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Chanting: A 20-minute exercise to turn around the life

20 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Life in the 21st century has become quite fast-paced and unpredictable. The operating strategy for most people in their personal as well as professional lives has become ‘expect the unexpected.’

Shalini (name changed), a Software Developer in her late 30s was experiencing an uncertainty in her office environment. The fear of losing her stable job that she loved was not letting her sleep soundly for many nights. It was a matter of few days that this was followed by random headache, severe chest pain and upset stomach. This was the time when she consulted the doctor and was examined with stress and depression and was asked to undergo stress management therapies and yoga sessions. Following a few simple poses, breathing techniques and chanting for 3 weeks, things started working out for Shalini and she recovered from her stress.

In such an uncertain, yet demanding world, it is usual for stress to enter our lives. While a little bit of stress and excitement can be managed, consistent and extreme stress over longer periods can have catastrophic effects on our quality of life and overall health. Some of the most commonly observed effects of prolonged stress are insomnia, fatigue, lack of focus, memory loss, severe body aches, over-eating etc.

Chanting can play a transformational role. The world has already become familiar with the power of meditation and its ability to cope with stress. Now is the time for us to harness the power of chanting to tackle the epidemic of stress. It must also be noted that when we talk about chanting, it is not necessarily about chanting any religious mantras or prayers, but, even simple chanting of affirmations or gratitude sentences can also work wonders in eliminating stress from our lives.

Chanting can be performed in a park, meditation center, Temple or even at your home. The ideal duration for chanting should be about 20 minutes. The ideal way to chant is to sit in padmasana posture, in crossed legged sitting position, with your backbone erect. Head should be straight without bending or raising and eyes should be closed. One should clear any lingering thoughts and focus exclusively on the word or words being chanted and take deep breaths while chanting.

The chant or the mantra could be an Indian meditation chant like chanting the word “Om” which is associated with universal oneness and has been proven as an effective chant in various studies over the years. Alternatively, you can also choose a self created mantra to motivate yourself. You can choose your mantra in sync with the problems that cause stress in your life.

Chanting is ideally recommended at the start of the day, but, depending on your lifestyle and schedules, you can also choose to chant at a time suitable to you.             –  Times of India


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