I learned that the waking consciousness belongs to the conscious mind, which is represented by the letter A. So, I learned from my teacher that, it all depends on how you utter the mystic mono-syllable Om. This entry was posted in Mantra, Mantra meditation, Meditation, Mind Power, OM Chanting, Spirituality and tagged AUM, mantra meditation, mantra meditation technique with Om, Om, Om chanting, Om mantra meditation.
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To meditate ultimately means to stop thinking long enough in order for the ego to disappear (see also Ashtanga Yoga).
When learning how to meditate, we need to accept the nature of mind and not let our ego get in the way. So don't make the mistake of frustrating yourself by focusing mind too fast on just one boring object.
Light some insense or use some essential oils to unify the sense of smell and purify the environment, removing disturbing energies. If you are feeling particularly stressed, you have the option of doing some relaxation excercises in advance of your meditation, mostly asana and pranayama excercises.
To meditate thus means to temporarily drop all attention from the world outside, from what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. Mantra meditation is one of the most popular meditation techniques known in all cultures and it is definitely a great way to learn how to meditate.
Gradually the singing should be more simple and monotonous and we should drop the bell or whatever else we have added to fully engage mind. During this phase it is advisable to center your attention somewhere in your body, otherwise you give mind an excuse to wander about the body and report on all kinds of things felt there.
One thing which works for many people during this phase is to visualize the syllables of the mantra and thus engage not just the brain hemisphere that works with sound, but also the other hemisphere that works with images.
At some stage in learning how to meditate, you will experience that thoughts come less and less frequently. When that is done, there is only one thing left to do : to reduce the strength of your focus without losing the object. However far or deep you get, when the time to meditate is over, or the mala is finished, try to keep entirely still for a moment.
For mantra meditation, it is very helpful to chant the mantra inside or out loud whenever you dont need your mind for anything else.
When a mantra is repeated mentally it’s called japa, which translates from the Sanskrit as “muttering.” Practicing mantra meditation can awaken within you a deeper spiritual awareness and allow you to make that awareness a part of your daily life. There are many types of meditation and within each type there are individual interpretations. As you begin exploring the practice of mantra meditation you may, at first, find it to be a bit mechanical or repetitious, but as your practice evolves you will discover your meditations to be anything but boring or tedious.
When you reach this effortless repetition, you have reached a level known to the adept yogis as ajapa japa.
To reach this state requires practice and arises only after some considerable experience with a mantra. As you develop a regular mantra meditation practice you will begin to develop a deeper understanding of self, you will begin to peel back the layers of your mind as awareness of your desires, fears, hopes, aspirations; all of your submerged thoughts float to the surface. The mantra provides the mind with ‘something to do’ and keeps it from becoming distracted; it acts as a centering device creating a space for the everyday mind to rest in. There are meditative practices, such as Primordial Sound Meditation and Transcendental Meditation, where a teacher will give you a personal mantra. There are usually three phases that you can progress through when developing a mantra practice. In the second phase your begin to let go of the attachment to the breath and begin to concentrate on the sound alone. In the final stage, as the mantra becomes a part of you, it will begin to naturally flow faster and the articulation of the syllables may become distorted and unrecognizable, yet, you remain fully aware and present to it. As with all form of meditation, there will be ‘puppy training’ phase where you will need to continually keep returning to the mantra as the ‘puppy’ mind wanders off. The good news is that with regular practice the pace of the mantra will increase and you will notice a deepening of your concentration and best of all the process will be effortless.
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To start changing yourself and upgrading the world already today – visit your national website to contact a qualified Transcendental Meditation teacher. Para reproducir la musica que tendra que actualizar su navegador o actualizar el Plugin de Flash. When used as a mantra for meditation, it creates a vibration that represents three states of our ordinary consciousness, viz., waking, dream, and deep sleep.
The Dream state belongs to the unconscious mind, which is represented by the letter U of AUM. It must be a sonorous utterance that should rise from your navel, which represents the unconscious domain of mind.
