Tips For Using Mantras In Daily Life

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Blog | 7 comments

Tips For Using Mantras In Daily Life

Tips For Using Mantras In Daily Life

” The word Mantra has two parts: man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.” 

 – Deepak Chopra

This is the specific definition and use of Mantra.  However, we also find practical application for the use of Mantras in our daily lives.  I offer the following scenarios for your investigation:

 It’s three o’clock in the morning and you are laying in bed sound asleep, right?  No, you are awake and highly alert!  Your most dominant thought is ‘must get sleep’.  You roll onto your stomach for a bit then flip over onto your back.  You curl up into a fetal position on your side and snuggle deeper into the covers…  Still awake an hour later.  Does this sound familiar to anybody?  Often times, using a Mantra will help draw you back into the quiet place between thoughts long enough to fall back asleep.  Just choose a word that gives you a feeling of peace and repeat it silently to yourself with each exhalation.  I have found it best to use the same word every night so that with time your mind associates the vibration of that word and it’s comforting connotation with the expectation of deep sleep similar to Pavlov’s Theory of Classical Conditioning.

Here’s another common situation…you’re having a disagreement with someone that you care about and they are pushing all of your buttons.  Even as you struggle to stay calm – battalions of mean and angry words are marching through your mind.  You can literally feel your heart racing and your face flushing yet feel helpless in the face of your own anger.  Try focusing on several deep breaths repeating a Mantra such as peace or love on your exhales.  I have often been amazed by the powerful effect of this practice.

Love and Peace;

Kimberly

 
Kimberly
Kimberly has enjoyed a consistent Yoga practice for 30 years and has been teaching Vinyasa style classes for 11. She began her journey with Sivananda teacher Sunil Komar while living overseas. Kimberly returned home to Utah in 2004 and certified with D’ana Baptiste of Centered City Yoga and Yoga Alliance at a 500 hour level. In addition to Yoga, Kimberly certified as a Reiki Master under the guidance of Dr. Carol Wilson, author of Healing Power Beyond Medicine. She studied Transcendental Meditation with Marc Stephens, Director of the Utah TM Center and considers meditation an essential tool for staying centered. Drawing from these great traditions, Kimberly currently practices and teaches a Vinyasa style class aptly named Energy Flow. This type of yoga practice is energizing and body friendly. It helps practitioners connect with their inner strength while supporting their physical and emotional well-being.

7 Comments

  1. I have a very stressful job and worry a lot at night. Thanks for the suggestion…..hope it works!

    Namaste
    Jason

    • Kimberly

      Hi Jason; Please do let us know if the Mantra work is helping.

      Namaste’
      Kimberly

  2. Do you know if Mantras will work for depression?

    • Kimberly

      Hi Sally;
      Using a Mantra can help stop the mind from racing in circles. Feeling depressed can be linked back to repetitive negative thoughts. After working with your Mantra, at that time when you feel calmer, it can be easier to change your focus.

    • I think that the use of a mantra would help to “short circuit” the thought process that keeps one in a depressive state by providing the mind with something to do other than focus or obsess on thoughts and related emotions that don’t serve one. Even if the respite created by concentrating on the mantra is short-lived, say 10 or 20 minutes, it provides a sort of mental vacation. With practice, being on that mental vacation can become more of a normal condition, slowly replacing depression as the mind’s primary focus.

  3. This works tremendously after a stressful day at work. Best mental relief.

    • Kimberly

      Aisha, I am happy to hear that this was helpful. We will post a new blog every week for your reading pleasure.

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