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Chant Simple Sounds There are special mantras that can be used for healing, but these are best learned from an experienced teacher. However, there are many simple sounds you can use that are quite effective. These sounds can be chanted silently or aloud. Chant them and direct the vibration to the area of imbalance. The vowels are known as nonlocal sounds, meaning they will localize and harmonize wherever you direct them: Aaa Eeeee Eye Ooooo Uuuuuu Sounds containing consonants generally localize in a specific area: Mmm—sinuses Nnn—ears Imm—eyes Lmm—nose Paam—stomach Kaa gaa gha—throat Yaa yu yai—jaw Haa—diaphragm Mam—reproductive organs Maa—heart Sssss—lungs and large intestine Shhh—liver and small intestine Who—spleen and gall bladder Wooo—kidneys and bladder Chant Chakra Vibrations Consciousness transforms into matter at every point in the universe, but is most lively in certain places. On the body, those places are the chakras, which spin consciousness into matter. The chakras are energy centers positioned along the spine; clearing them so they can spin freely is an important part of spiritual growth. Like everything else, each chakra has its own sound or vibration. Chanting these sounds either aloud or silently with your attention in the appropriate area helps balance the chakras. Each chakra has its own qualities, but by starting at the base of the spine and chanting for each chakra two to three times, you can create an overall harmony. Lam—Root chakra (base of the spine) Vam—Sacral chakra (behind the pubic bone) Ram—Navel chakra (just below the ribs) Yam—Heart chakra Ham—Throat chakra Ksham—Third eye chakra (between the eyebrows) Om—Crown chakra (top of the head) The Journey Silence contains the potential for all sounds and therefore the mechanics for all healing. Mantras such as the Chopra Center's Primordial Sound Meditation mantras are vibrations that take your awareness on an inward journey. By making this journey on a regular basis, you begin to integrate this potential in your daily life. In the process, the mind and body gain a deep level of rest, and rest is how the body naturally heals itself. The memory of wholeness, health, and harmony begins to be restored in all levels of your life. This article was adapted from a work that originally appeared on www.chopra.com. Roger Gabriel spent his formative years in the UK and first learned meditation there in the early 1970s. It instantly became his passion and he soon trained to be a meditation teacher under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After moving to the US, he began studying ayurveda and met and became friends with Deepak Chopra in 1985. Since then, he has assisted Chopra with numerous training programs, seminars, and workshops; taught thousands of people on all continents to meditate; and helped train hundreds of people to become teachers of meditation, ayurveda, and yoga. He currently serves as a member of the Chopra Center Certifications' Advisory Board and is a Chopra Center–certified educator who teaches regularly at the center's workshops, seminars, and teacher training programs. For more information, visit www.rogergabriel.com. Try to keep your thinking calm and positive, creating a soothing, loving sound. Your cells will appreciate this and your body is more likely to stay healthy. Ta k e 5 a n d t r y A B M P F i v e - M i n u t e M u s c l e s a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / f i v e - m i n u t e - m u s c l e s . 51

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