Article: Mantra meditation
Article: Mantra meditation
Article: Mantra meditation

Mantra meditation

This article shows you how to meditate properly using the example of mantra meditation. However, the same principles can be applied to all forms of meditation, like breath meditation, walking meditation and mindfulness meditation.

What is Mantra Meditation?

Mantra meditation is a practice of stilling the mind by chanting or repeating a certain phrase. A mantra can also be like a prayer, a call for help, and a way to connect with the Divine, to connect with God.

One example of mantra meditation is this self-healing mantra—“I am peace, I am love, I am perfect health.” You can learn more about the self-healing mantra in this video>

If you don’t know how to meditate properly then you might meditate for half an hour, but you are drifting out and then re-focusing, drifting out and re-focusing, and you might be in focus for only two minutes during the half hour. In that case you can’t say you were meditating for half an hour, you can only say you were meditating for two minutes, because for 28 minutes you were drifting, daydreaming, your energy was dissipated.

So I want to teach you how to meditate properly.

How to do perfect Mantra Meditation

Proper meditation requires two layers of awareness, or focus. The first layer is the focus itself, which might be a mantra or our breath or the sensation of our steps when we are walking etc. The second layer of awareness is knowing that you’re focusing. I’ll explain how to do this by using the example of the mantra meditation.

When we chant, “I am Peace,” the first point of focus is the sound of the mantra—we can hear the sound of it when we chant. So that’s the first level of awareness. The second level of awareness is when we chant, “I am Peace,” we hear that and we know we heard it. So the second level of awareness is knowing that we heard it. 

“I am Peace”—I hear it and I know I heard it.
“I am Love”—I hear my own voice and I know I heard it.
“I am Perfect Health”—I hear my own voice and I know I heard it. 

So when we practice mantra meditation, we hear each phrase and we know we heard it.

These two levels of awareness are needed to perfect any meditation technique. 

When you have that second layer of awareness it helps you to anchor to the point of focus, because there is less chance for you to drift off and dissipate your energy. And when our energy dissipates through thinking, we lose power and strength. So when we are practicing mantra meditation we just want to be in focus—we don’t want to be thinking this and that, this and that.

How to do perfect Mantra Meditation

Silent Mantra Meditation

Silent mantra meditation is equally effective and it’s often more practical.

Chanting a mantra out loud is very beautiful, but when we are in public places and there are other people around it’s not always the best thing. You can’t just stand in the queue at the supermarket saying, “I am Peace. I am Love. I am Perfect Health.” They’ll call the security guard and they’ll sort you out pretty quickly!

So it’s good to learn silent mantra meditation for when you’re in public. When you chant a mantra silently, your mouth is slightly moving but no sound will come out of your mouth, however you can still hear the inner whisper-like sound of your mantra within you or within your inner space.

The way you chant innerly is exactly the same as when you chant out loud, and I’ll share an example to show how you can hear the sound. Imagine calling out to your mother, moving your mouth but not making a sound, calling out, “Mum!” There are no decibels, but you can hear the sound, you can hear your own voice. That sound is innerly.

In the same way, with silent mantra meditation we chant the mantra innerly, hearing our own internal voice:

“I am Peace”—I hear it and I know I heard it. 

“I am Love”—I hear it and I know I heard it.

“I am Perfect Health”—I hear my own voice and I know I heard it.

If you are a beginner, it may be helpful to move your mouth slightly when chanting innerly, as if you are chanting out loud, but soon you will be able to chant innerly without doing this.

Silent Mantra Meditation
Silent Mantra Meditation
Silent Mantra Meditation

What are the Benefits of Mantra Meditation?

From the perspective of the eternal now or the present moment, when we focus on the sound of the mantra our awareness can’t shift to future thoughts or past thoughts at the same time. It’s just not possible. If you’re totally focused while doing mantra meditation, with absolute concentration, you won’t be able to think any future thoughts or past thoughts.

I remember when I was in primary school my teacher would sometimes call out my name and I didn’t hear her. She would call it again, and I didn’t hear it. And she’d call it again and I didn’t hear it. Then she’d come close to me and call my name really loudly and only then did I realise that she was calling me.

The first time it happened, she said, “Are you ignoring me?” And I said, “No, I didn’t hear you calling me.” She would look at me with disbelief! This happened a few more times and then one day and she said, “You’ve got to go to the principal’s office.”

So I went to the principal’s office thinking I was in trouble, but there was a hearing specialist waiting there!

They started doing tests of my hearing and the conclusion was, “There’s nothing wrong with his hearing.”

I truly could not hear my teacher when she called my name, because I was so focused on whatever I was doing. She just called my name gently, like she spoke to everyone in the class, but I was so focused on whatever I was doing at that moment that I couldn’t hear her. If I wasn’t focused it would have been different.

In the same way, when we’re focused with one-pointedness on the sound of the mantra then we can’t do another activity called thinking—it’s just not possible.

And because we’re not thinking future thoughts or past thoughts then the mantra brings us to the present moment, which is actually our natural state. It’s actually our home. In baseball they call it ‘home base’. And how do you feel on your home base? You feel, “Aah, I’m home, I can’t get out.” You’re comfortable.

That’s how mantra meditation works from the perspective of the eternal now or the present moment.

They started doing tests of my hearing and the conclusion was, “There’s nothing wrong with his hearing.”

I truly could not hear my teacher when she called my name, because I was so focused on whatever I was doing. She just called my name gently, like she spoke to everyone in the class, but I was so focused on whatever I was doing at that moment that I couldn’t hear her. If I wasn’t focused it would have been different.

In the same way, when we’re focused with one-pointedness on the sound of the mantra then we can’t do another activity called thinking—it’s just not possible.

And because we’re not thinking future thoughts or past thoughts then the mantra brings us to the present moment, which is actually our natural state. It’s actually our home. In baseball they call it ‘home base’. And how do you feel on your home base? You feel, “Aah, I’m home, I can’t get out.” You’re comfortable.

That’s how mantra meditation works from the perspective of the eternal now or the present moment.