What is Mantra Meditation? Who Why How?
You may have heard of transcendental meditation, it’s a form of meditation used by hugely successful people, it’s basically lauded as the limitless pill but its expensive. I wasn’t willing to pay 400 quid for someone to tell me how it worked, so I had a little look online (oh god), bare with me. Transcendental meditation or TM for short is Mantra meditation. Effectively repeating a word over and over until you enter a meditative state. The word must consist of two syllables, ideally be completely meaningless and you mustn’t mention it out loud. I figured this out through listening to peoples descriptions including Russel Brand via his podcast on YouTube and Ray Dalio (billionaire investor) via the Tim Ferris podcast. Now I obviously haven’t yet sat with a TM guru and been through it, but I’ve been doing this form of meditation for about a week alongside half an hour of Headspace daily and I think I may be getting the hang of it.
To recap on the benefits of TM.
- increased consciousness
- increased IQ
- decreased aggression
- increased focus
- decrease of stress
- feels nice
The trick to the mantra is apparently in the word, apparently only an instructor can give it to you along with guidance which cost £400! yes £400 quid for a word and a chat.
The problem with making it up as I go along is I don’t know if I’m missing out on anything (which I most probably am), but I have been feeling a lot more relaxed with a weird ability to really sit back from things, a sort of detachment from whats going on and a calmness. Now this could be due to the Headspace meditation I’ve already been doing but, since I started my own form of mantra meditation it appears to have accelerated, it has improved vastly.
Recently I have had a lot to be stressed about with two businesses to run, one moving into a physical shop next week and another undergoing a full restoration as part of its mainly an asset, with my ever growing wedding in June and a ever shortening supply of cash. Despite this, I can’t seem to find myself overwhelmed. It’s as if stress bounces off where previously I’d be having a ‘full beans’ meltdown, I must be doing something right, or maybe I’ve just got better naturally. I can’t help feeling like meditation is doing me a world of good and the beauty of it is it’s not even difficult. It’s actually enjoyable and taking the time out to do it is like forcing yourself to watch a 1990’s Formal One Grand Prix every morning (Epic!).
So Far not including Mantra meditation I have done 15hrs of Headspace made up of 97 sessions with an average of 9 mins. I now do two in the morning and 10 minutes of Mantra and I thoroughly recommend it!