Join us in the studio for a very special free community event
Join us for an Om Chanting Meditation to welcome this time of change, preservation, self-protection and letting go.
Om - the greatest of all sacred symbols and mantras in Eastern traditions. Om is more than a sound, it is the vibration of the universe, the energy that binds all things together. The more elevated our vibration, the closer we are to this eternal nature – our own divine nature. Be absorbed in this powerful mantra, allow the vibrations to penetrate every cell of your body and bring stillness into your life.
The Om mantra can be a powerful tool to help your process the stage of life you’re currently experiencing. For example, if you’re currently going through new beginnings or a time of closure. Om can help you to feel at peace with the growth or challenges. Om is a perfect reminder that things are always in a state of change or flux.
Let’s transition into Autumn by sharing a beautiful Om meditation, where we will repeat Om for 109 rounds before coming into a period of complete silence and stillness. “By constantly repeating that sacred sound with great respect and love, and reflecting upon its meaning, we attain spiritual wealth.” - Verse 1.28 Sutras Patanjali.
What is Om?
In it’s simplest form, Om - it’s a vibration, a sacred sound. It’s power is in the sound, not the symbol. It is understood to be the sound of creation.
The sacred sound of Om was often mentioned in the Vedic texts known as the Upanishads (the intuitive meditations of philosophers). Within the Upanishads, the theory of the four states of consciousness (with regard to the mind) is explored. The waking state, the sleeping state, the deep sleep state and the state if being one with the Self. The text begins with Om is “this whole world…”the past, the preset, the future - everything is just the word Om.” Om has the ability to create a timeless, all-embracing form of awareness.
One of the most valuable gifts of Om’s mystical sound is its ability to dissolve your sense of separateness ad experience a powerful sense of union - initially with others in your immediate environment, and eventually with the higher power that’s the source of life.
Om is the best way to bring ourselves to a state of Ishvara, a union with the divine - which is beyond all limits of time and space. This is because Om is formless - so there is no limit to ourselves as we are formless. If you think of Christians who may pray to the image of Christ in their mind or Buddhists may visualise Buddha, Ishvara is beyond this and so Om takes us there.
Aum is the original spelling of Om from the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit. The sound Om is made up of three parts: A, U, M kara (expression).
Each sound is speaking / resonating with a different part of our body.
A - stands for the process of creation and resonates with the lower part of the body, from the waist down to the toes
U - symbolises the continuance of creation and resonates with the middle part of the body
M - symbolises the end and dissolution, and resonates with the upper part of the body
Then when chanted together, we create the complete sound and vibration of Om.
Into The Evening
Once we finish chanting, let’s enjoy a chai together as we celebrate the Autumn Equinox. You are welcome to bring a plate to share.
What do I bring?
A comfy cushion, blanket or yoga mat to sit on. We also have bolsters, blocks and blankets in the studio people are welcome to use.