Among the many types of meditation, the mantra method used in Japa meditation is one of the easiest and most widely used meditations to calm and empty the mind.
So how does the Law of Attraction relate to Japa Meditation? The Law of Attraction says that if you change your thoughts, you can change your life. By changing your thoughts, you change your vibration and therefore the things that you attract.
It is said that the average person has 60,000 thoughts per day and most of us have no real control over them. Meditation is a way to begin to take control of your mind and your thoughts.
Japa Meditation is used all over the world by a many people to reduce stress, create a sense of calmness and bring great benefits to our health and happiness. The practice of meditation involves clearing the mind of all external stimuli and random thoughts in order to focus on one singular image or thought.
The repetition of a mantra or the name of God is called "Japa" and it is regarded as one of the most effective methods of meditation. You can use any word as long as you find it "uplifting". Many people meditate to the sound of "AH" which is the sound of creation. Another popular mantra is "OM" which is the sound of the universe.
Japa meditation is an important part of yoga. Modern science can confirm what yogis have known for thousands of years which is that sound, is able to change the chemistry of the body and mind and alter thought patterns. The vibrations of these mantras are extremely effective in creating changes in your thoughts and mental well-being.
Mantras may be said silently to yourself, with your own inner voice (Manasika Japa), whispered (Upamshu Japa) or out loud (Vaikhar Japa). Saying mantras out loud is similar to the technique of chanting. For beginners, it is recommended that you say the mantra out loud because it helps you to focus your mind and tune out to all other distractions.
It is often recommended that you meditate for up to 20 minutes at a time. 108 times is supposed to be a powerful number of times to chant your mantra. But don't be put off meditating just because you don't have the time. We can benefit immensely from just 5 minutes of meditation or even 2 minutes.
Meditation is not so much a religious experience (though it can be) as a spiritual experience. During meditation we are trying to connect to our inner self. The inner self is your eternal being that is beyond your physical body, mind or intellect.
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