Melissa Hevenor
Sunday November 17 , 2019
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The Magic of Mantras to Center Oneself

At the age of 13, I had an opportunity to spend time with Tibetan monks. As dysfunctional as my natural family was, they never forced me to follow their own belief system and when I showed interest in Buddhism, my mother wrote a letter requesting that I get to stay in a monastery with 12 monks. A female guardian was assigned to make sure I was well looked after, and it was 3 of the best weeks of my adolescence. I learned techniques and philosophies that helped shape my present spiritual journey. Although my gifts have always been a vital part of my existence, the mandalas that I learned and the meditation practice, have stayed with me in times of crisis during the early years of my life. Experiencing some life changes presently, which are definitely positive but also stress-provoking, I was recently reminded of the chanting practice by a client who showed me a recent clip of Tina Turner chanting the Nam-Myoho-Rengo-Kyo. This mantra is by far my favorite. It connects one to mystic law that reminds us we are connected to all creation and in the center of us lives the essence of Divinity, if we seek such a connection. I often mention my prayer, meditation and mantra practice on Facebook, and after doing so, a client messaged me and asked if I could send an example of what the mantra chanting sounds like, so she could model herself after my practice. Being that she was messaging me from Australia, it was 2:30 in the morning, and I was rather tired, but decided that G-d was asking me to serve at that moment, by helping someone connect, so I recorded a brief segment of my chanting practice. However, I intended to send it by private message, but due to being tired, I accidentally placed it on my public page. I am a firm believer that all things happen the way they were supposed to, and as a result, I received the most beautiful e-mail from someone who has been practicing this mantra for 35 years, and she sent me the most inspiring e-mail that I will cherish forever. When you first begin chanting the mantras, you may feel a little silly or awkward, but if you work hard to feel very present while reciting them, and believe with all your heart in their power to change your life, they will. In fact, many of the beautiful blessings that I am facing today result from my mantra prayer and meditation practice. Mantras are magical and sacred and should be treated as such, but I also feel it is important to share about these practices so that others can receive the same blessings that they invoke. With love and happy OM-ing, Melissa

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