Today we’re exploring mantra. A mantra is a word or a phrase repeat at length that helps your mind focus when meditating. Here are some examples:
- I am strong. I am beautiful. I am enough.
- My God and my All
- I am attracting all the love I dream of and deserve
- Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.
Repeating the mantra helps you feel calm and stress-free for the first time in the day, and certainly can help you make it through difficult times.
In August and September, I got a new car, had a minor (but scary) eye procedure, had a power surge that killed my fridge. I was stressed out. Focusing on a mantra throughout the day helped keep me calm and balanced; I swear I chanted Om Mani Padme Hum all day, every day. It accompanied me as I went to sleep, and as I woke the next morning.
When my dad was going through difficult times, and eventually passed away, repeating The Lord’s Prayer brought me great comfort.
My favorite mantra is Om Mani Padme Hum. This Sanskrit mantra has a complicated and layered meaning, but is often translated as “Jewel In The Lotus” – which makes no sense to most Westerners…er Americans. The Dharma-Haven website says that Om Mani Padme Hum can’t really be translated into a simple phrase or sentence because it encompasses all of the teachings of the Buddha. Perhaps the best way to learn this mantra is to listen. So sit quietly, breathe, and listen to these monks chanting. Perhaps you can’t listen to the entire hour, but even fifteen minutes can help still the storm of the day. Just breathe.
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