#15: 12 MINUTE UPBEAT SOUND MEDITATION/RELAXATION - OM GURU OM
This is a short, yet upbeat form of sound meditation/relaxation to the simple Sanscrit mantra Om Guru Om. For us, when we listen to this chant, we come away feeling much more refreshed, joyous and uplifted. It is a perfect morning chant if you feel sluggish in the mornings or are feeling sluggish, low or lethargic in general.
If this form of relaxation is new to you, we invite you just to come in with an open mind and simply take the time to sit quietly and listen to the melody - nothing more.
#33: GUIDED SOUND MEDITATION - HARE RAMA HARE KRISHNA
In the hustle and bustle of modern society it has been shown that the majority of people live much of their time in the stress response, or the fight or flight response. The stress response, is the body's natural defence mechanism for dealing with short-term danger and is designed to give the individual the capacity to survive a threatening situation. Once the danger has passed, the body would then shift back to the rest and relax (parasympathetic) system, or the relaxation response - where the body is then able to renew, repair and replenish.
But today, with the fast paced society that we live in, many of us stay in the stress response almost permanently (and often without even knowing it), which puts immense pressure on the bodily systems and organs, as well as the mind. Increased stress has been scientifically proven to be the cause of many diseases.
The use of chanting and meditation, whilst used in Eastern cultures for centuries, has been scientifically proven to be able to aid in deactivating the stress response and increase the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system within the body.
Here, we chant the mantra, Hare Rama Hare Krishna. If you have never chanted before, or this is new to you, we ask that you simply allow yourself to be open to this experience and try this fully guided session for yourself.
#32 AUDIO FILE: GUIDED SOUND MEDITATION 4
Mantra chanting has been a part of many Eastern cultures for centuries, and it involves the repetition of a word, phrase or sound, with each mantra having a different purpose or meaning. The word mantra stems from the ancient Sanskrit language. Man means mind, and tra means release - referring to the release of the mind from the anxieties of material life.
There are a number of recent scientific studies on mantra chanting and its effectiveness. Two of these are included here, with the benefits of chanting being shown to aid in improving pulmonary function, increasing mental alertness, increasing environmental awareness and offering potential relief from depression and stress (1). Another study of 8-13 year old children, showed that 15 minutes daily chanting for 30 days, increased performance IQ (the score that calculates the mental capacity in dealing with nonverbal skills). (2)
Here, we chant the mantra Shree Ram Jay Ram jay Jay Ram. According to Vedic philosophy, this chant focuses in improving inner self-confidence, belief in ones self, and helps to harmonise the internal body. Ram is also said to correlate to the Third Chakra, or the solar plexus, and this chant has traditionally been sung to help aid in improving digestion.
(1) Ferreira-Vorkapic, C., Feitoza, J.M., Marchioro, M., Simões, J., Kozasa, E. and Telles, S., 2015. Are there benefits from teaching yoga at schools? A systematic review of randomized control trials of yoga-based interventions. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2015.
(2) Chamoli, Deepika & Kumar, Rita & Singh, Abha & Kobrin, Neil. (2017). The Effect of Mantra Chanting On the Performance IQ of Children. https://www.researchgate.net/p...