The potency of communication is limitless. When our wordcraft is effective, ideas develop. As they root and shoot, feelings blossom or wither — spells are cast, laws are made, secrets shared and plans hatched and lives are changed forever. Discovering how meditating with a mantra can alter the way you wield words will help you attain greater mastery over the course of your life and the path you carve through it.
Communication has become even more important in the current climate of social distancing and gnawing anxieties. Meditation can help us connect and share ideas with crystal clarity and boundless generosity – allowing us to adapt to our new reality and cope with our time apart.
Recapturing the potency of your words
When we speak, the words we say function as artfully stitching needles, connecting the ethereal threads of our thoughts between one another’s minds. As our words weave back and forth, a tapestry of shared meanings takes form between us. This is the process of communication; the lifeblood of human interaction, if you catch my drift…
It is very important that the words we use when we speak carry the exact meaning that we intend to communicate. Otherwise, they will alchemise in the minds of the people who hear them in altogether unintended ways. Thick and fast, the kind of tapestry you create can start to spin off your loom and out of your control.
Understanding where misunderstandings originate
Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder, and the vastly different landscapes of our individual inner worlds are one of the many spectacular aspects of humanity. So, it’s no wonder that the sentiments of the phrases we say can sometimes get lost in translation, with your hastily delivered compliment becoming something else altogether in the ears of the hearer. (That old adage, “sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me,” was clearly thought up by somebody who’d never tried Beeja meditation!)
The reluctance we all feel, at times, to be held to our words is simultaneously a testament to the capacity they have to demarcate the reality we inhabit. Whenever anybody insists, mid-argument, that the exact words used in a previous conversation shouldn’t matter, it’s categorically time for a breather.
Your meditation practice may be outwardly silent, but, over time, it can work wonders in terms of helping you harness the power of language, and the results will speak for themselves. You can say hello to a whole new way of engaging with the world, when your words begin having their intended effects.
Getting to know your mantra — more than just a word
In Beeja meditation, which is based on the oldest form of meditation in the world, your personal mantra is selected for you by our guides, with reference to your unique personality characteristics, as well as metrics such as your age and date of birth. Your meditation practice itself is simple: you simply repeat the mantra silently to yourself for a twenty-minute period, twice a day.
While you never actually need to say your mantra aloud — and, in fact, are advised against sharing it with others, which makes it your secret talisman — your regular repetitions of it will catalyse new avenues of your personal growth, many of which will improve the way you communicate. From deepening your reserves of compassion, to improving your ability to read people, to sharpening your imagination, you’ll be inwardly thanking your mantra throughout the day, each time your words seem to spur on your continued progress through great days towards even better tomorrows.
Realigning your reality tunnel
Popularised by the author Robert Anton Wilson, the term “reality tunnel” is a way of conceptualising our engagement with the world around us. It is the funnel through which we process our surroundings and the concepts they contain. The word “reality” is somewhat misleading here, as this way of conceptualising perception makes some admission that our reality is formed of our subjective perceptions, and that these are uniquely our own and may not translate totalistically into the world around us.
When we communicate with one another effectively, however, we can point our reality tunnels in the same direction as one another and agree on shared modalities of meaning-making. This is what true communication is; connectivity. We’re inherently separated by our unique standpoints. Make no mistake, however — looking through someone else’s reality tunnel isn’t as easy as borrowing their periscope — it’s exactly as impossible as physically morphing into them. This is precisely why words are so important; the right language, used in the right way, can facilitate a genuinely shared experience of reality.
Keying into connotations
As you begin choosing your words with greater care, you’ll find yourself tuning, intuitively, even more closely into the nuances at play in your interpersonal relationships. That space between us? It may be called a channel of communication, but traversing it doesn’t always have to feel like you’re washed up on the shores of this figure of speech, calling across the English channel while the cries of the gulls drown out your words.
Mindful dialogue is all about awareness of the connotations and slippages of meaning around words, and it is also as much about what you say as what you don’t say. Meditating with a mantra can eventually result in developing a heightened ability to understand what’s going on in the space between the words you use and the effects they might have on others.
As a result, you’ll become increasingly likely to achieve the effects you want with the ones you choose to say. The choices you make may surprise you. Depending who you’re talking to, you may find yourself arranging the letters in ways you’d never have contemplated initially, in order to get your message across, and having greater success than you could ever have imagined.
Recognising “garbage language”
We’ve all been there. In the meeting where the talk of “catching the low hanging fruit” eclipses any possibility of “blue sky thinking,” and the only concrete element of the situation is the air you’re figuratively wringing between your hands. Writer Molly Young coins the term “garbage language” in this beautiful essay trash-talking jargon. When you start meditating, you’ll begin spotting it a mile off.
Abstract metaphors drive us to abstraction for a good reason; it’s because, even if this knowledge is buried deep down, we’re inescapably aware that they don’t actually mean anything. We may not overtly define ourselves as seeking meaning — especially if the first whiff of spiritualism sends you running hills — but when you start using more conscious language, it’s impossible not to feel glad you’ve found it.
Get in touch for a chat
While our real-world courses and classes in London are necessarily on hold to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re currently offering meditation courses online at a 33% discount, and would love to hear from you. So, if you would like to explore the ways that meditation could help you improve your communication, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Words: Rosalind Stone