So Hum is a mantra and meditation which focuses on just being. It helps us find us a nice space within ourselves where we can ditch our worries for a bit. When we are anxious, depressed, lonely, or stressed, it consumes us and makes us unable to focus. Practicing So Hum brings about the realization that all you need is yourself. Yeah, did you forget that you are all you need? Fantastic.
So means, “I am” and Hum means “that” or “the divine.”
I am That. I am the Divine.
(How cool is that? Does it make you want to cry? It does me.)
First, sit in a comfy position, chakras aligned. So either cross-legged on the floor or in a chair, back straight, chest open, both feet on the ground. As you inhale through the nose (mouths closed) think “soooooo.” and as you exhale think “huuummmm. As usual we are using our belly breath. On the inhale our bellies balloon out, and on the exhale our belly buttons go in toward the spine.
You can practice So Hum for as long as you want. I recommend at least 5 minutes. You can set a timer if you choose so you can fully release yourself.
In the practice of So Hum, you can visualize the inhalation of life (does it have a color? or a shape?) filling up your body. Start with the base of your spine and visualize the life going upward to the top of your head. Maybe the color gets into all the crevices you don’t want anyone to see…or admit are there. I visualize the color like a gentle electric toothbrush, getting all in those “hard to reach” areas. It’s our spirit and it’s our job to keep it clean.
Speaking of clean, on the exhale visualize all the junk (old feelings, worries, memories) flowing outward. This way, we can make room for the prana, the beautiful color of life that we are inhaling. Remember visualize where the clogs, cobwebbs, even black tar (I had stuff that looked like coffee grounds) and clean it out with new life. You will feel like you just had a spiritual massage.
So Hum is great for
Stress reduction, relaxation, calm, inner peace
Realization that you are a Divine being
Moving you to a higher energetic level (it’s a funk buster)
Mental focus and concentration
Bonus: It relieves constipation!