“Mantra is a powerful combination of words which, if recited, takes the vibratory effect of each of your molecules into the Infinity of the Cosmos.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
Mantra is a Sanskrit word, meaning “vehicle of the mind.” Any word or phrase can be chosen as a mantra, and they can help us in different ways.
In meditation, a mantra can help us to quieten our minds. By repetitively focusing on a single word or phrase, the mantra helps to temporarily block out other thoughts for long enough to allow our minds to slow down, even if only for brief moments.
Outside of meditation, a mantra can help us to impress our subconscious minds with new beliefs; to oust and replace beliefs we’ve identified that don’t serve us well. In this context, mantra is another word for “affirmation” and when constructing an affirmation there are a few guidelines we need to keep in mind:
Focus on our desired future outcome, but phrase it in the present.
Keep it as short and simple as possible.
Word it in a way that resonates deeply with our heart’s desire.
Working with a mantra requires repetition—this is where it gets its power. Chanting a mantra out loud is better than silent recitation, but silent also works. (So it’s still possible to invoke the power of mantra within earshot of others without appearing like a lunatic.)
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