The Ho'oponopono Mantra Method

The Ho'oponopono Mantra Method

An ancient Hawaiian spiritual practice, Ho’oponopono is a set of profound healing mantras that can shift your mindset from a fixed one of lack to a growth mindset built on love. Based on principles of interconnectedness and compassion, the practice holds a mirror up to ourselves and asks us to take and share responsibility no matter what has happened. 

Accepting responsibility is being honest with yourself about your fixed mindset. Whether consciously or not, you are responsible for your thoughts, actions and feelings. Instead of allowing limiting beliefs to take control, acknowledge them and take responsibility. From there, you can transform your mindset.

There are four simple steps to the Ho’oponopono method: Repentance, Forgiveness, Gratitude and Love. While Ho’oponopono is used to heal problems outside of yourself, it can be easier to start by choosing something you already know you have caused. This could be an addiction, a sullied relationship or negative behaviour patterns.

A white candle and sage creates a purified energy for chanting

In my Ho’oponopono practice, I like to begin by smudging my space with sage and lighting a white candle. Then I visualise the person I want to forgive and let go and chant the mantra to them. Sometimes I also incorporate cord cutting as a physical manifestation of releasing what no longer serves my highest self. I find it helpful to follow guided meditations like this one to harness the full potential of this powerful healing mantra.

To begin your own Ho’oponopono ritual, bring to mind the issue or relationship you want to heal and build a deeper connection. Centre yourself, breathe deeply, visualise the person (or yourself) and imagine golden light filling your heart with compassion, gratitude and love. Imagine the golden light overflowing and pouring into the person in front of you as you repeat the mantra steps below.

Step One – Repentance

Once you identify what you need to heal, you must take responsibility by apologising. Say you are sorry and mean it. Really feel it in your heart that you are sorry. Feel remorse that something in your consciousness (whether aware or not) caused the issue you wish to heal. 

Step Two – Forgiveness 

Hold onto the remorse you now feel and ask for forgiveness. It doesn’t matter whether you ask yourself, a particular person or the universe, just ask to be forgiven. Repeat this until you feel it wholeheartedly.

Step Three – Gratitude 

Again, it doesn’t matter who you direct your thanks to, but be grateful. Say thank you to whatever it was that just forgave you. Repeat until you feel it. 

Step Four – Love 

Love is the most powerful force, so tap into it. Say “I love you” to anything you feel called to. Shower yourself in love, your home, your friends and family, the air you breathe and the challenges you face. Allow the love to pour in and out of you.

Repentance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Love

Ho’oponopono offers a profound path to healing and transformation. By embracing the principles of interconnectedness, compassion, and responsibility, we can shift our mindset from lack to love. Starting with ourselves, we take ownership of our thoughts, actions, and feelings, paving the way for inner growth and harmony. 

Through the four steps of Repentance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, and Love, we engage in a powerful process of self-reflection and reconciliation. By chanting the healing mantras, and visualising and sending golden light, we cultivate compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude towards ourselves and others. With each repetition, we invite healing into our lives and foster a deep sense of love and connection.

Ho'oponopono offers a powerful process of self-reflection and reconciliation

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© 2022. TanyaS.Mansotra
Somatic shaking

Shake It Out: How To Regulate Your Nervous System With Somatic Shaking

The practice of somatic shaking is based on the body's natural "fight or flight" response

In recent years, a rising trend known as somatic shaking has gained recognition as a powerful practice for regulating the nervous system and promoting overall well-being. This unique technique involves intentionally inducing a tremor or shaking in the body to release stored tension and stress. While it may seem unconventional, somatic shaking is rooted in science and has been found to offer numerous physical and mental health benefits.

Somatic shaking is based on the body’s natural instinct to release stress and trauma through trembling. When faced with a threat or experiencing intense emotions, the body responds by activating the sympathetic nervous system, triggering a “fight or flight” response. However, if the body is unable to complete the natural discharge of this activated energy, it can become stored as tension, leading to various physical and emotional issues over time.

