Mantra Meditation

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:

  • So: “That”

  • Hum: “I”

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 w