In Buddhism and Hinduism, a mantra is a sound or phrase which when uttered once or repeated, can help a person enter an altered state of consciousness. It is said, that through this altered state, a person can achieve greater spiritual awareness, be protected from negative energy and be healed.
A mantra can also be a sort of positive affirmation.
If you are lucky enough to have a spiritual guru like Elizabeth Gilbert in ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ they may give you one. If not, you can try out these methods like I did:
1. Primordial Sound Meditation Mantra. This sounds kind of icky, but it’s recommended by Deepak Chopra, Oprah’s man for mindfulness. This mantra is intended to mimic the vibration of the universe at the time of your birth. Chanting it is meant to be your own personal ticket to a more peaceful state of mind.
Here’s how you find yours, using an example as if you were born in Dublin right now:
a) Enter the required details into the online calculator at: http://www.prokerala.com/astrology/nakshatra-finder/
a) Take the sound from the section ‘first syllable’ (circled in yellow in the above image), in this case, ‘Gu’.
b) Add ‘m‘ to the end. In this case, creating the word ‘Gum‘.
c) Stick it in between the words ‘Om’ and ‘Namah’, so Om Gum Namah.
“Om Jam Namah”
Using The Mantra: I sat in my happy little window seat and repeated the phrase aloud at first and then in my head.
Did it work? Yes. I did find it relaxing. I’ve tried clearing my mind before and I couldn’t hack it. Repeating a phrase gave me something to focus on and stopped my mind from wandering to thoughts about dinner and people I forgot to call back.
2. Write down positive things that you want to attract into your life and also negative thoughts that hurt and bother you. You then use these thoughts to inspire a mantra personal to you.
I want to attract happiness into my life and I feel quite self-conscious at times. So my mantra became:
“I am full of happiness and confidence.”
Using The Mantra: I tried repeating this phrase to aid meditation but I believe it would be better used as a positive affirmation for when I’m feeling low or insecure.
Did It Work? Yes, it made me feel good but I would like to try it out in situations where I need a bit of a boost. I think this method is great as it speaks directly in opposition to your negative thoughts and insecurities. I would definitely recommend it even just as a way of getting in touch with your inner dialogue.
( http://yogavoice.berlin/create-your-own-mantra-and-discover-a-tool-for-self-healing/ )
3. Just for fun, I tried the quiz ‘ What Is Your Ideal Meditation Mantra?’ (http://quizdoo.com/what-is-your-ideal-meditation-mantra/)
I only did this one so I could laugh at the pseudo-profound nonsense it proposed; that’s just the kind of cynical individual I am. Disappointingly, I quite liked my result:
Love is the only miracle there is.
Did It Work? No. It sounded beautiful at first, but instead of entering an enlightened state when I repeated it, I just thought ‘Wow. This is proper bulls***’. It might be useful for someone, but not for me.
Let me know if you have tried any of these techniques or if you have a mantra that you find useful.
Happiness Tip #4: Try Something New.