Day 2 of my mindfulness challenge. Tibetin singing bowls, transcendental meditation, 20 min. One of my favorite mantras I used to use in college a lot, especially during my 2nd stay in #guanajuato_mx.
This is what #RamDass says...
Take for example the phrase Om Mani Padme Hum.This phrase is perhaps one of the most widely used mantras in the world today. In fact in Nepal you’ll see rocks 20 feet long and 10 feet high with Om Mani Padme Hum written in tiny letters all over the whole rock, so you can just read it like a letter. And there are prayer wheels at the temples where written in them ten million times is the phrase Om Mani Padme Hum, and you see lamas going around stupas saying Om Mani Padme Hum.
Now, when you first start to say a mantra, the first involvement is in hearing it outside, through your ears, saying it aloud and hearing it and thinking about it’s meaning. That’s the first game you play with mantra. So, if I give you that mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, you think about it and you think, “Well, what does it mean?” Now, there are many meanings – there’s a whole book written about its meaning by Govinda. One of the ways of understanding its meaning is that Om means, like Brahma, that which is behind it all, the unmanifest. Mani means jewel or crystal. Padme means lotus, and Hum means heart. So, on one level what it means is the entire universe is just like a pure jewel or crystal right in the heart or center of the lotus flower, which is me, and it is manifest, it comes forth in light, in manifest light, in my own heart. That’s one way of interpreting it.
Tonight was calmer than last. Still, as to be expected a lot of chatter going on in my brain, but I enjoyed, especially, the exhale hummmmmmmmmmm.
Shoulders were really tense and my body did not want to settle. Makes sense since it was a long day.
Tonight rest heart rate was 97 (ouch!)
0 to 10 stress=6
Sleep uninterrupted last night 7 hrs! Thats good for me!