Choosing Your Mantra

By Agnes Kowalski on April 21, 2011

 

choosing a mantra sanskrit mantra buddhist mantras hindu mantras meditation mantrasMantra has been defined as “a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation”. The power of a mantra is the power to create our own destiny. Ancient cultures have used mantras for thousands of years. Wayne Dyer in his “Meditations for Manifestation” CD talks about variations of the same sound found in countless religions: RAM, GOD, ALLAH, BUDDHA all share the ahhhhhhh sound when repeated slowly. These sounds have been repeated over thousands of years by millions of people, they have taken on a force that you connect with when you repeat them in your living room. There is power in sound and there is great power in our words, which is why mantras can be so instrumental in changing our perceptions and belief systems.

Repetition has been noted throughout clinical psychology as a powerful tool for molding the mind; one example is from the infamous Pavlov’s dog. Science has shown us that repetition creates a conditioned response in animals, so why not in human beings? We are not too complicated a species to be able to train ourselves into a positive conditioned response. If someone tells us we are stupid and invaluable each and every day, we can rest assured, it will merely be a matter of time before we believe it to be true. There is one surgeon who believed that it took 21 days for an amputee to adjust to the loss of a limb, Dr. Maxwell Maltz in 1960, from which the 21-day myth of creating a habit came from. We don’t have to think of it as a myth, the mind is extremely malleable. Think of the possibilities. In this age of self-made, you-tube celebrities the only thing keeping us from our destiny is the belief that we are what we think we are, just ask Charlie Sheen or the piano playing hamster.

Choosing the right words is just as important as the repetition aspect of performing mantras. It has to feel right, that is the number one rule. If you choose a mantra that is in another language like Sanskrit, a popular Tibetan one “Om Mani Padme Hum” for example has to have a ring to it for you, if it’s too hard to say and trips you up find one that rolls off the tongue smoothly. If you choose a self-made mantra for example, “I receive love and abundance daily” – make sure that feels right. It doesn’t have to feel true YET – we can aspire to our mantra, that’s the whole point to repeat, repeat, and repeat until words seem superfluous because we FEEL the embodiment of what we are saying and feeling is just one step before manifestation. Try to make your dreams a reality with mantras and see if you can manifest the words you speak.

Tips

  • Get some mala beads; they make it easy to focus on your mantra without having to watch a clock.

  • Choose a sacred time each day; it only has to be 5-20 minutes long, the earlier the better because it sets a great tone for your day

  • Catch and Release- once you have done your mantra, let go and allow the changes to take place don’t hammer away at it all day you will both bore and discourage yourself (doing it that much sends the message that you don’t trust).


By Agnes Kowalski| April 21, 2011
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