“I want my life to be my calling. I don’t want to waste another moment. Every choice, every conversation, every breath. I want them done with awareness. I devote my life to being awake and awakening others.”
This quote has become my mantra. You know that mental loop endlessly repeating itself over and over inside your head. I have had so many different loops during my life and most have not been particularly helpful or encouraging. But this one is different. This one rings out to every cell of my being. It makes me smile. It reminds me life is perfect in every moment. It brings me into a deep understanding of life and an appreciation of everyone I encounter.
The Buddha said suffering is inevitable. It is simply part of the experience of being alive on this earth. There are three kinds of Buddhists: ones that wish to eliminate all suffering and enjoy life; those who want to go beyond the suffering of this world and reach nirvana; and the third group who devote each breath to relieving the suffering of all beings. They understand how interconnected we all are. They know that as long as one being continues to suffer, we all suffer.
Although I have not reached this third elevated state, I know we are One. And I do sincerely want to be awake in each moment. More importantly, I want to use every breath, every conversation to offer what I have experienced to others.
Sanskrit mantras are ancient and powerfully charged with the energy of Yoga masters and practitioners from thousands of years of chanting. The sacred sounds contained in mantras vibrate in ways that change the structure of your cells. They provide a deep tune-up and help dissolve old patterns of thought and being that no longer serve you. This new mental loop I’ve been repeating isn’t a classic Sanskrit mantra, but I’d like to believe it is my sacred sound carrying me into a place where I can truly serve myself and others.