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Meditation to Ease Away Stress & Anxiety

July 20, 2010 By: Janna Chin Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit


Ease away stress and anxiety with simple mediation for the soul

Mantra Meditation is a very simple method of meditation practice involving focusing of the mind and senses on sacred sounds that bring the mind and body into harmony. A mantra is not an ordinary material sound. It is a sacred sound vibration.

Benefits of Mantra Meditation

  • Your mind is drawn away from material stresses and anxieties. No material sound or activity can effectively accomplish this.
  • The mind becomes rested, peaceful and satisfied. Mantras have a purifying effect on the mind and heart.
  • Gradually, your mind and heart becomes cleansed of anger, envy, & arrogance. In time, you will develop more tolerance, patience, concern, & love for others.
  • Confusion and illusion become cleansed from your mind and heart, and you will experience your true identity.

Gauranga Breathing (pronounced Gaur-Ra-Ang-Gah)

1. Sit comfortably.
2. Let your breathing become slow and deep.
3. Relax your body with each exhalation.
4. When your breathing is more relaxed, begin the meditation by saying “Gauranga”- in your mind as you inhale.
5. When you exhale, say “Gauranga” out loud. Stretch out the sound so that it takes up the whole exhalation.
6. Allow yourself to feel the vibrations of the Gaur-Ra-Ang-Gah sound.
7. Continue repeating the Gauranga sound for 5-10 minutes to relieve your mind and body of stress and tension.
8. When practiced daily, this simple meditation can relieve anxiety, stress, depression and can also be used as an effective coping skill during stressful moments throughout the day.

Amplify Your Intentions with High Vibration Sounds

June 24, 2010 By: Laura Bruno Category: Mind Body Spirit


Summer construction, noisy neighbors, fax machines, laughing children, or the refrigerator’s hum: wherever we find ourselves, we are usually surrounded by some sort of sound. As an Intuitive Life Coach, I find that most people underestimate the degree to which life’s “soundtrack” affects our lives. People make vision boards for the Law of Attraction, using words as affirmations but rarely tuning into the primal power of sound itself.

This is a major untapped resource! Background awareness drops directly into the subconscious, thereby reprogramming us from the inside out. Whether you consider yourself a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner, you can use the power of sound to amplify desired improvements in your life. In some ways, sacred sound can “do the work for you” by raising your vibration even as you focus on other things. Effortless action? Sounds good to me! Read more »

Desktop Prayer Wheel

April 09, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Sacred Art


About prayer wheels

Prayer wheels are traditionally used in Tibetan Buddhist practice to gather wisdom and good karma, to increase and dedicate compassion, and to transform negativity and enter a peaceful, meditative state. Regardless of your own spiritual tradition, prayer wheels are a beautiful addition to your environment as both sacred art, and an opportunity for daily practice.

Wound around an axel within the container of the wheels are long strips of thin paper that have been imprinted over and over with a mantra or prayer. The outside of the wheels are usually decorated with a carved or painted rendition of the mantra as well. The wheels are spun clockwise and with each revolution, the mantra written within accumulates power and is offered to the universe as prayer.

Om Mani Padme Hum is the mantra most commonly inscribed in and on prayer wheels. Tibetan Buddhist tradition tells us this mantra came from Chenrezig, a deity known as the embodiment of compassion. Chanting and/or spinning this mantra in a prayer wheel is said to invoke this archetypal power and harmonize human beings with the vibration of pure compassion, while calming, opening and evolving the mind.

From Tibet with love

While in Tibet, Celedra worked with local artisans to design these beautiful desktop prayer wheels. Each wheel is inlaid with turquoise and pearl and bears the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum in Tibetan script. Each desktop prayer wheel comes with an extra long strip of paper handmade at a Tibetan monastery. The paper is blank for you to write your own mantra or prayers to spin out to the universe!

5% of profits benefit the Nangchen Nuns of Tibet. To order, or for more information email or call (866) 409-6252.

Inclusion: I am that too

March 03, 2010 By: Julie Clayton Category: Living with Intention, Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit


The moment the sky offers even a hint of sunshine, I hasten to my local park to revel in the luminescent bounty and to stretch my winter-weary limbs. Invariably, between the surrounding stillness and the rhythm of my breathing, I become aware that my inner voice is merrily chattering away. Loved ones, creative musings, grand visions and small miracles: a plethora of thoughts continually feature in the theater of my mind.

There was once a time when I chastised myself for this, disdaining the cacophony and likening it to the Tower of Babel. I would rein in and harness my itinerant thoughts, loyally returning to a primary precept of contemporary spiritual practice that encourages notions of stillness, being in the now, or quieting the mind.

But my unruly thoughts returned time and again. So, I stopped trying to influence them and something even more meaningful revealed itself: I discovered I could observe and witness the natural movement of my mind. What pure joy it is to be simultaneously attentive and unrestrained! When my intent is only to notice, my thoughts are nothing like babbling chaos, but more like burbling children romping in a sunlit field of daisies, and I am their proud mama.

This is something we often overlook on our spiritual path: inclusion.

Spiritual practice includes—everything.

Inclusion means:

I don’t have to endeavor to change anything; I include the thoughts or habits that I wish to be something else, as an experience of Self.

I do not have to actually “do” anything; I simply notice what I notice.

I don’t have to be other than who I am; I simply notice my impulses—and this cultivates a relationship of self-honesty.

Thich Nhat Hanh expressed this idea with four uncomplicated words:

I am that too.

I am that too is a powerful inclusion mantra, which you can silently invoke any time, for yourself or toward another. Begin with private discontents and work your way outward to other people and events. If you notice any discomfort, simply reaffirm: I am that too.

Inclusion allows self-honesty to flourish, and self-honesty leads to compassion. When you say these four words, and engage them with heartfelt intent, you can expect, at the very least, to experience a personal sense of peace and benevolence. I know I do.

The Mantra-Mala Connection

September 15, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit


As unexpected blessings in life tend to, my involvement with Celedra and Touchstones of the Sacred seemed to blossom from out of nowhere and my gratitude for this endeavor in my life is profound.

In addition to writing for Touchstones of the Sacred, I am also involved in marketing and sales aspects of Celedra LLC. Whenever I visit a retailer and open my sample kit of malas it feels like I am opening a treasure chest of sacred objects, which in fact I am! There is a palpable energy that the malas, both gemstone and wood emit. A gentle wash of awe and lightness seems to descend over myself and any store personnel as we handle each mala and discuss their magnetic beauty. Read more »

ME 2 Challenge: Meditation and Sacred Archetypes

August 13, 2009 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Mind Body Spirit


Participating in the ME 2 Challenge I am taking at least 20 minutes each day to meditate. This almost always involves chanting a mantra while counting the repetitions on my wrist mala. Inspired by Celedra’s interview with Lama Palden I am looking into meditation on some of the world’s beloved goddesses.

As a writer I have always had a deep interest in archetypes as communicators of information from beyond our immediate understanding. I also appreciate how archetypes serve as embodiments of a timeless source and therefore provide spiritual nourishment and illumination. Read more »

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