Mantra: I AM
In my book “destressifying” we learn that everything in our existence is based on our attention and our intention. What we place our attention on grows and blossoms and blooms in our awareness; what we drift our attention away from, diminishes, and dies. We know that when someone “pays” attention to us, they are unplugging from their world and redirecting their focus to us. We sense it. We value it. We need it.
Many schools of meditation perform certain rituals before the actual meditation occurs, such as chanting Om, saying a prayer, setting intentions, or asking questions. The purpose is not to then bring these questions actively into your meditation. In fact, it’s to get certain intentions and dialogues out into the ether. I like the question-and-answer format prior to meditation, because it allows me the opportunity to settle into the key things going on in my life and to bring some intentions—not just my attention—to them.
You can begin your daily practice with any questions or any prayer you feel like starting with. Sitting in silence for a few moments before you meditate, feel free to ask yourself questions such as:
Who am I? What do I need? What do I want? What am I grateful for? What is my dharma or purpose in life? How can I be more forgiving today? More trusting? More accepting? More compassionate? More tolerant? More loving? More abundant? How can I help, heal, and serve others using my unique abilities and my distinctive talents?
These are the type of questions that hundreds of thousands of practitioners ask themselves to gain greater clarity.