Word is essential to the world. Most religious beliefs agree that the world we live in is a product of language. Scientific research also shows that silent repetition of word has excellent physiological benefits.
In 2015, one of the brain and behavior journal studies discovered that the silent repetition of an unspoken word calms all brain parts in 23 volunteers who have no history of meditation. The study, therefore, underscores the benefits of prayer, mediation, and the advantages of single word mantra.
“Mantra” originates from two Sanskrit words – man (“mind” or “to think”) and trai (to “protect,” to “free from,” or “tool”). So, mantras are tools of the mind, or instruments to free the mind. The use of Mantra can be traced back to 3500 years ago when used as a form of chanting and excessive prayers.
Over time, Mantra has evolved to become a sit-down meditative technique to calm the mind, support self-awareness and self-development – mentally, physically, and spiritually.
How does the mantra influence meditator?
Mantra serves as an object of focus that keeps the mind busy and makes it calmer and more focused. Also, the Mantra is an instrument for the transformation of consciousness. Every sound, every vibration, has a unique quality, which makes it produce different states of mind and consciousness when repeated for a long time. Sound is life because all the cells of the body are vibrating. Everything in the universe is vibrating, and each has its unique rhythm. Therefore your thoughts and feelings are, indeed, vibrations in your body and your consciousness. That’s why creatives use sound, rhythm, and speech to evoke emotions. So, mantra meditation can be used to purify and transform your mind and heart.
Mantra meditation has also been proven to produce enhanced endurance, mood stabilization, reduced perceived intensity, and lowered cortisol levels in humans.
Also, Mantra may be used to replace thinking. One Mantra -that soothes the mind and creates awareness- may be used to replace 1000 thoughts. It, therefore, allows you to collect and merge your scattered attention to maintain focus.
How do I choose a mantra?
Your choice of Mantra solely depends on your approach towards meditation. It could be the spiritual or secular approach. The method also determines the result you get. However, some mantras are universal – could be used with any of the approaches- For instance, the “om” and “so hum” Sanskrit Mantra.
In this approach, meditation is seen as a tool, an exercise designed to bring you better health, performance, relaxation, or personal growth. You don’t necessarily believe in anything spiritual – be it God, enlightenment, soul, or life after death. Or maybe you do believe but want to keep your meditation practice separate from that.
The secular approach involves using mantra meditation for relaxation, personal growth, and improving health purposes, not the religious purpose. As such, you can use words from your language as Mantra but make sure its word has no negative meaning. Also, make sure the meaning and sound of the word evoke positive emotions in you.
Conversely, the spiritual approach involves the use of mantra meditation for religious purposes. The Mantra for spiritual approach most have its meaning relating to the spiritual goal you aim to achieve. So, the traditional Mantra is most suited for this kind of approach. Use the Mantra in the original language, and it was conceived.
Mantra meditation is like the access code to a particular state of consciousness or unlocking specific potentials in you. So, take your time to learn more about it through mantra meditation masters or research.