Over and over and over and over……
A Mantra Meditation is simply repeating a mantra over and over in your head for a set period of time. The benefit of a mantra meditation is that it employs the thinking mind instead of trying to ignore it, silence it or subdue it. This may be useful to people whose thinking mind is overactive and struggle with attention-based meditation. If your mind is just won’t stay still you might like to read my article on this very topic CLICK HERE. In this form of meditation, you employ the mind by giving it something to do, namely keep thinking repeatedly of the one phrase, this is something actually everyone is pretty good at doing naturally
Mantra Meditation uses thoughts to transcend thoughts, which is an extremely skilful method.
The Buddha taught this simple technique 2,500 years ago and it is still powerful today. As Buddha taught you can repeat the mantra breathing in and breathing out in co-unison with their breath as an aid to focus, relaxation and transcending mundane thoughts
Examples of Mantra used in meditation
Om Ah Hum - OM stands for the body, AH for the speech, and HUM for the mind. This mantra can be seen as a means of helping us focus our intentions to clarify, or purify, our body, speech, and mind
In chanting OM we are asking ourselves to purify, to release all guilt and shame, of all the negative actions committed through our body, and we commit to an intention to do better in the future.
In chanting AH we are asking ourselves to purify, to release all guilt and shame, of all the negative actions committed through our speech, and we commit to an intention to do better in the future.
In chanting HUM we are asking ourselves to purify, to release all guilt and shame of all the negative actions committed through our mind, and we commit to an intention to do better in the future.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti - Om is considered to be the primeval sound, the sound of the universe, the sound from which all other sounds are formed. Shanti simply means peace. The shanti is repeated three times, as are many chants in Buddhism. In Buddhism as well as in Hinduism the threefold Shanti is generally interpreted as meaning the Threefold Peace in body, speech, and mind (i.e. peace in the entirety of one’s being).
Om Mani Padme Hum - popular Tibetan mantra which embodies compassion and wisdom.
Om (ohm)- Om is the sound or “vibration” of the universe. This sound is the most important of all; but in the context of chanting and mantras, it is meant destroy attachments to ego and establish generosity.
Ma (mah)- Removes the attachment to jealousy and establishes ethics.
Ni (nee)- Removes the attachment to desire and establishes patience.
Pad (pahd)- Removes the attachment to prejudice and establishes perseverance.
Me (meh)- Removes the attachment to possessiveness and establishes concentration.
Hum (hum)- Removes the attachment to hatred and establishes wisdom.
Breathing in… breathing out – Buddha’s favourite
Modern Meditation Mantras:
“Where I am right now is exactly where I need to be.”
“I have a purpose in this life.”
“I surround myself by those who make me better.”
“I am a magnet for joy, love, and abundance.”
“Money flows easily and effortlessly to me.”
“I am enough.”
“Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better.”
“I change my thoughts, I change my world.”
“I am at peace with what is, what was, and what will be. I forgive you. I forgive me.”
“I am open to the abundance of the universe.”
“I have an intention for happiness and will live in happiness every day.”
“I will always see the good in others.”
“I will always love myself deeply and completely.”
“I choose to be proud of myself.”
“All is well right now.”
This may appear overly simple, and it is, but it is extremely effective. Go on, give it a go!!
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