What is a mantra meditation? And how can they be used to augment your spiritual, personal, and yes — even professional development.
Here’s all you need to know about mantra meditations and how they work.
What Is A Mantra?
A mantra is a word or phrase repeated over and over again during meditation.
But using mantras for meditation involves a lot more than just sounding like a broken record. They’re generally sacred in nature – a name or sound that both uplifts you and helps keep you focused during meditation. In other words, they’re designed to change you.
Mantras give your brain something to do. Yes, spiritual mantras are meant to transform you just by uttering them again and again, but there’s a lot to be said for saying something just to keep nonsense babble at bay.
And speaking of nonsense babble, rather than just giving you some meaningless drivel like “my shoes are green,” or “I love pickled herring,” (which, for keeping your mind busy during meditation, does have its benefits. But let’s face it, this is ‘broken record’ material and nothing more).
Here are some tried and true mantras to help you use meditation for transformation.
6 Ancient Meditation Mantras
An oldie but a goodie, you really can’t mess this one up too badly. The “Om” is the sacred sound of Hinduism and is said to mean, variously: It Is, Will Be or To Become.
2. “Om Mani Padme Hum”
Rhis one’s from Tibet and it means, roughly, “Hail the Jewel in the Lotus.” The jewel in this case is the Buddha of Compassion.
3. “Namo AmitaBha”
Homage to the Buddha of boundless light.
4. “I am that I am”
This is one of the Hebrew Torah’s most famous lines, and it was God’s answer to Moses when Moses asked for his name.
The Hindu variant, meaning I am THAT.
6. “I love you; I’m sorry; please forgive me; thank you”
Ho’oponopono (Hawaiian) Mantra.
4 Modern Mantras
- “Love is the only miracle there is.” – Osho
- “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
- “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.” – Laura Silva
- “I change my thoughts, I change my world.” – Norman Vincent Peale
It all started with the ancient Hindus, but the use of mantras for meditation has since spread — mostly through the Far East — among Buddhists, Taosts, Sikhs and others. Today, Western peeps on a spiritual path also create mantras.
Many of them seem more like affirmations, but the ones that are short-n-sweet still work nicely for that all-important transformative effect.
So, are you interested in incorporating a mantra meditation into your life? Let us know in the comments below!