Today a friend of mine told the story of the mantra he says to himself every time he leaves his house in the morning:  “Through me, not from me”.   What’s really cool, I know him enough to see this in action and the evidence of his commitment is often visible.

This got me thinking about the power of words like this and thinking of the verses monks chant every single day after meditation practice.  In Buddhist countries you can’t walk a city block and not hear the chant on loving-kindness ( metta ).   Chanting like this, or mantra’s like “through me, not from me” change how we see the world, how we show up, how we act.

I think it’s of vital importance, not what you say or how you chant but the act of making a strong determination to practice a behavior every day that makes the world, via you, better.

Short Metta ( loving-kindness )  Chant:

Sabbe Satta  ( May all beings )

Avera Hontu ( Be free from danger )

Sabbe Satta ( May all beings )

Abyapajja Hontu ( Be free from mental suffering )

Sabbe Satta ( May all beings )

Anigha Hontu ( be free from all physical suffering )

Sabbe Satta  ( May all beings )

Sukhi Attanam Pariharantu ( take care of themselves happily )

 

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