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One such tool is mantra meditation. Though not as well known as mindfulness meditation, it may be a practice that works well for you.
Mantras are chanted phrases. The word mantra comes from two Sanskrit words. The first is manas, meaning “mind.” The second is the word trai, which means “to free from” or “to protect.” So, mantras are tools that the mind uses to free us from the mind’s negativity.
Mantras are based in the traditional Eastern view that our universe is made of energy. To create the best life for ourselves we must learn to tap into that energy. One way to do that is through sound vibration.
Although it is vibration and not the meaning of the syllables that give mantras their power, mantras are still frequently chanted in Sanskrit because Sanskrit is considered an energy-based language. The mantras are formulas for utilizing the energy within the ancient language.
Anyone can learn mantra meditation. It is an easy to use discipline that is customarily practiced daily for 40 days at a time. Using mantras, people learn to harness universal energies and use them to address their specific concerns.
According to mantra practitioner Thomas Ashley-Farrand, the power of a mantra lies in the actual physical vibration produced by sound. Chanting a mantra, aloud or silently, creates a vibration corresponding to both a specific state of consciousness (mind) and a certain energy frequency.
As the mantra is repeated, its vibration starts to absorb smaller vibrations until the smaller ones become assimilated by the mantra. Eventually, the mantra’s vibration rises like a large ocean wave that overrides all other vibrations buzzing about the mind.
Regular mantra practice creates subtle changes within the meditator who becomes vibrationally in synch with the energy frequency and state of mind produced by the mantra.
In more practical terms, mantra meditation helps us quiet our mind, eliminate limiting obstacles, and progress toward becoming more compassionate individuals.
To get the most benefit from mantra meditation you may want to take a class taught by an experienced practitioner. There are also excellent DVDs, audio programs, books, and websites available.
Mantra meditation is not only something one practices, but a radical re-envisioning of ourselves, our lives, and our ability to create the future we desire. ~ Thomas Ashley-Farrand
Source: Ashley-Farrand, Thomas, Mantra Meditation, Sounds True Publication, 2010.
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