There are different meditation techniques; mantra meditation is one very powerful technique. A mantra is the repetition of a sound, word, or phrase that has special meaning to the individual. Using mantras in your meditation practice allows you to develop a focus that helps clear the mind of distracting thoughts and establish a deeper connection to your inner spirit.
Mantra meditation incorporates the use of sound to open the mind and heart. The repetition of a mantra alters your consciousness and in that altered consciousness you open the connection to the Divine Universal power, your inner spirit.
Commonly mantras are words or phrases composed in the ancient language of Sanskrit (The ancient language of India in which most religious and spiritual literature was written.) such as:
OM = the vibrational sound of the universe
Sat Nam = meaning truth
So Ham = the combination of opposites like yin and yang, light and dark.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti = peace, peace, peace
If you prefer English mantras here are a few:
Peace to all
God is Love, Love is God
All is well
There are many mantras to choose from and you do not have to limit yourself to what you see here. Find a word or phrase that resonates with your heart and mind. Creating your own mantra is very powerful.
Mantra meditation is Japa (meaning rotate) and the use of Mala beads (a round string of 108 beads used in mantra meditation) helps the repetition process. You repeat the mantra as you move from one bead to the next. Mantra meditation is the anchor that brings your mind back from distracting thoughts, as you focus on the mantra itself and each bead is rolled between your fingers.
There are three variations that you can apply to your mantra meditation:
1. Vaikhar Japa, out loud chanting repetition
2. Upamshu Japa, whispered repetition
3. Mankshika Japa, silent repetition
Vaikhar Japa is recommended for beginners. Saying your mantra out loud helps tune out distraction and maintain concentration.
Upamshu Japa a whispered repetition can be used as your meditation routine becomes more comfortable and you have learned to keep a more steady concentration.
Mankshika Japa is an advanced technique where you can achieve a very deep meditation. In the silence it is more difficult to keep your mind focused; this is why it is not recommended for those just beginning their meditation practice.
Of all the meditation tips I could give you this is the most important, please, always keep in mind everyone is different, try each technique until you find what you are most comfortable with. This is not a competition it is the process of finding your center and what works for you, and brings you the calm and peace you desire.
Achieving a calm and peaceful attitude toward your life is one of the most helpful meditation benefits, because it not only benefits you, but everyone around you benefits as well, through your new calm, centered interactions with them.
Practice mantra meditation as often as possible and try to be consistent. Set up a special area in your home where you won’t be disturbed, and don’t be afraid to tell those around you that this is your time and you are not to be interrupted.
Take the time you need whether it be 10, 20, 30 minutes or more, this is your time. Remember a calmer more peaceful you will also benefit those around you.
I highly recommend a good book and CD combination by Dr. Wayne Dyer called
Getting in the Gap
Dr. Dyer leads you through a number of meditations using a mantra. This will give you a good starting point to building your own meditation routine.
It is my sincere wish for you that you find the perfect meditation technique that work for you.
Namaste! I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Truth, of Light and of Peace.
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