Mantras – simple yet powerful.
A couple of months ago I listened to a guided meditation, centered around I AM mantras. It was a welcome reminder of how incredibly impactful and energising mantras are. Inspired, I started a mantra series on my Social Media feeds, with the intention to feature mantras on a regular basis - so they can serve as a prompt to pause and align us to a positive state of being. Feel free to join me on Instagram or Facebook.
Last week, I spoke to a few of my clients about personal power, releasing stresses around it, creating awareness, and discussing how to step back into it. It's never pleasant to experience a sense of powerlessness to the point of feeling defeated, flat or unmotivated. This can be exacerbated by the current environment where a lot of things seem outside of our control. Sound familiar?
Alas, I chose to kick start November with the “I am Empowered” mantra.
What is a mantra?
Mantra comes from two Sanskrit words: “man” = mind; “tra”= vehicle or instrument, thus, a mantra is a mind vehicle or instrument, a tool to shift our mind from a state of activity to a state of stillness, quietude and focus.
Like affirmations, a mantra can be helpful in:
- Rewiring our thought patterns, especially when our inner critic is super active
- Redirecting our brain and neurological pathways into a positive direction
- Rebalancing and calming ourselves, especially if we have been thrown off centre
- Uplifting our energy and shifting our energetic vibration into a higher gear.
How to use a mantra?
Working with a chosen I AM mantra is a simple yet deep practice; a beautiful way of getting in touch with our True Self and connecting with how we would like to be and feel.
- You can say the mantra out loud, whisper it and/or recite it silently
- Keep repeating it and do so regularly, allowing it to steadily infuse your inner landscape
- You can also practise mantra meditation – something I find very beneficial, for more information, click here to read my article Creating space for stillness.
Besides affirming a mantra, I recommend to consciously connect with its meaning and importantly, what it means to you, so in this example what are you and feel empowered about? I find it helpful to grab a piece of paper and write things out to get clearer and set positive intentions. This doesn’t have to be complicated, for example, it could look like this:
I am empowered to:
- Switch off the news
- Take a break from social media
- Go outside and go for a walk
- Set clear boundaries
- Say “no” when I really want to say it
- Prioritise selfcare
- Sit down and relax
- Make wise wellbeing choices
- Reward myself
- Pay myself a compliment
- Ground myself daily
- Do absolutely nothing.
What would your list look like? What mantra will you choose?
Remember, there is no right or wrong way, only your unique way. I hope mantras will become your steady companion and reliable wellbeing tool so you can stay empowered, centred and present.