I’ve had Covid for the last week – everything I planned to do has been pushed out due to the virus. And it’s not like my plans were tight – so for some reason I have felt unwound by this sickness causing delays. Perhaps it’s that so much of my life has felt isolated over the last decade, and my trip to New York City has given me a taste for not being by myself almost all the time. Maybe I can feel the grief that has yet to peak, I have said “good-bye” to so much in the last year, in the last four months, and yet, here I am, waiting for the wave to crest. The dark undercurrent has an alarmingly strong pull.
I’m so grateful I began a massive mantra practice. And it is public, I make two videos a day, doing the mantra and a meditation – live. Often, the videos meander in the beginning – but then the meditation really gets going and I get into it. The practice has been an anchor, or maybe a buoy to the anchor. Maybe both. On the days I didn’t have the voice or energy to physically say the mantra, I wrote it this week. I am glad to be back.
The mantra is, Aham Prema, which means I am Divine Love. Today, while filming the practice, I suggested a writing prompt. And it is, “I am Divine Love” – practiced just like the weekly writing prompt I give every Wednesday.
See prompt instructions below:
“I am Divine Love.”
Breathe the sentence in. Exhale the sentence. Inhale and exhale each word. Now inhale and exhale the sentence. Then, go!
There is only one rule, keep your hand moving.
Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, or punctuation. If you feel stuck, keep writing anyway. Try going back to the prompt and write it out until other words arise, then write those—or, repeat the last word you wrote again and again until new words appear—or, write, “I am stuck,” or “I can’t think of anything,” as long as you keep your hand moving. Writing is physical, the words will move through your body and come out of your hand—just keep it moving.
Now go – for five, ten, fifteen minutes . .
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When you are done, feel free to share your work in the comments – or share on your own blog. Consider including a link to this post if you do.
Here is the video I made today. The actual meditation begins around 16:00.
Have an amazing, love-filled day!
Peace, love, and power!
January 3, 2022