One Mantra that will Turn your Luck Around
I believe that each of us is here on earth to learn something. Something we agreed to or chose to learn before we even got here. Where? With whom? I have absolutely no idea. But I do believe that every person, event and occurrence that we face in life is intentionally put there to help us achieve our life’s path and purpose (in Buddhism, this is called the dharma, or cosmic order.) It is a basic belief that there is something far greater that we are here to learn, and there is a reason for everything that happens.
Rather than trying to figure everything out and thinking we know what’s best all the time, sometimes we just need to surrender to the universe and live in the flow of it.
That’s where the mantra comes in: Om namo narayani
(pronounced om na-moe na-rye-annee)
It’s Sanskrit, literally meaning “I surrender to the divine.”
We’ve all been there before. SOL with nothing going our way. Like the world is against us, and just when you think it can’t get any worse… it does. It always does!!
This happened to me a few years ago when I was living in Los Angeles. I was desperately trying to find a new job, and nothing was panning out. I went to a bajillion interviews and never heard a word back from any. There was even one that I really, really wanted. I wanted it so badly, I went to get my hair dyed the day before. As “luck” would have it, something went horribly wrong, and I ended up with a blaringly bright orange halo around my head. The guy who was interviewing me the next day literally walked out of the room shortly after we started, and the receptionist came in 30 minutes later to tell me the interview had been canceled! That was the tip of the iceberg, right there. I felt like a complete moron and couldn’t help but wonder what was so wrong with me. In a moment of desperation, I went from never wanting to leave LA to waking up one day and saying, “OK, I’m ready to move back to Chicago.” Within 2 weeks, I was packing up my SmartCar and heading back to the homeland. A couple months later, I had landed my dream job with the greatest boss and coworkers you could ask for and met my now-husband, Andy. I often think back to that time of desperation (I’m talking months and months of insecurity, boredom and hopelessness) and think about how funny life is. If I hadn’t gone through all of that, I would have never met my husband when I did, and I would have never gotten the job that set me up for what I’m now able to do today.
Think about all the times in life where you wanted something so badly and were disappointed when they didn’t come to fruition, only to find out that something better was right around the corner.
Om namo narayani.
It’s a much harder concept to grasp when you’re amidst a tragedy. A job is one thing, but dealing with death or illness is a whole nother ball game. Om namo narayani. The universe knows what you and everyone around you has signed up for, even if you don’t.
When we find ourselves in these tragic moments, it’s easy to get caught up with thoughts like “things are never going to work out", but it’s these exact thoughts that are creating the vicious cycle of negativity. Your thoughts create your reality. I repeat: your thoughts create your reality. So you can bet that if you are constantly telling yourself that things are never going to work out for you… they probably aren’t going to.
Instead, focus all of your energy on what you want, your dreams and goals. Wish for them. Wish hard. And then release any attachment you have to them. Om namo narayani.
We don’t know what we’re on this earth to learn, and as much as we want something, it doesn’t mean that it’s what’s best for us and everyone around us.
Om namo narayani. This is what I want, but I surrender to the divine to decide what’s best for all.
It might sound cheesy, and we’ve all heard it before, but… trust the universe. What other choice do we have? We can fight the flow or decide to live in it.