The Power of a Mantra
Let’s start here…our thoughts drive our feelings which drive our actions; which then drive our next thoughts, our next feelings, and our next actions….
So…where does it begin, and where it end? Trick Question! They all work together in a continuous cycle! Kind of like a ferris wheel…or a tilt-a-whirl, on some days!
If you are not happy with the momentum or direction of your actions, or have a heavy sense of negative energy around you; you can make a conscious choice to change your thoughts to positive ones in order to produce different results. Today we are going to share the power of the mantra in doing just that.
According to Thomas Ashley-Farrand’s Healing Mantras, the word “mantra” comes from two Sanskrit words: “Manas,” which means mind, and “trai,” which means to “free from.” Therefore, mantra, in the literal sense, means “to free from the mind.” Mantras are powerful vibration tools that can free your mind. Because it is recommended a mantra be continuously repeated, that action brings about a change in your consciousness, which creates new clarity, a resulting calmness and focus (feelings), and eventually a new action (behavior).
A popular example of a mantra with ancient roots: “Aum” –The “Om” is the sacred sound of Hinduism and is said to mean, variously: It Is, Will Be or To Become. Mantras such as these were chosen because, when repeated, they provide a vibration for which one could produce a meditative state. These were generally one word or short phrases.
In modern days, we turn to “I am…” statements or inspirational quotes as our mantras to generate our new thought or shift our energy.
Many believe in the power of “I am…” statements (have biblical roots). These statements can only be developed and chosen by you. “I am strong” may be used in times of uncertainty and fear; or “I am worthy” may be used when you are feeling devalued or second guessing yourself. It makes sense to choose strong, positive, and powerful words to complete the “I am…” statement that will reflect the opposite energy and thought from what you are feeling in the moment.
Inspirational quotes used on a daily basis, such as my favorite, “Change your thoughts and change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale (surprising based on my blog title??) remind you of successful thoughts you want to guide you for the long-term. When you choose a “long-term” mantra, it is helpful to post these on your mirror, on your phone background, or in your wallet or purse.
Inspirational quotes can be called up to switch up your thoughts or energy when you have a new goal in mind. For example, when feeling challenged by a current health and fitness routine, you may turn to, “You’re only one workout away from a good mood!”
Stay tuned for a future blog on visioning and vision boards!
Do you have any favorite quotes? Share below!