A mantra is an instrument of the mind—a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. In mantra meditation, you repeat a particular sound or short phrase. The mantra can then be used as a tool when you are not meditating. You can repeat your chosen mantra in your head, or say it out loud, depending on the situation. (https://chopra.com/articles/what-is-a-mantra)
Many of us face a lot of stress day to day, especially when a cancer diagnosis becomes reality for ourselves or a loved one. When needed, the mantra can be used to take a break from the constant “talk” in your mind. Mantras can also change your focus, and bring your mind to a more relaxed, happier place.
- “Aum”, “Om”: Sanskrit/Hindu, meaning “It Is” or “To Become”. Also used in Buddhism and other traditions.
- “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”: Gandhi
- “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.”: Laura Silva
- “I change my thoughts, I change my world.”: Norman Vincent Peale
- “I love you, I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank You”: Hawaiian (Ho’oponopono)
- “Love is the only miracle there is.”: Osho
So, today, pick a mantra that you can use during moments that you need to pause, breathe, change focus.
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