The Magic of Mantra Meditation

Written by on January 15, 2019 in Conscious Living, Meditation with 0 Comments

Mantra Meditation

There are thousands of ways to meditate, from focusing on your breath, to thinking loving thoughts about people, to clearing your mind completely. However, Today, I want to talk briefly about a form of meditation known as Mantra meditation.

Mantra is a Sanskrit word. Mantra derives from the words Manis, meaning mind, and Tra, which is the beginning of the word to transcend. So, literally through your mind, you may transcend into deeper layers of knowing. A mantra usually is vocalized, however some people can simply repeat the word or phrase in their head for mantra meditation.

A mantra meditation is finding extreme focus by repeating a word or phrase over and over again.

The idea is to lose yourself in the repetition of the words. I’ve countless hours of mantra practice and have found it very powerful. There is something magical that happens when you engage your soul in this way. Meditation is about focus. It’s powerful to focusing on one word or phrase.

The Power of Words

We all know words have power:

“In the beginning was the word.” 
The Bible John 1:1

“The pen is mightier than the sword.”
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

“Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup.”
The Beatles


There are thousands of mantras. Some mantras are chanted in Sanskrit, other Tibetan, others Latin, or whatever language you normally speak.

A Few Mantras

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I want to share two of my favorite mantras.

The first mantra I want to share evokes the Hindu god Ganesh. He’s the remover of obstacles, the Lord of auspicious beginnings, and is the love-child of consciousness and form.

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha.

This loosely translates into, ““Yo! Ganesh. I honor you and invite your power into my life.”

LISTEN TO THE GANESH MANTRA

The next mantra I want to share with you is the Gayatri Mantra. It’s one of the most popular and oldest mantras in the world.

oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tatsaviturvareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasyadhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ prachodayāt

My favorite translation of this mantra is:
Everything on the earth and the sky and in between
is arising from one effulgent source.
If my thoughts, words, and deeds reflected a complete understanding of this unity,
I would be the peace I’m seeking in this moment.

LISTEN TO THE GAYATRI MANTRA

Give it a try!

Choose one of these mantras, or one of your own. It could be a simple phrase or even one word. Set your timer on Insight for 15 minutes and repeat these words over and over again, out loud, for the entire time.

If you are familiar with mala beads or prayer beads, you can hold your beads and every time you complete the chant, move your fingers to the next bead. Give it a try.

 

Scott Moore Yoga

Photo by Dallas Graham

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness and lives in Southern France. When he’s not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats to places like Hawaii and Amalfi Coast , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program

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