Om, symbolically embodies the divine energy, or Shakti, and its three main characteristics: creation, preservation, and liberation. The mantra, or vibration, derives from Hinduism and is considered to have high spiritual and creative power. Chanting of the Om Mantra purifies the environment around you and creates positive vibrations. The Om not only benefits the person who is chanting it but also to the people around them wherever its vibrations flow. It cleanses your aura. It can place you in a meditational state which gives you deep relaxation. The movement of energy regulates the chemicals in our brains. The mantras have both psychological and physiological effects on your body.
Health benefits of Chanting OM
Ensures Sound Sleep
Stress and hectic lifestyle impact your lifestyle badly. Late nights of working and waking up late in the morning disturb your overall body cycle. You can improve your sleep and wake up the pattern by practicing Om chanting regularly. It not only ensures that you fall asleep quickly, but also that you get sound and enough sleep.
Helps to Improve Concentration
When you chant Om, you sort of detach yourself from the whole world putting aside all your worries and tensions. With regular chanting, your mind becomes focused on this small Sanskrit word. As you keep on practicing, you become more attentive in whatever you do and you’re level of concentration improves.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
According to a recent medical report, chanting Om has been associated with reducing stress. One of the biggest health benefits of Om chanting is that it brings down stress levels. It provides relief from anxiety, tension and boosts creativity. Regular chanting ensures that you feel peaceful from within and are less distracted while doing any form of work. A person practicing Om chanting regularly feels serene and pious from within. It is a form of meditation which helps you to know more about your inner self and add more meaning to everything that you do.
Good for Lungs
Chanting of Omkar is one of the best effective treatments for thyroid problems. The vibration from the vocal cards affects the thyroid directly and regulates and stimulates its function. Regular Om chanting for 15 – 30 minutes gives a good progress. Also listening to Om chanting throughout night is very effective. The results of OM chanting along with Bhramari pranayama suggest that it can also be considered and included as a regular breathing exercise to improve pulmonary function which is not exist so far.
Improves Functioning of Heart,
Digestive System & Detoxifies Body
Chanting of OM regulates the blood flow to different body parts. Thus, it helps in controlling blood pressure and symptoms of hypertension. When you disconnect from the outer world during chanting, your breathing, respiration and heart beat normalizes. Regular practice thus improves the working of your heart. Moreover, it also helps to improve your digestive system’s functioning. Improvement in blood circulation and oxygen enriched supply to the body cells are the two most important health benefits of Om chanting. When you chant Om, you have to breathe deeply. This deep breathing process helps to get rid of toxins. That is why; ancient people believed that Om chanting restores your sexuality and youthfulness externally and internally.
Improves Reasoning Ability,
A disturbed mind has a tendency to think negative first whenever some untoward incidence happens. But regular Om chanting ensures that you stay positive even in dire circumstances. Your reasoning ability improves and you are able to take right and better decisions in difficult conditions. Emotional instability is one of the reasons for failure. When you are worried, angry, frustrated or irritated, it directly impacts your career. Your behaviour becomes irrational and impractical due to which you may even become disturbed. However, you can benefit immensely by chanting Om regularly as it helps you to gain control over your emotional state. So there are immense health benefits of Om chanting. However, it is very much important that you practice it perfectly under the guidance of an able teacher to get good results.
(The author is a Sr. Faculty & Chief Warden – GCET Jammu)