On Saturday 15th December 2012, I sat alone in my apartment and chanted for the very first time. I had been having great conversations about the practice with a good friend who had started it a couple of months before that, but as a cynical atheist I was more interested in the philosophical debate than the airy-fairy spiritual side of things. Boy, how things can change…
I had been going through a bout of depression around that time, and that Saturday was a particularly bad one for me, feeling lost and hopeless, stuck to my bed until mid afternoon, and even then only managing to crawl as far as the couch. Finally, in an act of pure desperation, I said fuck-it and decided to give this weird chanting thing a try.
nam myoho renge kyo… nam myoho renge kyo… nam myoho renge kyo…
The first profound changes in my life and mind happened within days. And in the 7 years that have passed since that moment, Life has taken me on quite the journey. From Amsterdam to London to Thailand and back home to a countryside haven in Ireland, wonderful jobs and homes and connections and opportunities landing in my lap at every step along the way. My own practice has perhaps not been strictly consistent throughout the years, but The Practice has never left me, and never will. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo is in my blood, on my mind, in the rhythm of the music I listen to, in the sticky notes around my home, in the raindrop patter on the windowpane, in the landscape surrounding me, in the whisper of the breeze. Every second thought is Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, a recurring reminder that I Am a part of something greater, a drop in the ocean of Universal Energy, a cog in the intricate mechanics of the Law of Life, a spiritual Being of pure Love and Light.
And so are you.
And so it is.
Never forget. Never doubt it for a second. You are the Universe, incarnate. You have infinite potential. You can manifest whatever kind of life you want for yourSelf. You are a Creator. You are Divine.
Do you remember?
How long has it been for you? How has chanting affected your life? Tell your story in the comments below.