Mantras are a part of my mornings and anytime prayers and meditation. They weave through my day, subconsciously spreading the light with each chant. It is said that you do not have to know the mantra or actually chant it for the benefits to activate. Just listen and BE in the consciousness of peace, healing, and love. Tune in and let the words wash over you. Let them ring out to the Universe and become a beacon of power and a reflection of your sacred intentions. OM! Let us begin!
Are you looking for ways to energize or start a new mantra practice?
Mantra practice is meditation and should be approached the same way that you meditate. Clear your space, light a candle and some incense, and start with breathing. Create your own ritual around chanting.
Create an altar for your intention as a focal point and to make the practice feel more magical.
RELAX! There is no judgement, no lightning bolt from the Gods that will occur if you think you are doing it “wrong”. Approach from the heart and with joy. This is a ladder to bliss. Practice makes “perfect”.
Listen and chant with practiced mantra teachers and chanters. Deva Premal is amazing, but there are so many! Find the one that resonates and use it to improve your pronunciation and practice. Thomas Ashley-Farrand has some audio programs. You can also check out my mantra playlist on Spotify.
Write the mantra down phonetically. In the beginning, I recommend writing the mantra down, especially if you are using Sanskrit mantras. This is another language so prompts are really helpful!
Chant when you have time and space to do it. When working with a new mantra or if you are starting new to mantra practice, give yourself the room to evolve.
Explore the meanings and deities that are attuned to each mantra. Use deity images for visualization while chanting.
Don’t forget to breathe! Breath is very important. If you are just starting, play the recording of the mantra and just practice your breathing so that when you begin chanting, it feels more natural.
Tea and honey are wonderfully nourishing for some throat TLC.
Once you begin, do it every single day. Pick one mantra and make a commitment to recite it everyday for 40 days.
Mantra may be used with a mala, just for meditation, with mudras, and yoga! Introduce one thing at a time until you feel comfortable and then proceed.
HAVE FUN! Take this at your own pace. Listen to several mantras before choosing one. Or simply begin with OM.
This article is an excerpt from my NEW online course, Divine Garlands and Consecrated Intentions: Malas and Mantras for Spiritual Practice. I invite you to join the course and chant with me!
Thomas Ashley-Farrand is a wonderful guide through the mantras and his books include marvelous stories, myths, and applications of mantra. I began with his book Healing Mantras. He says repeatedly that simply listening to the mantra brings the benefits of the mantra. Begin by listening and breathing, then deepen your practice by chanting along. Before you know it, mantras will be singing through your days and nights!
Books and CD’s for Mantra Practice:
- Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity, and Healing by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
- Shakti Mantras by Thomas Ashley-Farrand
- Mantra Yoga and Primal Sound by David Frawley
- Meditation for the Love of it by Sally Kempton
- Yogini Bhava Shakti Mantras: Invoke the Divine Within by Yogini Shambhavi
- Jyotir Bhava: Sacred Shakti Mantras for the Nine Planets by Yogini Shambhavi
- Shakti Meditations: Guided Practices to Invoke the Goddesses of Yoga by Sally Kempton