April 23, 2018
When most people think about meditation, they often feel its too hard or they can't do it - that its too hard to switch the mind off.
But is it really that hard to calm the mind? Once you finally sit down to meditate, the thoughts start popping in, and they seem to get louder and louder the quieter you try to become. What is wrong with me? you think. How does anyone do this?
Every single meditator has been there and continues to experience this. However it can be difficult to meditate mindfully without a method or a mantra. An easy mantra meditation to calm the mind is the Satnam meditation. It engages the mind with sound and engages the body with movement. It’s relatively simple to do and can be done in a silent seated meditation or even in a walking meditation. You can even teach this meditation to children who like the physical movement.
Used most frequently in Kundalini yoga, the word satnam comes from two Sanskrit words: sat and nam, also written asnaam. Sat in Sankrit means “truth, honest, right” and also can mean “existence.” Nam means “name” and has also been translated to mean “to bow.” It can be translated in English to mean “God is truth.” Or “God’s name is truth.” I have also heard it to mean “I bow to my higher self.” One thing is for certain; the word satnam has an effect of transcendence.
You have, without a doubt, already experienced the monkey mind in your meditation practice. The mind wants something to do and it will try to get your attention while you meditate. The mantra will engage the mind as if to give that busy monkey a banana to eat for a while so it will sit still. In addition to engaging the mind with the mantra, you will also engage the body by using acupressure points on the fingers in rhythm to the mantra. This has the added benefit of focus and is especially good for beginning meditators or for the times when you are having a hard time letting go.
Sit in a comfortable seated position with your back straight and your eyes closed. Place your hands, palms facing up on your lap. The sounds you will either say out loud or repeat silently inside of your head are SA-TA-NA-MA. You can start by repeating the sounds out loud for a minute, then whisper the sounds until eventually you say them silently to yourself without moving your tongue or your lips.
Continue to repeat this pattern throughout the meditation. Even if you are silently repeating the mantra, continue to move the fingers according to the rhythm of the sounds.
Once you feel comfortable with the meditation, you can use this method in a walking meditation and since it has a four count, it’s easy to walk to.
This meditation is very easy, allow it to fall into a natural rhythm without forcing it and do it anywhere between five and 20 minutes to help calm the mind.
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