A mantra is a word or words that you can use as a meditation tool. It may be in your own language or one you don’t understand. Many sanskrit mantras are designed so that the physical act of saying the mantra activates energy channels in the body. An English word or phrase may have more power for you–choose a different mantra whenever you want a different effect from your meditation. Some mantras are personal and some, like ‘Om Namah Shivaya,’ are said aloud by millions of people a day. When you have chosen a mantra, you may wish to say it for a period of time or use a mala to keep count of 108 repetitions of the mantra.
Meditating with a Mala
If you have found meditation difficult, it may be easier to use a mala while repeating a mantra. You can say it silently to yourself. Sit comfortably but with your spine in an extended position. Put your mala in your right hand with one of the beads next to the tassel/pendant between your thumb and middle finger. Take 3 deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Begin saying your mantra to yourself. Focus on the words of the mantra even if you don’t know what they mean. Say it one time for each bead. Once you have said your mantra 108 times, hold your mala between both hands in front of your third eye and take 3 more breaths. Come back to your surroundings gently.