A Note about Self-Reflection Mantra Meditation: This meditation is meant to be complementary to your regular Mantra Meditation practice. You can use it whenever you need to, but do so after you’ve sat for your regular practice, either immediately following or at some time later in your day. Your regular practice is your foundation and it is because of your regular practice that this complementary meditation will be most effective.
If you’re new to meditation and haven’t read What is Meditation, What is Mantra Meditation and Getting Started with Your Mantra Meditation Practice, it would be helpful to read these posts before going further as they provide the foundation of all of my meditation posts.
Self-Reflection Meditation is a form of mantra meditation that can be used when you’re looking to discover answers to a question or to find a solution to a specific problem.
Choose Your Mantra
In this meditation, we choose a word or short phrase that represents our question or problem and use this as our mantra.
There are no limits as to the questions you can explore in self-reflection meditation, although you would want to explore only one at a time.
If your questions are longer, shorten them to make them into a more comfortable mantra.
Your questions can be very deep and soul-searching:
Who am I? – This would be a great mantra on its own
What is my purpose? – Your mantra might be ‘My purpose’
Or your questions can be about a specific area of your life in which you have concerns or need more clarification:
What beliefs do I have about aging? – Your mantra might be ‘Beliefs about aging’ or ‘Aging beliefs’
Do I have limiting beliefs about being ageless? – Your mantra might be “Limiting beliefs about being ageless”, ‘Ageless limiting beliefs’, or just ‘Limiting beliefs’
What kind of products would help me look more ageless? – Your mantra might be ‘Products to look more ageless’ – ‘Products for looking ageless’, or ‘Ageless products’
What can I do to improve my skin? – Your mantra might be ‘Better skin’, ‘More hydrated skin’, or ‘How to smooth skin’
What type of workout is best for me? – Your mantra might be ‘Best workout’
Shorten your questions in any way that feels good and makes sense to you to form your mantra. You’ll be setting your question as the intention of your meditation, so even if your mantra feels like it doesn’t quite spell out your question clearly, your subconscious mind will figure it out.
Self-Reflection Meditation Instructions
Get into your meditation sitting position. Rest your hands gently and comfortably on your lap, palms facing upward.
Close your eyes and just sit comfortably for a minute, taking in a few deep breaths. Run a quick scan of your body, relaxing it from head to toe as you do.
Think about your question and affirm that this question is the intention of your meditation.
And then, quietly begin repeating your mantra within your mind. You can also think of it as hearing your mantra repeating in your mind. Don’t think about your mantra, just say it. Use the sound rather than the word. You can say it slow or you can say it fast, whatever feels right for you.
As outside thoughts and feelings arise, and it’s natural that they do, you can notice them, but you don’t add anything to them, just notice that they’re there, and then just allow your focus to return to your question.
When thoughts and feelings that relate to your mantra come up, you can notice them also, and unlike other meditations where we notice without adding to them, this is a time that you can begin to ride the wave, allowing the thoughts and feelings to expand, without force, just allowing it to happen naturally.
Continue riding the wave as long as it runs, and once you notice that your thoughts and feelings have strayed into an unrelated territory, gently begin repeating your mantra within your mind again, until you catch a new wave of related feeling.
When your meditation time is up, gently come back to present time, open your eyes. You’ll want to have a notebook and a pen nearby so you can jot down your thoughts and feelings, as well as any insight gained through your meditation. Sometimes you’ll come up with a solution to your problem or an answer to your question, or you may find that you’ve gathered more information that can be used in your next meditation about this subject. Take your time and when you’re ready, slowly rise up out of your seated position… and go about the rest of your day, feeling so good that you’ve made this time for yourself.
If you’re looking for a form of mantra meditation that can be used when you’re looking to imprint the idea of a specific goal or idea on your subconscious mind, check out Meditation – How to Practice Creative Meditation
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