As someone who has embraced the practice of somatic shaking, I can attest to its immediate relief and transformative effects. When I first encountered somatic shaking, I approached it with scepticism. However, as I surrendered myself to the practice in a safe space with comfortable clothing, I felt a profound shift within me. The gentle tremors that coursed through my body seemed to release layers of tension, leaving me feeling lighter and more centred. The cathartic experience provided me with a renewed sense of vitality, clarity, and inner peace.

Benefits of Somatic Shaking

Engaging in regular somatic shaking can yield profound benefits for both physical and mental well-being. Physically, it promotes the release of muscular tension, increases blood flow, and enhances the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Mentally, somatic shaking allows for the release of pent-up emotions, reduces anxiety, and improves overall emotional resilience. Additionally, this practice can help improve body awareness, restore a sense of groundedness, and foster a deep connection between the mind and body.

How to Practise Somatic Shaking

To embark on your own somatic shaking journey, it is important to create a safe and comfortable space free from distractions. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing that allows for unrestricted movement. Begin by grounding yourself through deep, conscious breathing. Then, invite the tremors into your body by gently shaking different parts, starting with your hands, arms, and shoulders, and gradually progressing to other areas like the legs and hips. Allow the shaking to emerge naturally, surrendering to the innate wisdom of your body.

During the practice, remember to maintain a non-judgmental attitude and let go of any expectations. Focus on the sensations and allow them to flow freely, trusting that your body knows how to release stored tension. After the shaking subsides, take a few moments to rest and observe the newfound stillness within you. Embrace the sense of renewal and integration that arises.

To practice somatic shaking, be sure to find a safe space and wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Somatic shaking offers a transformative pathway to regulate the nervous system, release accumulated stress, and cultivate a deep mind-body connection. Backed by scientific understanding and the personal experiences of many practitioners, this practice has the potential to unlock profound physical and mental health benefits. By incorporating somatic shaking into your wellness routine and approaching it with an open mind, you can tap into its therapeutic power and experience the profound liberation it brings. So, shake it out and embrace the profound healing that awaits within you.

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© 2022. TanyaS.Mansotra
The Crown Chakra

The Chakra Chapters: The Crown Chakra

We have explored the intricate realms of each chakra, from the grounded Root Chakra to the ethereal Third Eye Chakra. Now, we arrive at the pinnacle of our exploration—the Crown Chakra. In this final instalment, we will dive deep into the essence of the crown chakra, understanding its significance, recognising blockages, and discovering powerful practices to restore balance and harmony. Prepare to embark on a spiritual quest that connects you to the divine energy flowing through the crown chakra. If you missed any blogs on the other six chakras, be sure to visit my blog page to learn more!

What is the Crown Chakra?

The crown chakra, also known as Sahasrara in Sanskrit, is the highest energy centre located at the top of the head. It is associated with pure consciousness, spiritual connection, and enlightenment. Representing our connection to the divine and the universal energy, the crown chakra transcends the boundaries of the physical world, allowing us to experience the profound unity of all things. It radiates a vibrant violet or white light, symbolising the purity and transcendence of consciousness. By opening and balancing the crown chakra, we can tap into higher states of awareness, expanded perception, and profound wisdom. It serves as a bridge between the individual self and the divine, offering a path to spiritual growth and a deep connection with the limitless essence of the universe.

Crown Chakra Blockages

How to Balance the Crown Chakra

Meditation & Candle Gazing

Meditation serves as a powerful tool for connecting with the divine and promoting inner clarity. When combined with fasting, it can amplify the purification of both the body and mind, fostering a deeper connection to the higher realms. Guided meditations can be helpful for focusing your meditative practice on the blocked chakra.

Candle gazing is another form of meditation that can be particularly beneficial for the crown chakra. Create a tranquil space for your meditation practice, and in this sacred environment, light a candle to serve as a focal point. Fix your gaze upon the flame, observing its gentle flickering movements. As you immerse yourself in the mesmerising dance of light, allow your mind to settle into a state of calmness and receptivity. Open yourself to the divine wisdom and guidance that flows through the crown chakra, embracing the profound unity and interconnectedness of all things.

