Mantra is an excellent tool for meditation. A mantra can be a name, a saying, or something traditional.
Sadhguru, an Indian yogi, mystic, philanthropist and author, describes mantra this way:
Mantra means a sound, a certain utterance or a syllable. Today, modern science sees the whole existence as reverberations of energy, different levels of vibrations. Where there is a vibration, there is bound to be a sound. So, that means, the whole existence is a kind of sound, or a complex amalgamation of sounds – the whole existence is an amalgamation of multiple mantras. Of these, a few mantras or a few sounds have been identified, which could be like keys. If you use them in a certain way, they become a key to open up a different dimension of life and experience within you.
The Kripalu tradition uses the mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.” You can use any mantra you enjoy. Here is Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya:

Give it a try. Chant aloud or to yourself. This practice can be done sitting, standing, walking, waiting in line, anywhere!
 
~ Jackie McAndrew
(check out Day 18 for more information about mala beads)

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