Mantra (n.) : (originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.
I don’t know about you, but mantra’s have a way of pulling me out of the rubble. Whenever I need to be present in the moment and in need of positive vibes.
Now what exactly is a mantra? My handy dandy webster’s dictionary definition is above but there’s definitely a lot more to it.
“a mantra is an instrument of the mind—a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.” – Chopra Center Meditation
It is believed that when using a mantra positive actions and ideas will fill your mind and in the process eliminate negativity.
Eliminating negativity? I’m all for that. A lot of times we may think negativity is all around us, but sometimes we’re the problem, we’re actually harboring all this negativity. We have the capacity to poison our thoughts with our own negativity. You’re probably thinking, well why would I poison myself? Unfortunately, we don’t even realize we’re doing it. Here’s a few examples…
You’re not good enough?
You can’t do something?
You’re not strong enough?
You’re a failure?
You’re not as lucky as other people?
Do any of these sound familiar, have they creeped they’re way into your everyday life? Annoying.
Start filling your life with love and positivity and radiate it. It’s easier said than done, but incorporating mantras into your everyday life is a great place to start. Now to be honest I felt a little weird saying them. I would look at myself in the mirror and repeat the mantra multiple times. After a few days I quit because I felt so awkward, but that’s just the negativity talking! Push through the awkwardness with yourself. After a while a pretty beautiful thing starts to happen…you’ll notice yourself repeating the mantra at random points throughout the day and you start to live and breathe what you’re saying.
A mantra doesn’t have to be complicated it can be one word, a phrase, or something you’re thankful for.
My favorite mantra of all time: I love and approve of you (insert name)
I heard this mantra on the Lively Show, one of my favorite podcasts.
If you’re looking for a daily mantra I suggest reading Shannon Kaiser’s book, Find Your Happy. It’s 365 days of daily mantras meant to motivate you for a happy, peaceful and fulfilling life. If you follow me on snapchat, you’ve probably seen this book everyday. This book is a part of my everyday routine and puts in the right mindset for the day. First thing in the morning I make my coffee and read my daily mantra, it’s honestly my favorite time of the day. It give me a chance to reflect and set my daily goals. I cannot not recommend this book enough!
If you have a favorite mantra please share it in the comments.