The chanting of Om has long been a tradition in Tibet, where it is practiced by itself or as part of other mantras. In this mantra Om represents the body, the syllable Ah represents the speech, and Hum represents the mind.
It is believed that chanting  of Om creates spiritual light, which manifests around the practitioner like a halo and it also helps us reach higher states of consciousness. Gradually, mantra meditation with Om will lead you from the chattering mind to the blissful inner silence. November 27, 2011 - London Vatican's chief exorcist has claimed that practicing yoga and reading 'Harry Potter' brings evil.
He went to graduate school at Boston College, became a social worker, got married, raised four children, got elected to the Clinton Board of Selectmen and over the past years, has watched three wars unfold on his television screen. Yet in each technique the process of meditation is also not different in its general approach. To stop thinking is of course not easy, yet it is also not difficult when correct understanding of the process of meditation is applied with sufficient time and patience.
And neither make the mistake to keep changing your focus : just gradually move towards the essential objective of being softly but firmly focused on one tiny simple thing only. Typical here is the corpse pose combined with simply slowing down breath or even stopping breath for a few seconds between inhalation and exhalation.
If you dont fix that somehow, you are only giving mind a million excuses for stopping the meditation prematurely. That way, whatever doubt mind may produce, your ego will want to stick to this promise, because if not it will feel dissatisfied with itself afterwards. The powerful effect of the sound syllables on both the conscious mind and the subconscious mind is a great help. People that are just starting to learn how to meditate will put most time into the first easy phases, and less time into the later, more difficult phases.

By singing as beautifully as possible, putting some emotion into it, feeling love for the divine, any mind will be interested to assist.
Then you just start from phase 2 or 3, which may be more difficult, but is really good excercise.
Then gradually also the singing should be less loud and perhaps more slow, so that our breathing rate can slow down too. The main places in the body where you can focus are between the eyebrows (the third eye), the heart chakra and the tip of the nose. This is definitely a difficult step for many, but fortunately also at this stage we still have many options to create the variety needed to engage mind.
If we use only sound inside, then mind can more easily disturb our focus by bringing up some image that causes us to start thinking. At this point, you can further try to simplify the object of your meditation, so that it becomes increasingly calm.
Let the mantra be recited by your mind, while you are simple witnessing the mantra, using minimal effort to keep it going. However, one should realize that a running jump takes you much further than a standing jump.
While it is natural to make that mistake at first, try to move towards more regular, daily meditation. For some, it’s following the breath and for others it’s quiet reflection or self-awareness. You will begin to notice it changes as you practice, it may grow louder or softer, faster or slower, the rhythm may change and follow the breath or instead it may follow a pattern of its own. Reaching this stage of effortless effort, your practice becomes filled with true joy and you begin to experience the field of quiet expanded awareness.
And with each meditation you witness your life as it unfolds and as it does a deeper spiritual awareness grows. For example, from the Buddhist tradition, Om mani padme hum (“May the blessed union of practice and wisdom awaken”) or from the Christian tradition, Kyrie eleison (“Lord have mercy”).
The first is linking the sound to the breath (which is one of the reasons I like the so hum mantra, because it’s very natural to repeat ‘so’ on the in breath and ‘hum’ on the out breath). Once this begins to happen you will notice that the rhythm of the mantra will flow at its own pace. Eventually it will be as if you are listening to it, not mentally repeating and it will fade into silence, the only thing left is you as pure awareness.
This would be extremely tiresome if it wasn’t for the fact, that even in the earliest stages of the practice, the results are genuine feelings of peace. And many of these people, like David Lynch, want others to get access to and benefit from this practice. This is a mysterious and fascinating subject, which I have studied with my teacher Revered Banani Ray, during my stay at Rishikesh at a meditation retreat.
The deep sleep state belongs to the subconscious mind, which is connected to the cosmic consciousness.
Many ancient Tibetan Yogis, such as Milarepa are said to practice intense meditation and chanting of Om.
