When we're dealing with anxiety, we're often plagued by fear as well. Anxiety causes fearful thoughts and reactions and that fear can make us hesitant to continue on our healing journey. I've touched before on the topic of how we can almost abandon our journey because this fear is so ingrained on our minds that we begin to justify the anxiety thinking its serving a purpose and protecting us (that's the Ego!). So I wanted to share a heart opening practice and mantra with you that helps bust through those fearful blocks, open your heart to love and turn away from fear.
When your practice is complete, come back to sitting on your mat with your hands at your heart and either mentally or out loud repeat this mantra:
Chattra Chakkra Vartee
- Translation:You are pervading in all the four directions, the Enjoyer in all the four directions. You are self-illumined, profoundly beautiful, and united with all. Destroyer of the torments of birth and death, embodiment of mercy. You are ever within us. You are the everlasting giver of indestructible power.
- More Information:This mantra is taken from the last four lines of Guru Gobind Singh's Jaap Sahib. It is a mantra used to remove fear, anxiety and phobias. It is a mantra to make one experience victory.
"Chattr Chakkr Vartee is the mantra for the heart center, it gives direct energy to it. When you are sinking, if you know this mantra and can sing it, you can totally recuperate yourself.” — Yogi Bhajan
Seal your practice with 3 deep, cleansing breaths.
sat nam xo, b
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