Mantra singing to help heal anxiety
Written by Kirbanu + Excerpt by Annie Au
Mantra is a sacred prayer. It's a sacred chant using words that have been imbued overtime, sometimes over thousands of years, with intention, reverence and manifestation. Every mantra is an opportunity for us to turn within and focus on an element of the human experience that we wish to shine light on, unfold or understand in a deeper way. The repetition of mantra helps us to calm the mind, open the heart and enter into a communion with our higher nature, each other and the divine.
Singing mantras forms a great focus point for meditation, one of the main natural techniques we can use to combat anxiety. When we repeat a mantra aloud, the mind is forced to focus upon a single thing and we relax. We align our mind and emotions with the meaning of the mantra and we learn to surrender into the moment.
"In Traditional Chinese Medicine, imbalances in the Heart Meridian may cause anxiety. The diaphragm is connected to the heart organ via the pericardium sac, and is often tensed. Singing mantra helps release the diaphragm and restore love and compassion in our heart centre."- Annie Au Yoga
The act of singing helps us focus on what we're experiencing within our body: We hear the sound of our voice, we're aware of our mouth, tongue and lips shaping the form of the mantra, we feel a vivid bodily connection to the sensations that the mantra brings us, as we sing it, in that moment. When we combine this felt experience with our focus upon the meaning of the mantra, we offer ourselves an incredibly opportunity to self-nurture. We provide a loving, gentle healing to the part of ourselves that experiences anxiousness.
Overtime, as we develop our mantra singing practice, we begin to learn self-acceptance. We allow ourselves to be as we are, in the moment, with all our fears and anxiety. And we use these as fuel for our singing. This level of self-acceptance is transformative. We feel the gift within us of our own voice and the joy it brings to use our unique voice as an altar of worship to express mantras through.
There are a number of elements we can focus on when singing mantras. Here's a few that I share in my online You Are Your Voice! Courses for Yogis & Yoga Teachers:
Focus on your mouth sensation: How does the mantra feel in your mouth when you speak the words? Practice saying Om and focus entirely on the feeling it brings you in your mouth.
Focus on the sensation in your body: How does the mantra feel in your body when you speak the words? Practice saying Om and observe the feelings it brings you in your body. Is there a place where you feel it stronger than others?
Focus on the meaning of the mantra: What does the mantra stand for? What meaning does it have? And what does this mean to you? Think about it. Feel it. Be it.
Focus on the sound you hear: How do you hear your own voice singing the mantra? If you're in a group, how do you hear the voices of others singing the mantra?
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I'm Kirbanu, an Australian voice empowerment coach, musician & mindfulness practitioner. I fuse vocal science with mindfulness techniques to teach people how to use their voices holistically and in empowering ways. Having performed over 500 concerts in 5 years and taught vocal workshops worldwide, I truly understand the necessity of being able to express ourselves clearly, with confidence and in a way that is in alignment with our mind and body. My deep passion is to share practical tools & techniques with you so that you too can experience the joy and confidence that a holistic connection with your own voice brings.
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