What Is a Mantra?
First, we need to define what a mantra is, and then explain how to use it.
A mantra is a word, sound, or a short phrase that is repeated over and again for the purpose of focusing the mind and calming down its restlessness.
The origin of the word comes from East, where it is often used for the purpose of disciplining the mind.
The repetitions of mantras calm down the nonstop chatter and restlessness of the mind and help it enter into a meditative state.
In the East, a mantra is considered as a sacred utterance, word or group of words believed to have psychological and spiritual powers, and help induce an altered state of consciousness.
Repeating a mantra for a few minutes a day can reduce the mental noise, help you focus and master your mind, and enable you to reject unwanted thoughts.
Repeating a mantra is also most useful when you are under stress, in a difficult situation, and when you need a way to calm your mind in your everyday life. In these situations, stop what you are doing, and for a minute or two repeat the mantra attentively.
Do not feel frustrated if your mind wanders away and you forget to repeat the mantra. Stay calm, and bring your mind back to the mantra each time it strays away.
How to Practice Mantra Meditation
1) Choose your mantra. As said earlier, the purpose of mantra meditation is to focus your mind on a single word, sound or phrase, and not allow it to wander away. In this way, you discipline your mind.
Any word, sound or phrase you choose would be suitable, as long as you follow the below mentioned instructions.
You may use for a mantra any sound, positive or inspiring word, or a short phrase. Here are a few examples:
- The sound OM, which is often used in the East.
- The words “I AM”.
- The words “I exist”.
- The word “happiness”.
- The words “positive life”.
- Even repeating a number, like “one”, “two” or any number would do.
- You may also repeat a short inspiring sentence or quote that you like.
Any sound, word or phrase you choose, must be something that you feel comfortable to repeat. A mantra composed of a single word is to be preferred, since it is easier to remember and to focus on.
Remember, the aim of the mantra is to focus the mind on one word or phrase, and in this way to reduce the restlessness of the mind and calm down its constant chatter.
2) You may repeat the mantra aloud or silently.
3) Find a place to be alone and undisturbed.
4) Sit down on a chair, on the floor, or on a pillow. The sitting position and on what you sit does not matter, as long as it is a comfortable position and you keep your back straight and do not tense your body and muscles.
5) Take a few, deep and slow breaths.
6) Clear your mind of everything and start repeating your mantra, aloud or silently, not too fast, and not too slow.
7) Try to stay calm and relaxed, and avoid thinking about anything unrelated to the meditation. Focus calmly and attentively on the mantra, doing your best to ignore any thoughts, physical sensations and noises.
8) Continue repeating the same mantra, over and again, for about 10 minutes. Do not think of the time or constantly look at your watch. If you meditate a little more or a little less than ten minutes that is okay.
9) No matter how many times your mind wanders away, always bring it back to the mantra.
That’s all and it is very simple. You can meditate in the morning, in the evening, and at any other time. Even if you are a busy person, you can always find a few minutes to meditate.
What Are the Benefits of Mantra Meditation?
This kind of meditation will improve your concentration, calm down the restlessness of the mind, and bring you a sense of inner peace.
From experience, I know that it is a very powerful and useful meditation and I highly recommend it.
Mantra meditation is simple, but very effective. It is suitable for students and teachers, business people, managers and employees, meditators and yogis, and for everyone else.
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