Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Meditation on AUM

In one of my very first blog posts or maybe even the very first one we looked at the meaning of Om or classically written Aum.  Today we had such a lovely meditation on AUM that I thought I would share it with you, so for those of you who missed it you can practice at home.
Om is the very breath of existence, it is the beginning of all beginnings, the creation of nature and soul.  The five elements cannot exist without OM and it is the five elements that make this universe and make your good selves.  AUM is everything, it represents all that is unreal and that which is ultimate truth; absolute existence, knowledge and bliss.  It is the waking state, the dream state and the deep sleep state and all that goes beyond, it covers the threefold experiences of man.  From OM this sense world has been projected, the world exists in OM and dissolves in OM. It is the basis of your life, thought and intelligence. 
Keeping that in mind and let us begin our meditation, chanting OM will drive away all worldly thoughts and prevent Vikshepa- the tossing of the mind.
Sit comfortably in a crossed legged pose with the spine straight.
Relax all the muscles in the body and feel the shoulders relax downward.
Close your eyes and put all your duties to one side.
Concentrate on your gentle breath without changing anything just be witness to the breath, feeling the flow of air in and out of the body.
When you feel ready begin to chant AUM with your exhalations.  On the inhalations be still.
Allow the vibration of OM to journey through your body and mind, healing and soothing.
Chant for as long as you feel comfortable, take rests if you need to and you may want to chant silently after some time.
Whilst you are chanting consider all that OM represents and its meanings.
Finish by sitting silently again and bring your awareness back to the breath.
Slowly bring your hands together in front of your heart centre and rub the palms to create a heat, cup the hands over the eyes and when you are ready gently open the eyes, then release your hands down.
Chant Shanti 3 times, once for yourself, once for all living entities and once for Mother Earth.
Hari OM Tat Sat
Have beautiful days
Mangala / nicky

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