Mantra meditation uses the repetition of a word or a mantra to gain focus or clarity. A simple word like peace or love can be used or a phrase could be used as well. The mantra or words can be chanted out loud or quietly under the breath. There are many different types of mantras, some of which are specific to certain faiths or doctrines. Mantras are used in Buddhist faith and they date back hundreds if not thousands of years. Chanting is an age-old practice that has been used for millennia.
Mantras are simply sounds or symbols that correspond to a spiritual force or a deity. There are many types of mantras but a few common ones are:
Aham Prema (means divine love)
Om Gum Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha (Hindu term which means prosperity and wealth and removal of obstacles)
Typically mantras are repeated for 40 days for maximum effect. Mantras can be very powerful especially when combined with beliefs. If you wish to practice a mantra meditation, simply sit quietly and ground and center yourself as you repeat your mantra 108 times. You can count on a prayer bead or a mala or simply record your voice and continue listening so that you do not always have to consciously count.