What’s a mantra?
The word mantra is an ancient Sanskrit word, which roughly translates to “mind tool.” A mantra is a repeated or chanted sound, word, or phrase. One mantra you’re probably familiar with is the om mantra, typically used in meditation. Mantras may be used to evoke an altered or transcendent state.
Where did the practice come from?
Mantras have been used throughout history in meditation. They were first introduced in the Buddhist and Hindu religions and were associated with spiritual practices and rituals. The earliest known mantras were spoken in Sanskrit.
How do I use them?
Mantras may be spoken aloud or simply stated in your mind. You don’t necessarily have to repeat the word or phrase. You may choose to say it only once. Mantras are for your own spiritual or personal wellbeing, and you get to choose how you use them.
Where and why would I use mantras?
Meditation is not the only place where mantras can be integrated. They can help keep you focused, present, and aware. They can help you set your intention for your day or a specific event. Try starting your day with a mantra by adding it into your morning routine. They can be especially helpful when dealing with anxiety and worry. Incorporating mantras into exercises, such as yoga, can help you stay centered during your practice. Mantras can also be used in spiritual practices, such as prayer or spiritual rituals. You can add mantras into your mindfulness practice to focus your awareness on certain areas. They can also be used as personal affirmations. Some people describe a sort of grounding feeling as they repeat a mantra to themselves - a feeling that all is okay and right in the world. For many, the act of speaking mantras is therapeutic.
5 empowering mantras you can try today...
1. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
This is a personal favorite of mine. It’s one my father has always said. It’s all about finding the motivation inside yourself to accomplish something that may seem nearly impossible. It’s a good mantra for helping you maintain a goal-oriented frame of mind. You can repeat it if you’re having an especially hard time carrying out a task or seeing the finish line.
2. (Breathe in) I receive love. (Breathe out) I give love.
Sometimes, when we’re going through hard times, it can be helpful to feel connected to others – to find common humanity. Coordinating your mantra with your breath can help you connect to your body. Try it out... on an in-breath think, “I receive love.” On an out-breath, “I give love.” And picture sending love to someone who needs it.
3. I am open to receiving whatever the day may bring.
With this one, you’re sending yourself the message that you can be flexible and openly vulnerable. This is a great one for the start of your day. You can also bring your mind back to your intention and repeat it for grounding if you’re having any anxiety about upcoming events during your day.
4. I appreciate the good.
In our fast-paced world, we are often dissatisfied with where we are and what we have. We’re always wanting more. It can be good to strive for goals and look hopefully toward the future, but it’s important to find gratitude for what we do have. This mantra can help you cultivate an attitude of gratitude for the things that are going right.
5. I am enough.
This mantra can be especially helpful for those with perfectionist tendencies and critical self-talk. It speaks to the fact that just being as you already are is just fine and helps you become content with where you are in the moment. You are worthy and lovable just as you are, regardless of whether you’ve lived up to certain expectations.
Many people have mantras that they naturally think to themselves, without even consciously being aware they’re doing it. What are some mantras you often say to yourself? Are they positive or negative? If you’re unsure, start to become more aware of your self-talk. If the tone is on the negative side, it might be time to implement some positive mantras into your life.