It’s the first day of autumn as I write this. I allow myself to travel back to the redwoods. The forest and the conclave of trees mean much to me. The redwoods in silence are deep teachers. That silence is powerful. A place deeper than any man made zen garden.
A Mantra of Silence.
spin around as a vision.
form the mantra of a wider experience.
Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch
trying to define an uncarved block of me.
The illusion of pressure is resisting
a larger truth of having no shape
Letting go into silence…
Releases me to be free.
as the world tumbles past me…
quietly as snow falling in the forest.
Revealed within an inner peace of acceptance.
A Mantra of Silence is simply: Acceptance.
Many zen gardens do this: in silence they actually form a mantra of silence ->
to show us acceptance,
to show us what is hidden.
Yet mantras are declarations. Mantras for the most part are not silent. Mantras boldly sing out to connect us to the universe. Yes many places stir up feelings, those feelings connect us back to that place. The sounds of a place then to root deeply into us, connecting us to the very essence of that place. But this is a two way connection. We can connect back to anywhere with our own sounds, to reconnect in meaning, in vibration. To move us to different states of mind. We can say the word W-I-N-D with the whoosh of wind to take us anywhere where that wind blows. We can say the word river with a bubbling rii-VE-r to take us back to the banks of any river we truly touched before…
We can declare and say out loud a mantra to do many things.
A Mantra of Light
A new mantra word: Kala
It’s a Hawaiian word that means:
To release, unburden, absolve, acquit, undo; to proclaim, announce; to forgive, pardon, excuse; and prayer to free one from any evil influence;
When feeling like too much is about to happen , or you need to release something that is under cutting you -> try using “Kala” for a mantra sound/word
Ka is a declarative like “the”. La is the sun. So this word also seemingly invokes the sun into the process. How nice is that ?
I say it right now to reconnect to the trees of autumn, reconnecting to the fresh light filtering down past leaves and to my feet.
And I am free to explore, so many places, so many times…
Our verbal zen garden of experiences
To revisit and connect
back to the larger universe.
And now I head home back down the path.
Into the sounds of the man made world.
Don’t lose the sounds of the larger world.
Remember your Mantras to reconnect you to what is outside your daily routine.