Guided Meditations - Mantra, Mala & Affirmation
Mantra meditations use the repetition of a word or group of words to help focus busy minds, uplift a group of meditators or release spiritual power or negative energy.
Mantras can be simple and without meaning or they can be descriptive like a positive affirmation or spiritual or religious chants that embody a sacred meaning.
It is best to speak or sing the mantra out loud to feel the vibration of your voice in your body but they can also be used silently.
Transcendental meditation was founded on the principal that the teacher chose a mantra for the student to enable their transition to a higher state of consciousness.
Affirmations are a statement of intent used to establish a subconscious belief, e.g. I am wealthy or I am in a loving relationship. Affirmations need to be positive and are most effective when used in the present tense and are goal orientated. Therefore, they generally begin with “I am” or “I have”.
The energy of the intention behind the mantra or affirmation is more important than the actual words.
Mantra Meditation - the why, the how & the methods (blog post from Giovanni at Live and Dare)
Mala means “garland” and the meditation technique it is used in is called Japa meaning “rotation”.
A mala bead necklace is used in conjunction with a mantra to maintain awareness of the counting of each of the beads in rotation. As the mantra is repeated, each of the 108 beads in the necklace is individually rolled with the thumb over the middle finger towards the body.
Mala beads can be made from a variety of materials from wood and acai to glass and crystals. Different religious and spiritual practitioners may use them for different purposes, with different meanings, outcomes and techniques, hence we have given a very broad overview.
- How to use a mala (Youtube clip from Himalayan Institute)
- Our range of mala bead necklaces we have for sale: