A mantra is a word or sound that is used for concentration. A universal mantra, such as so’ham (pronounced “so-hum“), can be used by anyone, but most mantras must be given by a qualified teacher. Let your awareness rest in the sound of the mantra. Eventually the sound will arise spontaneously in your mind. The effort to maintain it is relaxed, yet the mind continues to be filled with it. As the mind rests more and more deeply in its focus, the presence of luminous awareness itself is gradually revealed.
When we practice meditation regularly, our practice becomes unshakeable.
As you can see, this is a simple process—one that brings great rewards when you practice each day. The simple act of sitting quietly in meditation will reset your body, mind, breath, and nervous system, and will lead to increased happiness, creativity, and productivity. Your daily meditation practice does not need to be (and in fact, shouldn’t be!) hours long. When practiced correctly, even 10 or 20 minutes can make a big difference in your mood and set the tone for the rest of your day. As you continue to refine your practice beyond the basics, you may discover that meditation is the most joyful, rich part of your day, and you may want to start sitting for longer periods of time. This is when the rewards of yoga truly start to unfold, and when you will discover the lasting, transformative benefits of practice.