A mantra can be a word, chant or a phrase that is sung or said repeatedly to help you quieten your thoughts and enter into a deep meditative state of mind. Mantra meditation can be really effective as a way of ‘switching off’ your busy head.
It can be a powerful way to quieten your mind, and help you achieve a sense of peace from within. In this article, you’ll learn more about the 4 methods of practicing mantra meditation.
1. Listen to a recorded mantra
With this method, all you need to do is to sit, relax and simply listen to a recorded mantra. Simply focus your awareness on the mantra, and notice how you feel during and after listening. As a start, it can be a good idea to spend as little as 5 minutes for your practice. You can extend your meditation time as soon as you’re ready.
2. Chant your mantra out loud
Find a specific mantra or think of a word or phrase that helps you focus. Some of the most commonly used mantras are ‘Om’, ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’,‘Ham-Sah’, ‘Relax’, ‘Breathing in and breathing out’. Choose a mantra that suits you and the inner atmosphere you want to create.
It’s important to find a comfortable position where you can stay relaxed and alert at the same time. Allow yourself to relax, and then begin chanting your mantra. Start by focusing your awareness and energy into saying your mantra out loud over and over again. Once you’re focused, you may slowly begin to pay attention to the sound and feel of your mantra.
Adjust and experiment with the volume and speed of your chant until you find the level that’s most comfortable and pleasing for you.
3. Chant your mantra inside your mind
Prepare yourself for meditation in the same way as the other methods. And then, you may begin to chant your mantra inside your mind. With regular practice, you’ll learn to continually chant your mantra internally even when you’re not paying close attention to it.
4. Listen to the mantra chanted inside your mind
Start your practice by sitting quietly and focusing your awareness inward. Simply listen to the mantra as you chant it inside your mind. Noticing the chanting in the background of your mind will help you to let go of usual autopilot thought patterns.
As you reach this point of mental focus, it will be easier for you to let go of unnecessary mental chatter and experience a more peaceful you, beyond your usual busy thoughts.
It’s useful to practice at least one method of mantra each day, even for just a few minutes. The more you practice mantra meditation, the better you’ll get. Many people really love and enjoy using mantras after they’ve got over the initial ‘wierdness’ of it. With regular practice, you’ll notice improvements with your focus, mood and your overall sense of health and well being.