mantras

in sanskrit (language of ancient India - buddhism, hinduism jainism), the word mantra refers to a sacred utterance, sound, syllable, word or group of words that are believed to have psychological or spiritual powers.

mantra’s help to quieten and calm the mind; they focus our attention (reduce mind-wandering) and set our intention for meditative practice; and they provide us with a counter-narrative to automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) or beliefs.

when and how to use mantra

mantras’ are typically chanted during meditative practices and the magic is made through the sound and subsequent vibration of the word. so the key here is getting the sound just right. if you’re thinking of adding a mantra to your practice, one of the most sacred and perhaps simplest to master is the OM mantra.

OM

Pronunciation: A-U-M

Why chant it: Om is said to be the sound of the universe and when we chant it we’re therefore aligning our mind, body, spirit, with one another and the universe. it’s believed that the basic sounds of the mantra correspond with the three states of consciousness: waking, dreaming and deep sleep. the humming sound of the OM mantra is said to unblock the throat chakra, which can lead to more attuned communication with others. when each syllable is purposefully and properly pronounced, you should feel the energy of the sound lifting from your pelvic floor all the way up through the crown of your head.


affirmations

affirmations are good vibes only statements that can be used at anytime (getting ready in the morning, in the car, at the gym) to address something we wish to be or have, as if we already have it in the present moment. in this way they can be seen as motivational and aspirational statements that help to re-wire our thought patterns (ANTs) and shift our belief systems; focus on our goals; and quieten our inner critic.

to create your own, here’s some tips to get you flying…

·      make sure you affirm in the present tense “i am” rather than “i’ll be”

·      keep them positive and focused on what you want rather than what you don’t want

·      keep them personal – affirming for others is a fruitless ambition

·      be precise

·      make them powerful – give them energy

·      make them short, sharp and succinct

·      use rhythm and rhyme so they stick in your mind

·      keep them plausible

·      and when practicing your affirmations remember be consistent, be persistent


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