How a mantra could help you stay grounded and unlock your full potential.
Mantras have been around for thousands of years. They are deeply rooted in so many cultures and have a strong spiritual meaning. Is there any actual benefit from actually using mantras in your daily life? Keep reading to learn more.
What is a mantra?
First things first, let's go back to basics: what is a mantra? The name derives from an old Sanskrit word that stems from the root "Man," meaning "To Think. The oldest mantras we know of date back to India and are over 3500 years old. Some mantras are more complex, with longer sentences, often arranged in a poetic fashion. However, some can be extremely simple and without a conventional sentence structure. For instance, the famous "Om" mantra is a single word representing the essence of consciousness and the ultimate reality. Mantras have been evolving, changing, and adapted to many different cultures and settings throughout the ages. However, they still retained their unique spiritual and psychological power.
How can you benefit from mantras?
Mantras help people soothe themselves or find inner balance emotionally and spiritually. In addition to that, they are often used in tandem with meditation or yoga to enhance the practitioners' focus. There have been many scientific studies reporting on the effectiveness of mantras. Using mantras has been linked with reduced stress levels and greater self-awareness. A mantra can unlock so much positive mental and physical energy in a person, leading to a greater sense of peace and mindfulness. When used in conjunction with yoga, meditation, or even sports, mantras can help individuals focus or achieve the right state of mind to succeed in their endeavors. Without a mantra, the mind might drift off or get lost in other thoughts, diverting the practitioner from the main focus of meditation.
"ADI SHAKTI , ADI SHAKTI, ADI SHAKTI
SEREBA SHAKTI , SEREBA SHAKTI, SEREBA SHAKTI
PRITAM BHAGAVATEE, PRITAM BHAGAVATEE, PRITAM BHAGAVATEE
KUNDALINI, MATA SHAKTI, MATA SHAKTI
This mantra evokes "Shakti," the primal feminine power and the creative energy of the divine mother."
Try chanting this mantra with music here.
Different mantras for different purposes.
Think of mantras as unique ingredients to the recipe for your wellness. There are many mantras out there, with different purposes. Some give users a sense of calm, while others build energy. On the other hand, some mantras invoke feelings of humility, confidence, self-awareness, or determination. The possibilities are truly endless, as there could be a mantra for virtually any purpose out there.
Turn anything into a mantra.
The best part of mantras is that people can customize them and use personal sentences that mean something to them. Some people use simple sentences, such as "I am at peace." However, others love to use made-up mantras that only have a meaning to them. Others like to use the names of their loved ones as mantras. The possibilities are truly endless.
Implementing Mala beads.
Mala beads can take mantras to the next level. These beautiful accessories are not just ornaments: they help focus on prayers or mantras. As you might notice, almost every religion has its version of a Mala, including Catholicism and its rosary. Even if you don't follow any specific religion, you can still use a Mala to enhance your mindfulness. The process of using one consists of touching each bead every time you say a mantra. This is a great way to keep track of how many repetitions you've done. In addition to that, the repetitive motion of your fingers can be an aid to your concentration and help you stay more focused.
The science of mantras.
Mantra and spiritual chanting have been the object of many scientific studies over the years. Researchers have found that mantras can stimulate specific areas of the brain. According to scholars such as James Hartnell, each mantra resonates to a specific frequency. If performed correctly, the mantras can match the frequency spectrum of the cells in the human body to start to vibrate, in tune with the mantra, leading to a unique process that can remove toxins from the body of the practitioner. Mantra is also linked to lower blood pressure and stress relief.