If you’ve done yoga or into meditation, you’ve probably heard of this sound ‘Om’ before. You think it generates vibrations but unsure of its meaning or purpose. Here’s some explanation:
Om is traditionally regarded as the sound of the universe. Om is a word in the Sanskrit language. Sanskrit (梵文) is a language of sounds and vibrations. The sounds generate vibrations that affect our body. Different words generate different vibrations and sound patterns that have influence different parts of our body. Try repeatedly saying ‘Ommmmmm’ (aummmmmm) as you inhale and exhale, you can feel the vibrations flowing through your body, starting from abdomen (subtle ‘a’ sound), to your chest and throat (‘u’ sound), to your brain area (‘m’ sound). The vibrations represent the movement of energy, as you feel the vibrations, energy is flowing from the abdomen, to your chest, throat to your head. The mantra effectively activates your inner state and brings the mind, breath and mantra in harmony.
The ‘Om’ mantra can be broken down into three sounds: a-u-m. The a-u-m sounds also represent three states of consciousness connected with the sacred ‘Om’ word: the waking state, dreaming state and dreamless deep sleep state.
1. Vibrations have positive effect on your body. Many believe that saying mantras benefit our body, for example lowers blood pressure. It appears that the belief is more widely held in the East whereas the West is more skeptical.
2. Focuses your mind and improves concentration. When you focus on the word ‘Om’, your mind ignores distraction and becomes guided to one sound only, improving your concentration.