This is part two of a five-part series on Mantra Meditation.
The form of meditation that I share and practice is known as Mantra Meditation. Mantra Meditation is my go-to meditation for everyday practice. It’s simple, easy to learn, and easy to fall into flow with.
And just as there are many forms of meditation, there are also many forms of mantra meditation. The one common element of all mantra meditations is the use of the mantra.
What is a Mantra?
A mantra is a sound, word, or short phrase that we repeat throughout our meditation.
The word mantra comes from two Sanskrit words; man, meaning mind, and tra, meaning instrument; literally translated as ‘instrument of the mind’. In English dictionaries, ‘Mantra’ is defined as ‘a repeated word or phrase.’
Mantras can have meaning or they can be meaningless. There are different benefits to each. A meaningless mantra helps settle the mind and allows the mind to be drawn inward, while a meaningful mantra helps settle the mind and allows us to imprint the meaning associated with the mantra within our subconscious mind.
I am going to share three forms of mantra meditation. They are all very similar in practice. The main differences being the type of mantra used and the goal of the meditation.
Basic Mantra Meditation
The main form of mantra meditation I practice and share is a basic mantra meditation. If you are looking to develop a solid practice and wish to reap the many benefits mantra meditation has to offer, you should use this meditation as your foundational meditation practice.
In the basic mantra meditation, we use a sound, word, or short phrase that is basically meaningless to us, as our mantra. Our mantra is used, not as an object of focus, but as a tool to help settle the mind while our thoughts continue to take place as usual. When we notice the thoughts, we do not dismiss them, nor add to them, we simply return to the mantra. At some point, the competing mantra and thoughts will eventually settle the mind to where you are drawn more inward. Some call this a state of enlightenment, a state of higher consciousness, or pure consciousness. I don’t have a name for it, but I have to tell you, it feels really nice! Initially this state may last for only a moment, but with further practice, this state expands into a lengthier time.
Creative Mantra Meditation and Self-Reflection Mantra Meditation
The other forms of mantra meditation I practice and share are Creative Mantra Meditation, used to imprint the idea of a specific goal on the subconscious mind, and Self-Reflection Mantra Meditation, used to explore a question and for problem solving. These two meditations should be used as complementary to the foundational basic mantra meditation, but not as a replacement for it.
Are you ready to begin your Mantra Meditation journey? In Part Three of this five-part series on meditation, Getting Started with Your Mantra Meditation Practice, I’ve shared some tips to help get you on your way.
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