If you’ve heard of meditation and its many benefits but can’t quite quiet the monkey brain babbling inside your head, have you considered the power of OM?
For those of you who practice yoga, you may have begun or ended the class with an Om. If you’re unfamiliar with this symbol, OM/AUM (as it’s pronounced) is Sanskrit, an ancient language of Southern India. AUM represents the three-fold division of time.
A – is the waking state
U – is the dream state
M – is the state of deep sleep
The yoga instructor begins their OM. Some participants chime in loud and proud, others OM tentatively at first, but it always ends up sounding and feeling like we’ve all been OMing together since the beginning of time.
I’m not sure if it’s the intentional breathing, the OMing or the combination of the two, but when I’m done, I feel lighter and more at peace.
OM is considered to have highly sacred or spiritual powers in Hinduism, but can be utilized by everyone. I love all-inclusives! So if you can’t get to a yoga class, try an OM on your own. If you’re struggling with meditation, it will help you acheive a peaceful state. Incorporate the OM with your breathing. Breathe in through the nose and out through the nose (if you can, otherwise, out through the mouth) three times slowly.
And while we’re on the topic, when you chant “Om shanti shanti shanti,” (Shanti meaning peace in Buddhist and Hindu traditions) this represents peace in body, speech and mind.
With love and blessings,
Om, shanti, shanti, shanti!