There are many ways to meditate: vipassana, metta, moving, mudra, and of course, mantra. Mantra is a method for focusing the mind by repeating a word, idea, or phrase several times. By repeating the mantra, we can manifest the essence of the phrase into our own lives. A beautiful and synergistic form of mantra is known as kirtan. Kirtan is a call-and-response version of mantra that is often set to music or melody. When we participate in kirtan with others, we share in the collective and synergistic energy of the group.
You can use the Ganesha Mantra to work on getting closer to your true Self. Ganesh, or Ganapataye (featured here) resides in the root chakra and is known as the Remover of Obstacles. By singing mantra, we can cultivate an understanding of how to get through opposition and to move closer to where we want to be. Next time you are facing a challenge, awaken a strong sense of self and break through obstacles by reciting the mantra Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. Try it out loud, repeat it silently in your mind, or sing along to the Edo and Jo version that we love!