What is Mantra Meditation?
Mantra is a word or phrase which is chanted during meditation. It need not have any meaning. In fact, in Transcendental Meditation you are taught to chant a meaningless mantra to take your mind inwards. You can also chant the name of your favorite God or a spiritual phrase while doing mantra meditation. In this article, we reveal the method and benefits of mantra meditation.
How to do Mantra Meditation
- Sit comfortably and keep your back straight
- Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to relax yourself
- Now, start chanting the mantra slowly within your mind
- The purpose of meditation is to help you focus and eliminate unnecessary thoughts
- Naturally, your mind will start to wander. Do not be discouraged. Slowly and gently bring your mind back to mantra chanting.
- You can start with meditating for ten minutes, and slowly you can increase this time as you gain proficiency.
Benefits of Mantra Meditation
- The mantra becomes an anchor for the mind to return to when it starts wandering.
- Mantra meditation is ideal for beginners as it is an easy and effective technique.
- With regular practice, the number of thoughts flowing in your mind will reduce gradually.
- This will increase your awareness and also give you more bliss.
- Many people use alcohol or drugs to relax, but these may have side effects. Instead, try mantra meditation to relax your mind and body.
Guidelines for Mantra Meditation
- It is best to do mantra meditation early in the morning when your mind is calm and fresh after a good night’s sleep.
- Merely chanting a mantra for a few minutes will not help you in life. You must also follow the precepts of non-violence, right thinking, right conduct, and detachment to material desires to make your mind calm and conducive to meditation.
- In the beginning, the mind will wander from the mantra within a few seconds. You need to exhibit great patience, enthusiasm and determination to continue your practice and not get discouraged.
- Do not stop your meditation practice if you don’t see any tangible results in the first few days. Stick to a daily meditation schedule and you will slowly reap the above benefits gradually. But, you need to be patient and determined to meditate daily.
To garner the most from mantra meditation, do not try it like a new-fangled fad. Make it your daily habit just as much as brushing your teeth, bathing and eating. With practice, you will realize that mantra meditation can change you for the better physically, mentally and spiritually.