Tattoo’s of Om signals abound when people find a deep attachment to yoga and meditation. When you practice the use of OM during treatment, you might not realize what you are saying.
The OM Sound
“Om’s sound and symbol are believed to illustrate unity between the “three worlds” in Hinduism: earth, heaven, and atmosphere.” Om also represents three Hindu gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Three Vedic scriptures are also thought to be represented by the Om, including Rigveda, Yajurveda, and Samaveda.
The OM Symbol
According to the article, each part of the Om symbol represents “a key component of the mind.” Represented are:
- The walking mind
- The mind in deep sleep
- The dreaming mind
- The unknown state of consciousness
The dot above the rest of the symbol is thought to represent the “unknown state of consciousness”. In total, the symbol represents four stages of consciousness experienced as a human.
The OM In Yoga
In Indian philosophy yoga is not about the leggings, the arms, or the yoga “booty”. Instead, yoga is meant to be a practice to prepare the body for deep meditation. The article explains that chanting Om during yoga or using it to open or close a practice “…serves as a reminder that yoga is, at its core, an exercise in spiritual development.”
The OM In Recovery
You could say that i’m in recovery stands for open-mindedness. Om is used to settle the mind, calm the mind, and open the mind. Being open-minded in recovery takes on many forms, much in the same way Om does. First, you have to be open-minded to the process of recovery. If you are completely shut off to the idea that recovery could work for you, you won’t let it work.
Second, you have to be open-minded in a way that allows you to access the different parts of your memory and psyche.
Recovery goes back, way back. Being open-minded means allowing yourself to access everything which needs to be healed. Too many people close the door on their pasts and refuse to embrace it. As a result they keep their pain in and continue to be controlled by it. Eventually, they return to old patterns of behavior to cope with the pain.
This brings the last way open-mindedness is important to recovery. Open-mindedness means allowing your feelings, thoughts, opinions, and judgments to flow. Om is part of mediation and can be a practice in mindfulness. Being open-minded means being open to the experience of your own emotions and noticing them in a non-judgmental way.
Lakehouse Recovery Center uses the practice of yoga and pranic breathing to enhance the treatment experience. Spiritual healing is a foundation of recovery. Our residential treatment programs are designed to create a new way of living, free and fun in recovery. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 877.762.3707.