Mantra is now a buzz word in the wellness industry. The question is whether people know what it is, or understand how it functions. Utterances like, “I am strong” or “I deserve abundance” are just affirmations, and not mantras.
The English dictionary define mantra as a word or phrase that is often repeated and expresses a particular strong belief. Hence mantras can be confused with affirmations. They are often used as Companies or Organizations slogans, like “making a difference” or “think global, act local”.
In Hinduism mantra is a word or sound that is believed to have a special spiritual power. A personal mantra is sometimes repeated as aid to meditation or prayer. A mantra is a mind vehicle. It’s a sound or word used to control the mind. The power comes from the sound quality, not from the meaning of the word itself.
Some mantras have a literal meaning and can be translated, but most of them don’t, and derive their value from their sound quality. The sound help you access your eternal bliss, and then the mind falls silent. Practitioners also believe that mantras have psychological and spiritual powers.
Choosing a mantra depends on your approach towards meditation, which can either be secular or spiritual. The approach you use affect the results you get from the practice. There are some mantras that can be used with both approaches, like Sanskrit mantras om an so ham. Unlike the spiritual approach, with secular approach you don’t necessarily have to believe in anything spiritual.
CAN MANTRA RELIEVE STRESS?
The answer is a big Yes. The use, structure, function, importance and types of mantras vary according to the different schools and philosophy. They come in many forms. They can be melodic phrases with spiritual interpretations such as a human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge, and action. They may not have literal meaning, but are musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful.
The different types of mantras include the primordial sound that is used to take you from active layers of left brain thinking down to more subtle layers of right brain being. The fact that these sounds are meaningless, make them more effective at de-exciting the nervous system and inducing healing rest. This is partially because your pre-frontal cortex is not assigning meaning to the sound.
MANTRA AND MEDITATION
Mantra is often used as aid to meditation and prayer. The mantra can be recited or listened to. It may be repeated fast or slow by itself, or repeated in connection to concentration on the breathing, feelings, visualizations or abstract concepts. Mantra works as an object of focus during meditation, it controls the mind, allowing it to become more calm and centered. It transforms consciousness when repeated for a long period of time. It is key to the Ziva Meditation techniques.
The mantra you use can create a different level of unstressing, and therefore productivity and energy on the other side. Our physical body and mind have a strong connection. This combination can help you strengthen this connection even more. You sleep peacefully, your cells rejuvenated, and you wake up fresh and energetic – ready to take any task.
BENEFITS OF MANTRAS MEDITATION
Mantra meditation can make you healthier, happier, and more successful. You may ask how it can be so effective. Mantra is the instrument of the mind that can help you create profound changes in your body and psyche, and produce altered states of consciousness.
Sound is vibration, so as cells in your body. Your thoughts and feelings are vibrations in your body and your consciousness. Sound patterns affect the water in your body, your hormones secretion, cognition, behaviour, and psychological well-being.
Mantra meditation boosts your health by increasing your immune function, taking away the pain, and decrease inflammation at the cellular level. It increases the positive emotion and reduce stress, anxiety and depression. This is because it helps you move emotional or physical detox as you are doing the work of eradicating stress from your nervous system, making you calm and making your sleep more restful,
Sound has the power to induce or evoke moods, thoughts, and emotions. Mantra meditation improves your emotional intelligence, making it easier to control your emotions. It boosts your self-confidence, you think positive, and become successful. This makes you a happy person, and make people to enjoy being around you. You can never experience the feelings of loneliness, even when you are alone.