Chant Om Namah Shivaya
I invite you to place your attention on the gentle sound vibration, Om Namah Shivaya. This universal redeeming mantra purifies and heals the breath, the nervous system, the senses, and the world that the senses perceive. The flow of these syllables through your breath enlivens the five elements of your body and the whole earth around you.
Om-Na-Ma-Shi-Va-Ya: "May divine purity pervade earth, water, fire, air, space and consciousness." These syllables enliven the energy centers in our nervous system. Each of the five syllabes purifies one of the five elements in our body. Na - earth at the root of the spine; Ma - water in the abdomen; Shi - fire in the solar plexus; Va - air in the chest; Ya - prana at the throat; Om - the space in the forehead. The bindu, or point of silence at the end of Om, is in the crown chakra at the top of the head. In that silence, all merges in the source.
No need to concentrate on these centers, or on the syllables. Simply chant the mantra, then let it ripple away into silence. Let waves of purification wash over you and through you, each vibration flowing to the area where it is needed, quite automatically. The key is to let the grace of the mantra do the work.
Breathing and chanting this mantra opens our awareness to the stream of loving-kindness that created the universe. In the East, that creative stream is called Shakti. In the West, she is called the Holy Spirit. Let the mantra flow effortlessly as a current of inner sound resonating through the hollow cord at the center of the body. If the syllables grow faint, running together like the murmur of a mountain brook, that is wonderful! The whole mantra merges into Shivo'ham, "I am Shiva!" If the mantra dissolves like a fading chime into pure silence, that is wonderful! Yet if all the syllables sparkle, majestic and clear in the space of awareness, that is wonderful too. Let the mantra be, however it comes.
Om Namah Shivaya. Your mind is a window for divine light. Your breath is a wellspring of divine love. Your heart is the fountain where the grace of Divine Mother gushes into creation.