Does one type of sound help you feel more "grounded" than another? Maybe you know, maybe you've never thought about it before, maybe you've been looking but just aren't really sure. It's all normal. In this week's meditation episode, you can try one way to check in with this question of "sounds that ground" in the 7 Sounds meditation.
We're building on last week's 7 Centers meditation (the practice of bringing your awareness to the centers of 7 segments in your upper body) by adding a simple mantra / sound at each center, hence 7 Sounds meditation.
Vocal sounds, especially of the humming variety like the 7 sounds in this practice, have been shown to help calm your nervous system, which then tends to help you feel more "grounded." I love mantra meditations because they help me feel very physically present in my body. If you're looking for a simple grounding mantra, this is a great way to try out a few different sounds (which you can use as mantras as they are or as a base on which to build).
I thought you'd never ask! Obviously, I'd love for you to tune in to find out, but just in case a visual also helps, here's how they're written in the English alphabet:
The "am" sound is meant to be a humming sound. The consonant in front is its own leading sound. For example, "Ham" is not pronounced like the meat made from pig, but like "Hah" plus "ummmm" -- so it becomes an aspirated hum. If I'm even explaining that accurately. Listen in to hear what I mean!
Be moving, be true,
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