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In Indian religions mantra (Devanagari मन्त्र) is a Sanskrit term for a sound, syllable, word, or group of words (usually starting with word ॐ (Aum, Om), which is itself the most famous mantra) that is considered capable of "creating transformation" (cf. spiritual transformation). Its use and type varies according to the school and philosophy associated with the mantra. Mantras, the Sanskrit syllables inscribed on yantras, are essentially 'thought forms' representing divinities or cosmic powers, which exert their influence by means of sound-vibrations.
Relax your body and Clear your mind. Take a deep breaths. you may be easily distracted and can start thinking of something else, even while you are saying your mantra. Having a clear mind helps with concentration and awareness.
Make a clear intention. Remind yourself again and again why you are using your mantra. Be straight and clear things to yourself. No questions should remain or doubt must be cleared.
Start saying your mantra, either out loud or internally. Many people find it useful to coordinate the mantra with the breath. Experiment with this to see what works for you.
Know and connect to the meaning of your mantra. This is a very personal thing, and over time you may find that how you experience your mantra changes, as it becomes part of you, and you become part of it.
Depending on the type of mantra, you may wish to place your focus on your heart or between your eyebrows as you use the mantra. Or if the mantra is specific for something such as healing, or for a specific chakra, then place your awareness on that part of your body.
If your mantra is associated with a deity then you may wish to visualize the deity as you say your mantra, or if it is chakra mantra meditation then you can visualize the color associated with that chakra.
Mantras are the ultimate words which you can use anytime and anywhere without any formality.
Whether in Home, car, at work place, with friends or on your own, if you say your mantra internally it can always be with you.
Using a mantra is like any other form of meditation. When you realize that your thoughts have wandered just simply refocus, and return to your mantra.
Try Experimenting with your mantra in different situations. If you are angry, you can try saying your mantra louder and at a faster pace, to drown out your angry thoughts. Or if you are in a quiet place and are feeling calm, try whispering the mantra and using it to lead you into silence.