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.
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. So here’s Deepak on the different schools of mantra meditation…but first the question.
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. Meditation is the simplest of practices and at the same time it as tremendous subtlety and depth that can create challenges for those who are new to the practice and the benefits that meditation has to offer. The basics of meditation are simple, sit in a comfortable position, straighten your back, breathe deeply, put your attention on your breath and follow it. However, meditation is like any art form, you can keep it simple or you can delve into the depths of the practice. Before you put these guys in an ivory tower away from the muddle that us, non-academic-types trudge through everyday, you should know a little about Dr.
The authors introduce mindfulness-based stillness meditation with four simple steps: preparation, relaxation, mindfulness, and stillness.
Preparation is the easy part, the practical details of where you will meditate, your posture, deciding what specific kind of meditation you will try, and everything that relates to how you set yourself up to begin the meditation. Relaxation is the street corner where the wheels on my meditation bus disassemble and roll down the road to a coffee shop.
By the time I have made it to mindfulness, I have usually abandoned the discipline altogether, because my mind is so relaxed that it is thinking about chilling out at the pool with a glass of lemonade, not closing my eyes in an air-conditioned office sitting on a pillow. The challenges that Therese ran into as a beginning meditator are the same challenges that almost all meditators run into when they begin a practice. The good news is that meditation is not about trying to stop your thoughts, it’s about ignoring them by using the ‘tools’ of meditation, watching the breath or using a mantra; so that when thoughts intrude on your silence you gently brush them away by returning to your breath or mantra. The concept that we are not our minds ?and that its one of the benefits of meditation on the Bhagavad Gita, may seem extremely strange or even a bit incomprehensible to those new to meditation, Yoga and non-dual philosophy. It becomes a bit easier to grasp the idea that you are not your mind by simply becoming aware of your thoughts as they arise; then you will begin to notice your mind is off wondering into the past or fantasizing about the future. Have you ever wondered about why your mind works the way it does, and how it comes up with all of its scattered, random and half-organized thoughts? We will find ourselves in a scenario for a future event, and we will be fully imagining the experience of what it would be like to live in that scenario.
We’ve all had experiences where we can be eating, sleeping, walking down the street, studying, working, listening to music or even engaging in a conversation with someone else, and the mind will begin to drift away to somewhere else.
No one willingly chooses to have a nightmare where one is chased by an animal, attacked by a murderer or falls off of a cliff. By referring to the mind as a friend or an enemy, the Gita treats the mind as if it were something different from us. Many Hindu texts create a distinction between the physical body, the mind and intelligence. A mind that isn’t given proper attention and is allowed to run wild can cause havoc in our lives. The Gita explains that we can either become liberated with the help of our mind or completely degrade our consciousness. Of course, we’re not talking about controlling the mind in some forceful, unnatural way. For those new to the idea of training the mind the whole concept may seem a bit incomprehensible. Meditation is the tool, not to control the mind, but to go beyond it or at least to ignore it, because you don’t have to learn to stop your thoughts, an impossible task anyway; instead, whenever they intrude, and depending on which approach to meditation you chose, you gently return to your breath or your mantra. The reason this quote is popular among meditators is because it says it all and it’s said, every pun intended.
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. Think of meditation as a way to do some mental spring cleaning, sweeping out that constant chatter that’s always cluttering things up in your head. Meditation is the practice of getting out of our heads and slipping into the gap between our thoughts, you know, silence, or into the present moment, and that would be mindfulness. The benefit of meditation is that the more you practice it the more it becomes a part of your everyday life, which means more peace and less worry and happier, healthier life. At Harvard University researchers analyzed blood samples and found that there was a difference in how genes expressed themselves between meditators and a control group. The conclusion of the Harvard study was that there is verifiable scientific proof that meditation has positive genetic effects influencing cell metabolism as well as a positive response to oxidative stress. There is a new blood test that measures the length of the telomeres, which can be used to measure how fast a person is aging. Stress hormones, which play an important part in aging, are regulated by RNA, which is a copy of the DNA.
