This week, we're thinking about the power of mantras. Incorporating mantras into your meditation can deepen your practice and ground your day with intention.
What Are Mantras and Where Did They Come From?
Mantras are believed to have originated before the word "mantra" itself. Rooted in two Sanskrit words, 'manas' meaning mind and 'tra' meaning tool, the word translates to "tool of the mind."
The first-ever mantra, Om, is one that may feel familiar to anyone who's done yoga. It is considered to be the sound of the creation of the universe, and is believed to contain every vibration that has or will ever exist.
The Health Benefits of Mantras
Studies have shown that repeating mantras can reduce stress levels. How? They interrupt the mind's natural thought pattern and can remind us that we have some power in deciding how we feel.
We already know that meditation can bring your focus to the present moment and increase your self-awareness. Incorporating a mantra into your practice might help to deepen that awareness and ability to ground in the present moment
Make Mantras a Routine
Your best bet to make a mantra part of your day? Incorporate it in your morning routine. Start your day off by repeating 1 or 2 mantras that you connect with and it can start your day in a positive, balanced headspace. For an extra push, pair your mantras with a morning stretch or quick yoga flow.
Mantras to Try
We asked our collective of teachers, what's your favorite mantra and why? Here are some of their favorites:
Aduri Guide Monica's picks:
"I match my free will with the Divine will."
"Everything's getting better and better than I could ever imagine."
Why Monica loves these two mantras: I use these two mantras as a reminder that while so much is out of my control, I can trust things are working in my favor even if I don't understand why at the time."
Aduri Guide Rita's pick:
"Everything happening around me, nothing happening to me."
Why Rita loves this mantra: "It reminds me there's a still, steady, resilient place within me that can weather any storm."
Aduri Founder Jesal's picks:
"Life isn't hard. People are."
"If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you."
Why Jesal loves these two mantras: "Real personal growth happens not when things are easy but when s*** hits the fan and you're facing an obstacle. You grow into the person capable to face and overcome the challenge."
Wishbeads Founder Alexa's picks:
"I am supported."
"All is well."
Why Alexa loves these mantras: We believe that what you focus on, you attract and when you can connect with your inner power to unlock your own potential, you start to see and experience how supported you are along the way.
That's all for now. Have an inspired week ahead :)
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