Chanting OM

Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol…. If you think of Om only as a sound, a technique or a symbol of the Divine, you will miss it altogether. ….. Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.”
Amit Ray, Om Chanting & Meditation

You may think that chanting OM (Aum) is something you only do in a Yoga class or on a Buddhist Retreat but it actually has a much greater effect on the state of your health than you may know.

“Research has found that chanting in general (and singing certain sounds) stimulates the vagus nerve which is the most important nerve in the body. It passes through the throat and services the heart, lungs, intestines, and back muscles. This vibration directly affects the nervous system. The deep prolonged breathing that accompanies the chant helps oxygenate the body, relaxes the mind, and lowers blood pressure.” -International Journal of Yoga

Sound practices like Om/Aum alters the electro-chemical activity in your brain, and it redistributes the energy evenly and equitably across both hemispheres. As you chant Om, your brain waves slow and stretch out, so that “alpha” waves predominate. You suspend consciousness, but neither dream nor lose consciousness; you enter what legitimate scientists call “the alpha state.” If you can describe it, you have not experienced it;, because the alpha state defies language.

It’s hard to believe that chanting OM daily can have such amazing effects on our body and yet I wonder why more doctors don’t recommend this simply technique to help alleviate anxiety and depression, instead of antidepressants or Valium.

Chanting Om helps to create a relaxed state of being. Practicing often will create stronger connections in your brain and eventually that relaxed state of being will carry over into our daily routines.

Other BENEFITS….

  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Oxygenate the blood as breathing deepens.
  • Reduce the production of stress-related hormones like cortisol.
  • Release endorphins, producing a feeling of well-being.
  • Increase levels of melatonin, a hormone that helps you get a good night’s sleep.

Be creative when singing OM, as it is available for you to do in any environment and not just in Yoga or meditation.  Try singing it in the car on the way to work or sing it as you walk or even in the shower!

Whenever you feel angry or stressed during the day, sing strongly Ahhhhh and then OOmmmm for at least 20 seconds and feel the vibration of the ooomm…..I guarantee you will feel lighter …besides who doesn’t want to feel lighter?

AUM or Om is not related to any religion because Om was practiced before the birth of all the religions of the world.”
Amit Ray, Om Chanting & Meditation

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6 thoughts on “Chanting OM

  1. Love how this post is near the very beginning of your posts, and, as of this moment, your latest post is about meditation. Have you read the Upanishads?

      1. yes. very early. I’ve only read the english translations of course. some of them are a bit (quite) opaque, but multiple discourses on the significance and the power of Om / AUM. and also, the underpinnings of what we generically consider as “eastern mysticism”.

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