As defined in tuja’s glossary of meditation terms, mantras are the: “sacred utterance” of a word, sound, phrase or passage believed to have psychological and/or spiritual power. Often used as a tool for meditation.
Like other meditation techniques – such as counting the breath or gazing at a flickering candle flame, mantras work by helping to focus the mind. But usually we choose a mantra to help actualize a state of mind within ourselves or a quality for our day. Repetitions serve as reminders to really cement in the sentiment – not unlike positive affirmations.
If you’ve ever been to yoga class you’ve probably pretended to mumble along to a mantra or two. (“Om” is one of those very common ones.) But, mumbling mantras in a foreign tongue isn’t necessary, so we’ve come up with our favourite everyday mantras in English for you to try throughout your day.
Enjoy the moment. From tuja Contributor Michelle Tirmandi
Today, I choose joy.
Slow it down. From tuja Advisor Drew Hume
Everyone is struggling with something. From tuja Contributor Jessica McGovern
Everything Changes. From tuja Contributor Trish Huston
Let go. From tuja Contirbutor Courtney Sunday
Be rested, rooted and resilient. From tuja Contributor Erin Urton
Only love. From tuja Contributor Erin Urton
I AM power, I AM passion, I AM rapture, I AM love, I AM bliss. From tuja Advisor Kristen Stuart
I Get To _____. Think of it along the lines of you are blessed to (fill in the blank) – go to work, wash the dishes clean, put away the groceries – often the small things that we take for granted! – From tuja Executive Editor Kyla Jacobs
Be grateful for this day because it will never come again.
Everybody dies but not everybody lives. – From tuja Contributor Serena Matter
When someone speaks from fear, they’re really saying is “I want to feel safe and loved”, when someone speaks from anger, they’re really saying “I want to feel safe and loved” From tuja Contributor Niki Boileau (from Doreen Virtue)
And we’re going to sneak in just one Sanskrit mantra, because the meaning is so beautiful:
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Which translates to: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.
Choose a mantra for your day (or invent your own!) and share them with us in comments below or tag us on social media.