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“Chanting is a way of getting in touch with yourself. It’s an opening of the heart and a letting go of the mind and thoughts. It deepens the channel of grace, and it’s a way of being present in the moment.”  – Krishna Das

I prefer a gentle approach when it comes to my relationship with obstacles — well most of the time! I don’t often get stuck over analzying their confusing story. Such scrambled, tight thinking I’ve found never has happy endings. And besides, it always leaves me feeling depleted, more confused and worse for wear.

My gentle approach to perceived obstacles is simple. Be prepared. They happen anyway!  Yep, for years I’ve practiced a simple ritual that I know creates spaciousness – both in and around me – to allow any guidance, lessons, or answers to float easily into my awareness when situations call for them.

The ritual, my friends, is mantra meditation. But more specifically the “Ganesha Mantra Meditation.”  Another form of prayer if you like. Repeating words steeped high in vibrations to shift energy.

Mantra meditations are sung, whispered, chanted, listened to or soundlessly repeated (108 times, traditionally).

They are wise and ancient Sansksrit (Hindu) words. And the 108 repetition is believed to soak into the 108 main energy lines (nadis) in your body.

Their residual lingering essence extends way beyond the ten minutes or so repeating them.   This I know for a fact, from personal experience, time and time again. I am still to this day always amazed!!

Following is one of my all time favourite mantras to help dissolve obstacles in life and clear the pathway for new beginnings. It’s a wonderful ritual that I included in my recent Deep Rest retreat in Tuscany, Italy last month.

Mantra to remove obstacles:

“Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha”

Its essence is simple: dissolve obstacles and clear pathways for new beginnings.

Watch the video below or click here to listen to Deva premal chanting the Ganesha mantra.

How to practice

I’m not always so formal with my mantra meditations. I don’t always sit with my back straight, holding my mala beads chanting out aloud. I mix it up. But one thing is certain. I’m always present with them.

I may chant them silently to myself in the bath, on my morning walk, while lying in bed or while sipping my cup of chai tea. The Ganesha mantra usually takes around eight minutes and I weave it willingly  into my day  —  even if it’s last thing at night lying in bed.

I often listen to a divine recording by Deva Premal. It helps me greatly on days where my mind is a little sloppy or I’m needing the sound of soft instruments and a gentle guiding voice. I bought my version from itunes for $1.69

Mantra for peace

If you’re in search of another fabulous mantra meditation, then I can highly recommend  “om shanti om”.   It invokes peace.  And helps release tension, anger, or hurt.

Super easy to remember and it has a habit of quickly transporting you to your peaceful place. I love it.

Click here to listen and feel the wave of peace wash over you.

Carole has kindly given Midlifexpress permission to publish this article. The original appears on her blog

Author: Carole Fogarty
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