I recently attended a pop-up yoga class with Dr. Ariele Foster to benefit the devastating earthquakes in Nepal. Her class had a deep focus on the benefits of using mantras in your practice. We listened to music during our flow that had a number of repetitive mantras that we sang/chanted/murmured/yelled out loud in this hour and half practice. It was an uplifting and energizing class that brings me to introduce to you the power of the mantra.
We listened to several tracks from MC Yogi‘s new album: Mantras Beats & Meditations. One of the repetitive mantras throughout the album is this:
“Only love is real.”
So simple. That’s the beauty of a mantra. It can a phrase, or even a single word, that you repeat. It give you focus. Another strong mantra that I like is:
Yeah. Sometimes, I have to remind myself to breathe.
What exactly is a mantra?
Is it just a word or phrase repeated over and over? Mantras for meditation involves a lot more than just sounding like a broken record. They’re generally sacred in nature – a name or sound that both uplifts you and helps you keep your focus during meditation. In other words, they’re designed to change you.
Many of them seem more like affirmations.
“I am strong.”
The thing about mantras for meditation, is that they give your brain something to do. Yes, spiritual mantras are meant to transform you just by uttering them again and again, but there’s a lot to be said for saying something just to keep nonsense babble at bay.
Here’s a list of some pre-made mantras if you need a little help coming up with something:
From the Ancients
- “Aum” – an oldie but a goodie, you really can’t mess this one up too badly. The “Om” is the sacred sound of Hinduism and is said to mean, variously: It Is, Will Be or To Become.
- “Om Mani Padme Hum” – this one’s from Tibet and it means, roughly, “Hail the Jewel in the Lotus.” The jewel in this case is the Buddha of Compassion.
- “Namo AmitaBha” – Homage to the Buddha of boundless light.
- “I am that I am” – This is one of the Hebrew Torah’s most famous lines, and it was God’s answer to Moses when Moses asked for his name.
- “Ham-Sah” – The Hindu variant, meaning I am THAT.
- “I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank You” – Ho’oponopono (Hawaiian) Mantra.
- “Love is the only miracle there is.” – Osho
- “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
- “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.” – Laura Silva
- “I change my thoughts, I change my world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Ultimately, do what makes you feel.