Mantras and Chants are often associated with Buddhism and religious communities, but they are an essential part of my life and my positive living routine. They have helped me stay calm through times of anxiety and helped me stay connected to my spiritual self, which is only some of the reasons why I keep on recommending this practice of using mantras to my friends, family, and clients.
What is a Mantra exactly?
Mantras are repeated, specific and positive statements that often introduce a trance-like, meditative state. Some of these statements are religious and can be in Sanskrit, or other highly- spiritual languages, others are more simple, straightforward, and practical, such as a repeated positive affirmation or a powerful word, with a strong meaning for the practitioner.
How do I practice my mantras on a daily basis?
During my morning ritual (which is loosely based on the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod), I either listen to a recording of affirmations or repeat one of my favorite mantras, connecting me to my spiritual path, usually after a time of formal meditation. When I do repeat a mantra, I will use Mala beads to help me stay focused and keep count.
Throughout the day I use some mantras if I feel an uneasiness, and want to recenter myself. During times when I was particularly anxious, I used several mantras to keep myself from focusing on negative, spiraling thinking, and re-direct my thoughts toward a more positive, peaceful state.
Some mantras are specifically powerful during physical exercises, such as brisk walking, or running on a treadmill. Usually, those mantras have a strong and forceful, with a fast cadence that specifically suits themselves to movement. This is particularly true for the mantra that I learned from Tony Robbins (see below for lists of mantras I use)
Do I have to subscribe to a particular spiritual path to enjoy the benefits of mantras?
While Mantras originated from Buddhism and Hinduism, they are not particularly tied to these religious practices. Any positive life-affirming statement can become your mantra. However, if you are a part of a religious path, you can use sentenced from your sacred texts, such as the Bible, instead of a secular affirming statement.
Examples of Mantras that I use
Here are some of the mantras that I use. Some of them have spiritual origins, others are words that I have written, or are repeated affirmations from self-help teachers and other thought leaders:
Every day, in every way, I grow stronger and stronger (source: Tony Robbins)
I am free from my sadness (source)
The power of love is within me. The power of love surrounds me
Breathe in, I accept peace. Breathe out, I offer peace.
Whatever comes my way, I know I am okay
I accept; I allow; I let go;
Breathing out, I release my worries, breathing in, I smile
I am enough, I am enough, I am enough
Namoe Guan Shi Yin Pusa (Kuan Yin Mantra)
Meaning of the Kuan Yin Mantra:
- Namo (Sanskrit) means ”homage to” or ”refuge in”;
- Guan (Chinese) means ”observe” or ”care”;
- Shi (Chinese) means ”world”;
- Yin (Chinese) means ”sound” or ”voice”;
- Pusa (Sanskrit) means ”Bodhisattva” – a being with great compassion and wisdom (source )
Do I have to chant the mantras out loud for them to be effective?
Dr. Melissa West states that You can chant the sounds out loud or internally. When you chant the mantra internally, the “inner sound” becomes the object of attention for your meditation. … Saying the mantra aloud is said to help attune yourself to the pronunciation of the mantra as well as calm your mind. (Source)
Mantras are powerful, portable, and can be used during any life situation to assist you in creating the mental state that you are desiring. They are easy to incorporate into any lifestyle and routine and therefore are a tool that should not be dismissed.