“Do you know what a mantra is, Jim?”
I shook my head. I didn’t have a clue.
“It’s kind of like a song or a sound you make that helps you focus your mind. Just like you’ve been focusing your mind on your breathing or the candle, this is another way to trick your mind.”
I looked at her again and noticed she was wearing a necklace with a whistle and a bell. Is that what she was talking about? At that moment she leaned forward toward me and the bell made a little tinkle. I almost started laughing. She looked down at it and laughed. “No, that’s not what I’m talking about.”
“What kind of sound?” I had a feeling this was going to be weird.
“Well, it depends. People sometimes say a word that is important to them or a phrase that has some magical meaning. But it can be anything. The words don’t really matter; it’s the sound that matters.”
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