Build a Mantra with Meaning

How do you speak to yourself? I have always been a lover of quotes and affirmations, but lately I have been prioritizing not just creating quotes and affirmation, but speaking them. Speaking to myself has shown me just how powerful my voice is. Yes writing is powerful too, but there is something about hearing my own voice that empowers, encourages, and validates me.

This is why I love mantras. They are short statements or words that you repeat. Sounds simple right? No, mantra work has depth and requires purpose and intention to impact you. Originally, mantra was found in Hinduism and Buddhism using sound and words while meditating to help them focus. You may have heard of mantra before, but have integrated its benefits?

Here are some reasons mantra is for you:

  • reduce stress and anxiety
  • reduce anger and frustration
  • provide focus and concentration
  • helps redirect negative thoughts and feelings
  • uplift your mood
  • promotes positive vibes and energy
  • builds inner-peace
  • promotes positive self-worth and self-image

Mantra is definitely underestimated in supporting a quality mental health, self-worth, and healing. Mantra is a great coping skill for depression, anxiety, and for day-to-day stress. Mantra can also assist with boosting self-confidence, self-acceptance, and self-empowerment. In those moments when I am feeling insecure, anxious, or down, mantra helps me to remember my worth, values, and to be kind to myself.

There is plenty of quality information out there about mantra that can provide you with examples and ways to strengthen your practice. You may have practiced mantra before, but did that mantra resonate with you?

Here are some tips for reciting and creating mantras

  • there should be purpose and intention in your words
  • make it short and sweet
  • it should be something you can memorize
  • try to repeat your mantra until you fe
  • try looking into a mirror when you say it
  • touch yourself: put your hands on your heart or hug yourself
  • put your hands in the air or try other power poses when you recite

Mantra is for you but they also should reflect you. When creating a mantra or reciting one, the word or phrase should speak to you. It should be a reflection of what you need to hear in the moment its spoken. If there is no intention behind why you are saying the mantra, you may not witness its benefits or see an impact in your mood.

Here are three types of meaningful mantras that you can recite or recreate for yourself

1. Grounded Mantra (Root Chakra)

I am safe. I am here. I am enough.

2. Empowerment Mantra

I matter. My voice matters. My story matters.

3. Energy Booster Mantra (hand on heart or looking into a mirror)

(say your name), you got this. You are qualified. You are capable.

No one can empower you. Empowerment comes from within and speaking to yourself is what you need to hear. I love reciting mantras by repeating the same series of words as well. I like to repeat the phrase at least three times or until I can feel the energy shift inside of me. Here are some empowering one-line mantras that you can recite to yourself:

I am brave.

I am bold.

I will face my fears.

You are powerful.

I am more than enough.

If you spoke these words and they resonated with you, repeat them, memorize them, and recite these words repetitively throughout your day or in those tough moments when you need to feel grounded, empowered, or just need an emotional energy boost.

Try creating your own mantras that reflect who you are and what you need in that moment.

I am here for your heart.

© 2018 Ta’lor Pinkston, The Heart Advocate

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