A mantra is crucial to transcendental meditation. When first starting out, it is common to use a different mantra every time you practice depending on the class or teacher you are working with. As you progress, having a consistent mantra makes getting into the flow of meditation easier and quicker. Many people find their mantra becomes very personal and dear to them which adds to the quality of practice.
If you are making transcendental meditation regular in your life, it may be time to find a mantra of your own that you stick to.
What are ways of choosing a transcendental meditation mantra? When choosing a transcendental meditation mantra 5 effective methods are:
- From Your Transcendental Meditation Teacher
- From A Friend Who Practices Transcendental Meditation
- Researching Transcendental Meditation Mantras
- Following Guided Transcendental Meditations
- Using A Noise of Your Own
Finding your own perfect-fit mantra is exciting but can be a bit overwhelming. Where to start? Where to look? How do you know it’s the right one for you? This post will cover five ways to explore mantra options and find one that is just right for you.
1. From Your Transcendental Meditation Teacher
If you work with a transcendental meditation teacher it is common that when you are ready, they will give you a mantra. Receiving a mantra from a transcendental meditation teacher is one of the best ways to get a good mantra the first time around. They are trained with a selection of mantras that have been passed down historically and trained to recognize what is a good match for their students.
Transcendental meditation teachers will often ask that students refrain from sharing their mantra with anyone else. This is to avoid any outside influence or instruction on the mantra and how it is used. Keeping the mantra between the student and transcendental meditation teacher preserves the quality and purity of the teacher’s instruction.
The passing of a mantra from teacher to student often entails direction on how to best use the mantra and how to interpret experiences with it. Getting a mantra from a teacher is the most supportive method for the student because the teacher works on incorporating and developing the mantra into meditation practice with the student. That means any hesitations or questions about your mantra have a reliable source they can be directed too.
2. From A Friend Who Practices Transcendental Meditation
If you have any close, trusted friends who practice transcendental meditation you may find it helpful to consult them about finding your mantra.
You can ask them for direct suggestions, but keep in mind they are not trained with the same selection of historical mantras and procedures for recommending them as a transcendental meditation teacher. However, someone who knows you well may be able to lead you in the right direction.
Your friend has surely been where you are now, searching for a mantra of their own. So, another way to reach out to a friend for some help is by asking how they found their mantra and when they knew they had the right one. Their experience can give you some inspiration and guidance. Of course, everyone’s journey with meditation is unique and that should be celebrated, not the premise for harsh comparison. When asking for a friend’s experience remember to use it as inspiration, not as exact directions or as a new standard to uphold.
3. Research Transcendental Meditation Mantras
There is lots of information to be consumed on transcendental meditation that can possibly lead you to your mantra. Embedded in the history of transcendental meditation are traditional mantras. Traditional mantras come from the Vedic tradition of India. Looking into the history of transcendental meditation can lead you to a few traditional mantras you can try out for your own use. If you do not have a teacher to pass you a traditional mantra, this is the next best way to find one.
To research transcendental meditation there are many informative documentaries, websites, and books. Meditationtrust.com is a website with lots of information on the origins of transcendental meditation and the process behind finding a mantra. One book that takes a well-rounded look at transcendental meditation is Transcendental Meditation by Jack Forem. These are some suggestions but, do explore the many resources out there!
You may also be able to find lists of mantras online made for people seeking a mantra of their own. You will want to keep in mind though, these are usually not made by a trained transcendental meditation teacher. So, these mantras will be less traditional and more suggestions from fellow people who practice transcendental meditation.
4. Follow Guided Transcendental Meditations
Online, there are many guided meditation videos that can be a great tool, especially for beginners. While there is a guided video for just about any type of meditation you can think of, the guided transcendental meditations will be especially helpful if you are looking for a mantra.
In these videos, the guide will give you a mantra to use throughout the practice. By following a few videos, you will be able to experiment with those mantras. This can be helpful in a few ways. You may use a mantra that resonates with you enough for you to pick it up as your own regular mantra. That would be the ideal case, but if not, there is still something to gain here. Whether you like or dislike the mantra they use, that information can lead you in the direction of a mantra you can commit to.
You may learn you enjoy very short mantras or mantras that are actual words. Whatever preferences you find, you can use that to guide your search further.
5. Use A sound of Your Own
One of the most beautiful things about meditation is the individual experience. While the benefits of meditation are widely experienced by those who practice, no one experiences them exactly the same. Which draws back to the individuality in each person’s mantra.
If you find yourself making a certain audible exhale, thinking about something in particular, or having a recurring thought before or after practice, it may make a good mantra for you. For example, if before each practice you like to think of what you are grateful for, you may want to consider a word like “gratitude” to be your mantra or a part of it. Having a mantra that you made can feel extra personal and close to your heart.
In a form of meditation with such a rich history, it can feel intimidating to use your own mantra. However, you should not feel hesitant to use what your mind is bringing forward and what feels natural to you. Your mantra is just for you, so your approval is all it needs.
Transcendental meditation has an especially long-reaching history and continues to grow in popularity today for its benefits felt during and outside of practice. Anyone new to transcendental meditation goes through the search and decision of personal, long-time mantra. It is an important and personal choice to make.
With so many options, it also becomes an overwhelming one when made alone. Take your time and remember there is no rush. Use this list to go through the process of thoroughly exploring what is out there and what your options are. When you do find a mantra that resonates with you and you can gladly stick with, it will all have been well worth it!