In meditation, the repetition of a manta or affirmation is used to help quiet the mind and focus one’s attention on the third eye. As the egoic chatter slows down, the individual can find a state of peace and calm and move into a deeper meditative state.
The practice of using finger movements or counting prayer beads as one says a prayer, affirmation, or mantra has been a part of several of the world’s major faith traditions including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Rosary beads are used in the Catholic tradition and Mala beads are a part of the Buddhist practice of meditation as a repetitive movement to help to keep the mind focused.
New studies in neurology confirm the positive impact of meditation on the brain. Harvard neurologist Andrew Newberg, M. D., documents the impact of repetitive movement on meditation. “Our research suggests that the more complex you make your meditation, the more you enhance additional functions of the brain.” His studies have proven that slow quick, repetitive movement of the fingers enhance the depth of the meditative experience.
It only takes a few minutes to use meditative beads or your fingers to repeat an affirmation to center your Self into a deep state of Consciousness. Ancient wisdom and modern medicine tell us that these few minutes can yield incredible results.