Today I want to share with you the mantra that opened me up to exploring meditation - a simple yet very profound mantra from ancient vedic practices.
This 'so' means 'I AM' and 'hum' means 'THAT' = I am that.. I am that of Creation, I am that of the flow, I am that of god. Whatever your that is called, it is to remind us and ease us back into that feeling of oneness. To bring ourselves back to our Selves - to bring the mind home.
On the inhale of our breath, we silently think or repeat to ourselves 'so' and on the exhale, we think 'hum'. This helps us to focus and relax into the breath and eventually into a stillness and peace of mind.
This is also from the Chopra Center, a nice step-by-step on how to get into the meditation:
1. Choose a place where you won’t be disturbed. Sit in a chair or on the floor, using blankets and pillows to make yourself as comfortable as possible.
2. Close your eyes and for a few minutes and take a few moments to observe the inflow and outflow of your breath.
3. Now take a slow, deep breath through your nose, while thinking or silently repeating the word So.
4. Then slowly exhale through your nose while silently repeating the word Hum. Continue to allow your breath to flow easily, silently repeating So . . . Hum . . . with each inflow and outflow of the breath.
Whenever your attention drifts to thoughts in your mind, sounds in your environment, or sensations in your body, gently return to your breath, silently repeating So . . . Hum.
Do this process for a few minutes when you’re first getting started, gradually building up to half an hour. Just breathe easily and effortlessly, without trying to concentrate. When the time is up, sit with your eyes gently closed, taking a moment to rest in the stillness and silence. When you emerge from your meditation, you will carry a little bit of still and silence into all of your daily activities.
I remember that one of my new years intentions was to meditate every day... And to be honest, I've missed days. Hell, this year I've missed more days and fallen out of my practice more than ever. And I can think about it and get really down on myself for it, but instead I'm reaching to simply do it, and be happy that I am when I am, rather than frustrating myself with thoughts of what I'm not doing right. This is my process, and I am still learning. I'm learning and relearning all the time.
It's all a practice, all a process - don't be too hard on yourself if you feel like you "didn't do it right" or don't feel immediate benefit from it. It's all about showing up. No judgement, no expectations. You even considering to indulge in a meditation practice is a significant step.. Honor where you are. honor your process.
With love and light. Happy Monday fam!! xx