“Stop the flow of your words…open the window of your heart…and let the spirit speak.” —Rumi
Since I was a young girl, I have had a great love for St. Francis of Assisi. He is most well known for being the patron saint of animals and peace. But back in the day, very long ago, he cared deeply for our planet, and so he was also named the patron saint of the environment. Over the course of his lifetime, he made many significant, but selfless, accomplishments and was pronounced a saint in July 1228 by Pope Gregory IX, just a couple of years following his death.
St. Francis’s love for all living beings is what drew me to him. The story of his life and the lessons we learned about him in school spoke directly to my heart, stirring a deep compassion and love within me. Many years later, when I chose a Sacred Mantra for my spiritual practice, I knew immediately I would use his prayer words: My God and My All.
This was St. Francis’s meditation prayer. Repeating this phrase, my Sacred Mantra, brings me a deep knowing that everything I need to live my life with love, compassion, kindness, and courage is within me.
When my mind starts traveling down a negative path, I turn to this phrase to bring my mind back to gratitude, joy, and the present moment.
When I am faced with difficulties, My God and My All gives me strength to do what I must.
When I am afraid, it gives me courage.
When the world outside seems chaotic, and quite frankly out of control, my Sacred Mantra helps me stay strong from within, sending out thoughts of peace to those in need.
And when I am celebrating joyous occasions, it is my sacred friend, there to celebrate alongside me.
I cannot imagine my life without my Sacred Mantra. It has great meaning to me, and the support it provides through its sacred lineage is immeasurable—beyond amazing!
If you are in search of a life that is deeply connected within throughout the day and night, you may want to choose a Sacred Mantra of your own—a revered and hallowed phrase that is with you for support and comfort during all of life’s situations.
A Sacred Mantra should have a long history of use by others on the spiritual path. It is my suggestion that you begin with one that has deep meaning to you, the way St. Francis’s words speak to me. Choose one that touches your heart and brings a smile to your face. In my book The Practice, I discuss the Sacred Mantra in great detail, and I provide more guidelines for choosing your own.
I would like to leave you with an excerpt from my book that illustrates just how powerful this practice—this sacred friend, as I like to call it—is:
“This idea that we can gain strength from those who came before us is aptly illustrated by the words Rosa Parks used to describe what gave her strength the day she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1955. She said, ‘I knew that I had the strength of my ancestors behind me.’ Each time I hear these words and visualize Rosa Parks on the bus that day with her unwavering strength and bravery, tears come to my eyes. This is what a Sacred Mantra offers. It is not only there to remind you that you are supported, but it also allows you to tap into the love, energy, power, and strength of those who have used it for the very same purpose.”