27 Aug, 2020
Meditation helps to heal, activate, and channelise the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical centers in our body. It helps us to empty any thoughts, feelings, emotions, and memories that we hold within and embrace the present moment mindfully. Meditation means to embrace and accept all and everything in a calm, composed and balanced manner to live a harmonious life. Chitra Roy, a Reiki Master, Pranic Healer and a Meditation practitioner discusses the benefits of Silent Meditation and Mantra Meditation.
Silent meditation or Vipassana was practised by Buddha. The main aim of this meditation is to live in the present moment, and accept it fully. It helps us to tame our mind from irrational and unproductive thoughts and pay attention to our prana.
Acceptance and communication with self
Silent meditation teaches us acceptance, to let go and accept the things the way they are without questioning it. During silent meditation, we communicate with our own self. When we start communicating with ourselves that is when we start healing ourselves. When we heal ourselves, our energy body becomes active and more receptive to guidance from the universe.
Silent meditation for self-love
Silent meditation helps us to be more tolerant, patient and accept self, others and the situation as it is. It helps us to master the art of being a good listener. After regular practice of silent meditation, we learn to master our mind and be more open to guidance. We engage in self-love, self-worth, self-respect and high self-esteem and create a better, quieter and a balanced self.
Mantra Meditation is based on chants and sound vibrations which resonate with our body, mind and soul. Mantra Meditation helps us to concentrate, focus, be happy and joyful. The sound of the mantras, instruments, devotional songs or bhajans generates positive energy, thoughts and feelings.
The significance of Mantra Meditation
Mantra comes from Man, our mind and tra which means protection. Therefore, mantra means to protect the mind from unwanted unproductive energies. When we start chanting, our mind connects with universal energy. For instance, when we chant AUM, we involve the muscles and organ system from below navel up from throat and nostrils. Therefore, the entire physical body also gets consciously involved in the mantra chanting and disintegrating the unproductive energies from physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and energy body.
AUM chanting, Hooponopono and Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
We chant AUM to immediately connect with the higher intelligence. It relaxes and energises the vocal chords and calms our mind. It helps to clear sinus, maintain a regular heart rate and normalises the blood pressure. AUM chanting should be done atleast 108 times as this number represents a diametric distance between Sun, Moon and Earth that brings peace and harmony into the universe. Hooponopono is an ancient Hawaiian forgiveness technique,” I am sorry. Please Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.” When we consciously repeat this mantra while meditating, we are forgiving self, others, seeking forgiveness, accepting and showing gratitude. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and Om Mani Padme Hum is chanted to replace the negative or unproductive energies with productive and positive energies.
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