Japa meditation is considered even today one of the most effective meditation techniques used to eliminate stress from your life.This technique is said to have originated in India around 2300 B.C. The word ‘Japa’ in the original Sanskrit means, ‘to utter softly, to mutter, or to speak internally.’
This meditation requires practitioners to speak a mantra or a very short prayer softly and quietly or to oneself. If you are speaking your mantra lightly, yet audibly, this is referred to as Vaikhari Japa.
When you repeat your mantra silently, however, it is referred to as Manasika Japa. Manasika Japa is usually revered as the most potent of the two Japa types. It is considered more powerful than the first because by not saying out loud the mantra, you involve your entire brain to focus on in by using your inner voice.
It does require a complete focus of the mind. Once this focus is accomplished, outside influences are blocked. Then you as the practitioner can go very deeply into a meditative state.
By practicing it, you will find yourself in a place of calm that will help you reach inner peace and balance.