Just last year my meditation practice was drastically changed. I went from focusing on my breathing while meditating to focusing on a beautiful universal mantra while meditating. This universal mantra is Baba Nam Kevalam.
Baba Nam Kevalam is a sanskrit mantra. Baba means beloved. Nam means name. Kevalam means only. So it translates to “Only the name of the beloved”, or more simply “Love is all there is”.
As a universalist this mantra really resonated with me and continues to resonate with me. While focusing on this mantra during meditation, I am able to focus on the beauty of love. The mantra gives me something positive and truly beautiful and meaningful to focus on during meditation.
I also use this mantra while singing kirtan. Singing kirtan with this mantra instantly elevates my mood. For example, I can be driving to a meeting that I am really dreading or be stuck in traffic. If I start singing kirtan while I am driving, I forget that dread and anxiousness. The drive goes more smoothly and I forget that I was anxious about that meeting.
If you really focus on the meaning of the mantra, you will start to see a big difference in your meditation and life in general.