What is mantra meditation? Mantra meditation is basically thinking or saying a word or a phrase during your mediation or even throughout the day. This mantra can be something that was given to you by a teacher or it can be a phrase that makes you feel better about your day, or about yourself.
So why do you need a mantra? Why do people use mantras during meditation?
A common misconception about meditation is that you need to completely clear your mind during meditation. A lot of people, when I talk to them about meditation, they’re like “oh my mind is just way to busy for meditation.” or “I can’t clear my mind.” I want to encourage you to kind of get away from that frame of thought because the truth is our minds are always going to have thoughts, okay.
Our thoughts are going to come during meditation. A mantra is helpful during meditation because it gives your mind something positive and uplifting to focus on during meditation. When your mind starts to wander, you can bring your mind back to that mantra. Just remember that when you’re meditating, don’t beat yourself up when you start to have thoughts. Thoughts are normal, thoughts are going to occur.
I’m going to teach you a universal mantra. This is a mantra that was taught to me and it’s a mantra that anyone can use. The mantra is baba nam kevalam. This is a Sanskrit word, a very old, ancient language. Baba means beloved. Nam means name. And kevelam means only. So it means only the name of the beloved. A simpler translation of that is love is all there is.
What you do when you are meditating is you just close your eyes and you just think of baba nam kevalam. You just let your mind think about that phrase, baba nam kevalam. And think about the meaning of the mantra, that love is all there is, love is the essence of the universe. And as you are meditating, just continue to think about baba nam kevalam and let the vibrations of that mantra just fill your mind, fill your body. And the more you start to meditate on baba nam kevalam, the more your mind will start to feel relaxed.
You’ll start to feel a sense of peace and you’ll start to notice that if you have any negative thoughts, when you have those negative thoughts, just think of your mantra of baba nam kevalam. Of love is all there is. And you’ll eventually start to notice that those negative thoughts start to go away more and more.
Just continue to meditate on baba nam kevalam and see how that makes you feel. Meditate on that for five minutes. Just start with five minutes and if you can do five minutes, work your way up to ten minutes, and just gradually start to work your way up and increasing your time a little bit more. If you lose your focus and if your mind starts to drift away, that’s okay. Just notice that your thoughts are drifting away and bring yourself back to the mantra
I hope that you will find this helpful and just remember to keep thinking of the phrase baba nam kevalam. Love is all there is.