My Time Blog - I am the Soul
Take some time now to be still, quiet and calm.
Breathe in and out through the nose.
Place your hands in prayer position at your heart centre.
Affirm the following;
I AM not the Body;
I AM not the Emotion;
I AM not the Thought;
I AM not the Mind.
The mind is just a subtle instrument of the soul;
I AM the Soul.
I AM a Spirituall Being of Divine Intelligence, Divine Love, Divine Power;
I AM one with my Higher Soul;
I AM that I AM.
I AM one with the Divine Spark within me.
I AM a child of God;
I AM connected to God;
I AM one with God;
I AM one with all.
The yogic mantra "so hum" is not only a reflection of the sound of the breath but also carries a contemplative meaning: "I am that" (so = "I am" and hum = "that"). Here, "that" refers to all of creation, the one breathing us all. This contemplation meditation is an opportunity to focus "thinking mind" on the mystery of being and to reflect upon the interdependent nature of all phenomenon revealed by the sages and confirmed by contemporary physics.
If you listen carefully to your breath, you may hear the sound 'So" on your in breath and the sound like 'Hum' on the out breath. Can you hear it? Now lets come closer to the breath.
Find a comfortable posture for meditation with your palms facing up to open your awareness or facing down to calm the mind. Scan your body and relax any tension. Let your spine rise from the ground of the pelvis. Draw your chin slightly down and let the back of your neck lengthen.
Bring your attention to the rhythm of your breath, feeling the rise and fall of your inhalation and exhalation. As your focus settles on your breath, begin to employ the simple mantra "so hum." As you inhale, silently say "so" to yourself and as you exhale, say "hum." Once the "so hum" rhythm has been established, begin to contemplate the meaning of "so hum." As you inhale with the mantra "so," say to yourself " I am," connecting to your essential self. Contemplate the source of your breath: Where is your breath coming from? Through visualization, contemplate the 5 billion human beings and countless creatures on Earth being fed by the same rhythm of the breath.
As you exhale with "hum," inwardly say "that" or "all that is." Feel how your exhalation releases you into the expanse around you. Visualise your exhalation leaving your body through your nostrils and then merging back into the atmosphere, back into infinity, back into "all that is." Stay with this contemplation until you naturally begin to settle into a state of unified consciousness (which may only be for a few brief, refreshing moments at a time). If a thought arises, come back to the simple mantra, "so hum."
When you are finished, bring your hands together in prayer position and close with a moment of reflection or prayer to absorb the energy of your meditation into your Being and life.