Peace on the outside can only happen when there’s peace on the inside. One of the most important aspects of peace work is making peace with ourselves. Meditation is an invaluable tool when it comes to cultivating ”peace of mind”, inner harmony and compassion. In meditation we take an inner journey, a journey in which we try to perceive anything we come across with equanamity and acceptance. When the seamingly never-ending flow of thoughts pulls our attention away from the present moment, we lovingly invite our awareness back to the here and now in a continual learning process of teaching our monkey mind to become still. If we are brave enough to embark on this inner adventure we have the opportunity to connect with our own inner source of abundance, strength and unconditional love. The healing which happens isn’t just for us, but an essential contribution to transforming the collective human consciousness. When we act from a place of love, we can put peace into action and transform the stress and over-stimulation that is so often a part of modern every-day life.
At our retreats we love beginning each day with mantra meditation. A mantra is a sound, word or verse that posses a powerful soun-body and a wisdom that can be experienced while singing or toning. Mantra singing is a technique that may be used to allign our mind, calm the waves of our thoughts and invoke a heart-centered state of consciousness. The naad (flow of sound) consists of vibrations that penetrate deep into the layers of the mind and are able to replace heavy emotions such as anger, jealousy, fear or greed with positive and beneficial qualities such as love, joy and compassion. An especially healing mantra that we love to use is the peace mantra ‘‘Lokah Samstah Sukhino Bhavantu” – may all beings everywhere be happy and free. In a typical mantra meditaion session we will sing the peace mantra 108 times and then allow the inner sound to continue vibrating as we move into silence.