Insomnia is never fun, but there is a way to make your mind and body relaxed and calm even when it can’t sleep. By playing mantra in your environment, and by chanting along, you can achieve a state of mindful meditation that will soothe your tired body and mind. While sleep is very important to our body, meditation is as well, and sometimes insomnia can be a blessing, when we turn it into a time to meditate. Other times we have to use mantra to grab whatever physical rest we can get while our bodies refuse to settle into slumber. Whether you are using these mantras to meditate while you stay awake, or soothe you while you go back to sleep, these Kundalini yoga mantras can relax and refresh your mind, body and spirit.
Sa Ta Na Ma
Saa = Infinity, totality of the Cosmos
Taa = Life (birth of form from the Infinity)
Naa = death (or transformation)
Maa = Rebirth
This mantra for insomnia is a panj shabad (meaning 5 sound mantra). These five sounds help balance the hemispheres of the brain. Often insomnia is caused by an imbalance of brainwaves or chemistry within the brain. Sa Ta Na Ma helps to regulate and soothe your mind, relaxing it and syncing it back up. The mantra itself refers to the cycle of life, and has great power to be a catalyst for change.
Translation: The Infinite Creator Liberates Me.
This mantra for insomnia liberates you from whatever block is enslaving you. You can apply this towards insomnia, directly the flow of the prayer towards helping you sleep. This mantra is also said to change challenges into opportunities and to remove fear. If worries are keeping you awake at night, this mantra can help you release them from your physical, mental and etheric bodies.
The dynamic, loving energy of the Infinite Source of All is dancing within my every cell, and is present in my every limb. My individual consciousness merges with the Universal consciousness.
This simple mantra brings peace and healing into your body. Often we lie awake because of physical pain or imbalance, and this soothing, hypnotic mantra can help you release your pain by re-identifying with Universal consciousness.
“Ang is ‘a part’. Sang is ‘in every,’ or ‘with every’. Wahe is ‘the indescribable living ecstasy of Infinite Being’. Guru is ‘the knowledge that transforms your mind, emotion and essence.’ The whole phrase means, “The Infinite Being, God, is with me, and vibrates in every molecule and cell of my being. This mantra expresses a universal truth. Repeating it creates a thought, which gradually guides the psyche to adjust itself. It re-connects every fragmented projection of the psyche, each separated part of the body, and synchronizes the finite sense of self to the Infinite Oneness. This act of rejoining the separated parts is the quintessential act of healing. Under attack, under war, under the pressures of fear, this meditation keeps us together, conscious, and ready to act. It brings the inner peacefulness that comes only from the touch and scope of spirit,” wrote Gurucharan Singh, KRI Director of Training.
Bonus Mantra: Check out Kirtan Sohila, the nighttime prayer of the Sikhs, which helps with sleeping and insomnia as well!