What Is Primordial Sound Meditation?

Primordial Sound Meditation, or PSM, is a healing practice that allows us to experience inner calm and deep relaxation. For thousands of years, people have used meditation to move beyond the mind's busy activity and emotional turbulence into profound peace and expanded awareness.

In the age of digital devices, social media, and busy schedules, the restful awareness we experience during meditation is more valuable than ever. The term "restful awareness" captures the unique combination of physical relaxation and an alert yet quiet mind. The pace of life has accelerated, and every day we are bombarded with more information and stimulation than our ancestors encountered during entire lifetimes. Not surprisingly, the number of people suffering from stress, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic health problems is on the rise—and many are searching for peace of mind.

The most direct way to experience inner silence and well-being is meditation, a tool to rediscover the body's own inner intelligence. As scientific research reveals, when you meditate, your breathing slows, blood pressure decreases, and stress hormone levels fall.

Primordial Sound Meditation isn’t about forcing your mind to be quiet, it’s about experiencing the silence that's already there and making it a part of your life. Silence is the birthplace of happiness, creativity, and infinite possibilities. From this field of pure potentiality we get our bursts of inspiration, our most intuitive thoughts, and our deepest sense of connection to the Universe. Practicing meditation on a daily basis allows you to weave silence and stillness into your mind and body to create a life of greater compassion and fulfillment. Even when your mind is filled with agitated thoughts, you still have access to the inner stillness and calm that always lies beneath the choppy surface of thought and emotion.

Primordial Sounds and Mantras

There are many different ways to meditate. At the Chopra Center, we offer instruction in Primordial Sound Meditation, a powerful meditation technique rooted in the Vedic tradition of India. Chopra Center co-founders Deepak Chopra and David Simon have revived this ancient practice of sound meditation and made it available in a format that’s easy to learn.

When you learn Primordial Sound Meditation, you will receive a personal mantra. A mantra is a specific sound or vibration—which when repeated silently—helps you to enter deeper levels of awareness. A Sanskrit term that translates as "vehicle of the mind," a mantra truly is a vehicle that takes you into quieter, more peaceful levels of the mind.

The mantra you will receive is the vibration the universe was creating at the time and place of your birth, and it is calculated following Vedic mathematic formulas. When you silently repeat your mantra in meditation, it creates a vibration that helps you slip into the space between your thoughts, into the complete silence that is sometimes referred to as "the gap." Your mind is no longer caught up in its noisy internal chatter and is instead exposed to its own deepest nature: pure awareness.

What Are the Benefits of Meditation?

As many studies show, a regular meditation practice offers numerous health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, and releasing stress and fatigue. In fact, meditating for half an hour provides more psychological rest than a full night's sleep. As you meditate on a regular basis, you will notice an increased sense of well-being as well as greater energy and creativity.

Today doctors are increasingly citing stress as a major contributing factor to most illnesses. Even though meditation should not be considered a cure by itself, research has shown it to be beneficial for a wide range of health problems. As stress is greatly eliminated through Primordial Sound Meditation, our minds and bodies begin to function with maximum effectiveness, creating health, vitality, and happiness.

Practicing Primordial Sound Meditation on a daily basis can help you to:

  • Manage stress
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Improve your relationships
  • Create inner peace
  • Awaken your intuition
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Become less judgmental
  • Connect to spirit
  • Enhance your sleep patterns

Where to Learn Primordial Sound Meditation

Primordial Sound Meditation instruction is included as an integral part of every one of our Chopra Center programs. We also offer several other options to learn about meditation.

A Chopra Center Event: Join us at the Chopra Center to learn the powerful practice of Primordial Sound Meditation. We teach the technique at the Seduction of Spirit meditation and yoga retreat, the Journey Into Healing mind-body health workshop, our Perfect Health six-day program, Meditation Weekend, and more. Please check our programs page for a full calendar of events to find out when you can join us to learn Primordial Sound Meditation

Online PSM Course: Join us for our Primordial Sound Meditation On-Demand Course! Start your practice anywhere at any time with this 6-session online course.

Find a Certified Instructor: You can learn Primordial Sound Meditation from one of our certified instructors at locations throughout the world. Find an Instructor near you.

Free Intro & Guided Meditation Classes: If you live near the Chopra Center, in Carlsbad, California, you can join us at our free introduction to meditation or guided meditation classes. The intro class is on Fridays from 2:00-3:00pm. We offer 30 minute guided meditation sessions Tuesday through Friday 7:45 - 8:15am, Monday through Friday 6-6:30pm and Saturday at 8:45-9:15am and 12:00-12:30pm. In addition, there's a men's meditation group on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9:30-10:30am.

Ready to take your meditation practice deeper? Join the Chopra Center's Primordial Sound Meditation certification program and become a teacher. The best way to learn is by teaching others. 

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