone who wants to improve their life and wellbeing.
Yoga is both a physical and spiritual practice originated in ancient India. The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit (ancient Indian language) yuj – to yoke and samadhi – concentration. Therefore, the one who practice yoga wants to connects one body, mind and spirit and go toward liberation. You can find many different interpretations of what yoga is and we can speak about more than 20 different types of yoga, each with its own practice and goals.
As a matter of fact, yoga was originally created in order for one to be able to stay seated longer while meditating. The more you’re comfortable in your body, the more you’re able to stay still and listen to yourself. Originally, Indus practiced yoga in order to grow spiritually speaking. The yogis encourage union with the finite jiva (transitory self) and with the infinite Brahman (eternal self). Brahman is a term used by the Hindus to mean “God”. To say that in another way, yogis want to connect to the inner God everyone holds in their being in order to find peace. Yoga is ancient path to spiritual growth, a system created to rejuvenate the body and prolong life.
For a beginner, I would suggest starting with restorative yoga, which is a very relaxing and grounded type of yoga. Everybody can do it and everybody should do it, because you don’t even have to do the effort or have to use your muscles, you use the ground and the gravity to help you go deeper into the relaxation. Yes, you read well, I’m talking about relaxation, I’m not telling you to force yourself into building muscles. And it is really good for recovery, healing, anxiety, helps you stretch and even practice patience! If you want to build muscles, then there is another type of yoga that is available for you.
In addition, yoga is known to be therapeutic and really good for all sorts of health and mental issues. Studies have shown its effectiveness for back pain, anxiety, schizophrenia, self acceptation, to name a few.
Actually, I think yoga is a very good way to come into contact with your being, with your body. I know there’s a lot of people showing off the postures they’re doing on social medias and I think that’s the opposite of what yoga should be about. Yoga is about working on your impatience and listening to what your body is trying to tell you. It’s a good thing to want to be good at what you do but it’s another thing to help yourself going there.
When you do yoga, you want to be in tune with your breath. As everyone knows, the breath is where life flows, so as long as you breath, you will be able to tune into your body and your dharma (purpose).
Even if your goal is to build strength, you always tune to your breath to be aware of your muscles. The more you do it, the more you’re able to recognise where your body can go and where you want to lead it.
The mind is a calm meditative flow. The more your mind is steady, the more your body will be as well. The mind is a meditative calm steady flow when you do yoga, the body is an expression of that inner state. So here we are, we use this exercise to always build more steadiness in our mind. That’s where yoga is a meditative practice.
The methods used in the yoga techniques cannot be separated from its philosophy. Because yoga is considered to be a practice of psychosomatic exercices. The more you practice the exercices, the more you are inclined to feel the benefits. In the repetition of the movement, the magic arises.
A yoga teacher once told me :
“We’re not here to suffer through the experience but really grow as a result of the experience. Not only growing physically but also growing mentally and emotionally. As you learn to relate to experiences of discomfort, this skill translates directly into your daily life, when you encounter challenging or uncomfortable situations you can remain relaxed there and interact in a much more functional way with the different experiences of your life.”
And that’s what I actually find magical about yoga. Where one comes into the mat, one is dedicated to doing good to oneself. By deciding to show up and just be here with yourself, you come into contact with your own being, discovering what keeps you away from fulfilling your deepest desires.
It’s like an analogy of life, you come into the mat as you would come into your life. Some days you’re lazy and you just want to relax and some days you want to be as good as you can be and build strength. Of course, the more you practice, the more you will find yoga intense, and that’s when you will have to allow yourself to remain relaxed within this intensifying experience. Discomfort is perfectly normal in the context of yoga and in the context of life, if you feel pain, that’s when you know you have to stand back and change your position – or experience if we still talk about life experiences. When having challenging experiences, you learn to breath, to relax with discomfort and learn from it.
Furthermore, I would advise anyone who wants to start this journey to alternate any type of yoga they’re doing. If you want to build strength, it’s good for you to work on your core and always challenge you but it is also good to know when to relax and listen when your body is asking you to stand back. And if you’re doing yoga only to relax yourself, challenging you might be beneficial.
As you move through the body, there is a lot of energy that we are transmuting. We are playing with the energies coexisting with us, breath, life, laughs, tears, gifts, chakras …
Though the body is how you get to discover your spirit. Even faster than reading books. You drop into the very present moment. Mind starts to go away when you’re in the movement part. Naturally you connect with your heart more and the present is what allows your spirit to blossom, because you’re connected with your body and spirit and the mind is not doing this chatter thing. I find moving in general to be one of the most helpful ways to connect to your spirit.
We are made to move, because if we don’t, we fall.
Personally, I know yoga and therefore meditation has been really beneficial to me. I used to have panic attacks, to speak too fast to be understood and to move through life even faster than my mind was even able to articulate. I come to yoga/meditation as often as I can because when I don’t I feel that my body is not in tune with my being anymore. When I start to articulate my movement with my breath, I am able to come back into my true essence, I encounter myself every time a little more. And it is always a pleasure to discover another part of myself. That’s where I find the magic in life. It’s magical to look at a tree when you remember that it was only a little seed in the beginning. And it is magical to see that one can be even better everyday. I used to think that only self-centered persons could think that way but now, I think that it takes courage and maturity to be able to live in peace with oneself.