Plato once said, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything”.
Isn’t that a powerful statement? It’s a profound yet fancy way of saying music makes life better all in all. But what is music and how does it relate to meditation?
Stripped down to the basics, music is merely sound. Although it has bars and measures responsible for giving it a melodious quality, in science, music is like your voice or any other sound for that matter, a vibration-induced auditory effect.
Therefore, using the words of Plato, the central figure of Western philosophy, one can safely assume that there’s power in sound. And that’s especially true when it comes to mantra meditation.
“Mantra” is a Hindu term. In English, it translates to “word”. Once you speak it out loud, it becomes a sound, and if you do it right through meditation, it will transform your life.
To put it simply, mantra meditation is a chant-focused technique where you use your own voice to enter a meditative state and alter your consciousness. That’s why you must be careful when choosing your mantra. It may just be a word but it will become you.
Traditionally, mantra meditation, as the name implies, requires the repetition of Hindu words that have spiritual meaning. But times have changed. If Hindu mantras feel too foreign on your lips that it distracts you from having a spiritual connection, you can choose any word or phrase you want.
In fact, mantra meditation is so versatile and flexible that you can create your own. As long as it speaks to your soul and has a positive and empowering meaning, feel free to use it. Common examples of non-Hindu mantras are “love” and the “I-am” phrase.
“Love”, of course, is for tuning out the negativities and letting the strongest universal emotion fill you up instead. Despite the struggles you’re going through, the “love” mantra will create a beautiful, rose-coloured atmosphere that will warm you up and shun the tensions away.
On the other hand, the “I-am” phrase gives you a chance to be specific. “I am happy”. “I am successful”. “I am strong”. Depending on what or where you want to be, it can take you there. It will turn off the chatter inside your mind, melt your doubts and push out the internal resistance that hinders you from accomplishing your goals.