Many people think that meditation is only various types of silent meditation. However, mantra meditation by Hindus and Buddhists is the most common type of meditation in the East.
When meditating with mantras, they free the mind (from the lower self.) This is the translation of the word mantra. As we chant, the higher vibrations lift us up from our daily concerns and provide various types of mental and physical healing. While concentrating on what we are chanting, we prevent the ‘monkey’ mind from chattering and get to peace.
Choose a simple mantra and chant it out loud until it is ‘seated’ within your physical body and mind. Then you can chant silently while sitting in meditation. If your mind waivers, just chant faster so it cannot chatter.
The most commonly chanted mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum. There are many others that one can choose:
Om Gum Ganapati’yae Namaha
Om Shreem Maha Lakshmi’yae Namaha
Om Shree Rama Jay Rama Jaya Jaya Rama
Om Nama Shiva’ya
Om Namo Narayana Ya Namaha
For more mantras and pronunciation, see SanskritMantra.com