NaPoWriMo Day 26: The Perfect Response

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It’s time to wake up.
Om mani padme hum.

What will I eat for breakfast?
Om mani padme hum.

What shall I wear to work?
Om mani padme hum.

I am afraid about my evaluation.
Om mani padme hum.

I don’t know what to do.
Om mani padme hum.

That person just cut me off in traffic.
Om mani padme hum.

I’m bored.
Om mani padme hum.

I just got promoted.
Om mani padme hum.

I found out my mother is sick.
Om mani padme hum.

I can’t believe he said that.
Om mani padme hum.

I wish I had a bigger salary.
Om mani padme hum.

I feel nervous about my presentation.
Om mani padme hum.

I feel depressed. What have I done with my life?
Om mani padme hum.

I just won five million dollars!
Om mani padme hum.

I’m late to work.
Om mani padme hum.

My kids are driving me crazy.
Om mani padme hum.

I have to cook dinner.
Om mani padme hum.

I’m tired.
Om mani padme hum.

I’m so happy!
Om mani padme hum.

I’m a human being.
Om mani padme hum.

It’s time for bed.
Om mani padme hum.

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Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt encouraged us to write a call and response poem. My mantram immediately jumped into my head. Here is one page devoted to explaining the background and meaning of the mantram. Here is a wikipedia article on the mantram. I also have deep love and respect for the teacher Eknath Easwaran; it was his writing that inspired me to take up the mantram when I was in high school and interested in learning about meditation.  Something about the look and the sound of the mantram very much appealed to me. It is said that repeating a mantram over and over again drives its energy and its meaning deep into your subconscious and little by little transforms the habitual, recycled, discursive thoughts into expansive, enlightened ones. I just know that the practice of mantram repetition has saved me from a lot of needless worrying and ruminating.  And therefore it is, to me, the perfect response to any thought and any situation. Om mani padme hum.

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