Meditation may not be the actual fountain of youth, and yet, because of the meditation benefit for our DNA created by relieving the symptoms of stress and helping us to let go of our daily anxieties, meditation, just may be as close as we can come. Outside the biologists test tubes and flasks, DNA gets influenced by your every thought, feeling, and action. The benefits of meditation are therefore in direct contrast with so-called “modern” medicine which is carried out hurriedly, aggressively and using expressions such as “It is useless to look elsewhere, there is nothing else that can be done ”. People have meditated for years and enjoyed better health (and a slower aging process) but many others have been skeptical as to its benefits. Enjoy a couple of You Tube Videos that use binaural beats so your DNA can kick back and relax.
A mantra is a word without meaning that “anchors” the mind, which allows us to still our thoughts and eventually leads us to self-realization. In the end, the benefits of meditation can be experienced in the same way that the benefits of exercise can be, through a daily practice. According to the wisdom traditions the purpose of life is to be truly happy, and our desire for happiness is an integral part of our nature, and it’s evolutionary.
The wisdom traditions teach that happiness is found in being and not by doing, and it’s defined as bliss, contentment and joy without need or cause. Happiness and meditation have been long been linked together and now western science understands why. According to these researchers, it’s the release of neurotransmitters in the seat of higher thinking, the pre-frontal cortex, which changes the brains set-point for happiness. As important, as the physiological effects are, there is a more powerful benefit that meditation offers in awakening true happiness. Meditation is the key to discovering your true identity which lies in deep in your consciousness beyond your mind, intellect, and ego. Enlightenment is knowing your real self, or as Deepak puts it, “In the world of constant change, there is something that doesn’t change,” know that ‘something,’ is the real you.
In my work for the David Lynch Foundation, I find teaching at-risk children the Transcendental Meditation technique is one of the most valuable tools you can give a young person.


The questions asked here are, do you need to have quiet place to meditate or if there lots of distractions, does this mean I won’t be able to meditate?
The second observation is that there are different approaches to meditating anywhere at any time, mindfulness approach and deep inner awareness or transcendental meditation.
Mindfulness is about being fully present without judgment and inner awareness is about transcending, going beyond the challenges. For the last 10 years, I have been involved in researching the impact of meditation on health and well-being. When my colleagues at Stanford and at other universities started researching meditation, most of us expected that meditation would help with stress levels. Hundreds of studies suggest that meditation doesn’t just decrease stress levels but that it also has tangible health benefits such as improved immunity, lower inflammation and decreased pain.
Inspired to share these findings, I recently wrote a post on the science of meditation that summarizes much of this data. You may use the infographic above on your website, however, the license we grant to you requires that you properly and correctly attribute the work to us with a link back to our website by using the following embed code.
Emma Seppala originates from Paris, France and is Associate Director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University.
I started to meditate a few years ago when the stresses and strains of modern life were beginning to get on top of me. Great article, I started on the headspace programme in September and have to say it certainly works for me. I really commend your research and dedication to the study of meditation and its useful effects.
Has anyone ever done a study comparing theistic focused meditation to non-theistic meditation? I teach meditation and have worked with a handful of cancer patients in conjunction with their medical treatment. I’m not 100% sure of the studies but I am not surprised because meditation reduces stress which we know impacts many disease states.
Meditation is essentially non interfering, cleansing, provides self knowledge and inclines us in favour of good. As we learn to meditate in the purest way we can understand the infinite wonders it holds for us.
Tantra is a path of expansion, a thread that weaves the worlds of the external and the internal together and in that expression of unity embraces the shared joy and bliss that that is our purpose in being.
While the tantric meditation benefits of a yoga practice are many, there are pitfalls, where fundamentalism of various religious traditions can focus on life-denial; some of the tantric teaching can be used as an excuse for sensual indulgence. This entry was posted in Meditation Benefits, Meditation Help and tagged chakra meditation benefits, tantric meditation benefits, tantric yoga by Tommyji. Vic Bishop – Plastic fishing, started by company Plastic Whale, is an innovative approach to cleaning up the waterways of Amsterdam. Julian Spalding – What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly. Christina Sarich – There really is no better way to create a nation of obedient slaves than to lobotomize them from above. 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.
