The most ancient spiritual text of India, the Rig Veda, describes Brahman as the “giver of breath.” Brahman, remember, isn’t to be confused with Brahma, the Hindu deity.
Brahman is without beginning and without end. Brahman is cosmic spirit and eternal truth, the universal principle. The divine source of all that exists and does not exist.
And the giver of breath, in the Hindu tradition.
We can work with our breath to increase our life force. As we calm our breathing, our mind will calm. Thought and breath are connected.
We can exhale and release our breath, letting go of our troubles and worries in our mind from the day.
When we turn inward and focus on calming our breath and mind, we can connect with our inner self that often remains hidden. That which is one with Brahman, the Divine Source.
There we find the wisdom that runs deep within us, the origin of our higher self from which we birth new ideas and find solutions to what is needed in the world.
Want to try sounding a mantra?
One of the best ones to try is the sacred syllable of OM.
OM is sometimes written as AUM to facilitate the sounding of it. It contains three sounds, A (“aaah”), U (“oooh”) and M (“mmm”). Give them a try now.
Each of the three sounds corresponds to a different aspect of the Divine – as creator, sustainer, and destroyer — without which nothing exists, everything is sustained, and all things dissolve back into the void.
In Hinduism, these are the gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
Try now- A-U-M and repeat for 5 minutes and see how you feel afterwards. More harmonious? More balanced?
Ready to bring this transformative work into your spiritual practice? Check out my guidebook and audio recordings: How to Bring Life to Your Chakras: 7 Healing Mantras