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Emotional HealthJen's StoryMeditationMorning RoutineMantra is a Tool of Thought & Helps in Meditation - Jen Davis: Life Coach

September 23, 2019by Jen Davis - Life Coach0

Mantra for Meditation

Part of my journey has been to start a meditation practice.  Meditation is a part of my morning routine.  I generally do 20-45 minutes of guided meditations every morning. It helps put me in the right frame of mind, in most cases before I even get out of bed.  And a second part of my morning routine is reciting a mantra. I chant a Sanskrit mantra.

A Sanskrit mantra is a sacred word, sound or phrase in Sanskrit, having a spiritual and psychological power. In English, mantra means “tool of thought.”  Sanskrit mantras are used in meditation as a way of harnessing and focusing the mind.  And, in my opinion they are incredibly powerful in capturing that focus. Plus, there is just something about the rhythmic sounds that leave me very peaceful.  Again, it is part of my morning routine, so that I start the day as the best self I can be.

Repeated 108 Times, Malas to Help Count

Mantras, to me, are very hypnotic, repeated 108 times.  In order to get into the right frame of mind, focusing on the count is distracting to me.  It is similar to counting laps when I swim, doesn’t allow me to focus on my stroke or kick or enjoy my workout.  Thank goodness for Apple iWatch to do the counting for me.  And with mantras, I employ a mala.

A mala is a string of beads used to count mantra repetitions. They come in two sizes. The larger, necklace size, contains 108 counting beads.  A wrist version comes with 27 beads.  With the wrist mala, you will need to repeat 4 times total to reach 108. The practice of using a mala to count and chant the mantra 108 times is knowns as japa or mantra japa.

My Mala and Choosing One

Here is the mala I use with my mantra:

My mala to help imblance
My mala that helps me with imbalance

This is a natural amethyst and rose quartz lotus mala. And besides the purple and pink colors that I like, there are a couple of reasons I chose this one.  Amethyst helps with impatience, balance high-energy, eliminate chaos and promote clarity.

It is also considered sacred by Buddha, with a belief that it activates and balances the third eye chakra. The third eye chakra is the sixth chakra. Located on the forehead, between the eyebrows, it is the center of intuition and foresight.  The function of the third eye chakra is driven by the principle of openness and imagination.

And rose quartz is the gem of unconditional love and helps one open to all forms of love.

So not only do I enjoy the beauty and colors of my mala, it also focuses on things I need help with: Impatience, balance, chaos, etc.

When choosing a mala, notice what catches your eye first. What do you like? Do you notice its beauty? Do you like the colors?  My favorite site to purchase malas from is Pranaheart, as they give you more info to the stones and how they affect the user on each product page.  Look and see if the ones you visually like are also a match to what you need in your life right now.

How to Use Your Mala

There are specific rules in using a mala but they are easy to follow. Sit in a comfortable position. You can chant the mantra out loud or silently. Hold the mala in your right hand.  Keep in mind, your mala should not be touched by your left hand and this is because in India the left hand is considered impure. You will use your thumb to count each repetition of the mantra by touching a single bead while you recite and lightly pulling the bead towards you once you complete the repetition and move to the next bead.  Your index finger should not touch the mala and should be extended.   Some malas can have a large meru (mountain) bead and is not counted and should not be touched by the thumb. It is used as both the starting and ending point.

For empowerment of the mala and the mantra, this mantra meditation (japa) should be practiced daily for 40 consecutive days.  Once the mala is empowered, it can be worn or in some way placed on oneself or others to transmit the energy of the mantra and the mala.

If you use a new mantra with a mala, the energy is replaced, and therefore it is recommended to use a new mala with each new mantra if at all possible.

And finally, store your mala when not in use in a clean and sacred space.  Usually malas are stored on a personal alter or a statue of a deity.

Choosing A Mantra

Traditionally your teacher gives you a mantra. However, you can choose one yourself.  Choose a mantra based on your goals and intentions.  You need to be clear and use your intuition over your intellect. Also, don’t be afraid to try one and repeat it and see how it feels.  It will take time with the pronunciation and repetition, so give it some time before you abandon it and try something new.

I listen to recorded mantras to help me with pronunciation. For example, Deva Premal’s Healing Mantras:

I am currently using “Om Radha Krishnaya Namaha” for joy and bliss.  The English translation is “Om and salutations to that single being of Love, manifested as the lovers Krishna and Radha.” The Krishna and Radha relationship is a love story spanning five millennia and it has become a matter of legends.  It is a story that is purely about love. The pure transcendental love that Krishna and Radha enjoy is the highest level of bliss.

Jen Davis - Life Coach

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