Today I want to continue our series on mantras, which are phrases or even single sounds typically used during meditation. These phrases can be said out loud or silently to oneself. One mantra that I mentioned briefly last week was Om Mani Padme Hum. I love this mantra because when repeated and meditated on, it is meant to bring you towards enlightenment and understanding of the true nature of suffering.
The central portion of the mantra, Mani Padme means “jewel in the lotus.” However, to fully understand the mantra, it needs to be broken down into its six syllables.
Om (ohm) – The sound or “vibration” of the universe. In this context, the sound is meant to eliminate any connection to one’s ego.
Ma (mah)- Removes the attachment of jealousy.
Ni (nee)- Removes the attachment of desire.
Pad (pahd) – Removes the attachment of prejudice.
Me (meh)- Removes the attachment to possessiveness.
Hum (hum)- Removes the attachment to hatred.
Here is a short video of this mantra’s meaning explained by the Dalai Lama:
Mantras are meant to be repeated often throughout one’s day. What helps you meditate and repeat your mantras throughout the day?
If you’re new to meditation, I suggest checking out this blog post or have a look at my meditation practice. I also recommend starting with guided meditations, you can download my free waning guided meditation here.
Cassie Uhl is the founder and owner of Zenned Out, a jewelry company that handcrafts jewelry with meaning and provides a community that inspires a mindful and spiritual lifestyle. Cassie grew up with a open minded, astrology obsessed grandmother and a father that would take her and her sister star gazing in the wee hours of the night. These experiences shaped Cassie and Zenned Out into what they are today by bringing spirituality and astrology into the forefront. Cassie hopes to give spiritual souls a place to feel at home on the Zenned Out blog and offers handcrafted jewelry with meaningful symbols, powerful gemstones, and mindful quotes to enable people to wear jewelry that aligns with their souls purpose.