In the beginning of 2017 I recorded my first mantra album in Thailand. I raised some funds with a crowdfunding call and got a lot of support from sources I would have never expected.
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I am already deeply grateful that I could realize this dream of mine! Below you can read about the benefits of chanting and the story why I decided to dedicate myself to Bhakti Yoga. If you would like to purchase the album, follow the link on top.
For a few years now, I have been practicing the art of self-exploration - switching off the analytic rational mind and making space for the realm of emotions and whatever is alive in me. For me, mantras have been essential to this practice. Having received such great healing from this tradition, it is my biggest dream to share this precious gift with as many people as possible. I selected specific, very powerful and healing chants all coming from yogic tradition. Every song has a specific power and with my guidance, I hope to share this beautiful healing tool to a broader audience. With your help, I will have the opportunity to record with some of the best Indian musicians in Kolkata. Please help me to pursue my passion and spread the power of mantra through creating an artwork of sound.
When I discovered that Yoga is not only stretching!
Yoga came into my life when I was totally disconnected from my own body, emotions, surrounding and ultimately my true self. I was living the life of an artist - spending most of my nights alone in my studio, always working towards daunting deadlines. Partying, which we excused as networking, was becoming a large part of my life in order to be a part of the art scene. I often felt totally exhausted after stressful times, like exhibition openings, and was struggling with the fallout. Then I discovered yoga. Initially, I saw it as a tool to perform better, to train my body to function more efficiently.
The most beautiful part about this science of life called Yoga is that it slowly but gradually helped me to develop a more intimate relationship with myself. Without originally aiming for it, I became more and more aware and conscious of what was going on in me. I became more receptive to the beauty of life.
Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion, and in my case the chanting of mantras, entirely changed my life. This tool helped me to pacify my mind and gave me the strength to look inwardly. I learned to listen to what’s alive in me and stay curious in a non-judgmental way. Which has allowed me to respond accordingly and make my life a happier one.
For a few years now I have been practicing this intuitive art of self-exploration - switching off the analytic rational mind and making space for the realm of emotions and whatever is alive in me. Having received such great healing from this practice it is my biggest dream to share this precious gift with as many people as possible. That is the reason I want to create this album - so we all can go on this journey together.
The beauty about this science of life called Yoga is that it slowly but gradually helped me to develop a more intimate relationship with myself. Without aiming for it in the first place I became more and more aware and conscious what was going on with and in me - in general I became more receptive for the beauty of life.
Unfortunately that only seemed to work when I had the time to nourish those newborn habits and there were no distractions to them.
Still, every time a big job would come up, with too many influences from outside, stress, time pressure I threw all my rituals over board and I would get into the same chasing mode I always went into before. I went back to my old behavioral patterns which I was used to - and after the job was done i found myself at the same place I had started my yoga path before - totally exhausted, empty and weak.
Until I found bhakti yoga - the yoga of devotion and in my case the chanting of mantras. It entirely changed my life. This tradition gave me the power to stop the world from turning and it gave me this strength to go inward. I learned to listen to what is alive in me and staying curious in a non judgmental way which allows me to respond accordingly and make my life a happier one.
Since a few years now I practice this intuitive art of self exploration - switching of the analytic rational mind and making space for the realm of emotions and whatever is alive in me. Having received such great healing from this practice it is my biggest dream to share this precious gift with as many people as possible. That is the reason I want to create this album - so we all can go on this journey together.
Chanting as a key to meditation
One translation of the Sanskrit word "mantra" is the "protection of the mind" - it is meant to give the mind guidance. Mantras are special, sacred sounds that embody various messages and help to invoke things like truth, reality, light, peace, love, knowledge and action into the practitioner’s life. It can be seen as a form of meditation, helping to calm the internal chatter and overcome the busy monkey mind.
As humans, we are constantly thinking, always rationally reflecting, explaining, and planning. Many of these thoughts tend to be reoccurring, repeating every day. Unfortunately, the majority of them are negative judgments. How do we get out of this viscous circle?
With a mantra, you stick to a formula, a syllable or a melody. It is something you repeat over and over protecting your mind from excessive thoughts. The goal is to clear out thought patterns that don't serve you anymore and rather to focus your inner conversation on actually want more of in your life. With focusing on the positive, you gradually rewire the neurological pathways in your brain. Our thoughts follow the path of least resistance - so we have to pave a path where we will end up having a more positive, empowered and clear vision of who we are and who we want to be.
The power of reciting mantras is extremely effective regardless of your belief system. Hopefully, these chants will support you on your spiritual path if you are seeking some sort of guidance. If not, you still receive the benefits of calming down and going into a state of relaxation.
Scientifically, meditation and mantras induce the relaxation response through activating the parasympathetic nervous system. By chanting regularly you turn down your sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for your fight or flight reactions in life. Being agitated, stressed and nervous are signs of an over stimulated sympathetic nervous system. Which can potentially lead to stress related diseases such as anxiety, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems, asthma etc.
Through chanting, we send vibrations & stimulation to our parasympathetic nervous system encouraging it to be activated. Activating the parasympathetic nervous system results in relaxation. In this state of calmness, we receive benefits such as improved memory, immune function, sleep, and higher levels of growth hormones. It also may help tame inflammation, allergic responses, and tension headaches.
Plenty of good reasons to start chanting!
The mantra healing project
My intention is to use the raised money for the professional production of an entire album. As every mantra has a very specific purpose, I will provide you with the background information. I will explain various chants used for different goals so you that you have can have the choice of what you want to work on.
My dream is to help people find tools that they can use in their lives to better help themselves- to empower others to manifest their dreams and unleash their own healing powers that are dormant within themselves. Yoga, meditation and chanting are powerful methods that can be used to learn to take responsibility for your own happiness. I want to support others in achieving their personal contentment.
I have been given the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing people. With some fun exercises and my guidance, you will learn step by step how to apply the mantras to your own needs. We’ll explore meditation in a fresh and modern way providing methods and ideas of how to integrate the practice into your daily life.
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I am already deeply grateful that you took the time to read all of this! If you would like to purchase the album, follow the link on top.