Give Voice: “Your voice is the breath of your soul” (Yogi Tea teabag tag)

“Your voice is the breath of your soul” (Yogi Tea teabag tag), as I read this, I was reminded not to keep silent when I have something to express; that I do not serve my self or the Universal self with my silence when it is my turn to speak and I do not. The things unsaid can leave a trail of fear and uncertainty where love and wisdom expressed would light the way. Caring expressed, no matter how small the gesture, can move mountains with the faith it provides. Silence too is a powerful tool, as is listening; however, right action, right thoughts, right deeds, and right words guide the righteous. It is necessary to become practiced in discerning the right time and place for each practice to derive peace from the ‘rightness’ of practice.

It is sung, “I know that I must rise and fill my hearts with praise”, and, “I will lift my voice, lift my voice in praise, and give thanks for all my days” (LucianoSweep Over My Soul”, 1999). Muscles, skills, practices, tools, all can be lost if not exercised; use it or loose it. The voice, pulled up from through the chakras and directed toward vibrating a clear message, can and will do so. Left to wilt and dwindle, grow flaccid, weak, and potentially ineffective, the voice too, will do so. Yogi, use it, don’t loose it.

Creation, the Universe, wants to hear your song. All things have ‘a speak’ and in nature, there is a natural expectation that each will tell its story; none would sit silent and hold its own tongue. Expression of emotions liberates them and the courage of the individuals who free them from containment. The internalization of that which has a natural propensity to be expressed is problematic and disruptive to the container; it will manifest as physical disruptions of the body.

The voice is not the only expressive tool of the yogi in you, but it is a very powerful tool when harnessed for the purpose of bhakti, the yoga of devotion.

Just as Kahlil Gibran tells us in The Prophet, “And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”(1923); the Creator, your creator, wants to hear your expressions, to know your joy and gratitude.

I recognize, during the chanting of Om specifically, when my voice reflects negative energy and feelings. As I chant, I raise those negative energies and feelings through my chakras and out of my system into the Universe with the intention that they transform to raw energy fit for karma. It is the same with all energies stored within. Often, as a feeling or negative perception passes up from my root to my crown it dissipates to irrelevance in the face of the powerful energy within each chakra. When chanting I am in transformation. I change as my voice is raised, as it grows in its ‘ringing radiance’*, and transforms the energies of the Universe in its interaction. I hear the change in my voice, the clarity of its vibration; as a smile creeps over my face, I feel the difference in my countenance; finishing with gratitude, no matter the starting point, is a natural, progressive result.

The yogi in you wants to experience its own ringing radiance, the vibration within as the voice is lifted through the Personal Self to the Universal Self.

Daily chanting of Om, the sacred and original vibration, can promote significant changes in breathing and thinking. It is a powerful meditation, certain to promote an individualized yogic experience. It is a great way to begin and /or end a practice, by chanting Om a number of times, I like 12, but sometimes there is only time for three, and then chant Shanti (peace), three times.

However, there a many ways to raise the voice. A few months ago I went to a kirtan, a yoga sing-a-long. It was fun, I learned, found fellowship, and had never been to one before. I love to sing, to chant, and find it to be a very powerful, grounding, healing human experience… even when we relieve stress by singing in our cars on the way home from work, or in church, or with kids.

Below are two of the songs I learned, they are both from a song sheet I was given. The first song was written inside of a hand drawn picture of a tee pee. The second song was written in the wavy, flowing fashion of a river:

Kuwake

Leno-Leno

Mayote

Hi-A-No

Hi-A-No

Hi-A-No

I am one

With the infinite

Sun

Forever, Forever, Forever

(Phonetic translation:

Koo Wha Kay

Lane O Lane O

Ma Ho Tay

Hi-A-No

Hi-A-No

Hi-A-No)

The English words are the language translation and should also be sung; simple enough message. We repeated it several times and it got faster as we went on with it.

This second song was referred to as an ‘old American spiritual’; the Mama and Papa phrases being interchanged through the repetitions and when they are sung the voice gets raised louder and stronger on the first sound of each Maaaa Ma or Paaaa Pa…..

The river is flowing, flowing and growing, the river is flowing down to the sea.

Mama, carry me

Your child I will always be

Mama carry me

Down to the sea.

The river is flowing, flowing and growing, the river is flowing down to the sea.

Papa, carry me

Your child I will always be

Papa carry me

Down to the sea.

The river is flowing, flowing and growing, the river is flowing down to the sea.

Mama, carry me

Your child I will always be

Papa carry me

Down to the sea.

The river is flowing, flowing and growing, the river is flowing down to the sea.

Papa, carry me

Your child I will always be

Mama carry me

Down to the sea.

Consider adding your voice to your practice; you may find a new strength and awareness.

Family singing time can also be very healthy and therapeutic.

The yogi in you will learn and grow with each vibrating breath.

namaste’

Yogiinya

*’Ringing radiance’ is a term used by  Sir Colin Garbett in his 1968 work of the same title; chant to understand what it feels like, start with Om, it’s simple and all humanity started there.

About yogiinya

Yoga, in my childhood, was like my gymnastics class, but had more mystery. It involved sages, mystics, and the sacred; where as a young gymnast I was focused on the physical aspects of becoming an athlete. My elders would lead me in and out of their practices as I grew up, but time would be required before I came to it my self. Having a dedicated practice and living yoga since 1994, I am loyal to my teacher Dr. Pratap, founder of Sky Yoga and the the Yoga Research Society. The concept of 'non harm' is what draws me closest to Yoga. There is great strength to be found therein on the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and Universal levels. Yoga, the path, a way of life; it involves what happens on the mat, but is not restricted to happening there.
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