I did not know much about chanting earlier but once I came across a 3 hour long video of someone reciting the same word for three continuous hours. I was shocked and chuckled that who would be so free to actually listen to that. Moreover,I once saw Kendall Jenner circling the edges of a huge bowl with the help of a thick wooden stick and I found it so amazing that I ended up listening to it 10 times,it was so soothing. Definitely,I did not have any idea what that instrument was so I quickly googled and it was called Buddha’s Singing bowl. I wanted it so I searched them online but they were quite expensive but I didn’t stop there I searched for its audio on Spotify and there were tons of it. Then I came to know what chanting was,what the 3 hour long video was all about. Later,when I went to Manali I got one Buddha’s Singing bowl for myself and also learnt there how to play it.
Chanting plays a huge role in my life now and it has worked wonders in improving my mental health. My most favourite is chanting ‘Om’ it is said that it helps in calming a nerve in our brain called vagus nerve. Even when I am sick I like to listen to it rather than overthinking and stressing my body and mind.
A lot of people say that meditation is good and an important part of one’s life. However,when it comes to actually doing it I must say,its really difficult to focus. Atleast for me,my head gets flooded with thousands of thoughts but whenever I chant anything,it makes meditation easier and helps me focus.
Chanting and listening to chants has been the most beautiful part of my life lately and especially doing it with my loved ones always feels like a cherry on the cake. For instance,I remember during August 2021 I was going through a very difficult phase and there was a Janmashtami pooja at my place where a lot of my family members came and together and all of us ,in a chorus chanted Lord’s name and I still cannot describe how it felt that day,I was moved to tears because I could feel parts of me healing.
The vibration of instruments and the energy in voices fills the room and soul with immense amount of positivity and serenity.
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