The benefits of mantra meditation are believed to be the result of the repetition of the mantra, which transforms the mind by creating positive mental patterns. The most well-known mantra is the single-syllable sound, or bija mantra, of Om (or Aum). This is thought to be the primordial sound of the universe. It is often chanted alone, but is also frequently included as part of a longer mantra phrase.
Meditation (dhyana) is one of the eight limbs of the yogic path as described by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. It is the penultimate step before samadhi (enlightenment or bliss). Additional benefits of mantra meditation include:
- Reduces anxiety and stress
- Strengthens the immune system
- Engenders compassion
- Boosts awareness and promotes higher consciousness
- Heightens intuition
- Lowers blood pressure