110: Is it good, natural, and necessary to “fill” every gap in the mind with a mantra during meditation?
A mantra is a great vehicle for arriving in the present moment. Especially when our minds are particularly chaotic. However, the constant mantra doesn’t allow for as much mindfulness and observation of our thoughts, mindset, and emotions.
Focusing on your breath or your body can offer a chance to observe those things, as well as give us moments of complete presence and absence of thoughts. We don’t have to just stick to one or the other. We can use each one when we feel we need it for its specific benefit, and we can listen to our heart, mind and body to let us know what we need in the moment.