It is believed that by chanting this mantra over and over again body, mind and speech becomes perfect and any negativity in the mind and body will be eliminated. It can be silently uttered with the breaths, semi-verbal uttering, or mild intonation and verbal. Father Gabriel Amorth, who has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in the past 25 years after being appointed by the late Pope John Paul II, surprised delegates at a conference by revealing his dislike for yoga and 'Harry Potter'. Dziokonski, who was a Navy corpsman assigned to a Marine Corps rifle company in Vietnam and a recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with a Combat "V," considers himself a strong man, a self-described curmudgeon. Taking mantra meditation as an example, the following text explains all the practical do's and don't on how to meditate.
The lotus posture is ideal, but the half lotus will also do (put the right leg upon the left leg rather than vice versa), as will the simple crosslegged posture.
If you have no clear idea what you will do, then you will have to think about it while you meditate.
Mind is literally sung to sleep and this effect is not just felt when singing the mantra out loud, but it is also present when the mantra is silently recited inside. If you feel like it, you can even add the sound of some instrument to it, like a bell, just don't make it too exciting.
Accept that to keep mind quiet for a long time works best after letting the mantra work its magic for a while. Your meditation will help you to do that and doing that will also speed up your progress in meditation.
It will help to establish the neural pattern of the mantra in your brain and it will stop you from going through the same thoughts again and again. A mantra, which is the repetition of a sound or prayer, is a primary part of the meditative tradition of yoga. The pronunciation may become unclear and it can even begin to sound as if you are hearing it instead of repeating it. In the same way that a beautiful piece of music can so engage the mind that you become part of the music, the mantra can so engage your mind that you slip in to pure awareness. One of the most popular mantras from the Vedic tradition is the Gayatri mantra (“May my mind be guided by divine light”).
The connection of the breath and the mantra deepens your concentration which helps keep the mind from wandering. One is to use a mala, a string of a 108 beads used to count repetitions of your mantra (see video below). By this time your mantra will be an old friend, someone you will feel at peace with when they are around.
In the end, your mantra will become more than a practice, it will awaken you to your true nature, the real you, which is whole, loving, peaceful, creative and filled with joy and purpose. I am passionate about meditation and healthfood and immensely fascinated about consciousness. So when he found himself at the top of a mountain crying over a dead butterfly, he knew he needed help. First, we get a nice calm feeling after the meditation, which we may still experience many hours afterwards. If we try to forcefully focus mind on the object of meditation, mind gets bored very easily and tries to escape by bringing up all kinds of thoughts and feelings. If you have more time, other asana and pranayama excercises might help to remove more stress from your body and improve the flow of energy. Use cushions or some rolled up yoga mat or blanket to support your posture and allow you to relax your legs.
For real meditation, it is advisable to let the hand that counts rest on your knee, rather than holding the mala up in front. Mantra meditation is also popular because the mantra can be used in many different ways and is thus very suited to gradually move mind from an entertaining object towards a more simple object. But even people that already know how to meditate quite well, might put some more time into the first phases any day that they are feeling less calm than usual, because of life and all that.

Sometimes also mudras (hand postures) are used during this phase, as well as ritual acts like the offering of flowers, water, light, sweet, insense, etc.. The speed at which we recite the mantra is another variable to work with, gradually moving from rather fast to rather slow, as the slower we get, the easier it is for thoughts to move in.
The image of a yantra or deity can also be used together with the mantra, especially for people that are good at visualisation (like most artists). Whenever the mantra comes to your mind naturally, at least finish it once - don't break it off halfway or you might damage the neural pattern that you have already created. When you are not feeling particularly disturbed, your meditation will be more effective and it will help to prevent future disturbances.
The mantra works as an ‘instrument’ of the mind, focusing it, creating in it a space or stillness, which becomes the source of well-being, peace and unconditioned joy.
One of my personal favorites is the very simple so hum mantra; a mantra that has no meaning attached to it. This is a more subtle form of the mantra process, you have let go of the support of the breath and begin to rest wholly within yourself. Another way to deepen your concentration is to connect the sound of one mantra to the next, eliminating the gaps between the sounds. The Silence of AUM represents the transcendental that lies beyond the ordinary sense perception. However, if you practice Om chanting in a group, semi-verbal or vocal chanting creates a very powerful healing vibration, from which everybody can benefit.
