Utilizing The Power of Mantras In Your Life

Utilizing The Power of Mantras In Your Life

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.

 

Mantra for today: The power of love is within me. The power of love surrounds me

 

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)

Conclusion:

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.

 

Recommended Reading:

Mindfulness On The Go Cards: A Review

28 Powerful Self Compassion Quotes

Mindful Minute: Where Is Your Attention Right Now?


2 Comments

  1. I am a very down to earth person, painfully realistic. For long time I didn’t ‘believe’ is wierd stuff like yoga or mantras. I couldn’t understand my friends stubbornly practicing mindfulness and meditation. Until I came to a point in my life where I could no longer cope with everyday corporate stress and pressure and it started affecting my phisical health and the wellbeing of my loved ones. So I decided to try – first some basic meditation techniques (like singing hiu for couple of minutes), then I started doing yoga and mantras. Well, I have no idea how this works (I’m still looking for science to explain it!) but it does help me go through life with positive attitude and faith. If you have never tried this before – give it a shot. Worst case scenario – nothing will hapen and you’ll quit. Best case scenario – you’ll start a new life.

  2. I heard a lot about Mantras and its benefits. I do meditate but not with any Mantras. Meditation has help me to clear my mind and better myself. But I also heard that saying your Mantras out loud can provide many soothing benefits in a short time. I studied this and there was a likely scientific explanation for this. It has to do with sound and vibration of one’s voice. Just like breaking glass with vibration, there are different level or sequence of vibration to heal ourselves. Whether it’s powerful self affirmations or just plain vibration of our voices, the benefits are there. I guess, it doesn’t matter how you do your Mantras, as long it works for the individuals. Thanks for the helpful article.

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