Struggling to build your personal practice of meditation at home? Or are you wanting to go deeper into your practice? It is time to try mantra meditation.
Mantra meditation is an easy and highly effective way to be regular in your daily meditation. A mantra is the sound that draws the mind away from this temporary material world with all its problems, worries, anxieties and concerns. Instead, the mind is placed in the eternal, spiritual dimension where there is complete peace, happiness and a deep sense of love. The mantra no only brings peace to the mind, but allows insight into your life’s purpose along with plenty more benefits.
Mantras are repeated or chanted generally in kirtan (group meditation) or on beads (japa) for a personal practice. However, the mantras can be chanted in many ways – there are no hard and fast rules! For example, you can repeat the mantra to yourself whilst driving the car.
Engaging the Senses in Meditation
The more senses you engage in meditation, the more effective the practice becomes. Simply chant the mantra with your lips, then listening carefully with your ears and naturally the mind will follow. The added benefit with japa beads is you also engage the sense of touch – drawing this sense into the meditation.
A beautiful mantra that you can add to your daily life is:
Gopala Govinda Rama Madana Mohana
Go-pa-la Go-vin-da Ra-ma Ma-da-na Mo-ha-na
If you are practicing at home, find a nice quiet space where you can be alone. Repeat the above mantra just loud enough for your ears to hear and let your eyes be partially closed. By doing this, you are not distracted by your environment and less likely to fall asleep.
Practice for as long as you can – 10 minutes, 15 minutes or more. You can also practice along with this track.
When Should I Practice?
The best time to add meditation to your life is in the morning after you rise and have a shower and/or before going to bed. Try it for yourself and experience the wonderful benefits meditation has to offer. As they say, proof of the pudding is in the eating.
If you would like to know more about mantra meditation or find out where you can get japa beads, we would love to hear from you!