Welcome and Namaste 🙂
Today we are exploring the skill of concentration (vitakka or dharana - the ability to CHOOSE what you want to pay attention to). We've explored this concept before and we practice the skill of concentration every time we sit down to meditate.
Today we will explore this skill through the practice of Mantra. In westernized societies the word “mantra” is becoming more and more popularized.
The word mantra can be broken down into two parts: “man,” which means mind, and “tra,” which means transport or vehicle. In other words, a mantra is an instrument of the mind—a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.
One of my favourite translations of mantra is "mind-protection"
A mantra can be thought of as a seed that you are planting in your consciousness or for energizing an intention. Much in the same way you plant a flower seed, you plant mantras in the fertile soil of a meditation practice. You nurture them and over time and the become more and more powerful and present in your energy, your life and your experiences.
Choosing a Sanskrit mantra can be extremely powerful because the language is ancient and vibrational in nature. So the sound vibrations themselves are infused with the meaning/quality of what they represent. A younger language such as English can work as well but will not be infused with any "vibrational quality" in terms of the actual sounds but may still hold a powerful meaning for you.
Today I will encourage you to choose your own mantra. Here are some options:
So - Hum | I Am All That Is
Ahem Prema | I Am Love
Sat Chit Ananda | To Be Alive, To Be Conscious, To Be Light/Bliss?To Be One
I Trust, I Flow
I Change My Thoughts, I Change My World
I hope that you find today's exploration helpful in your meditation journey.
Please let me know in the comments below how this practice made you feel.
I'd love to know what Mantra you chose today?
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