After years of practice, reciting So Hum is still one of my favourite meditation techniques to teach.
It is a very powerful and yet, a very simple technique.
The mantra, so hum is like a tool for the mind. Something to hold on to, and something to go back to when the mind wonders off. As it does, minds wonder, this is only natural. What we can do to train the mind is to sharpen our attention skills. This means that, every time we do wonder off, we bring the attention back to the mantra.
Sanskrit is a tricky language to translate but we can say that the words ‘so ham’ mean ‘I am’, or ‘my true identity is’.
So hum meditation: practically
Starting off by taking a comfortable and stable seat, you settle body and mind in it’s natural state.
Once you have some form of relaxation in the body, you start reciting the mantra ‘so hum’.
Every time you inhale, you mentally say ‘so’ and every time you exhale, you mentally say ‘hum’.
In the video below, I give a 2 minute introduction and a 12 minute guided so hum meditation.
I hope you enjoy the video and please don’t hesitate contacting me if you have any questions. Happy to connect!
If you’re interested in learning more about meditation, make sure to keep an eye on the Revealing Vajra website. Several times per year, I guide an online meditation challenge where we meditate live together. And, you’re most welcome on joining a retreat as well of course.
Rachel Bonkink is a recognised yoga and meditation teacher. For over a decade, she has been coaching, teaching and inspiring people from all walks of life on how to create more peace of mind. Her book, Flex Your Mind, on how to bring Yoga philosophy into your daily life is endorsed by Paul Grilley, the leading Yin Yoga innovator.