The Power of So Hum Mantra

So Hum MantraA mantra is a meditation technique that helps you to take your mind to quieter, calmer levels of thinking. Mantras are often referred to as vehicles for the mind because with focus on the repetition of a mantra, other thoughts swimming in the mind dissipate and the mind shifts toward mental clarity and stillness.

The So Hum mantra has a special meaning in Vedic philosophy and is often the mantra given to those new to the practices of yoga and meditation.

The Meaning of So Hum

So Hum is a phrase comprised of two Sanskrit words. The literal translations are:

  • So: “That”
  • Hum: “I”

Therefore, the translation of So Hum is “I Am That.” Many Vedic scholars have interpreted the “That” in the mantra to represent the Universe, and it is now widely understood that the So Hum mantra symbolizes the fact that we are all connected to the universal energy that is constantly supporting and nourishing us in the ways we need and desire. It falls into the same concept as “oneness,” or “I am one with the Universe and all of creation.”

The idea of being one with the Universe and constantly supported, offers feelings of safety, protection, and unconditional support. When you’re seeking support, love, or protection, the So Hum mantra may be a great fit for your meditation.

The Double Nature of Meanings in Mantra

In some techniques and organizations, such as Transcendental meditation or Primordial Sound Meditation, mantras are personalized, meaning that each individual is assigned a mantra based on a variety of facts—whether it’s the birth date, birth time, location of birth, birth year, or other tidbits about someone’s life. These can be helpful for people to connect with their mantra on a more personal level.

Another benefit of having a personal mantra is that they come without a meaning because they are not actually words, but rather they are sounds from the Universe. The meaning behind meditation mantras can often distract from the act of quieting the mind. If the mind gets fixed on a literal meaning, it gets active; whereas if the mind is focused on the sounds of a mantra without meaning or association, it can more easily find a quiet state. So for some, the meaning of any particular mantra isn’t really important or relevant to the actual act of meditation.

But everyone’s different — some people find the powerful significance behind a particular mantra actually inspires and encourages them toward a more powerful meditation. Others find it helpful to simply focus on sounds.

The important thing to remember is that one method is not better than another; you’ll just have to explore and find out what suits you best. Know that you don’t need to go through any fancy meditation program to begin meditating with a powerful mantra. The So Hum mantra is a great place to start.

So while the meaning behind So Hum is really beautiful and significant, there’s no need to get caught up in it. The real impact is in what the practice can do for you.

The Benefits of a Mantra

The benefits of mantra meditation are the same as the benefits of any other type of meditation technique. A mantra is simply used as the anchor to help settle and focus your mind.

If you build a consistent practice, you can enjoy a wide array of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits. Here are a few posts outlining some benefits of meditation:

Simple So Hum Meditation Practice

This meditation can be done in whatever amount of time is available to you. I recommend setting a time for 10 minutes, but even if you have less than five, use whatever time you have. Take a comfortable, upright seat. Check out this post for options on how to sit for meditation.

  • Close your eyes and take one full minute to settle in by taking a few deep, cleansing breaths. Take notice of how you feel in your mind and body.
  • Start to repeat the mantra So Hum to yourself silently, slowly syncing the rhythm of your breath to the mantra.
  • As you inhale, silently repeat the word “So
  • As you exhale, silently repeat the word “Hum
  • Continue breathing slowly and aligning your mantra to your breath, being careful not to rush your breath if you notice your mantra speeding up.
  • Each time you notice your mind wander, simply draw your attention back to your silent mantra and aligning the pace of your mantra to the pace of your breath.

When your timer goes off, gently release your mantra and bring your attention back to your breath. Take a moment to sit quietly for a minute or two before opening your eyes.

Use this quiet time before opening your eyes to consider the meaning behind So Hum. Reflect on the concept that with every breath you take, you are connecting to all living beings in the Universe taking in the very same expansive energy — and in that space, you are merging into one and the same, constantly and continuously supporting one another and the world around you.

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Melissa Eisler

Melissa Eisler is an ICF Certified Leadership and Executive Coach, certified meditation and yoga instructor, and author. She created Mindful Minutes to offer practical, relatable anecdotes and tips on how to bring mindfulness into the busyness of the digital age. Her intention is to share what she learns about overcoming her own challenges with meditation, mindfulness, and life balance while maintaining a challenging schedule and career. Learn more about Melissa here.


