MANTRA

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DEFINE MANTRA

Mantra is now a buzz word in the wellness industry.  The question is whether people know what it is, or understand how it functions.  Utterances like, “I am strong” or “I deserve abundance” are just affirmations, and not mantras. 

The English dictionary define mantra as a word or phrase that is often repeated and expresses a particular strong belief.  Hence mantras can be confused with affirmations.  They are often used as Companies or Organizations slogans, like “making a difference”  or “think global, act local”.

In Hinduism mantra is a word or sound that is believed to have a special spiritual power.  A personal mantra is sometimes repeated as aid to meditation or prayer.  A mantra is a mind vehicle.  It’s a sound or word used to control the mind.  The power comes from the sound quality, not from the meaning of the word itself.   

Some mantras have a literal meaning and can be translated, but most of them don’t, and derive their value from their sound quality.  The sound help you access your eternal bliss, and then the mind falls silent.  Practitioners also believe that mantras have psychological and spiritual powers.

MANTRA APPROACH

Choosing a mantra depends on your approach towards meditation, which can either be secular or spiritual.  The approach you use affect the results you get from the practice.  There are some mantras that can be used with both approaches, like Sanskrit mantras om an so ham.  Unlike the spiritual approach, with secular approach you don’t necessarily have to believe in anything spiritual.

CAN MANTRA RELIEVE STRESS?

The answer is a big Yes.  The use, structure, function, importance and types of mantras vary according to the different schools and philosophy.  They come in many forms.  They can be melodic phrases with spiritual interpretations such as a human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge, and action.  They may not have literal meaning, but are musically uplifting and spiritually meaningful.

The different types of mantras include the primordial sound that is used to take you from active layers of left brain thinking down to more subtle layers of right brain being.  The fact that these sounds are meaningless, make them more effective at de-exciting the nervous system and inducing healing rest.  This is partially because your pre-frontal cortex is not assigning meaning to the sound.

MANTRA AND MEDITATION

Mantra is often used as aid to meditation and prayer.  The mantra can be recited or listened to. It may be repeated fast or slow by itself, or repeated in connection to concentration on the breathing, feelings, visualizations or abstract concepts.  Mantra works as an object of focus during meditation, it controls the mind, allowing it to become more calm and centered.  It transforms consciousness when repeated for a long period of time.  It is key to the Ziva Meditation techniques. 

The mantra you use can create a different level of unstressing, and therefore productivity and energy on the other side.  Our physical body and mind have a strong connection.  This combination can help you strengthen this connection even more.  You sleep peacefully, your cells rejuvenated, and you wake up fresh and energetic – ready to take any task.

BENEFITS OF MANTRAS MEDITATION

Mantra meditation can make you healthier, happier, and more successful.  You may ask how it can be so effective.  Mantra is the instrument of the mind that can help you create profound changes in your body and psyche, and produce altered states of consciousness. 

Sound is vibration, so as cells in your body.  Your thoughts and feelings are vibrations in your body and your consciousness.  Sound patterns affect the water in your body, your hormones secretion, cognition, behaviour, and psychological well-being.

Mantra meditation boosts your health by increasing your immune function, taking away the pain, and decrease inflammation at the cellular level.   It increases the positive emotion and reduce stress, anxiety and depression. This is because it helps you move emotional or physical detox as you are doing the work of eradicating stress from your nervous system, making you calm and making your sleep more restful, 

Sound has the power to induce or evoke moods, thoughts, and emotions.  Mantra meditation improves your emotional intelligence, making it easier to control your emotions.  It boosts your self-confidence, you think positive, and become successful.  This makes  you a happy person, and make people to enjoy being around you.  You can never experience the feelings of loneliness, even when you are alone.

 

 

10 Comments

  1. This really is a great post, there is a growing number of people that are suffering from depression, I have been there myself, it feels like being in a black hole with no way out, I have been on medication but I then discovered the benefits of having a positive mental attitude and I now try to discipline myself to always think positive, I did try meditation but I couldn’t quite get the hang of it, however I haven’t given in, I will be trying again, especially after reading your post here, thank you for sharing.    

    1. Hello Russ,

      Thank you for stopping by.  I highly appreciate your time and comments.  I hope you get the courage to begin with your mantra meditation.

      All the best. 

  2. Wow, it’s the first time I’m hearing about mantras and I’m very happy that I have learnt what you have written here. I think I should really try this meditation process called mantra. It will be really helpful to me especially with my stress. Is mantra Nd yoga a twin concept? Can they be done together.

    1. Hello John,

      Thank you for stopping by.  I highly appreciate your time and comments.  I am also glad I could help.  Good luck with your mantra meditation.

      All the best.

  3. Nice and informative article about mantras and mantras use in meditation and much more! I fully agree with how mantras and short “power phrases” or affirmations are mixed pretty often. Also what comes to translating mantras, it is pretty hard or impossible to translate some mantras. Like the ones our local (Finnish) yoga teacher tells are maybe impossible to translate, our language is so weird and complicated itself. However, thanks for sharing this, I will take a deeper look at your website and other articles on it. 

    1. Hello,

      Thank you for stopping by.  I highly appreciate your time and comments.

      All the best.

  4. Great article about Mantra’s,

    I myself thought as well that Mantra’s were mere affirmations, but clearly that is not the case, i meditate quite a lot and i was looking for good mantra’s (which i thought were affirmations), in any case i could use a few good recommendations on some good Mantra’s, what would you recommend?

    Mark.

    1. Hey Mark,

      Thank you for stopping by.  I highly appreciate you time and comments.  I recommend the use of primordial sound.  They very effective,  your consciousness is immediately transformed, and you feel relaxed and calm.

      All the best.

  5. Truly, affirmations and visualizations are great for helping with having a good mindset and overcoming depression. I really didn’t know the difference between mantra and affirmations except that I can say that mantras seem to be more spiritual than affirmations.

    Generally, I learnt something great from this post. The best part, I agree with most is the concluding statement, ‘by practising mantra, you can never feel lonely even if you are alone’. I have experienced this personally. Thanks

    1. Hi,

      Thank you for stopping by.  I highly appreciate your time and comments.  I am also glad that you have learned something from ny post.

      All the best.

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