We are made of prana, it is neither created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed from one form to another, and it will do this forever. Mind-blowing actually.
Mantras help us to clear the chatter of the mind and allow it to fill with prana, vital life force energy, and create a state of calm, as well create a new reality filled with joy!
What is a Mantra?
A mantra is a type of prayer, often used by yoga practitioners, religious people, and, in general, anyone looking to enhance their well-being. In Sanskrit, the word itself is the combination of ‘man’ meaning mind and ‘tra’ meaning instrument, making mantra the tool of the mind.
Mantras help the soul and aid you in finding your inner peace.“What is the best mantra in the world?” The one that resonates with you! Mantras are as unique as people themselves, they implore power. Each has its own unique purpose and spiritual connection for the user.
It is important to search for and find one that works for you, this may change as life and circumstances change, but there are many out there sometimes you have to just be open to finding the one that speaks to you!
Plus it’s fun and easy to do!
Here are a few in Sanskrit as well as a few for the non-yogic mind :).
The king of mantras. The OM is the sound of the universe, resonating at 432 Hz. This is the entire world in just one intensely pleasurable sound. Unlike some of the more difficult mantras, there’s very little need to worry about how to pronounce it right. Find peace in yourself.
2. The Gayatri Mantra - one of my Favorites!
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt
A little more of a challenge. The Gayatri mantra is perfect for asking for light, illumination, clarity, and wisdom.
3. The Shiva Mantra
Om Namah Shivaya
Shiva is a primary deity in Hinduism. A male force, he is the creator and the destroyer of the ego. His mantra is perfect for bringing your mind to order with all the forces of the universe.
4. The Ganesh Mantra
Om gam ganapataye namaha
Ganesh is a Hindu deity, depicted with an elephant’s head on a human body. It is said he is the ‘breaker of obstacles, making this mantra one to try when you are facing a challenge.
5. Pavamana Mantra - Also a favorite!
Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya, Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrtyor Ma Amrtam Gamaya, Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
God, bring me from falsehood into truth, From darkness into light, From death into immortality, Om, Peace Peace Peace
Non-Sanskrit Meditations and Mantras
Some non-yogis find it challenging to reconcile the mantras used in yoga with their faith. Others see it as just another type of prayer and choose to incorporate more traditional prayers into their practice. Wherever you fall on the spectrum here are two meditation mantras for you:
6. The Serenity Prayer - Love This!
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference
Usually associated with AA, however, the Serenity Prayer can be a useful mantra to get you through tough times giving you strength and knowledge through serenity.
7. Prayer for Assistance
O God come to my assistance, O Lord make haste to help me
If things have taken a turn for the worst, take solace in these words. This mantra calls God to help and support you.
Some modern affirmations/mantras
I am enough
If the challenges are piling up, get in your pose, breath, and repeat these words. By having faith in yourself, you’ll be more prepared to take charge of whatever is bothering you.
Where I am right now is precisely where I need to be
Sometimes it’s hard to know the right answer; so, this is one of the good meditation mantras for when you are having doubts. Remind yourself that where you are is intentional – perhaps it’s a learning moment for you? A new challenge to take on? Or even an exciting opportunity.
10. Having faith
I have a purpose
We all have times when we question whether everything is random or serves a higher purpose, so it’s time to remind yourself of yours.
11. Spreading love
Breathing in, I send myself love. Breathing out, I send love to someone else who needs it
There’s nowhere near enough love in the world, so it’s time to direct your energy towards yourself and the world, providing it with a little extra, much-needed care.
Remember, the most powerful mantra is the one that resonates most within you.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti - Peace, peace, peace.