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Loka Samasta Sukino Bhavantu: A Mantra for Feeling Small and Mean

Posted By K-Bhava on Jul 31, 2018

My thoughts are not always kind—towards others or myself.

Despite my daily practice, I’m the first to admit how easily I fall into forgetfulness.

I have no lack of goodness surrounding me. Every day on the way to work, I drive through a breathtaking forest landscape. The land rolls and plunges. Rich green trees rise over packed earth and red granite. On a typical morning, I encounter deer running along the road, rabbits racing beside my car, and countless daredevil chipmunks playing a game of chicken with me. The air is perfumed with the incense of all the flowering plants—it’s intoxicating.

I live in paradise, but I can still get depressed, angry, and obsessed with the small stuff.

At times, I find myself caught up in thoughts of a difficult client at work, something I shouldn’t have said, or some recent life drama. When I focus on the microcosm, it tends to make my circular thought process worse and my mood darker.

My mind makes up scenarios about conflicts and unfairness galore, how I’m an incompetent moron, or how the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

I know these thoughts just compound the negative energy of a situation. I know they’re not helpful. But my ego-mind, trying to protect me, works in a circular fashion, and it’s hard to escape the cycle. 

When my mind gets into one of these ruts, I use mantra to help me bust out.

Mantra is the repetition of a sacred sound or phrase. My favourite mantras are what the ancient Celts called an sidhe (pronounced ‘on shee’), roughly meaning in sync or in empathy—one with the wild world around us.

When I’m feeling small and mean, there’s nothing like saying over and over to myself: loka samasta sukhino bhavantu – may all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may my thoughts, words and deeds contribute in some small way to that freedom and happiness.

This mantra breaks my negative spin.

If my dear little mind can say I’m so pissed, I’m so worried, I’m so anxious over and over again, why can’t it manage the opposite?

Practising the loka allows me to re-program my thought patterns in an authentic way. It helps me become more kind to myself and other beings—even when I don’t start out feeling that way.  I’m never going to be perfect, but without question I can practice. I can drive slower, breathe deeper, and put my energy into something positive.

The loka is not an absolute fix.

Life keeps tossing out the challenges. Some days, the best I can do is NOT CAUSE HARM. I might not be meeting my own grand expectations of becoming a compassionate being to all other creatures, but hey, I can make a start.

I am loved. I am protected. I am walking my path. I will try not to do harm. That is all that I can do.

Spirit is always holding us and guiding us. When we’re bumbling along, trying to find our way, there is grace all around us. Sometimes the best we can do is focus on avoiding harm.

We can focus on the vibrations of our thoughts, words, and deeds, becoming aware of them and of what we’re putting into the big ole spaghetti sauce of the Cosmos.

In my bumbling about, I stumble often. But if I can be kind enough to myself to allow these missteps and learn from them, maybe I can be a little happier and freer, and maybe I can recognize this in others who are bumbling along beside me.

What have you stumbled over lately that makes you feel small or mean? Let me know in the comments below, and I’ll give you a mini-shamanic reading for support.

Peace and luvinz to all,

K-Bhava, Kristi Corlett

Kristi Corlett directs DevaTree’s 100-hr Whispered Wisdom: Walking Between the Worlds of Yoga & Shamanism.

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9 Comment(s)

Christine Douglas on July 31, 2018
Thanks for this Kristi...this hits the nail on the head for me. Sometimes I make my way through the day, thinking I've done alright, but the small and mean comes out, and often hurts the ones that are closest to me and mean the most. I haven't been at my best lately, and I tell myself I haven't slept well, or I have too much stress right now. The reality is there are always things that cause stress, and I have to find ways to balance the fatigue and negativity, so that the result is not hurtful to those who surround me. Thanks for the reminder to be mindful, and to focus on the positivity. As always, your words are beautiful and thought-provoking. I hope you have a truly wonderful day.
K-Bhav on July 31, 2018
Christine the LOVELY!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing from your heart! So true to our DevaTree promise, I have a mini-shamanic gifty from Spirit for you - Goat! Yep, Goat. Goat tells me that he is bringing you the powers of nimbleness and solid footing on loose ground. Goat knows when to kneel down for someone to pass him on a narrow pathway, or when he should be the one to jump over someone else. He's also got an excellent sense of humour! To receive Goat, pat your heart with your hand three times and your head with your hand three times. Goat says, "Tell her I'm her guy!!!"
Christine on July 31, 2018
Thank-you for the gift of nimble feet ???? K-Bhav!!! Some people have the gift of gab....I have the gift of goat - so I will treasure the sense of sure-feet as I walk my path in the coming weeks ????
K-Bhav on August 01, 2018
Dear Christine - It's always good to know when to bust through the obstacle and when to go around / over / under it, innit? One of goat's gifts is discernment, he seemed to be saying... may you be gentle with yourself as you continue along the path - Goat's definitely got your back!
Tammy on July 31, 2018
I love this mantra too! I've invoked it many times in our teen class and they loved it as well. As we sing it over and over, it really softens the mood of the room. I have definitely been feeling small lately. I need to remind myself that all things are as they should be: the good, the bad and the ugly. With current life changes, this is a great reminder to use this mantra to reset my mood. Thank you for sharing your wisdom Kristi!
K-Bhav on July 31, 2018
Tammy! Thank you for your kind words - the energy of the Loka is so lovely. Spirit tells me that the Black Madonna is calling out to you, and you may want to consult with her in meditation or shamanic journeywork. The Madonna's heart is full of love. She understands suffering and pain from deep experience of them, and she knows how to help you transmute and transform these shadow energies into power that accomplishes positive things in the service of love!
Tammy Doerrl on November 16, 2018
Hello again Kristi. I wanted to send a quick note to say that I have found a book about the Black Madonna and I find it absolutely fascinating, frightening and at times so familiar. I’m about half-way through and I feel there has been an internal shift happening within me. She is one Mother I know who feels the depth of despair I have felt surrounding a child but not just her own child but all children for my own heart weeps for them also. Her love is fearless, she is fearless and she heads into the unknown with full awareness and expectation of pain and suffering. These things are lessons that become engraved upon our soul. We must see the beauty in the pain and the suffering as strength. To wrestle with the small self until the big Self can again come to the fore. Powerful. I’m not sure if any of this makes sense as I simply scribed these words. xo
Kristi Corlett on November 16, 2018
Wow, Tammy! What you write makes great sense and your words contain the beauty of discovery and wisdom. This is what the Madonna said, isn't it, about wisdom coming from deep experience. I have always found the Black Madonna so compassionate, and I love what you say about her fearlessness. It is quiet but fierce. There is so much to learn from her journey as we move through our own. To be able to find the pearl of learning within even the painful experiences. How profound!
Tammy on August 15, 2018
Thank you Kristi for your reply! I'm not familiar Black Madonna (though I have heard her name spoken before) but I will seek her knowledge. As I read your comment, I was brought to tears without understanding why so there is something there that I need to investigate. Thank you very much!

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