Wisdom is knowing we are all One. Love is what it feels like and Compassion is what it acts like. ~ Ethan Walker III
When I decided to make the Bija Mantras my theme, it was with the antecedent and aftermath of the election cycle in mind. So much stress, tension, and vitriol were being experienced and spewed; it seemed time to take it back to basics. Something so basic as a single syllable word, something so fundamental it’s created through an exhale, something so basic that it makes a sound. Something that resonates, yes pun intended.
This week’s mantra is Yam; this is the chant related to the Heart Chakra or in Sanskrit the Anahata Chakra. Anahata means unstruck, unbeaten, or unbroken. I thought this chant sound and this sentiment or definition could unite us. Connect us as a community. I know, in political times emotions run high. The temptation to unfriend all those who didn’t vote like you is strong. It can become easy to develop an attitude of distrust, wishing to manipulate others to your will, or just feeling as if you don’t matter.
But, I would like to remind you of the resilient nature of people in general. Our ancestors and their ancestors all the way back to the beginning of time survived, turmoil, and misfortune. Those who didn’t still propagated, and alas here we are.
Let’s remember what it’s like to feel love, what it’s like to feel compassion, what it is to have joy. Read this, then close your eyes and chant Yam, 3x connect to the sensation and feeling of unconditional love. This chant helps to awaken the love that surrounds you. Connect with love inside and out with chanting Yam. You are whole, you are unbroken, you are unbeaten you are loved.
Over the past few weeks, we have covered the first three mantras, Lam (Root Chakra), Vam (Sacral Chakra), Ram (Solar Plexus). These sounds deal with feeling secure, connected, and self-assured. When we can tap into those sensations, we can be more open to love. So chant Yam with me, to welcome the love that exists inside and out.