Om Makom Shalom

A Grounding Practice

Om Makom Shalom

“Om” is a universal sacred mystical mantra most often recognized connected to yoga practice.

Makom is Hebrew for place… and Shalom means peace or wholeness. One day as I was praying I realized that these 2 Hebrew words contained the same universal sound as “om” and they came together in this chant. I use this when I want deep grounding and a connection to a universal Oneness.

Makom is also one of the names for God that is used for deep grounding, holding and comfort. When someone loses a loved one the traditional phrase that is offered is Hamakom yinachem etchem b’toch sha’ar aveli tzion v’yirushalem (May the One comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem). This is an ancient phrase that goes back to the time of the Temple in Jerusalem. In traditional circles during shiva mourners sit on low chairs (originally they sat on the ground) as a way to have them be close to their departed loved ones. At a time of great loss and uncertainty, this grounding aspect of God is invoked.


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