Crown Chakra Blockages

When the crown chakra is imbalanced or blocked, it can lead to a sense of disconnection from the divine and a lack of spiritual purpose. Mental symptoms may include confusion, apathy, and a limited understanding of life’s greater meaning. Emotionally, blockages can manifest as feelings of isolation and detachment from others and the universal energy that binds us. Physically, chronic headaches or migraines may occur as a result of the disharmony in the crown chakra.

These blockages can leave us feeling lost, without a sense of purpose, and disconnected from higher realms. We may struggle to find meaning in life, experience apathy towards spiritual pursuits, and feel emotionally detached. The confusion and lack of mental clarity can hinder decision-making, while chronic headaches serve as physical indicators of energetic disharmony. Recognising these signs and symptoms is crucial for our spiritual well-being. By addressing and balancing the crown chakra, we can restore our connection with the divine, gain mental clarity, and rediscover our higher purpose.

Candle gazing to balance the crown chakra

Chanting Om or Soham

In addition to meditation, chanting sacred mantras can further enhance your connection with the crown chakra. Mantras such as “Om” or “Soham” carry potent vibrations that resonate with the energy of the crown chakra. As you chant these sacred sounds, feel the resonance within your being, allowing the vibrations to penetrate and activate the crown chakra. This practice serves to elevate your consciousness, deepen your spiritual connection, and foster a profound sense of peace and expansion.

Lavender is great for balancing the crown chakra

Crystals & Essential Oils

Crystals can serve as powerful allies in balancing the crown chakra. Selenite, clear quartz, apophyllite, snow quartz, rainbow moonstone, calcite, lodalite, and howlite are particularly beneficial. Place them on the crown chakra during meditation or wear them as jewellery to enhance the chakra’s energy flow and promote spiritual enlightenment. 

Utilise the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils like lavender, sandalwood, saffron, and frankincense. These scents can be used in diffusers or applied to pulse points to create a sacred atmosphere and elevate your spiritual experience. Smudge sticks, especially those made with lavender or sandalwood, can be burned to cleanse the energy and promote a sense of sacredness.


Incorporate specific yoga poses that activate and balance the crown chakra. Savasana, headstand, lotus pose, rabbit stand, crocodile pose, and tree pose are all beneficial for opening the crown chakra and fostering a deep sense of connection to the divine.

Other Practices

Disconnecting from technology and spending time in nature, especially in serene and secluded spaces, can help create the ideal environment for the crown chakra to flourish. Additionally, sleeping in a completely dark room promotes deep relaxation and facilitates spiritual experiences during sleep and dream states.

The seven chakras

As we conclude our journey through the Chakra Chapters, we arrive at the majestic crown chakra—the gateway to spiritual transcendence and profound connection. By understanding the significance of this energy centre and recognising blockages, we can embark on a path of healing and restoration. Through fasting and meditation, candle gazing, chanting sacred mantras, working with crystals, using essential oils and smudge sticks, practising specific yoga poses, and adopting other mindful practices, we can awaken and balance the crown chakra, allowing us to embrace our divine nature and experience the limitless expansiveness of pure consciousness.

Remember, exploring the chakras is a lifelong journey, and each chakra represents a unique aspect of our being. May the wisdom gained from this series of blogs empower you to cultivate harmony and balance within yourself, leading to a more fulfilling and spiritually enriched life. Embrace the energy of the crown chakra, and let your consciousness soar to new heights as you connect with the divine essence that resides within you.

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© 2022. TanyaS.Mansotra
How To Curate A Plant-Based Wardrobe

How To Curate A Plant-Based Wardrobe

Following a vegan lifestyle isn’t just about the food and drink we consume. As well as following a plant-based diet, paying close attention to the clothes we wear can also reduce our impact on the environment. 

The clothes in your wardrobe might be made of animal materials like leather, suede, silk, wool, and feathers. If you’re committed to leading a vegan lifestyle, you should think about aligning your fashion choices with your beliefs, and revamp your closet and turn it into a plant-based wardrobe. In today’s blog, I wanted to explore the impact of animal-based clothing – and shine a spotlight on some other materials that are sustainable, vegan, and fashionable.

