Mantra's are a great technique to explore when deepening your meditation practice.
What is a Mantra?
It's a word or phrase you repeat during meditation. It works as a tool or anchor to help focus your mind. They are especially helpful if you have trouble concentrating on your breath or getting in the right frame of mind. Click here to learn more about other mantras
The power of So Hum
This mantra involves synchronising your breath with the silent repetition of the mantra
"so hum", translating to "I am that". As you inhale repeat "so" as you exhale repeat
In this case "that" refers to all of creation, the one breathing us all. This mantra
meditation is an opportunity to focus our mind on the mystery of being and
to reflect upon the interdependent nature of all phenomenon.
"So hum" is a great way to relax the body, mind and help you cultivate inner peace and joy.
"When you inhale 'so', you're inhaling life. When you exhale 'hum' you're exhaling ego
and limitation" - Vasant Lad.
How to Practice "So hum" Meditation
Come into a seated position. Relax your hands onto your thighs. Spend the first moments of meditation practice observing the natural rhythm of your breath.
Take an unforced natural breath in through your nose, silently repeating to yourself the word "so". When you breath out, say the word "hum".
Allow your breath to flow naturally, continuing to silently repeat "so" on inhalation and "hum" on exhalation.
When you get distracted bt the influx of thoughts, physical sensations, or sounds. Gently bring your attention back to your breath and the reptition of the so hum mantra.
Continue this way for five to 15 minutes.
Return to observing the breath before slowly opening your eyes.