Yoga Philosophy

Om Namah Shivaya

The funny thing about Mantra’s is that just like random songs, they pop into your head, sometimes in the strangest moments or when we really don’t even understand them. For me, “Om Namah Shivaya” is always there, playing in the background. Since I learned about Mantra’s in general this was the first and maybe the only one that has truly resonated with me. The one I come back to over and over again.

Literally translated from Sanskrit to: “I bow to Shiva.” The following excerpt is taken from “From Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to consciousness that dwells in all. Shiva is the name of your true identity- your self.”

Burnout has been creeping up behind me over the last few weeks yet I was managing to put it aside and to keep pushing forward. However, as I have learned many times in the past, there’s only so long that game will actually last and if you do not give in it will win anyways. I think I saved myself just in time, though my hacking cough I’m sure would beg to differ. I have been going pretty solid: a couple big trade shows, a few trainings, a lot of travelling and of course all the work in between. And though I do thrive on the excitement and challenges I meet everyday, I also know that I’m always the happiest in the balance between chaos and rest – this very delicate and difficult balance to maintain.

Yet it is when the balance finally tips that we are forced to question our thoughts, our actions and reactions. The more I study Yoga and meditation, the more I seem to be able to create more excuses or justifications for my behavior. Beyond not eating properly, sleeping properly and exercising enough; now I also get to add that my vata is unbalanced, the new moon is affecting me or mercury is in retrograde. However, no matter the what, or why, for me, I tend to be led back to the same question every time: Where did I lose myself along the way?

Om Namah Shivaya, to me means that I am not lost. That no matter what happens, good days, bad days, birthdays, mistakes and successes that I am always me. That I am always enough – that I am my own perfect truth.  Whether through chanting, song or used as an intention for practice or even your day, Mantras are powerful within themselves. How they specifically help is hard to put into words and I’m not even sure I really know, but anything that reminds us of our own truth; that will stop us amidst the chaos to say ‘you’re okay’ is all I need. Om Namah Shivaya…


xo Lisa.

7 thoughts on “Om Namah Shivaya”

  1. Much appreciated, thank you. Especially the bit about the illusion of hiding behind “spiritual” excuses. Too true for me. It was a good awakening to read of someone else experiencing the same issue, recognizing it, and speaking (writing) it aloud. Thank you.


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