I had a hard day today and I found myself searching for an encouraging phrase to repeat to myself. I was searching for a reminder, a mental worry stone, to help me focus on the positive things in my life. I wanted to share this with our board.
What I found was some information on Mantras. Although associated with Hinduism and Buddhism they exist in many religious and spiritual practices through prayer and meditation. A mantra is a short phrase that just â€śsounds rightâ€ť to you, something to calm, encourage, or motivate. Itâ€™s an individual choice, although, often people are comforted by more formal mantas like â€śglory be to godâ€ť.
A central mantra of Tibetan Buddhism is 'Om Mani Padme Hum' which is Sanskrit for, 'Om, jewel of the lotus, hum'.
If you want to try it out here are some general instructions:
â€śNow that you have decided to meditate, choose a comfortable chair which allows you to sit upright, loosen or remove any tight clothing.If you are extra tense, you can shrug your shoulders, roll your neck and use your favorite body stretches.
1.Inhale a deep breath to the count of four and slowly exhale to the count of six. Repeat five times.
2.Assume normal breathing.
3.Make sure your spine is upright and also have the bottom of your feet rest on the floor thereby keeping you grounded.
4.Mentally repeat your mantra over and over without moving your lips or tongue.
As you are mentally repeating your mantra, if other thoughts enter just gently push them aside.â€ť
Here are some sample Mantas to get you started:
The King of mantras of a single syllable is 'Om'. It is the sound of infinity and immortality, containing within it all the scriptures of the world.
'Om' is often used at the beginning of meditation to focus the mind, or as a prefix to other mantras.
These words are often said before invocation of a particular deity. 'Om' retains its significance as above. 'Namo', in Sanskrit, means to honor, appreciate and be humble towards.Therefore, putting it before the deity's name means something like "praise be to" or "all thanks to".
The following are different mantras using these prefixes :
OM NAMO GANESHAYA
Ganesha is the God of beginnings and success. Therefore, this mantra is formed at the beginning of new undertakings and to bring about success by removing obstacles.
OM NAMO LAKSHMAI
Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess associated with prosperity in all aspects of life - financial, emotional and spiritual. Mantras to Her bring richness to life and a wealth of good fortune.
OM NAMO SHIVAYA
This mantra represents the tranquil insight to the meditative experience. It helps destroy negative qualities.
SHRI HARI SHARNAM MAMAHA
The Sanskrit word 'Sharnam' means shelter. This mantra asks that we be brought to Hari's shelter, a place of refuge. The blessing of Hari's protection removes all anxieties.
Christian mantras are often short sections of common prayers. They work to bring about an awareness of God's loving presence.
Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me.
Holy Mary, Mother of God.
Glory be to God.
Choose ONE of the several mantras stated above depending upon what "sounds and feels right" and has a meaning in harmony with your intuitive acceptance.â€ť
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