The Coping Kete

No. 74: Chanting Meditation

This week, to attain, maintain or regain my sense of wellbeing…

… I will practice chanting as a way of meditating, doing breathing exercises and relaxing myself.

First off I will pick a word to use. The little boy in this video link  uses the word “yum”.  Yoga meditations often use the word ‘om’. I will experiment with the kinds of words I use for my chant – different words might have different feelings for me. “Om” is likely so popular because it doesn’t have any meaning and is just a sound. I might use other sounds too.

I will take a deep breath into my belly. As I let the breath out, I will repeat my word in a chant, giving the final repetition a greater emphasis on the last syllable, for example: “yum, yum, yum, yummy” / “Om, om, om, ommmm” / “Love, love, love, lovvvve”.  I will be aware of the sensations of the words moving over my lips and the other sensations in my body. I will let the words come nice and slow, so that my out breath is also nice and slow. My mind will be focused on my breath, the words and the sensations of saying them, rather than on the things I worry about.

I will repeat the chant at least three times, once a day to practice. This way I’ll be well-rehearsed if I want to try the strategy when I am distressed or stressed.

Chanting changes the level of CO2 in your blood stream, and like singing, can create a sense of euphoria or lightness.

Watch this video for a low-key, fun example of using chants to calm ourselves. The little boy in this video has heaps of energy, he gets pretty silly in this and he uses the chant to bring himself back to centre at about 2 minutes in.

Once I am familiar with doing chanting meditation, I will add it to my Personal Coping Kete as a strategy for soothing myself and distracting from distress.

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