Week 6. Tools for Tantra: A heart-centered daily practice Copy

You are invited to add an element of bhakti yoga to your daily practice as a way to exercise the muscles of love and fill your heart to overflowing.

Bhakti yoga is classically defined as the path of devotion, and it’s often referred to as the yoga of love. Bhakti is one of the three primary paths to enlightenment together with jnana – the path of knowledge – and karma – the path of action, often interpreted as service to others. Practicing bhakti yoga means seeing everyone and everything as a manifestation of the Divine.

Traditionally, the cultivation of unconditional spiritual love involves:

  • devotion to a form of the Divine (you are free to worship the Divine in whatever form we like, or as formless)
  • chanting and 
  • repetition of mantra

For the seven days (at least), create your personal heart-centered daily practice incorporating the three forms of Bhakti:

  1. Devotion to the Divine: cultivate a sense of gratitude (for example, keep a gratitude journal) or a sense of love through choosing parting words infused with blessing and connection, and say them with genuine intention. One other possibility is to intentionally take a second when you meet someone to recognize them as an expression of divine consciousness.
  2. In Bhakti yoga, music is medicine. Come to your daily singing practice with authenticity. Choose a mantra, a hymn, or the name of your spiritual guide and sing it sweetly, or fiercely with angst, or with yearning or whatever emotions are arising in you at the moment.
  3. Choose a mantra or an affirmation. It can be a simple word or a short phrase that resonate with a specific intention or belief and can be extremely powerful in programming the mind for expansion and love energy. There is so much wisdom and magic in each of us, and mantras are very personal. Allow yourself to really feel the mantra and choose it based on what feels rightful you.

Let us know how your heart-centered daily practice looks like and share what you have learned and any shifts that you have experienced after one week of practicing.

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