Our minds are tricky and can be filled with habitual thought patterns, PTSD driven, co-dependent, overactive mind, stress driven, etc.. It can be so challenging to create a positive life and truly experience hope and possibilities when your mind is spinning out in any of these directions. Along with grounding practices I've found that mantras are a powerful way to both give my mind something to do and keep a creative positive focus.
One place I've found mantras to be particularly helpful is with a specific thought pattern I'm working with healing. For example the voice in my head that says, "You are in trouble, you've done something wrong," or the one that says "You're not beautiful enough or your belly is too big so people won't love you."
As soon as the negative thought enters my mind I begin in with my mantra, repeating it until I feel I have control of my thoughts again. It helps to boost the power of your mantra. Spend some time cultivating it. 15-30 minutes of truly allowing it to enter my being by repeating it, resonating with it, and rolling it around inside myself means when I need to reach for it I have a strong foundation.
When the unwanted thoughts come the mantra flows easily in my mind because the pattern has already begun to settle into me. It still takes a bit of effort to override those ingrained thought patterns.
With each new phase of healing a new neurosis or habituated thought pattern emerges as primary. Then it's time for a new mantra.
I've found that eventually a mantra seeps into my being and becomes less needed. Sometimes I'll even forget about it for a while. This marks a plateau phase of healing.
Your mantra should feel like a healing balm to the particular pain created by the neurotic thinking you are experiencing. It may feel unbelievable at first. It may feel like a stretch. But somehow you feel deep down it is the antidote to what ails you.
I often work with mantras with my healing clients. It gives people a practice that they can develop within themselves and anchors the healing into their body and daily life. Spiritual practices are not separate from living. They become the breath of our living, infusing life with meaning.
I like mantras that have a thought with the IN breath and one on the OUT breath.
For example my first abundance mantra:
I accept myself (IN breath)
And trust the flow (OUT breath)
Once you have developed your mantra it is helpful to spend some time cultivating it. Breath in and out, relax, let it roll around inside you. 15-30 minutes is a great start.
If you have a regular meditation practice this is a good time to allow your mantra to take you to that deeper place within yourself.
Once your mantra is settled on and you have begun to cultivate it regularly, try repeating it while you are driving or washing dishes, then you will have it when those persistent thought patterns come.
These mantras can inspire you to create your own. Keep working with it till you create one that resonates with you. It must be yours and you must feel connected to it. This is what makes it powerful.
10 mantras for life
I would love to hear from you if one of these mantras helps you. They are meant for inspiration. Sometimes when you choose a mantra it changes as you repeat it. Go with the natural process and guidance of your soul.
If you would like more support I work with clients both in my healing space and over the phone.