Habit: Day 19

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Yesterday I learned of a meditation mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, which is apparently pretty popular. Being fairly new to the meditation scene (can I even call it that?), there are many mantras and meditation tracks I’m unfamiliar with. It’s fun to learn new things and I almost feel like a kid learning all about how water comes out of the faucet–everyone else already knows about it and thinks it’s cute that I just learned it. But the beauty about feeling like a child about it is that I don’t care–I just learned something awesome!

This morning I meditated for 9:37 to this new mantra I learned, which can be found here, if you’d like to check it out for yourself. The interesting thing about doing this meditation was that it was completely different from the 20-minute meditation I’ve been doing since I began this campaign. The music is different. There are spoken words. That’s the extent of the external difference, but the internal difference is further reaching.

Om Mani Padme Hum (I’m told), literally translates to: “Aum, the Jewel in the Lotus, hum.” And according to the source who posted it,

is recited by Tibetan Buddhists to invoke Chenrezi, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Repeating this mantra accumulates merit and eases negative karma; meditating upon it is believed to purify the mind and body.

Spinning prayer wheels, physical or digital, are believed to confer the same benefit as speaking the mantra. It is often recited with the aid of a mala (string of prayer beads.)

This morning, I chanted along with the song, and found comfort in the vibration of the words in my body. I found it difficult to keep up, though, and felt my steady and calm breathing suffered a little by speaking the mantra aloud. Tomorrow I’ll try again just listening and see what the difference becomes for me.

As for what I learned from the experience (the ever-important: What’s the learning here?), it’s about discomfort. Kind of. I’m learning to not get too comfortable with one thing. When I’m too comfortable with one thing, I’m stagnant and not learning. When I’m too comfortable, I know what I’m doing. And when I know what I’m doing, I want to stay in that comfortable little box of knowing and not test myself with anything else. But where’s the growth in that?

This whole meditation experience has been so…inviting. Amazing. Filled with growth. Filled with love. Filled with the magic of the Universe. Since I first began meditation I knew there was something great to it, but I never thought I had the time for it. Looking back, I didn’t have time for either the meditation or the greatness of it. I just wasn’t where I am today yet. I don’t regret not starting this sooner, I only cherish it now.

What I’m finding out about myself is that the deeper I dig, the more capacity I have. Capacity for love. Capacity for faith. Compassion. Forgiveness. Honor. Integrity. Healing. Letting go. Creativity. Awareness. Life.

This is part of what I’m learning about myself through meditation. What are you learning? And then…what will you do with that learning? Me? I’m sharing my learning. I’m growing my learning. And I’m basking in my learning. I hope you are, too.

Photo courtesy: Swami Stream via Flickr.
  • michael meng

    Dian… wonderful to catch your writing on meditation. So good to hear of your illumination in that field of curiosity.
    I still receive your feeds on FB. great to hear of all your expansion, teachings & learnings you are traveling thru…

    You are wonderful-beautiful-amazing-

    I am on Orcas Island, building homes of driftwood, hunting wild sea-weed, permaculture farming, designing gnomie domes, raw food catering & teaching, watching salmon spawn up river, clambering up mountains, writing, dreaming, healing, fasting, stretching, & wearing lots of wool while sailing on the sea…
    May blessings of clarity-health-happiness be yours.
    Michael

  • michael meng

    Dian… wonderful to catch your writing on meditation. So good to hear of your illumination in that field of curiosity.
    I still receive your feeds on FB. great to hear of all your expansion, teachings & learnings you are traveling thru…

    You are wonderful-beautiful-amazing-

    I am on Orcas Island, building homes of driftwood, hunting wild sea-weed, permaculture farming, designing gnomie domes, raw food catering & teaching, watching salmon spawn up river, clambering up mountains, writing, dreaming, healing, fasting, stretching, & wearing lots of wool while sailing on the sea…
    May blessings of clarity-health-happiness be yours.
    Michael

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