What is a Mantra
Today I started another 21-day meditation series with Deepak Chopra and Oprah, titled Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit! One of the emails I received started out by asking the simple question of, what is a mantra?
“Mantras are powerful tools to support your meditation practice. These Sanskrit syllables are carefully chosen to work with and empower the teaching of the day. As you silently repeat the mantra during meditation, a few things happen:
- You quiet your mind – Repetition of the mantra helps you move beyond your thoughts and access the stillness within.
- You experience deeper awareness – The mental vibration created by the mantra allows your mind to access pure awareness.
- You discover your true nature – With daily use during meditation, the mantra helps your body, mind, and spirit relax into their true essence – pure potentiality and happiness.
If you find any of the mantras difficult to understand, or would like to keep track of them throughout the Experience, visit our mantra resource page for a full list of mantras and their explanations.”
Today’s mantra, that began the series was: Om Laghu Bhavam
Laghu means “lightness,” or “having the quality of space.” Bhavam is our state of consciousness. This mantra affirms that, “My essential nature is lightness itself,” helping to align our outer world with our inner truth.
It is their hope that these mantras help you connect with the light of your true self.