What is Chanting?
Chanting is a continuous repetitive rhythmical recitation of mantras. Chanting has been used in sacred rituals for thousands years throughout human society. The purpose of chanting is to connect the casual mind with the inner divine world, the big Self, and attain a heightened state of consciousness.
How to Practice Chanting?
Chanting literally can be done anywhere and anytime as long as it does not offend anyone. I practice the Heart Sutra in my heart in public and aloud when I am alone. There are three ways you can practice.
Listening to Heart Sutra during Meditation
MBX-12 practice while listening to chanting
Benefits of Chanting
Chanting has an effect of quieting the mind. As the repetitive beats of song calm the mind and relax our body, chanting slows down the heartbeat and blood pressure. Studies show that chanting, repetition of words, or prayer has the positive impact of reducing stress levels.
Philosophically, chanting is a passage to access the inner world that is guarded by a mind wrapped up with beliefs, feelings, perceptions, impulses, and consciousness. Through repetitive rhythmic recitation of words the body physically relaxes and the mind reaches a new level of consciousness beyond daily awareness of self. This experience enables the mind to be free to expand and renew itself.