How the Fashion Industry Treats Animals

It might not seem like it, but the fashion industry is one of the most environmentally-damaging industries out there today. It relies on materials that come from animals, which has both environmental and ethical consequences. Leather, for example, is used to make luxury products – you might already own leather handbags or shoes. 

However, the production of leather products involves toxic chemicals and causes deforestation, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. And that’s not to mention the animal cruelty – we wouldn’t have leather without the hides of animals like cows, pigs, goats, and even crocodiles and snakes.

Silk is associated with soft and elegant clothes – this might come as a surprise, but it’s not vegan-friendly. The production of silk involves boiling silkworms or unwinding their silk cocoons – killing countless insects. According to PETA, 3,000 of them are killed to make just one pound of silk. 

Similarly, wool comes from sheep, and while they aren’t killed to collect their wool, many sheep are exploited and forced to live in harsh conditions. Some people make an exception for ‘dead wool’ – wool collected from sheep that died of natural causes – but those sheep will still have spent their lives in captivity. Feathers, meanwhile, which are used to make clothes and accessories, are obtained by plucking birds – either while they’re still alive or after they’ve been killed

The fashion industry relies on animals like these beautiful cows for materials like leather.

Crafting Your Plant-Based Wardrobe

To avoid contributing to these practices – and harming both animals and our environment – it’s important to seek vegan alternatives to the clothes in your wardrobe. Fortunately, if you know where to look, there are numerous plant-based materials you can wear, so you can look fashionable without feeling guilty.

Cotton material is a staple of any plant-based wardrobe.


This versatile plant can be used to create a range of clothing. Hemp fabric is breathable, durable, anti-microbial, and UV-protective, meaning it’s good for you and the environment. Growing it also uses less water and pesticides than more traditional crops.


This breathable and lightweight fabric is perfect for warm weather, and can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it feels damn. Linen’s non-allergenic, and is made from the fibres of the flax plant, which is both recyclable and biodegradable.

Other vegan materials

There are a number of other vegan alternatives that you might want to add to your plant-based wardrobe, including some that you’d think would be more at home in your kitchen. Mushroom leather, for example, is a biodegradable material made from mycelium (the roots of mushrooms). It mimics the texture and feel of traditional leather without having to harm any animals. Apple leather is another option, made from the waste products of apple juice and cider.


A versatile and widely available natural fibre, cotton can already be found in a variety of clothes. Keep a close eye out for organic cotton, which is grown without the use of dangerous pesticides and fertilisers, making it much better for the environment.


This isn’t just for pandas – bamboo fabric is growing in popularity due to its softness, its breathability, and its eco-friendly qualities. A fast-growing plant, bamboo doesn’t need much water or any pesticides. 


It’s already a staple in many wardrobes, so don’t worry – you can still have denim in your plant-based wardrobe. It can be sourced from plant-based materials like organic cotton or hemp, which are both more sustainable than conventional denim.


Linen is the perfect addition to any plant-based wardrobe.

More and more fashion brands are looking for sustainable cruelty-free alternatives to leather, using materials like seaweed, pineapple fibres, and cactus leaves. These plant-based leathers could be the future of fashion, offering people a cruelty-free and sustainable option without having to compromise when it comes to style.

By using these vegan materials, not only will you be reducing the harm caused to animals, but you’ll be contributing to a more environmentally-friendly fashion industry. It’s not all about just wearing eco-friendly materials, though – I try to make an effort to support ethical or fair-trade brands, and love buying second-hand or vintage clothing. 

Embracing a vegan lifestyle goes beyond the food on our plates. Curating a plant-based wardrobe is important as it helps the environment and lets us wear our ethics on our sleeves – literally. By avoiding animal-based materials like leather, silk or wool, and sourcing vegan alternatives instead, we can help foster a more compassionate fashion industry. Let’s choose clothes that reflect our values, and show the world that fashion can be both stylish and cruelty-free.

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© 2022. TanyaS.Mansotra