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;