Good morning! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Today’s Mindful Monday Post is going to explore mindfulness through mantra. Just to recap, being mindful means being aware of your thoughts, emotions, and how you're feeling both physically and mentally. It means being aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgment. The past couple of weeks we have been speaking about breath meditation practices and mindfulness. The idea is, that when we practice mindfulness, we’re practicing the art of creating space for ourselves—space to think, space to breathe, space between ourselves and our reactions.
Another method to practice mindfulness is through meditation using a mantra. A mantra is defined as a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. Mantra is a Sanskrit term, with “man” meaning “mind” and “tra” meaning “release.” If you’re repeating a mantra, in your head or out loud, that mantra occupies your awareness and helps prevent it from drifting off in other directions.
We often use mantra in classes such as “Om” or “Aum” but we can also use mantra outside of class and off the mat. Below are some examples of modern mantra to say in the morning and keep repeating throughout the day. If you focus your mind on these simple mottos, they should help set you up for success and positivity!
1. “My mind is brilliant. My body is healthy. My spirit is tranquil.”
2. “I create my own path and walk it with joy.”
3. “My positive thoughts guide me to new heights.”
4. “I am conquering my fears and becoming stronger each day.”
5. “I will have a good day, because it’s my choice.”
6. “I am not afraid to be wrong.”
7. “My body is a temple. I keep my temple clean.”
8. “I hold the key to better health through eating better and exercise.”
9. “Good health is a practice, and I have patience.”
10. “I listen to my body and give it what it needs.”
11. “Every cell in my body is alive and beautiful.”
12. “My potential is limitless, and I choose where to spend my energy.”
13. “While I support others, I also ask for help when needed.”
14. “I surrender to the flow and have faith in the ultimate good.”
15. “I will speak with confidence and self-assurance.”
16. “My commitment to myself is unbreakable.”
This week I challenge you to pick one of these mantra’s or maybe research and find one that you like if any of these options does not stand out for you. Next week we will look at HOW to use a mantra to reap the benefits of this mindfulness practice. Thanks for stopping by!