Saturday Soulfulness: “Trigger Protection Mantra” (Song by Jhené Aiko)

Dr. Shelly’s Soulfulness Song Reflections
I was introduced to this song last week at a small family and friends spiritual support gathering.  It was played during a meditative reflection time as we connected with our deepest intentions and prayers for protection, clarity, and healing  The song just fills my soul with peace, calm, and an inner knowing of protection. 

So, what does it mean to be calm and protected in a time of so much change, uncertainty, and (for many people), fear?  Fundamentally, it means finding that spiritually-infused place of peace and stillness within, that inner sanctuary that is available no matter what is going on in the external/material world.  This is not easy, but it IS absolutely attainable!  Meditation and prayer are pathways to that peace and sanctuary.  Music can facilitate getting there and this Jhené Aiko song is a new resource to help me.  I hope it can help you as well!  I’ve included a link to a 1-hour loop version on YouTube for meditation, as well as to the song on Spotify.

May you find your calm center, your soul’s refuge.  May you be well in body, mind, heart, and soul. May you be safe and protected.  

With Peace, Love, and Soulfulness, 
Dr. Shelly Harrell

“Trigger Protection Mantra” by Jhené Aiko

SOULyrics Spotlight
(selected lyrics)

Calm down.
Protect your energy.

I am protected.
You are protected.

Slow down.
Calm down your energy.
Slow down your energy.
Protect your energy.

Calm down.
Calm down.
Calm down eventually.

I am protected.
I am protected.
I am protected.

I have protection.

~Jhené Aiko

SOULfirmation:
“I AM CALM, I AM PROTECTED.”
(Close your eyes and repeat slowly and silently. Let the words penetrate your SOUL.)

SoulQuestion:
(For Contemplation and Conversation)
What helps you to feel calm and protected?

The Soulfulness Song Meditation
You can put on your headphones or listen with speakers in open space.  For a longer meditation, you can put the song on repeat.  It is recommended that you start by closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths to set your intention on listening deeply and opening yourself to what you may receive. You can do this meditation sitting, laying down, standing, or walking. You can walk a circle or back-and-forth path being intentional about your steps (consider a slow pace connecting to the rhythm of the song). Whether sitting or standing, feel free to integrate rocking/movement/dance!  First just allow the music to be background and come into your breath and body, using the song as a sound anchor to bring you back the the music when your mind wanders (which is natural, normal and expected!). Then tune-in to the song more intentionally and allow yourself to connect to the “vibe” of the song, to the feeling of it. Then focus in on the lyrics, listening for meanings and messages that resonate with you.  It is fine if there are lyrics that you do not relate to, those are for someone else’s experience of the song.  You can simply focus on any lyrics that move you, touch you, or connect with you in some way.  After you have listened to the song a couple of times (or more), you can then bring the SoulQuestion to your consciousness, opening your heart and mind for inquiry, self-reflection, and insights. Finally, you can use the SOULfirmation as a mantra and just repeat it slowly a few times.  Give yourself some silent space for a bit of time to see what emerges and, if you are so inspired, you can journal about your experience.