When a mantra is used, it is introduced into one’s field of awareness, usually as a mental sound. It may be mentally affirmed at the beginning, then mentally “listened to” as though resonating within one’s mind and field of awareness. The key to mantra practice is to give full attention to the inner sound, while remaining relaxed and attentive. Mantras are sometimes mentally listened to in conjunction with being aware of the body’s breathing rhythm. When this is done, it is usually experienced during the early stages of meditation practice, until one is sufficiently relaxed and internalized to ignore the breath and give full attention to the mantra and to possibilities of experiencing superconscious states. Variations of meditation technique practices can be learned from a teacher or by personal experimentation.
Meditators whose primary interest is to experience relaxation and mental calm usually practice until they experience a stable, tranquil state of consciousness, then rest in it for a duration. Meditators whose aspiration is higher, will consider this stage as but the starting point for deeper contemplation leading to more profound superconscious unfoldments and insights. Therefore, contemplative meditation is suitable for anyone, regardless of the need or desire for life-enhancement or for more satisfying spiritual growth. Its faithful practice will take one as deep into knowledge and experience of life as aspiration impels.
Speak this positive affirmation:
I am committed to experience the ultimate Truth of my own nature and of higher realities.
Have a good day . . . and a great life!