Mantra Meditation Benefits and Restarting a Practice

 

Mantra Meditation Benefits and Restarting a Practice

At the deepest level of the material universe everything is a vibration or sound. The great sages, thousands of years ago, intuited that our world had its own unique sounds, which change over time, and these sounds were taught to their disciples.

A mantra is a sacred sound or series of sounds, which may be the name of a spiritual being, it may be a special phrase, or simply, a special sound but one without a meaning. When a mantra is repeated, aloud or silently, it has the effect of taking us out of our normal ego mind and into the pure present moment.

It’s the repetition of the mantra that calms the mind, and in the case of silent inner awareness or transcendental meditation, the mantra drifts off, which allows us to transcend the mind altogether.

The benefits of mantra meditation come with practice and simultaneously create healing in the body, mind and spirit. Deepak Chopra address a question about the different schools of mantra meditation, and the essence of his conclusion is; find the approach that you feel most drawn too and the one you feel most comfortable with and then do it, practice, practice, practice. Remember its about the journey not the destination.

So here’s Deepak on the different schools of mantra meditation…but first the question.

“I am a long time tm meditator/Siddha who fell out of my habit of twice a day meditation following a divorce about ten years ago — for the last ten years it has been a few times a week, but not consistent… I am wondering how primordial sound technique differs from mantra meditation…also I am wondering (as I am still on my second mantra technique (TM) if you also teach more mantras for those who have been meditating since the early seventies)…I read somewhere that we are supposed to upgrade according to our age. Advice on how to make my meditation a regular practice again is also my question…I miss how it used to feel…”

Deepak’s response

“Primordial Sound meditation is mantra meditation that you do in silence with eyes closed. So it is different than guided meditation. It uses different mantras than the TM technique, but its practice is quite similar in that it is easy and does not involve concentration. So given that you are happy with your Transcendental Meditation practice, there is really no need to start a different mantra meditation. The advanced meditation techniques that are offered for TM practitioners are given in time intervals of 18 months or 2 years. If you contact your local TM teacher, or the TM website, you should be able to find out when and where the next instructions in your area are being offered. To restart your practice make a commitment to meditate twice a day, every day for the next 21 days. If it helps, use a calendar that you can mark off on it every time you meditate. After 3 weeks, you should be back in the habit again and meditating automatically. If you are feeling a lack of confidence in whether you are doing your meditation correctly, then call a local TM teacher to get your meditation checked. That checking process can also be a great aide in getting back on track.” Click here to visit the original source of this post

Mantra Meditation is like spiritual music; it enlivens our spirit and open our hearts. Meditation is not about forcing our minds to be quite, rather it’s about discovering the silence that’s already there, in the same way that space is already there, and clouds drift through it.

A simple mantra meditation practice is to sit comfortably with your back straight and after taking a few deep (yogic) breaths begin repeating the mantra, either silently or if you are alone you can chant it aloud. The mantra is your tool to keep the mind focused and quiet. And whenever you find yourself drifting off back to thought, gently return to your sound, without judgment.

Could a Meditation Benefit be helping Vets Suffering with PTSD?

In this study, conducted by Dr. Norman Rosenthal, and will appear in the June 1st issue of “Military Medicine,” a great deal of promise in treating the symptoms of PTSD using Transcendental Meditation.

Meditation is known to lower blood pressure, reduce the heart rate in other words reduce the stress response. It’s the ‘fight-or-flight’ response that is hyper-active in those suffering with PTSD.ᅠ

If even a small percentage of people with PTSD were to obtain the kind of benefits Joe reports, then teaching our wounded warriors to meditate promises an abundant return on our investment. Norman E. Rosenthal, MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at

Being able to even provide treatment programs for all those suffering from PTSD, based on the standard of treatment, has been sorely lacking, because the facilities that can provide aversive deconditioning are limited.

If, as the preliminary studies suggest, meditation can help control or alleviate the symptoms of PTSD, then a very accessible and inexpensive treatment will be available to all those who suffer from the syndrome, including earthquake, tornado or any other victims of devastating natural disasters.

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Meditation it’s not What You Think

The first time I heard this phrase, it was in a talk given by Jon Kabat – Zinn, Ph.D. where he mention that he had a tee shirt with the ‘it’s not what you think’ saying printed on it.

The reason this quote is popular among meditators is because it says it all and it’s said, every pun intended. As the Shapiro point out, in this piece, meditation is not about ‘thinking’ it’s about letting go of thinking, not ‘trying’ or ‘doing,’ but ‘being.’

Many “try” to meditate but their minds are so busy they get frustrated and quickly believe they are no good at it. Others turn into diehard advocates of a particular method or technique and become like a salesperson trying to sell a product.

One of the points addressed by the authors, which is often overlooked, in the rush to ‘learn’ to meditate, is that meditation is a natural process, one that just happens.

All the techniques, styles and types of meditation are simply methods help us quiet our “monkey minds.”  Whether you are drawn to TM, Primordial Sound, Vipassana or any other of the many meditation techniques, the best one is the one that works for you.

 

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