I get asked this question a lot.
What is Om?
Om is a sacred sound. Or mantra used in the practice of meditation thought to be the “sound” of the universe; almost like a low-level hum of the world.
I say Om because the monk, who was my spiritual teacher and also taught me how to meditate, told me to use it.
I never questioned him or his teaching because I trusted him and I didn’t spend any amount of time trying to figure out how Om makes me feel, what it does for me, or what it meant. I just went with the flow and eventually everything started to flow. It worked for me, so I ran with it.
This is something that I do and it has no religious affiliation. When meditating, it is often helpful to have a mantra whether it’s Om, amen, ahmen, or even thank you – all of these serve the purpose of grounding yourself, setting a tone, and help to control your breathing. And you can try it as well if you want. If it works for you, use it, if it doesn’t, lose it.
The inner vibration of the saying the word Om feels empowering, peaceful, and calming at the same time. Try it.
What is Namaste?
Namaste is a sanskrit word that means the good in me sees the good in you. Or can be used as a formal greeting. You have likely heard this word used in yoga class as a way to thank or greet your instructor.
What is Peace?
Peace. Well, that is self explanatory.
Peace, Om, and Namaste.