7 Easy Steps to Chanting a Mantra
You must have come across chanting a mantra before and you found it interesting. Now you want to learn more about it so you can start practising by yourself.
Here are seven steps to help you prepare the space and yourself for chanting a mantra:
- Prepare your space for chanting a mantra.
- Choose the mantra you want to chant.
- Learn how to pronounce the mantra.
- Set your intention before you start chanting.
- Prepare your mindset for chanting a mantra.
- Start chanting your mantra.
- Be consistent and patient with your mantra chanting.
You can use mantra chanting for love, success, health, peace, prosperity, or to connect with yourself. To gain most of the benefits of mantra chanting, you need to do it properly. Otherwise, you can spend years doing it the wrong way and not getting as good of a result. If you are new to mantra chanting, first learn about mantras.
Here are the steps on how to chant a mantra correctly, so you can get the most benefits from chanting.
Step 1 – Prepare your space for chanting a mantra
Mantra chanting energises your environment and puts you in harmony with the universe. Hence, the importance of preparing your space for chanting. You don’t need to buy everything; you can improvise and use your imagination to get your area set up.
- Find a quiet place where you can practice chanting for a few minutes, half an hour, an hour, or however long you wish.
- Make your space beautiful and comfortable. Decorate your room with things like candles, lamps, diffusers, incense, yoga art wall deco, tapestries, mandalas, rugs, stones, ornaments, or even water features.
- Set things in a way that will bring you peace, joy, and will remind you of your intention. We’ll talk about setting your intention in a moment.
- Set up an altar for your mantra chanting meditation.
- Get a cushion or a chair for you to sit during chanting.
- Get a shawl, or a blanket that you can have over your shoulders to keep warm.
- Get a mala. It’s a 108 seeds garland that will help you keep track of the mantra repetitions.
- Use a timer on your phone to keep track of the time allocated for chanting a mantra.
- Now that your space is set, you can prepare yourself. Have a shower or at least wash your face, feet, and hands, and wear clean clothes.
- Allow at least an hour and a half after your meals before you start chanting.
Step 2 – Choose the mantra you want to chant
Choosing a mantra is an important step. Think of your reasons to chant a mantra. People chant to achieve self-love, connection with other people, better relationships, prosperity, better job opportunities, good business deals, or to connect with their true self.
Chanting can help you achieve these things because it sets you in the right vibration and the right frame of mind. With some practice, you will recognise new opportunities when they come to you. You will be able to listen to your intuition and trust your instincts.
You can choose from hundreds of mantras. Set a clear intention and choose a mantra that will help you get what you want. Listen to a few different mantras and note how you feel when you listen to them. When you find a mantra that resonates with you, it will feel right.
Your synchronicity with a mantra happens on a vibrational level.
If you are not clear of whether you are choosing a mantra or an affirmation, learn how to distinguish between them here.
Step 3 – Learn how to pronounce the mantra.
The power of a mantra lies in its sound, so it’s essential to get the mantra pronunciation correctly. The mantra vibration will connect and harmonise you with the cosmos to get what you want and need.
Traditionally, mantras are chanted in the Sanskrit language. Unless you know Sanskrit, you won’t know how to pronounce a mantra.
Once you chose the mantra, you need to learn how to pronounce it. Chanting a mantra with the wrong pronunciation won’t bring any benefits. The sound of the mantra vibrates at a particular frequency.
There are hundreds of mantras to choose from. At the beginning, select mantras with fewer syllables that are easier to pronounce. Find the mantras that align with your intentions.
Step 4 – Set your intention before you start chanting.
Setting an intention will help you get clear on what you want to achieve. It will focus your mind on a particular goal. You can then select a mantra in line with your intention.
Chanting a mantra works at the vibrational level. You can set your mind to the same vibration by consciously focusing on your intention.
When you focus on your intention, your mind synchronises with the vibration of the mantra. Therefore, amplifying the benefits of the mantra.
For example, you may want to bring love into your relationship. First, choose a mantra for bringing love into your relationship. Chanting this mantra will produce a specific frequency of vibration.
While chanting, focus on your relationship being full of love. Doing so will set your mind to release a vibrational frequency that will attract love into your relationship.
When your mind and the sound of the mantra vibrate at the same frequency, they synchronise, opening the doors to the manifestation of your intention.
Your intention can be for love, success, peace, health, prosperity, spiritual grown or any other. Chanting a mantra should always have a positive intention. Avoid negative statements. For example, instead of saying “I don’t want to arguments”, state “I want understanding”.