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They may both seem innocuous but they both deal with magic and that leads to evil," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. And he found relief and release in a yoga program designed specifically for war veterans called Yoga Warriors International.
You might use some meditation music at this stage also, but it must go once you really start to meditate.
So, if your knees are not fully touching the floor, put something underneath to support them. With fairly short mantras, it is also possible to synchronize the singing with breath during this phase, though this should be discontinued as you move further inside (focus on breath is rather outside of your inside).
For people that are not so good at visualisation, visualising the characters of each syllable as you recite it works best.
Whenever you notice that you are (again) thinking something, just drop it and return to the mantra. Accept that while you are as divine as anything else, to bring out the divine into your entire being requires regular effort. One of the advantages of using a mantra that has no meaning is there is less likely hood of the mind getting distracted and keep our attention at the level of the mind. When your whole body and mind is saturated with the Om sound, all the disturbing thoughts and emotions disappear, and you begin to feel an inner quiet. I enjoy helping people to improve themselves through the articles and products of this website. The first objective is reached from the beginning, for everyone who gives meditation a serious try without too much care for the result.
Will power is a requirement, yet the hard concentration only makes mind's resistance more strong. When we can focus mind on an entertaining version of our object of meditation, the object will start to affect mind, calming it down so it can accept a more simple, calm, less entertaining, more boring version of the object to meditate upon. Do it long enough and the doing will go along with the doer and you will enter samadhi, effortless meditation (see Ashtanga Yoga). Accept that it is a matter of steady growth, while the only one who can slow down this growth is the one who is impatient with the speed of it.
Cimini, the founding director of Central Mass Yoga and Wellness in West Boylston, designed to alleviate the symptoms of combat stress or post-traumatic stress disorder. Chosing a particularly sanctified place may be very beneficial, but of course it is no requirement. If during meditation you experience pain in sitting, just allow your body to readjust itself, while you remain focused on the object of your meditation. Speaking on the subject of People And Religion at a fringe event at the Umbria Film Festival in Terni, Father Amorth spoke of his distaste for JK Rowling's young wizard. In Harry Potter the Devil is at work in a cunning and crafty way, he is using his extraordinary powers of magic and evil," he said. And once you have found a technique that seems to work for you, use this technique for a long period of time, so that you dont even have to think about what you will be doing and can easily fall into a know pattern of meditation.
He studies each and everyone of us and our tendencies towards good and evil and then he tempts us.
With PTSD, your emotions are ruled by what happened 20 or 30 years ago." Dziokonski originally took yoga to gain more flexibility. As he practiced yoga, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were unfolding a world away, but were hitting close to home for Dziokonski. This is not the first time that the 85-year-old has raised eyebrows with his forthright views, as last year he had said that the ongoing child sex scandals rocking the Catholic Church were evidence that "the Devil was at work in the Vatican".
The war was in our living room," Dziokonski said, recalling the firefights that were being broadcast on the nightly news. In fact, Dziokonski had asked her to teach a class at the Worcester Veterans Center, which fellow veterans later decided to continue. In addition, she is the co-author of a study that will appear in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, "The Effects of Sensory Enhanced Hatha Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel." The study was done by Maj. Jon Greuel, an Air Force instructor pilot, in Kirkuk, Iraq, from November 2008 to November 2009 in collaboration with Cimini. She is also working with Worcester State University to study the effect of the Yoga Warrior program on military students at the university. Zest Yoga and Fitness in Auburn is one of the local studios offering the Yoga Warriors class with a certified instructor. Zest Yoga and Fitness in Auburn began offering a Yoga Warriors class in September, and is open to all veterans and active-duty military personnel. Dziokonski, who regularly attends a Thursday morning Yoga Warriors session, said yoga has returned to him a sense of calm, and has improved his sleep. Many Vietnam veterans are enrolled in Yoga Warriors, and also some World War II veterans, and now Iraq War veterans. Dziokonski and Cimini said the emotional impact the war has on returning veterans may not become evident until months or years later.

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