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What is a mantra?

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In Vedic Meditation, a mantra is a sound or word without meaning that is intrinsically charming to the mind. By this we mean that the mind finds the mantra more attractive than other thoughts, noises and sounds that might be around us while we are meditating. A mantra is applied differently across many different meditation techniques.

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We might dive into the deeper part of the ocean, away from the busy surface layer to the quieter depths. The effect of the mind resting in this manner enables the body to follow and rest as well. This results in the release of stress and fatigue. With the removal of excess stressors from our nervous systems comes thinking, about anything at all. And instead of being concerned with the content of the thoughts, we simply come back to the mantra, gently…softly.

How your mantra can improve your world

Our busy lives are demanding. Career, mortgage, children, travel, health and fitness…future and life goals. We have so much to do, it can be difficult to slow down, quieten the mind, and live in the now for any one moment. By incorporating daily meditation into our everyday lives, we can design a more present, calm and balanced lifestyle. Our mantra helps bring us back to that ‘present’ state of awareness, where we can focus on what inspires us and truly makes us happy.

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Advanced Mantra meditation

Once you have been regularly practicing Vedic Meditation for at least one year, we can explore more advanced mantra meditation techniques to enter a higher and more inclusive state of consciousness quicker. Your mantra, your technique and your practice can advance with you, and anything you’re looking to expand upon in your world, whether it be a higher consciousness, taking your creativity to the next level, or building inner peace and calm. There are multiple levels of advanced techniques to be discovered in yearly intervals.

Like with any life skill, meditation can be improved upon, expanded and deeper explored. When it comes to the skill of tending your mindset, wellbeing, and approach to your world, the value is clear. Yoga International explain the three steps of Ajapa Japa – conscious awareness of your mantra – in their article advanced stages of mantra meditation.

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From meditation to meditation, life unfolds under your inner gaze, asking you to witness it in its entirety.

“A mantra serves as a kind of centering device during this process. It offers a resting place for the everyday mind. It collects distracting energies. It brings spiritual insights forward, so that you can integrate them into daily life. Just as great music transforms a listener, a mantra gradually lifts and transforms your mind.”

Video Transcript: What is a Mantra?

Nicho:

– One question that often comes up in meditation relates to mantras. There are different uses for mantras. Sometimes we can use them when we chant. Sometimes we use them at the end of a yoga practice which are a bit more intention-based. The universal mantra “Om” is sometimes used in that regard.

In Vedic meditation we use mantras as a way to help our mind settle to those deeper more subtle parts of the mind. The word mantra itself actually means “mind vehicle.” Manas – mind, tra – vehicle. And so if we think a mantra gently our mind can rest and our body can start to relax as well and the effect of the body relaxing is it will release stress.

It can release fatigue and the mind will rest the body will follow and over the course of our meditation practice we start to come to a more settled place. In Vedic meditation the mantra has no meaning. It’s a sound or a word.

But it has no meaning except that it’s charming to the mind. And by that we mean that if we’re thinking about some things that are essentially irrelevant, we can just bring our attention very subtly back to the mantra which will help our mind rest. Our body will follow again and that process of relaxing and releasing stress from our physiology continues.

If there are sounds around us, we’re mediating, we might be meditating on the plane or in the park wherever it might be. If we’re just gelling with the mantra the things that are going on around us shouldn’t fuss us too much whatsoever. So the mantra just helps bring our mind back to a place that’s more subtle, where you’re thinking very gently and very innocently. In Vedic meditation we are sitting comfortably, our eyes are closed and we’re gelling with the mantra and we take it as it comes.

Nicho Plowman is a Vedic Meditation teacher now based in Sydney after more than five years teaching in Paris and around the world. After 20 years in the demanding corporate and start-up world he is passionate about making the powerful benefits of meditation accessible to everyone.

Co-owner of Insight Timer, the #1 Free app for meditation and sleep, Nicho teaches Vedic Meditation to people from all walks of life across Sydney and around the nation. Due to his business background, Nicho has a keen interest in helping dynamic business owners and senior executives apply a conscious perspective to their commercial interests. Look, feel and be better.

Would you like to improve your world? Listen to Nicho’s Vedic Meditation introductory talk below.

Nicho Plowman is a Vedic Meditation teacher now based in Sydney after more than five years teaching in Paris and around the world. After 20 years in the demanding corporate and start-up world he is passionate about making the powerful benefits of meditation accessible to everyone.

Co-owner of Insight Timer, the #1 Free app for meditation and sleep, Nicho teaches Vedic Meditation to people from all walks of life across Sydney and around the nation. Due to his business background, Nicho has a keen interest in helping dynamic business owners and senior executives apply a conscious perspective to their commercial interests. Look, feel and be better.

Would you like to improve your world? Listen to Nicho’s Vedic Meditation introductory talk below.

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