Mantra: a word or phrase of special significance repeated out loud or internally during meditation.
Who doesn’t want some more good vibes in their life?
The word mantra can be broken down into two parts, according to The Chopra Center. “Man,” which means mind, and “tra,” which means transport or vehicle. In other words, a mantra is an instrument of the mind—a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.”
Mantras are especially great for beginners because they give your mind something to focus on, rather than allowing it to wander off to thoughts of that brunch or work. Of course, your thoughts still might go there (and probably will!) The mind is a powerful machine that doesn’t just turn off. Meditation is an attempt to quiet and redirect racing thoughts, to learn to be mindful in the moment and to be present in our bodies.
Think about it-When do we ever take time to listen to the sounds around us, pay attention to how our bodies feel, and just give our mind a rest? Pretty rare, right? It’s not easy, but start with dedicating just 10 minutes a day. You have to be able to find 10 minutes a day to spend on yourself and your well being. Then slowly build up to 20 min and then 30 min.
According to Dr. David Frawley, mantras are said to have the ability to help alter our subconscious impulses, habits, and afflictions. This makes perfect sense to me as a social worker who has counseled clients for years. My biggest realization has been the power of thoughts. Honestly, by changing your perspective you can create a whole new world for yourself. Start by filling your mind and life with positive mantras.
Try a modern mantra that speaks to you or a more traditional mantra, such as OM. I personally am really into listening to OM chants that I find on Youtube while I meditate. Kinda out there, but very cool–“It is believed that the whole universe, in its fundamental form, is made up of vibrating energy. Om is considered as the humming sound of this cosmic energy”, according to meditationiseasy.com.
10 min meditation
∇ Close your eyes and listen to your breathing for 1 min.
∇ Repeat a mantra for 8 min.
∇ If your mind wanders, redirect yourself back to your breathing and mantra.
∇ End with 1 min of deep breathing.