10 to Zen: Chants

om_mandala_faveChanting, like singing, can be a tremendously healing and affirmative way of making your life more rewarding, creative and tranquil.  Vocalizing certain vowel sounds actually vibrates energy centers in the body known as “Chakras” in Eastern Medicine.  These “energy wheels” can become imbalanced due to stress, trauma or negativity which, in turn, throws off the function of the body’s systems, especially the nervous and endocrine (hormone) systems, immune response and digestive organs.  Below are Buddhist chants, or mantras, that have been used for thousands of years to restore a sense of balance, peace and calm to the body and emotions and to enlighten the mind.

Vibrating or resonating the body through the use of vocalizations has also been found to heal the body from habitual tension and uneasiness as a form of “sound therapy,” similar to the effects of attunement with ambient and classical music.  The following chants are easy to learn and are pronounced phonetically or as their spelling indicates.  Their use is far-reaching as a tool for meditation, relaxation and higher learning.  Start with one a day, like the sacred “Om” (the symbol depicted in the mandala above).  Really notice how vibrating the sounds involved makes you feel.  The meaning of the chants will come intuitively, but I’ve included some basic translations below.

zen_lightBuddhist chants are typically repeated in cycles of nine, a sacred spiritual number, and can often extend to between thirty-six and one-hundred-eight repetitions.  But, like I said, start with just one chant, repeated nine times in a row each day and see how it makes you feel.  If you like it, add more repetitions or more chants.  I hope they bring you the health, wealth, wisdom and happiness they’ve brought me, my clients and millions of people worldwide.  Happy chanting!

10 Buddhist Chants to Energize, Enrich and Enlighten Your World:

1. Chant “Om” or “Aum” nine times in a row to find inner peace.

2. Chant “Om Sharavana Bhavaya Namaha” nine times to show your openness to receiving good and your gratitude for all you have to give and share.

3. Chant “Om Mani Padme Hum” to proclaim that you are guided to do good and your heart and head are united in making your life peaceful, purposeful and prosperous.

4. Chant “Aham Prema” to feel inner love and proclaim divine love within your life.

5. Chant “Om Shri Ram” to heal your body and promote better health in those you love.

6. Chant “Om Shanti Om” for peace in your life, in all of humankind and in the universe.

7. Chant “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha” for good luck, removing obstacles, gaining wisdom and increasing wealth and abundance in one’s life.

8. Chant “So Hum Ham Sa” to connect with your higher spiritual awareness and greater intuition.

9. Chant “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” to devote yourself to higher truth, beauty and goodness in an open and peaceful way.  This chant revives one’s purpose.

10. Chant “Lang Vang Rang Yang Ham Om Aum” to align the chakras and connect with their innate power for healing, inner peace, wisdom, creativity and compassion.

10-to-ZenAnother great approach to discovering the healing and enlightening effects of sound therapy and resonance attunement is to read Jonathan Goldman’s book “Healing Sounds” and research his website and association dedicated to exploring the positive effects of sound vibration on the body and mind.  Here’s a sample of the work he does: Chakras, 7 Minute Tune Up.  I hope you enjoy his breakthrough sound therapies as much as I have.  Please contact me or leave a comment if you need further advice or instruction in how chanting mantras and sound therapy can improve your sense of health and well-being.

In all you think, in all you do, in all you are – be well! ~Namaste


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