  1. Agnes Wellesley on September 22, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Dear Melissa, thank you very much for sharing this information on so hum meditation. It’s very interesting and useful. I have been practicing yoga since 2004 and I have been practicing yoga nidra every night for almost 2 years. Just started on so hum meditation 2 days ago in the morning. God Bless:)

    • Melissa Eisler on September 22, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Hi Agnes. Thanks for your message! I’m happy to hear about your journey and hope you enjoy the meditation. :)

      • Chhaya deepti on August 8, 2020 at 11:54 pm

        The audio was very powerful and peaceful for my mind enjoyed it a lot thankyou

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  3. YAHWEH on December 29, 2016 at 2:09 am

    YAHWEH Super Blessings!!!

  4. Jennifer on January 31, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I love these articles! I teach a class in Fayetteville Nc and am checking around for ideas and came across your blog. Thank you so much!

    • Melissa Eisler on January 31, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Jennifer! Glad you’ve found it helpful. Let me know if there is anything specific I can help you with!

  5. Rob on March 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks so hum. Just started into this world with this mantra. What’s funny for me was this strange attraction I had listening to it as performed by a choir initially. I have been doing it everyday twice for a couple weeks, including in a hot salt bath. I can feel the love energy.

  6. Leticia on March 25, 2017 at 3:02 am

    Helo, do I need earphones for some of your meditations? Are there instructions for each one?
    Thank you

    • Melissa Eisler on March 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      The only audio meditation live right now that you would need earphones for, is the free meditation you get when you sign up to the VIP mailing list. The other instructions throughout the site are written. I hope you enjoy them!

  7. Wendy on November 24, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Thank you. I enjoyed reading this. I am new to using mantras during meditation and your instructions are very helpful. Your website is clean and uncluttered. Very nice and soothing.

    • Melissa Eisler on November 24, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Wendy, Thank you for your note! I’m glad you’re finding my content useful. Happy Holidays to you. :)

  8. Melissa Eisler on December 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for reading!

  9. Tom Hessian on February 11, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    I was introduced to So/Ham in 1978 and have been practicing it constantly. However, my instruction from Swami Muktananda was to inhale on Ham and exhale on So. What are your thoughts on this? Does it make any difference? Thank you

    • Melissa Eisler on February 12, 2019 at 9:00 am

      HI Tom, Thanks for your comment. I haven’t heard of this approach, however there are many techniques out there that are wonderful that I do not know. I always say that if it works for you and helps you to settle your mind, it’s the right approach for you. Since you have been practicing since 1978, I imagine it is the right approach for you!

  10. Ecaterina on March 17, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you Melissa! Your clear presentation helped me a lot as being a begginer. God bless you!

  11. Mahesh on October 23, 2019 at 5:26 am

    Which is better? So-hum meditation or Transcendental meditation?

    • Melissa Eisler on October 23, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      Thank you for your question, Mahesh! It really depends on what you’re looking for. My belief is that So Hum is a great place to begin and if you want to dive deeper into the practice, you can take a Primordial Sound Meditation or MBSR or TM class.

  12. San on June 16, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    Hi Melissa
    Thanks for the great information. Just one question… Is sohum and I am are same thing

    • Melissa Eisler on June 17, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      “So Hum” is Sanskrit for “I am that.” So yes, they mean essentially the same thing.

  13. Anant Dadu Mhadaye on July 20, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    Thank You

  14. Mariya Mathew on August 10, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Hello I’m just started the ‘so’ ‘hum’. And first day itself I liked it. Thank you

  15. Lyndsey on January 11, 2024 at 2:21 am

    This is amazing to read because I have been meditating about a year and have been trying different ways and I was always flitting from one method to another. I do yoga and I know the mantra so hum, so I started integrating it in my meditation in rhythm to my breathing. I was looking online to see the “so hum” benefits and came across your interesting website – with exactly the meditation that I have been doing! Thank you very much for confirming my new way of meditating – I think I have found something that resonates with the energies in me.

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