Although it might seem strange to a beginning meditator, the use of mantra during meditation can have a profound effect not only on your ability to remain focused during your meditation practice, but also in helping you to connect to that Essence that rests ever so slightly just below the surface.
Don’t believe me? Head on over to this post from Yoga Basics. In it, you will learn everything you need to know about how this simple little add-on to your already established practice can have long lasting benefit. According to the article, these Sanskrit words either spoken out loud or quietly to oneself have the power to transform your mind, body, and spirit.
A mantra is a word or series of words chanted aloud or silently to invoke spiritual qualities. Chanting is used as a spiritual tool in virtually every cultural and religious tradition. In the yogic tradition a mantra is a Sanskrit word that has special powers to transform mind, body and spirit. Translated, mantra means, “that which when reflected upon gives liberation.” Mantras are unique mystical formulas of sacred syllables, which were originally revealed to the Rishis (seers or sages) in the deepest states of meditation. Mantras were one of the earliest components of yoga and are quite possibly the first type of meditation that was developed.
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