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.