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. 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. 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. Without space, we live from the reptilian part of our brains, the amygdala, or fear center of our brain. According to the authors we simply take the time needed to learn how to relax our body and mind.
If you continue with this practice, you will soon begin to realize that your mind has a mind of its own and that you only have control of it in those moments of awareness. Many times it can sure feel as if someone else, or even a whole group of people, is carrying on elaborate dialogues up there that have little to do with our present reality.
The mind is often compared to an impulsive child who isn’t capable of making proper decisions, and the intelligence is likened to a parent that helps the mind choose the appropriate and healthy course of action. Second, we need to be able to admit that we have very little control over the mind’s activities. What we want to accomplish is a harmonious relationship between the mind, intelligence and the soul, so that these different components of our being can be on the same page more often. Making it compressible is one of the benefits of meditation on the Bhagavad Gita, because this is what the Bhagavad Gita teaches us. Others turn into diehard advocates of a particular method or technique and become like a salesperson trying to sell a product. Most of the time we are living in our heads, either in the past or on the future, in fact, if we are in the ‘now’ than we aren’t in or heads at all, we’re simply present. Either way, the self-talk stops, at least for a time and with it goes the worries, anxieties and general mind drama and in slips peace.
A number of the genes were involved in the body’s response to ‘oxidative stress’ and cellular metabolism. In a 2010 study, meditation was shown to have a positive effect on telomerase activity in the immune cells.
The hope being that maybe the test will motivate people to take action, or better yet sit quietly and meditate, to improve their health.
Budzynski has done extensive research on learning and suggestion when the brain is in a theta state. This self-realization is the gradual releasing of attachment or the process of enlightenment.
The mistake we make very often is, believing that if we get, accomplish or become something else, then we will be happy.
Understanding intellectually, what happiness is and where it’s found, is much different than applying that knowledge. Scientists have now identified, the happiness set point, where happiness is located in the brain and the neurotransmitters of happiness.
Meditation stimulates the release of neurotransmitters, including opiates, serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine. The Eastern spiritual traditions, from the beginning, understood that life inevitably contains suffering, from accidents to aging, from natural disasters to death. Meditation allows you to discover, and most importantly, experience, that part of you that transcends space-time, cause and effect; the part of you that’s immortal, your core consciousness. When you experience yourself as the non-change in a world of change, and come to know the underlying ground state as who you really are, then you have discovered the key to true happiness. Do you need to have a quiet place free from all distractions and noises or can you actually meditate anywhere, anytime, any place?
However, what many of us did not anticipate was the extent of the benefits the data ended up showing.
After it went viral on Twitter & Facebook, I thought I’d create this infographic to help readers visualize the data and inspire would-be or regular meditators to keep up with their practice!


The experience has been revelatory and my overall sense of wellbeing and purpose has been transformed in a really positive way. Both my article and infographic really just summarize data on a number of different types of meditation.
I too have been practicing meditation for a long time, and I found this infographic outstanding for its purpose of bringing awareness to people. Good for you for helping your patients find greater well-being, what a gift to them and to you! For many in the west the word “Tantra” is associated with traditional “sexual practices” in much the same way that “yoga” is equated with “asana” (postures).
Some practice it for procreation, others for pleasure, but a Tantric-yogi practices it to achieve ‘samadhi’. And whenever you find yourself drifting off back to thought, gently return to your sound, without judgment.
Many of our thoughts originate from experiences we’ve had in the past, but the mind will also come up with dreamlike scenarios about events that have yet to take place in our lives. It becomes obvious that we weren’t in control of our thoughts at that time, and that we are rarely ever in control of our thoughts at any time.
We’ve all had the experience of recalling instances where others might have physically, financially or emotionally hurt us. It may be possible to avoid unpleasant situations, uncomfortable places or unfriendly people, but the mind isn’t something we can escape.
