Video: Maya Angelou “Still I Rise”

Words have tremendous power.  They are real and tangible things.  With a word, I can cut you down at the knees at watch you shrink with tears.  With a word, I can raise you out of the dust and set you back on your way.

Mantra is based on this principle.  The ancients who created these mantras (they might argue, found them in meditation, rather than created them) understood the power of words to instill courage, overcome fear, open the heart and soothe the soul.

Maya Angelou, Pultizer Prize winner, former poet laureate, and national treasure, knows this.  She feels the power of words.  Recently on my radio show “Spirit Voyage Radio with Ramdesh”, I spoke to Nirinjan Kaur about the the sacred sound current and the energy of the Guru in words.  I told a story I learned from Mata Mandir Kaur about Maya Angelou, and about how she says words are so powerful that they get in your skin, your carpet, your hair, the paint in your walls.  This is why we play mantra in our environment, and why we create consciously by choosing our words and our thoughts.

Today make your intention to rise above whatever might be limiting you. Use poetry, use mantra, use whatever it is you need today to make your soul sing….to make you rise….then do it.  No matter what….rise.

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Ramdesh Kaur, MA, is an IKYTA Certified Kundalini Yoga teacher trained by Gurmukh. She writes extensively on yoga, spirituality and mantra. She hosts the show "Spirit Voyage Radio with Ramdesh" on Unity FM, one of the Top 100 Itunes Podcasts, and leads Spirit Voyage's 40 Day Global Sadhanas, which bring together 20,000 meditators from 65 countries. Before working with Spirit Voyage, she was the residential Kundalini yoga teacher at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh, India in the Himalyan foothills, and has a Master's Degree from the Courtauld Institute in London. She is the author of "Yoga and Mantras for a Whole Heart" with Karan Khalsa and has three best selling guided meditation CDs "Journey into Stillness", "Relaxation Meditations", and "Stress Relief Meditations" (with crystal singing bowl master Ashana) all available on Spirit Voyage, ITunes and Amazon. She teaches at festivals internationally and leads powerful personal creativity retreats in Mexico with her partner Harnam Singh, an accomplished mantra musician.

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