Mantras for Transition and Stress

Close-up of a sad young womanFall is a time of transitions. Children start new school years. The days are growing noticeably shorter as the earth transitions from summer to winter. And this year, on 11.11.11 we are starting the Aquarian Age. Transition and change can be energizing, such as starting a new job or moving into a new house. Or they can be intimidating, such as losing a job or ending a relationship. In times of stress, sometimes our practice can slip away. Yoga music and mantra can be very helpful to ease transitions, and keep us connected to the energy of the universe so we don’t get depleted. Qualities like bravery and wisdom are important emotional tools to help navigate changes. Here are a few of my favorite mantras and yoga music albums for times of change.

 

Bravery. If you’re going through a big change, it can be a little scary. As humans, we tend to like things that are familiar, so when things change we can get nervous. When that happens, there are several mantras you can use to connect with bravery and strength. “Chattra Chakkra Vartee” by Satkirin Kaur Khalsa is great for invoking powerful energy. And Nirinjan Kaur’sHar Singh Nar Singh” can help to lift you out of your nerves and set you back on solid ground.

Wisdom. When we make decisions that cause changes in our lives, like leaving a job or ending a relationship, it’s important to connect with our inner wisdom. If we make choice from a place of stress or unstable emotions, it’s possible that they won’t serve us well. The mantra “Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo” will connect you to the wisdom of the universe, and your inner teacher. You can also chant mantras to Ganesh, help break through blocks and obstacles in your life.

Peace. When external forces bring changes into our life, it’s common to feel resistance. We get comfortable with the way things are, and don’t like it when the status quo shifts. Making peace with changes that are beyond our control can help us to live freely, and be more flexible to whatever comes our way. Snatam Kaur’sOng Sohung,” or Deva Premal’sOm Shanti Om” will help you to invoke peace in difficult situations.

Joy. Some changes are times of joy, and mantra can reflect that. Weddings, the birth of babies, and new relationships all come to mind. Snatam Kaur’sAnand (Bliss)” is an excellent way to celebrate positive changes in your life. And Aykanna’s version of the English mantra “Beautiful Am I” is a powerful and joyful mantra you can use to radiate positive energy.  Really, any mantra that uplifts you and makes you feel good is wonderful.

Which mantras do you like to use to help you through changes?

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Liz McCollum Lord

Liz started practicing yoga on a whim, and hasn't looked back since. Although she enjoys the physical practice, her first love will always be mantra and yoga music. When not doing yoga, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good cup of tea.

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