Step 5 – Prepare your mindset for chanting a mantra
Sometimes your daily life is stressful, and your mind is full of worries about the tasks you need to do.
Before chanting a mantra complete everything, you need to do so your mind is clear. Once your mind is settled, you are ready to start your chanting session.
Remember to focus on your intention while chanting a mantra. If you lose the focus, your chanting will become mechanical and will not be as powerful.
Focus on the sound of the mantra and let this sound resonate within you. If you lose focus, bring back your attention to the sound of the mantra and your intention.
Step 6 – Chanting a mantra
Here is a list of tips on how chanting a mantra correctly:
- Sit down in a comfortable position. You can sit crossed-legged, on the floor or a chair.
- Close your eyes.
- Rest your hands on your lap with your palms facing up.
- Set your intention before you start chanting.
- Thank those who have chanted the mantra before you and ask them for help.
- Inhale deep, let the air come in, allowing your chest widen by itself.
- Start chanting your chosen mantra.
- During chanting, breath through the nose.
- As you chant pull your abdominal muscles inwards and force all the air out of your lungs.
- Bring all of you into this chanting experience.
- While you are chanting, be aware of your body.
- Keep your spine straight throughout the session.
- Bring awareness to your body and stay relaxed.
- At the end of your chanting, thank again those who have chanted this mantra before you.
- Remain in a sitting position with your eyes closed for a minute or so.
- Allow the energy permeate your body and mind.
- Connect to yourself and be aware of your breathing.
- Be grateful to yourself for giving this gift to your soul.
- Open your eyes and have a beautiful day!
Step 7 – Be consistent and patient with your mantra chanting
When you begin chanting try to chant every day, even if its only a few minutes. Chanting at the same time each day will help you to create a routine.
You can chant a mantra first thing in the morning before going to work or last thing at night before going to bed.
When you start chanting a mantra, bring your awareness to how you feel. Some days you will want to chant for a long time. But you will also have days when you won’t want to chant at all.
Try to maintain your practice every day, even if it is only for a few minutes. Chanting 3 minutes with awareness and commitment is better than 20 minutes of your mind wandering around.
The amount of time you chant depends on several factors:
- The time you can dedicate to chanting a mantra.
- Your commitment to your intention.
- The time it takes to chant a specific mantra.
You don’t need to force yourself to chant for 20 or 30 minutes. If you feel you are not ready to chant a mantra for a long time, start with 3 minutes and build up from there. With time you will become more comfortable with chanting a mantra for longer times.
To start seeing the benefits, choose your mantra and chant it for at least 40 days. To feel the full power of a mantra, keep up your chanting for three months.
Now you know how to prepare your space and your mindset to start chanting a mantra. To get the most out of your practice, make chanting part of your daily routine.
Mantra chanting will help you focus your mind on things that matter to your the most.
You can chant throughout the day to calm you down if you are anxious, stressed, worried or afraid of a situation. Chanting a mantra will remind you that you are safe and everything will pass.
You can practice your mantra chanting by yourself or in a group. Chanting is like a ritual, a date with yourself.
Before you chant a mantra, take a moment to connect with your intention. During chanting, your mind will focus through the mantra. The focus will open the doors to the manifestation of your intention. Your purpose will give you the strength to commit to chanting.
Set a specific time each day for chanting a mantra. Be consistent with the time you spend chanting to create a routine. To keep track of your repetitions, get a mala (a 108 bead garland made of seeds).
Frequently Asked Questions
What are mantras?
Mantras are sacred sounds that have a mathematical arrangement in a specific pattern. The word mantra in Sanskrit means “the thought that liberates and protects”. The root ‘man’ means to think and ‘tra’ means to protect or to liberate.
Where to chant mantras?
You can chant mantras anywhere. If you are going to chant at home, it is best to have a designated space. The place needs to be comfortable and quiet. The energy raised during your chanting will embrace that space too.
Can I chant a mantra at night?
Yes, you can chant your mantra at night. You can chant your mantra before going to sleep. That will magnify the effect of your intention as this will be the last thought you are going to bed.
Is it OK to chant mantras during periods?
Don’t chant mantras that raise your energy during a period. Chanting during periods will create a conflict in your body. Chanting a mantra will push up the energy that needs to go down.
What is a mala?
A mala is a string or garland of 108 beads used to count mantra repetitions during chanting. Traditionally a mala is made of sandalwood; you can also find it made of stones or crystals.