At Cleveland University, research shows that the melodic and rhythmic tones created when chanting form a soothing effect in the body called the Neuro-linguistic effect [NLE]. Another part of the research shows the increased effect of releasing healing chemicals in the brain when we are intentionally attaching a meaning or understanding to the mantra. This is called the Psycholinguistic effect [PLE].
The University of California, Los Angeles, studied the benefits of yogic chanting by comparing the effects of two groups. Each group had a practice for 12-minutes a day at the same time for 8 weeks. One group had the practice of kirtan kriya, kundalini yoga chanting. The other group spent their segmented time relaxing to a soothing piece of music. The yogic chanting group showed positive results that actually doubled the relaxation group. The benefits didn’t just stop there, actually, the kirtan kriya group showed an increase in cognitive function.
They also had increased telomerase activity. Telomeres are the protein caps on the end of each chromosome in your body. During cellular division, telomeres will replicate themselves. Through this process, they will become shorter while the chromosomes divide themselves. The cell cannot divide and multiply when the telomeres eventually becomes too short. Telomerase is an enzyme that extends the telomeres of chromosomes. Telomeres shortening has been linked to aging and potentially lengthening telomeres can extend our lives. “
What is a mantra?
A mantra when chanted, spoken or thought can act like a portal and transport the speaker to the healing state the mantra teaches. Mantras should be used repetitively to acquire their fullest teaching. Mantras have the power to rewire subconscious thoughts, habitual patterns, and dissolve limiting beliefs. To reap the full benefits of a mantra you need to use it intentionally in order to activate the Psycholinguistic effect [PLE]. As well as stick to using it on a regular basis for a prolonged length of time. This will give your mind time to attune to its teaching as well as reprogram limiting beliefs.
Try this chant:
‘Aham Prema’ – Aham – can be understood as I am – Prema – means pure divine love the existence within the essence of all beings This mantra affirms that you are pure love and connects you to the root of this energy. It ignites awareness of this cosmic compassion and amplifies this love to shine through you.”