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Mantras and chanting offer a powerful tool to calm the mind, reduce incessant thinking, and create focus and empowerment in our lives

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Mantras are a powerful tool to calm the mind, reduce incessant thinking, and create focus and empowerment in our lives. They work on the principle of sound vibrations affecting our subtle, spiritual and physical bodies in a specific way. Mantras originate not only from India but also from cultures and traditions all around the world.

We are fortunate to have a rich diversity of sacred chants from many backgrounds like Sufi (Islam), Buddhist, Native American, European & African. This is unifying and helps us to understand the underlying oneness of our human heritage. Chanting has been scientifically proven to have numerous benefits to our overall well being.

  • Reduces anxiety and depression – regular chanting works by returning us to what is essential within us. It is very effective in clearing away subconscious habit patterns.  
  • The breathing pattern that occurs when we chant is very beneficial for our lungs, heart & nervous system. 
  • Aligns us with our inner divine nature – our thoughts reflect and affect our mood, our attitude and our general tenor. Our thoughts are silent sounds and sounds are electromagnetic vibrations. The more refined our thoughts, the more elevated our vibration, the closer we get to the highest vibration of all – our own divine nature. The entire universe was built on sound, which is nothing but vibration. By vibrating a certain combination of sounds, we are able to tune into various levels of intelligence, or consciousness. Thus, chanting mantras is a conscious method of controlling our moods, and in turn, our frequency and resultant all-around radiance, much like changing the channel on the television. 

Here is a beautiful tale about the choice we all have to invest in our well being or not. An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed. 

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