People often feel that a meditation has to been long, you have to do it in the morning or in the evening, it has to contain a mantra etc. But why not only take some minutes every day in the lunch break, on the train home from work or simply when it suits you.
A short meditation is better than non and you could only do it for 5 minutes a day, and you do not need any mantras!
From my experience with teaching/guiding meditation I have learned that it can often be a difficulty with these mantras for those who are new to meditation. Meditation in our society is very far from what else we do in the daily life, where everything normally is about communication, action and interaction, and suddenly you need to concentrate on yourself and your inner.
For those who are beginners in meditation there are some things you need to do and think about as you don’t do in everyday life; you need to sit in a position that you might never sit normally, you often have to breath in a special way and you at the same need to let go of all thoughts! What's more difficult than NOT thinking about something when your told you can’t do it… For someone this leads to the point that they get a lot of thoughts in their mind about everything and nothing, and it’s easy to get frustrated when the feeling of not be able to let go come in to your mind. When you as a beginner in meditation have all these thoughts in your mind you can easy get more stressed than relaxed.
It is in such situations I prefer to use a mantra that we normally not think of as a mantra; “breath in/breath out”, even if it is usual in Breath Meditation, which was one of Buddha’s favorite exercises for mindful breathing and still is of great importance in Buddhism and yoga/meditation. Buddha shall even have said; “That (breathing) is the only way to enlightenment.”
“Breath in/breath out” is a mantra in the same way as other mantras, and if you have never tried this before, I recommend you doing this next time you would like to perform a meditation. When you
master this technique you can go further and experience other mantras you may like.
This is also a nice way of setting some intentions like;
“Breath in Love, happiness/Breath out stress, fear”.
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