Silent mantra meditation is comparatively difficult to master than mantra meditation. Meditation means enhancing concentration by silencing mind and connecting with your intuition. Practicing meditation helps you to connect with your higher self. It strengthens your sixth sense. Meditation helps in releasing toxic thought patterns, unnecessary worries, concerns and ideas.
Why do we meditate?
You practice meditation to bring in the stillness in your mind and feel connected with the cosmos. Everything in this universe is nothing but vibrating energy. Everything is in motion, even the stationary objects. They are always vibrating at separate frequencies. Humans are no different. Cause, we are nothing but made of cells and particles. Our physical body, conscious and subconscious mind, soul, and even the emotions we express are all energies. Human intuition is no different. When you feel healthy and content, your energies and the universe energy are in alignment as a beautiful cosmic symphony. But this symphony can get damaged and disrupted whenever there is some sort of distortion between these two energies. By practicing meditation, we can keep our energy frequency aligned with that of the universe.
If your mind is calm, at present, and in alignment, then your intuition can guide you through all the difficult situations.
Why mantra meditation is easier to acquire?
It is easier to focus on the sound of a word than silent breathing. Since mind is always restless and runs miles in every second even faster than the winds, it is nearly impossible to tame mind. Focusing is really difficult when your mind keeps on thinking. The clouds of thoughts about past and present is always bothering, and because of this it is difficult to concentrate in silence.
But if you have a mantra, a sound vibration, you can easily focus on it, and even if your mind wanders away, you can redirect it to the sound vibrations. You can only focus on either your mind or the sound of a mantra at a single time. While doing silent meditation, you do not have a focus point (that is the sound of mantra), so it is challenging to bring mind back to focus when it strays away. But with mantra meditation, you get kick-started with a mantra so it is easier for the mind to concentrate from the beginning.
How mantra meditation awakens your intuition?
Ancient yogis practiced with the power of mantra meditation for thousands of years. Mantra meditation is used as a form of mental training along with spiritual practice. The main purpose of mantras is to gain the access of higher states of consciousness and strengthen the intuition.
Even high-profile personalities like Sadhguru and Russell Brand practices mantra meditation for living a conscious and transcendental life. Mantra meditation serves as a powerful tool which can cancel out the noises of mind, so that you can hear your inner wisdom clearly and loudly.
Mantras originally come from Hindu, Buddhists, and some Jain traditions. Sanskrit or Vedic mantras alongside seed or ‘bija’ mantras for chakra balancing are used as a way to strengthen your intuition. According to ancient texts of these cultures, mantras are sacred and powerful sounds which when recited or chanted repeatedly, it can cultivate deep focus, understanding, insights, and intuition.
The most common seed mantra used for mantra meditation is Aum (Om).
Note: However, modern mantra meditation is practiced by repeating simple phrases like, ‘I am safe’ or ‘I am at peace’, but these aren’t mantras. These are called affirmations. Although these affirmations are very powerful to cause mental and emotional shifts in their own rights, these aren’t considered mantras. Similarly, intentions chanted before yoga classes are also not mantras.
Our intuition is a real voice that is ever existing within us. It is an inherent power each one of us have. However, as it is not often used or overpowered by our conscious mind, we forget how to use our intuition over time. But if we become aware of our intuition and regularly work with it, it gets strengthen. There are several mantra meditations to awaken your intuition.
Here are the most commonly used mantras for mantra meditation.
Remember, intuition cannot be heard when mind is overpowered by fear, anxiety and concern. That is why we need to practice mantra meditation, so that our mind calms down and opens inwardly. Unless we feel the oneness within ourselves, we cannot connect with the divine cosmos.
Intuition and creative wisdom only flourish when your mind is calm and grounded.
How to do mantra meditation?
- To meditate with a mantra, you’ll need to choose a favorable place (preferably quiet one), and sit cross-legged in a relaxed manner.
- Keeping your spine erect adds value to it because it’ll right your posture.
- Practice mantra meditation as long as you want (10 minutes to 2 hours).
- You might as well pick up a tally counter or a chanting beads mala, so that you can keep track of the time you chanted your mantra.
- Select a simple mantra.
- And repeat it several times.
You might in the beginning face difficulties while trying to concentrate on the mantra. Because our mental space is always occupied by several issues going on in our conscious life. From personal issues, to professional, to relationship issues. To deal with these issues, you can bring a small but profound change which can benefit you in your meditation. That is, it’ll make you more mindful.
Single tasking and being mindful about that exact task.
This way, you’ll be able to gradually focus your mind onto the mantra chanting. For example, while eating, do not use your phone, or while taking bath, do not sing along. One task at a time is the easiest way to practice mindfulness. When your mind is focused on only one task, you can then easily practice mantra meditation with ease.