By Pilar Stella
I’ve decided that 2016 is the “Year of Love” and have dedicated myself to finding the kismet, godwinks and little reminders that love truly is all around us by posting #366daysofLOVE2016 on Facebook and Instagram every day when I am inspired. It has already opened me up to seeing the magic all around and how much love is in our lives – if and when we pay attention.
I became a Kundalini yoga teacher, gong master and Sat Nam Rasayan healer because these disciplines helped heal me of many of my own ailments – physical and mental — in my adult life and have reminded me that each of us has within us the power to heal ourselves and others. Through these practices, I have come to believe in magic and see the miracles of yoga, meditation and mantra/sound that modern science is just beginning to catch up with.
Below are four of my favorite mantras that aid heart chakra healing especially when I am in need of some extra self care and self love.
1. Heart of the Universe, by Peter Kater & Snatam Kaur
The song’s lyrics together with the angelic voice of Snatam Kaur and magical piano of Peter Kater call forth a lightness and grace that can heal any heart. The song goes…
“There is a space that exists with us and around us, where angels sing, on rays of light, and love pours forth, love pours forth, love pours forth, from the heart of the universe.
2. Aisa Naam, by Sat Purkh
Sat Purkh’s beautiful version of the Mannai Pauris (12-15) of Japji is one of my favorites about letting go, finding our path and truth and the resulting fruits that manifest through the simple act of surrender. The mantra follows…
Such is the naam it makes you pure, if you agree to agree, your mind becomes sure…
I am held by a hand, I am held by a hand, and I am lifted up, I am lifted up…
I am free, I am infinity, and I am lifted up, Yes I am lifted up.
Walk with me, walk with me, take my hand and walk with me.
Come with me, come with me, we’ll cross the world ocean, come with me.
When we surrender and open up our hearts to this, we are lifted up in beauty, grace and gratitude.
3. So Purkh, by Nirinjan Kaur
There is a practice in the tradition of Kundalini Yoga for women to recite the mantra So Purkh for a minimum of 11 times a day for 40 straight days to call in love and raise the vibration of men in their lives. It not only calls in love, it heals the wounds of past heart ache and opens one up to true unconditional self love and love for others. It is a powerful mantra.
4. Ajai Alai, by Guru Shabad Singh Khalsa
Finally, this mantra is one that I have most recently been listening to a lot as it is for being in our power. That is, true power, which comes forth from the 4th chakra (heart) and 3rd chakra (solar plexus/navel) together. It calls you to step into and spread your light. When we step into our power, we open up to truly loving ourselves and coming from a place of love and compassion to lift others up as well.
I have most recently been chanting this meditation with my arms crossed (right over left), hands on the shoulders, and eyes closed on focused on the tip of the nose, to heal abandonment, co-dependency and gain self love and nurturing. The words are powerful:
Invincible, Indestructible. Fearless, Unchanging. Unformed, Unborn. Imperishable, Etheric. Unbreakable, Impenetrable. Unseen, Unaffected. Undying, Merciful. Indescribable, Uncostumed. Nameless, Desireless. Unfathomable, Incorruptible. Unmastered, Destroyer. Beyond birth, Beyond silence. Beyond love, beyond color. Beyond form, Beyond shape. Beyond karma, Beyond doubt. Unconquerable, Indescribable.
This mantra reminds us that when we love ourselves and have a bigger experience of ourselves, we then give others permission to have a bigger experience of themselves.
Ultimately, these mantras and my daily yoga and meditation practice continue to remind me that:
- Everything starts with loving ourselves first.
- We are all love, we don’t have to go outside of ourselves to find it.
- When we feel like our heart is broken, it is actually breaking open to allow more love in.
- Love is indeed the magic of the universe.
So here’s to calling more LOVE in our lives. Now let’s go get the sh*t kicked out of us by love!