If we’re going to spend that much time with someone, doesn’t it make sense to develop a friendship with that individual?
Thirdly, we need to know that we’re never going to have complete control over the mind. Consider taking an actual course or program to learn meditation and mindfulness techniques.
One of our biological responses to mental and emotional stress is oxidative stress, which produces free radicals. To explain this hypothesis has been formed that meditation could help to achieve a very good state of balance in biochemical development which would maximize the efficient use of DNA to induce itself to self-repair. Theta, Budzynski suggested, is the state in which superlearning takes place—when in theta, …. Not realizing it’s the other way around, that by being happy now, it will lead to our getting, accomplishing and becoming what we most desire.
You can learn to address the root causes of unhappiness, but that’s only half the challenge, the other half is in the application and the practice. So, we now know that happiness isn’t some elusive emotion, it’s a physiological state which can be studied and measured. These same Eastern traditions diagnosed suffering and found five main causes of unhappiness and then came to understand that all of them were contained in the first; ignorance of your true identity. The experience of self-realization is experience of enlightenment, which is the only permanent cure for unhappiness. Puff talks about his personal experiences and how he was able to practice his meditation even in noisy situations. This ability evolves as your practice evolves and it’s not a recommended practice beginning meditators; for most beginners, distractions lead to frustration. I would add, because it is a practice, go ahead and do just that, practice, remembering to be gentle with yourself and letting go of any frustration if it arises. Rosenthal is the psychiatrist best known for first understanding the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pioneering the beneficial effects of light therapy.
Perhaps most importantly, it has been linked to increased happiness and greater compassion.
I am an osteopath and regularly treat patients whose symptoms are aggravated or even caused by stress and anxiety and I recommend meditation to all them.
As more data comes in, we’ll be able to really tease apart how each practice impacts different cognitive and affective processes both in the brain, body and behavior. Then I would try every morning to meditate for at least ten minutes, sometimes 20 if I was up early enough. Then explore all the options out there and find the shoe that fits: mindfulness, vipassana, Art of Living, loving-kindness, compassion. Also try to get in some breathing exercises throughout the day which also calm the anxious mind.. I had no idea you created this and would love to share it on my website and youtube channel and of give you credit if that’s ok! Tantra is a major form of spiritual practice, one which believes that absolute reality (the objective) and the relative world of the senses (the subjective) are inseparable and can be a path to spiritual self-realization. It improves our ability to concentrate, helps stabilize our moods, and improves sleep. Meditation results in better lives and sharper minds.
Even a second’s amount of space allows us to breathe and grab our mental blankie, if you will, so that we can respond with a higher evolved part of the brain. Even after his leg was amputated, doctors gave him a five percent chance of living beyond five years. The question arises: How do you develop a friendship with someone that you can’t see or touch or really even talk to? The effects of meditation on all the neurotransmitters change the brains set point for happiness in a way that no single drug can.
Once you experience your true nature, who you really are, then your suffering will come to an end. The number one benefit of meditation is stress reduction, so don’t stress if the distractions are too much, relax and wait until you feel you are in a comfortable place, then meditate. I wanted you to know that my blog readers have liked it a lot and I thank you for the same. Probably because staying attentive to the moment requires that you be free of judgment, like Damn it.
Today the most popular and sought after one even in the west is the ‘Vama marga’ which utilizes sexual life for spiritual development. Because so many cancer patients were coming to him for advice, he founded The Gawler Foundation, which provides holistic healing retreats for cancer patients. Wonderful things seem to happen out of the blue, but I believe it’s because I am more connected and allowing joy in my life.
Like when the doctor comes after your knee with that rubber thing, and you almost kick him in the nose without even trying to move your leg.
As for different types of meditation having different benefits, I have done several types (lovingkindness, mindfulness, guided imagery, chakra clearing, breath awareness, etc.) and they all have a positive effect.
You don’t engage in your usual obsessive thinking … theoretically … so you don’t obsess about your not obsessing.



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