As a mom to 2 cats, every time we say AUM, the vibrations created especially in the ending “mmm” reminds me of the purring of a cat. In a way, it provides for me a vacuum, like a comforting embrace, within which I can focus my attention, clear my mind and to quietly soak in the reverberation of the voices in the room.
While I enjoy the good old AUM and have no problem listening to sanskrit chants even though they sometimes sound like invocations to certain deities, learning to chant myself was honestly not on my to-do list. When prompted to, I decided to go ahead and do some research.
As a Catholic, I am no stranger to chanting but am well aware of the misconceptions of yoga and religion. Even an immigration website lists yoga teacher as “Minister of religion”. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I will refrain from going into the details of my own belief or my own conclusion but just wanted to share some articles I came across.