• Natalie Shuler L.Ac MSOM

Ohm is where the heart is


"Om" or "Aum" is considered to be a universal sound that exists within every word, being and thing.


In every culture, sound has been used in prayer, praise, and to connect with the divine Cosmos.


In meditation Ohm is probably the most well know sound associated with chant. I believe everyone has heard of the Ohm even if they don't know much about it most still know that Ohm is associated with stilling the self.

The "Ohm" represents balance and seeks to harmonize energetic imbalance in the body. Representing Earth, Ohm has a grounding and solid quality that grounds and centers our spirit.


In Hindu cosmology, it is said that all was dark and quiet in the womb until the first movement spontaneously created the sound. Ohm.

This is the primordial vibration, the original mantra and sacred sound that sounded the Earth, even the universe, into existence.


It holds every color within it and holds every sound. It is far older than language, and listening, toning, or humming. The Ohm vibration connects us with the Divine and with the Cosmos.


In our lives it helps us to express our spiritual and emotional connection to our cosmic origin.


Written in Sanskrit, the mystical symbol for Ohm illustrates its significance representing the universe as shown by its five components, each of which represents one of the primordial aspects, or elements, of the Universe.



How to Chant using Ohm


When changing, Ohm is pronounces A - U -M

“O” sounds like the “a” sound in the word “saw,” combined with the “u” sound in the word “put.” Blend the “m” into the end.

simple in nature, requiring you to focus your attention on your 5 senses– something we can all do at any time.


Why chant with Ohm, what are the benefits?


When chanting the Ohm meditation it is a drawn out sound so the breath is being controlled with a long exhale. Longer expiration has physoiligcal benefits such as:


  • calms emotions

  • grounds the spirit

  • quiets the mind

  • increases connection

  • gives our bodies nourishment and energy.

  • supports healthier lungs, it ensures that oxygen moves through the blood and all cells, detoxifying, energizing, nourishing along the way.



Its origins are in Hinduism and Buddhism, and the chant is also used in yoga. Chanting this sound can help to bring peace and calm to the body, mind and soul. Consider setting aside a time each day to meditate. Chant Om aloud or silently. Silent chanting is viewed as the most effective method because it does not rely on the external (voicebox, facial muscles or lips).


Set a time of day for chanting.

Decide how long you will chant.

Find a calm place to sit in a comfortable position.

Think about what Om represents before chanting.

Relax.

Breathe normally.

Pronounce Om.The “O” sounds like the “a” sound in the word “saw,” combined with the “u” sound in the word “put.” Blend the “m” into the end.

Draw the sound from your navel.

Meditate anytime, anywhere.

Chant as long as you feel like chanting.

Chanting Om Silently

Chant with or without moving your lips.


Chanting is a great way to make the body take large inhalations and long slow exhalations. Deep breathing gives our bodies nourishment and energy. Deep breathing not only supports healthier lungs, it ensures that oxygen moves through the blood and all cells, detoxifying, energizing, nourishing along the way.

Our outward breath is neurologically tied to the relaxation response in the brain, that’s why we sigh when we’re relieved. More information on the extended exhale can be found here.


If you want to hear what om sounds like you I've put link for you, but there's plenty of them out there so if you google you'll have more options.


10 minure ohm chant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMmuChXra_M



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