A mantra is a meditation technique that helps you to take your mind to quieter, calmer levels of thinking. Mantras are often referred to as vehiclesfor the mind because with focus on the repetition of a mantra, other thoughts swimming in the mind dissipate and the mind shifts toward mental clarity and stillness.
The So Hum mantra has a special meaning in Vedic philosophy and is often the mantra given to those new to the practices of yoga and meditation.
The Benefits of a Mantra
The benefits of mantra meditation are the same as the benefits of any other type of meditation technique. A mantra is simply used as a focal point to help settle and focus your mind.
The Meaning of So Hum
So Hum is a phrase comprised of two Sanskrit words. The literal translations are:
Therefore, the translation of So Hum is “I Am That.” Many yogic scholars have interpreted the “That” in the mantra to represent the Universe, and it is now widely understood that the So Hum mantra symbolize the fact that we are all connected to the universal energy that is constantly supporting and nourishing us in the ways we need and desire. It falls into the same concept as “oneness,” or “I am one with the Universe and all of creation.”
Simple So Hum Meditation Practice
This meditation can expand or shrink in length depending on the time you have available to practice. Scientific finding have show benefit after about 7 minutes of meditation practice , but even if you have just a few minutes, use whatever time you have. Just find a quiet space and sit comfortably.
Close your eyes and a bit of time to settle in by taking a few deep steady breaths while taking note of how you feel in your mind and body.
Start to repeat the mantra So Hum to yourself silently, slowly synching the rhythm of the mantra to your breath.
As you inhale, silently repeat the word “So“
As you exhale, silently repeat the word “Hum“
Continue breathing slowly and marrying your mantra to your breath, being careful not to rush your either your breath or mantra.
Each time you notice your mind wander, simply draw your attention back to your mantra and marrying the pace of your mantra to the pace of your breath.
When your timer goes off, gently release your mantra and bring your attention back to your breath. Take a moment to sit quietly for a minute or two before opening your eyes.
Use this quiet time before opening your eyes to consider the meaning behind So Hum. Reflect on the concept that with every breath you take, you are connecting to all living beings in the Universe taking in the very same expansive energy — and in that space, you are merging into one and the same, constantly and continuously supporting one another and the world around you.