Meditation Course for Beginners (Part 6)

Japa Meditation

Japa meditation involves the repetition of a mantra during the course of your meditation.

The mantra us usually spoken quite softly, so that only the person actually chanting the mantra can hear it. Sometimes it may simply be repeated in the meditator's mind, but this is quite rare.

Japa meditation is often practiced whilst sitting in a yogic meditation position but it is perfectly OK to sit or lie down comfortably and recite a mantra in the normal course of your meditation.

Some popular Japa mantras are:

  • Om
  • Hare Krishna
  • Ram Nam
  • Gayatri
  • Om namo Narayana
  • Pancha Tattva mantra
  • Om namah Shivaya
  • Om mani padme hum

In Buddhist and Hindu traditions, your mantra will be given to you by your personal guru. The goal of the mantra is varied but is often a simple personal communication with God in a similar way to prayer.

New Age Meditation

Many people, myself included, find that the easiest way to meditate is to simply sit or lie back and listen to a pre-recorded meditation track. There are plenty to choose from and some of my favorites are listed at the end of this guide.

New Age meditation can also take the form of a background track, which is usually one of rainfall or some other natural sounds. Behind this track, the brain is played some other sounds. These can be "binaural beats" or some tones that are designed to induce a natural meditative state without any of the hard work of actually "meditating".

Some people consider this to be cheating but personally I find it the quickest and easiest way to meditate. All you need to do is sit or lie down, place your headphones on your ears and listen. The pre-recorded track does everything else for you.

Meditation Resources

Guided Meditation

Meditation Hypnosis

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