2024 has begun with gusto.  A few adventures, swims, picnics, family catch-ups, it’s summer in Australia.

Amid the recreation, it’s been a bit of a challenge for me to get back into my writing again.

I want to begin this year with a dedication to teachers, to my teachers, who have opened my eyes, my mind and my heart to the wisdom of the Vedas through chanting. The message of the Vedas is to connect with the highest force, be that Brahma, God, Allah, the Universe or whatever symbol is meaningful to each of us.

As an Australian, and not having grown up learning about the culture of India, when I chant I focus on the positive qualities of all the gods and goddesses. When we deeply connect with the mantras of the Vedas we are connecting with something precious; that is ancient and sacred. This provides nourishment for our spirit, something we often yearn for without knowing what it is we really need. Chanting satisfies a deep part of us that craves a sense of connection with all.

We chant the beautiful mantras of the Vedas to link with aspects of nature, the sun and the moon, the elements, various sources of nourishment, and keep our focus positive. Constantly connecting with the positive elements of nature or qualities of deities, means the negative thoughts that deplete our energy, and reduce our life force are replaced with positivity. The potential for healing arises from these connections.

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Pierre Teilfard de Chardin, French philosopher, paleontologist, and Jesuit Priest who thought deeply on the meaning of our existence and relationship with the Divine.

My teachers have always reinforced that placing my attention on the positive messages of the Vedas, holds the inherent ability to lift my spirit and increase my life force.

If we experience fatigue, weakness, poor circulation, negativity, it may mean our life force is depleted. Chanting is a powerful way to enhance our life force, and nourish our soul. It also helps us stay grounded and improves our breathing.

Of course we know it’s also important to recognise the nourishment in the air we breathe, the good food we eat, the water we drink, getting appropriate sleep, and all this contributes to our wellbeing. As much as we need to nourish our physical being, we need to do the same for our spiritual being.

Chanting is a powerful tool of yoga for health and healing. I pay homage to my generous teachers and strive to be a teacher who guides her students towards their own understanding as I have been led by my teachers