Hamsa - natural breath mantra

21,600 is the average number of breaths we take each day. Every inhalation and exhalation is an opportunity to realize the deeper meaning of our lives inside the sound of the breath. The following meditation can be practiced anywhere, anytime, by anyone (maybe just leave out the "close your eyes" part if you're driving.) As you inhale, you can hear the spontaneous sound ham (pronounced hum), which means "I am" in Sanskrit. As you exhale, you can hear the sound sa (pronounced suh), which means "that" in Sanskrit.

By practicing this simple meditation, we can tune into and re-connect to "that" within us which is called by many as Self, Consciousness, God, Universe, or Love. The mantra hamsa circulates through us with every breath and is a reminder of the natural rhythm of life that flows through us, all beings, and Mother Nature.

How to practice:

  • Set a timer for 3-10 minutes.

  • Come to a comfortable position.

  • Close your eyes.

  • Relax your eyes, jaw, tongue, shoulders, arms, hands, abdomen, buttocks, legs, and feet.

  • Begin to deepen your inhalations and exhalations.

  • Listen closely to the ocean sound of your breath.

  • Mentally repeat the sound HAM as you inhale and notice how this is the natural sound of the inhalation.

  • Mentally repeat the sound SA as you exhale and notice how this is the natural sound of the exhalation.

  • Bring your mind back to this natural sound over and over until your timer goes off.

  • Invite your hands to your heart in prayer position, bring your chin towards your chest, give thanks for the life that is flowing through you and set an intention to honor that life within all others.

May this serve to bring more peace and freedom to all beings.