The Best Meditation Mantras For Beginners

Chanting mantras is a way to relieve stress and to attain a calm mind. But do you know that it is also a way to call out to the Divinity. This is an ancient practice originally performed by Vedic Hindu priests. Mantra is a Sanskrit word that means “to think and tool” or we could properly translate that to a tool or instrument that thinks.

Mantras help to send out powerful vibrations while you chant them. These are considered sacred statements that can either be repeated aloud or silently. Different mantras produce specific results such as sharpening focus, instilling peace and spiritual growth. A properly declaimed mantra will activate the mind and help open energy pathways throughout the body. This can eventually lead to enlightenment, the ultimate spiritual goal for many.

The Purpose of Mantras

Chanting mantras consists of two vital parts: sound and relevance. For you to attain the whole effects of the mantra, you should place importance on correctly pronouncing the words and focusing on the relevance of each word being said. Words are already known to have powerful effects not only to people but even to the surroundings. This is not only observed in Hinduism but in Christianity, and science as well.

Every day we encounter words; words that shape our thoughts, emotions, and even our physiology. Chanting mantras is a way of helping the self. It is a positive approach to everything that is going on around you. Mantras are great instruments to gain peace. We eat food for nourishment, we can use mantras to nourish our mind, heart, and soul.

Basic Meditation Mantras for Beginners

There are many mantras to choose from as a beginner, you may choose to start with using some of the more basic ones. These meditation mantras for beginners are considered the foundation of mantras and most of them need to be learned first before doing the intermediate and advanced mantras. These can essentially help build a foundation for other mantras to be used.

Om or Aum

This is the most basic of all mantras and the most powerful because this is considered the most universal of all not to mention it is easy to chant. Focus on making vibrations in your lower abdomen while chanting “Aum”. It means you are affirming the presence of the Almighty which is pretty much saying “Amen”. You are basically putting all your worries, aspirations, anxieties and everything to the Divinity, knowing that everything will work out for the good in the end.

How to do it properly:

  • Sit down with the spine straight and extended.
  • Think about the relevance of Om: it basically represents how your mind, body, and soul are one and that they’re connected with the universe.
  • Chanting Aum is more on feeling than thinking. So it is important to de-clutter everything that’s going on in your head and focus on the vibrations.
  • Open your mouth wide as you pronounce the A.
  • As you close your lips to pronounce the U, feel the left and right hemisphere of your mind come together which will sharpen your focus.
  • Pronouncing the M, gently press the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth .
  • Then, allow the silence to engulf you.
  • Inhale deeply and chant AUM repeatedly.

Om Namah Shivaya

This is another basic mantra which is a reminder that each individual has their own holiness which opens compassion and sense of self. The vibrations pass through the heart which is the source of life. Om Namah Shivaya translates to “I bow to the Lord, the auspicious one.” This is usually very easy to perform because it doesn’t need any ceremonies or specific things to do beforehand. It can be chanted by anyone no matter the age or position in the society. Chanting this mantra at least three times can help that person gain purification.

How to do it properly:

  • You can chant this anywhere and anytime.
  • If you’re a beginner, you may choose to sit with the spine upright to help you stay focused.
  • Remind yourself of the meaning of this mantra as well as its relevance. Feel that you are bowing to a divinity that surrounds you.
  • State the words at the same pace with how you normally speak, in a normal voice and in a very relaxed way.
  • Open your mouth as your pronounce Om (Aum) Namah (Num-mah) Shivay (Shi-why).
  • Repeat this mantra at least three times with respect never lose it sacredness.
  • Feel the vibrations passing through your chest.

Aham Prema

This basic meditation mantra for beginners must be chanted 108 times. It means: I am divine love. This assists us to make a deep connection to the divinity of love. This immediately provides us calmness in our heart, mind and spirit. I love to chant this every morning.

How to do it properly:

  • Get into a comfortable position. You can do this anywhere and anytime. I do this sometimes at work.
  • To pronounce this chant you have to inhale deeply while pronouncing “aham” and exhale with “prema” (pray-ma).
  • Focus your mind to the divinity of love as your source of compassion and energy.
  • Repeat this 108 times a day with the aid of mala or beads.

These are are some of the foundational meditation mantras for beginners. These might be the humblest but also the most powerful because out of their simplistic nature comes out their power to change your thoughts, words,  and actions. In a way, these change our life over time.