Shards of Unity

Cosmic Composure

An Article by Doug S., MA, MSW, LCSW

Om Mani Padme Hum

Late one Sunday night in April, 2013, I was writing up my counseling notes after a long day of seeing clients.  All alone in the office, I usually cranked up some loud music to keep me awake and to let off some steam from hours of holding space for others.  I heard/felt a voice that said, “Listen to a chant.”  Surprised, I followed this nudge and typed, “Buddhist chant” in YouTube.  I clicked on a chant that I had never heard before called, “Om Mani Padme Hum.”

As the sweet melody opened up, I became aware of a kind of golden warmth falling all around me like soft dew.  My heart seemed to open up and a burst of joy welled inside of me.  That was the opening wave of my awakening which soon led me…

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