I asked my students, “what do you do most with your mouth?” The top two answers were eating and talking. Kissing was a close runner up. . .
Your mouth is the beginning of your relationship with the food you eat and your place in the universe. Let’s explore these topics from a yogic perspective.
When you eat you interact with the energy of the Universe. There is a connection between the thoughts we think and the food that we eat. A yogic diet is mostly plant based; easy to digest and easy on the mind. One way to bring consciousness to your meals is to make food time relaxing. Take the time to notice when you are hungry versus thirsty. Savour the experience, eat without distraction. Chew forty times before swallowing and give your digestive system a chance to utilize all the nutrients in your meal.
When preparing food listen to uplifting music. As you select your produce, touch the food and look at what you are doing, infuse these actions with love. Remember the farmers who tilled the soil, the vast potential in a seed and the earth that provided the abundance. Make your meal an experience of yoga – a connection between the finite and infinite.
Here is a meditative kriya for healing and intuition. This kriya uses a powerful mantra to experience the relationship between you and the Universe.
Do you have a favorite mantra? Is it I’m so busy or I’m so tired or I’m so fat?
“Mantras are not small things, mantras have power. They are the mind vibration in relationship to the Cosmos. The science of mantra is based on the knowledge that sound is a form of energy having structure, power, and a definite predictable effect on the chakras and the human psyche.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
There are 84 meridian points on the roof of the mouth. when you speak or chant either outloud or mentally, your tongue stimulates those meridian points, and they in turn stimulate the hypothalamus which makes the pineal gland radiate. When the pineal gland radiates, it creates an impulse in the pituitary gland. When the pituitary gland gives impulses, the entire glandular system secretes and a human being experiences a state of bliss. This is the science.
Choosing your words carefully makes all the difference to your experience. What you say is communicated to each cell of your body. Your body starts to reflect the nature of the language you use. The sound of your words sends a message out to the Universe and draws experiences to you that reflect that frequency. This is true of any conversation that you have with another, with yourself or when you use a mantra during meditation.
All of this power belongs to you. How you use your mouth is up to you. Use it wisely, use it to love, serve and uplift.
Here is my favourite mantra:
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