Mantra meditation is one of the most popular meditation techniques. In this article, we explore exactly what mantra meditation is and how to do it. We discuss various topics including how to choose a mantra, how to get comfortable with your practice, and the best mantras for beginners to use. If you’re someone who struggles to focus, you may benefit from picking up a piece of mindfulness yoga jewellery.
There are many reasons why people use mantra meditation. For some people, it serves as mental protection against unwanted emotions or distractions, as when coping with fears associated with travel or battling insomnia. For others, the technique serves a deeper spiritual purpose. In certain Hindu traditions, mantra meditation is used to focus the mind and connect with the divine. In Buddhism, mantra meditation is used to keep the mind focussed and receptive of the present moment. As Buddism is a non-theistic religion, mantra meditation is used to evoke confidence and positive qualities instead of an external deity.
To practice mantra meditation, follow the steps below.
The first step is to find a mantra that suits your intention. To do this, you must think about why mantra meditation appeals to you and what you want to achieve from the practice. If you want to maintain or regain health, this is your intention. If you’re looking to form a deeper spiritual connection, find a mantra that suits that. If you’re unsure, try out a few different mantras and see which feel right. Some people find that the right mantra helps them to relax in a positive and sustainable way. If the mantra induces a sense of well-being, it can gradually reduce your blood pressure and reduce stress and anxiety. In most cases, the right mantra for you is whichever phrase helps to settle the mind. Below, we explore some of the most popular mantras for beginners.
‘Om’ is one of the most renowned mantras of all time, and for good reason! According to ancient texts, ‘Om’ was the first sound heard when the universe was created. When each part of the sound is pronounced correctly, you should be able to feel vibrations running from your pelvic floor to the top of your head. This sound will not only calm the mind, but the repetitive vibration will also clear the throat chakra. Regular practice of the ‘Om’ mantra can lead to better communication with yourself and others.
Shanti Mantra is another popular yoga chant. Often referred to as ‘the chant for peace’, the mantra is believed to bring peace to the lives of those who recite it. Below, we explore the translated version of the chant.
“May there be well-being for all,
May there be peace for all.
May there be wholeness for all,
May there be happiness for all.”
A traditional Sanskrit mantra, Gayatri Mantra is thought to prevent and relieve suffering. With this in mind, the mantra is beneficial for those experiencing health issues. Below, we explore the translated version of the mantra.
“Earth, Heaven, the Whole Between.
The excellent divine power of the Sun.
May we contemplate the radiance of that god,
May this inspire our understanding.”
‘Invocation to Ganesh’ Mantra is thought to bring luck to the reciter. Ganesh is the god of wisdom and success and is often referred to as the ‘remover of obstacles’. With this in mind, the mantra is beneficial to those beginning a new stage of their lives. Below, we explore the translated version of the mantra.
“O Ganesha, god with a curved trunk, of great stature,
Whose brilliance is equal to ten million suns.
Grant me freedom from obstacles,
In all things, at all times.”
Once you’ve chosen your mantra, the next step is to get comfortable and remember it. As with any type of meditation, you’ll get the most from mantra meditation if you’ve got a comfortable seat! Look for a quiet space away from bright light and sensory overstimulation. This will allow you to concentrate without too many disturbances. If you like, place a few pillows and a blanket around you for additional comfort. Try to remember your mantra and repeat it in your head.
Once you’re in a comfortable position, spend some time checking in. Notice areas of tension or resistance in your body and gently let it go. As you do this, pay attention to your breathing. This will help you to settle the mind before you begin reciting your mantra.
Now that you’re comfortable with a clear mind, it’s time to recite your mantra. To get the most from the practice, don’t look for a ‘transcendent experience’. Instead, just be yourself and stay relaxed and aware of the moment.
You can continue reciting your mantra for as long as you’d like. There’s no reason to put pressure on your body or mind, just relax and go with the flow! Reciting a mantra will give your mind something to hold onto when unwanted thoughts come along. If you lose focus, take your mind back to your mantra and continue your practice.
Whether you’re an experienced yogi or you’re just starting out, mantra meditation is a great way to achieve inner peace. For best results, practice the mantras in a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted. If you have a space in your home like this, great! If not, don’t panic. Many yogis enjoy meditating in their garden or local park. If you’re practising outside, remember to wear a yoga cap and protect your skin with a good-quality SPF.