Welcome to this beautiful mantra practice of so ham. Below you will find a guided meditation practice which you can join in with wherever you are and as often as you wish. We will be using the power of breath, intention, sound and touch in this mantra. In the quite space after the mantra, I guide you through an inner journey of self inquiry and reflection.
Before you dive in, I’d like to introduce a few sanskrit words that we’ll be using in this practice.
mantra or mantraḥ is a sacred sound or collection of sounds that constellate to form a holy prayer that brings you home to your deepest self, a still point within, prior to ego and duality.
asanas for the heartKrishna Das
The root of this sanskrit word mantraḥ is mantr and the etymology of the word mantra indicates several derivations in the Sanskrit language – giving the meaning of the word as “sublime conversation“. A secret muttering and as we sound the mantra (in this case internally) we spread light all around us.
mantra represents the supreme bring in the guise of soundAnandamayi Ma
The second term I’d like to introduce is mudra, which is a sacred gesture which is used to bring concentration or focus.
In this practice we’ll be using gyan mudra – shown in the picture, with the index finger and thumb touching. gyan (or Jñāna) means ‘becoming aquainted with’, knowing and understanding.
so ham meditation practice
This mantra in this practice is so ham. Which simply means ‘I am that’. Simple? perhaps, but the question which follows is ‘what am I’ and ‘what is ‘that”? In this mantra we make the sounds the mind, hearing the sounds on the inside.. hearing the sound of so on the inhale and the sound of hum on the exhale.
I invite you to join with me in this most enlightening of mantras and receive the gifts therein.
Please find a quiet, comfortable place to practice. Where you won’t be disturbed. This practice is done sitting, in whatever sitting position you find comfortable, on the floor or on a chair.