Finding your Mantra

What, how can a mantra get lost?

Well, maybe you haven’t discovered yours yet or just don’t see the good of having one.  I personally have found mantras to be very powerful. They can instill comfort, provide distraction or inspire positivity. Imagine how emotionally powerful words have been in your life…..maybe a good book has brought you to tears or a compliment made you blush. By using mantras we draw on this same power.

What is a mantra?

There are many definitions of what a mantra is and how it works. If you would like to learn more about the many definitions of mantras you might find www.sanskritmantra.com to be a helpful website. For our purposes a mantra is a sound, syllable, word, or group of words that are meaningful, comforting and/or transformative to the user.

How can mantras be helpful?

  • Words are powerful, have meaning and can help us remember feelings or experiences.
  • Some sounds and their vibrations can provide comfort during times of distress.

You might formulate your mantra from your religious heritage, your cultural background, family or anything with personal meaning. Some mantras are created to counteract negative thoughts.  Most important is that it is meaningful to you.

What are some examples of mantras?

  • “Moderation in all things, including moderation.”
  • I am filled with Energy,  Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
  • I trust in the process of life.
  • This too is temporary.
  • Om Mani Padma Hum

You might also consider using mantras or positive affirmations during your asana practice.

  • Standing Backward Bend – “I am open and free!”
  • Cobra Pose – “I rise joyfully to greet each new opportunity.”
  • Tree Pose – “I am strong. I am poised.”

What are some words or sounds that have meaning to you? Have you ever used mantras? How have they worked for you? What are your favorite mantras and why?

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  1. “Something Good is About to Happen!”

    • Love it!


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