A Month of Mantras – Week 2
What is a Mantra?
We are using Sanskrit Mantras. Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language, is very interesting as it uses the distinct vibration of the word it is describing. These vibrations used in mantras are called seed sounds. Mantras were created to bring desired outcomes to life. They allow your conscious mind to relax, serving as a useful tool you can use to free your mind!
A Few Tips
- Recite the Mantra 108 times
- 108 times in the morning and 108 times in the evening is most beneficial, and if done for 40 days consecutively can create a very noticeable, positive shift in your life (at the end of the 4 weeks you can take on this challenge with a Mantra that resonates with you; or if one just speaks to you right off the bat by all means go with it)
- Mantras don’t have to be said out loud, in fact silently is just as beneficial if not more so
- Some people find Mala Beads helpful to keep track of the chanting as well as to keep focused (you can find them on Amazon)
- Listen to the Mantra being chanted to get familiar with the vibrations first (I will usually listen on YouTube to feel the vibrations of the words, or “seed sounds”, before repeating them myself to make sure I have the correct vibration)
- There are many YouTube recordings of the Mantras, some with music some without (find one that resonates with you)
Obviously freeing your mind is a huge benefit, one that we all would love! Other benefits include:
- Working at a deep level to create long lasting effects
- Healing of Emotional, Physical and Spiritual imbalances and ailments
- Targeting the root problem not just the symptoms
- Improving focus
- Increasing self awareness
- Stress reduction
- Increasing self compassion
- Promoting positive outlook
- Improving brain health, thus mood and wellbeing, energy and memory
Let’s Give It A Try!
This week we will be practicing one of my favorites,
“Om Mani Padme Hum”
Pronounced ohm-mah-nee-pahd-may-huum this mantra helps us demonstrate compassion toward ourselves and others. Practicing compassion can bring greater fulfillment to one’s life.
Before You Begin
- Get comfortable
- Take a few deep breaths
- Allow your breathing and mantra to settle into a rhythm
- As with any meditation your mind may begin to wander. Remember this is okay, just acknowledge it, don’t judge it, just peacefully redirect your attention back to the mantra and your breathing
- Some videos have the mantras set to repeat 108 times so you don’t have to keep track. The initial goal is to get comfortable with the mantra though so don’t stress if you get off count! You can also set a timer or use the mala beads mentioned above. Focus on the Mantra!