Om Mani Padme Hum

February can be a tough month for some of us, especially those who live in colder climates. We often experience feelings of hopelessness, depression, anxiety and fatigue. Some days it may be hard to get out of bed, which results in a lack of motivation to work or practice Yoga.

When you have a case of the winter blues, you can change your mindset by simply chanting a mantra in your head or out loud.

Om Mani Padme Hum is an excellent prayer during this time of year. It is an all encompassing and widely used mantra in Buddhism. It opens the heart, purifies the mind from attachment, and “invokes the embodiment of compassion” and unconditional love into the spirit. Chanting this mantra with intention can lift your spirit and balance your mood.

Directions:

Sit in a comfortable seat, with the neck long and the spine straight. You can sit on your bed up against the wall, or on the floor with your hips elevated above your feet. Next, place your hands on your knees or in your favorite mudra.

Come to your breath and close the eyes, relaxing the space between your eyebrows. Then, chant “Om Mani Padme Hum” twenty or more times, until you start to feel relaxed and safer in your body.

Read more on the benefits of this mantra: https://www.doyouyoga.com/how-to-keep-practicing-yoga-when-youre-feeling-really-low/

More history of this mantra:http://www.dharma-haven.org/tibetan/meaning-of-om-mani-padme-hung.htm

Lauren Hanna