The ‘Soham’ Meditation Technique

SpiritualityMeditation is easy to perform and practice and will ultimately give you a feeling of calmness and relaxation. The following meditation technique is easy to perform and can be very effective and takes only several minutes to learn. It will help you relax and reduce the stresses of everyday life.

Although there are many differing definitions of the term ‘meditation’, most dictionaries adopt he following translation:-

Continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature.

With regular practice of Meditation, we can develop inner strength which leads to a happier and more fulfilled life. Part of meditation process involves discounting our wandering thoughts, when we do this, we can then calm and focus the mind whilst controlling the breath and sensory awareness.

The following technique allows us to control our life force, turn off other senses and allow the mind to become quiet. Regular practice of this technique will allow a constant sense of peace and realization that only comes from true meditation. The technique is a prayer and a meditation mantra, a mantra being a spiritually charged word or series of words.

Soham soham…(I am He, He am I…)

‘Soham’ is an ancient mystical term that should be experienced and not understood as it is so difficult to try and explain or understand. Some Yogis see it as a form of meditation whereas others see it as a concept.

To practice the soham meditation technique:-

  • Sit up straight with your spine in a line so that you do not slouch.
  • Ensure you are comfortable, sit on a chair or on the floor with a soft mat or meditation cushion,
  • Allow your mind to become silent and your emotions to be still whilst keeping your body relaxed.
  • As you do this meditation, focus on the inhalation and the air entering your nose and traveling down into your lungs. Recite the term ‘So‘.
  • As you exhale, imagine the air traveling out of your lungs, up to your nose and out of your body. Recite the term ‘Ham‘.

Continue with this meditation for as long as you feel comfortable, but no less than 5 minutes and no longer than 20 minutes until the meditation feels natural to go longer.

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