As I try to relax in a reclining chair while reading meditation cards from The Prenatal Yoga Deck, Jonas is trying to swat and batter Zoe, my dog, who is resting (trying to) in my lap. After about the tenth time that I tell him to, “Stop bothering Zoe” I let out an Om (A-U-M). I instantly felt calmer and Jonas stopped to listen and then a miraculous thing happened. He stopped bothering Zoe and relaxed. If only for a brief moment in time, but nonetheless a peaceful moment and a sigh of gratitude.
According to the Law of Attraction, the universe doesn’t hear what you don’t want, but only what you do want. So according to that premise, I was telling the universe, “bother Zoe.” It did not listen to the stop or don’t in the command. When I changed my thoughts and my intention and resonated with the feelings of peace, sounds of the creation, releasing tension and dispelling negative energy, and filling my being with luminous energy (according to The Prenatal Yoga Deck), I received what I wanted. Om has many interpretations and meanings depending on whom you ask. All I know is it made me feel great, it made Jonas listen, and it filled our home with quiet (at least momentarily). It really made me remember (and I have been having a difficult time remembering things which I blame on the pregnancy) that thoughts become things. When we set our intention for peace, harmony, health, well-being, or whatever positive state of mind or emotions we hope to achieve, the result is always better than when we focus on what we don’t want. This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Eat, Pray, Love: we have the power to choose our thoughts.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite sanskrit mantras that I often use in my yoga classes-
Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu: May this world be established in a sense of peace and well-being and may my thoughts, actions, and words contribute to that.