Everyday Living April 29th, 2020

Finding Your Personal Mantra

What is a mantra and why do they work?

Simply put, a mantra is a word, sound or phrase that is repeated over and over again.

Mantras might seem like a bit of a buzzword these days, but they are by no means a new concept. They are often associated with yoga practice but mantras have actually been used for thousands of years in some Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

So why do mantras work?

Well, put quite simply, mantras can change your brain. In fact, recent scientific studies have been confirming what some spiritual teachers have long known about mantra meditation, proving that mantra meditation is not only associated with improved cognitive function but might also play a role in building sleep habits, improving mood and overall mental health.

Words are powerful, and as such, they have a compelling effect on feeling and emotion. In some circumstances, they can be used to make people feel bad, but they can also be used to feel good. Mantras are all about the latter. They use the simple act of word repetition to subconsciously reprogram how we see the world around us. They renew hope.

When an affirming phrase is repeated over and over again, it can help you to feel calm, in control and powerful. Just through the simple act of repetition, a mantra can focus your mind on something bigger than yourself and help bust through stress to achieve goals.

The literal Sanskrit translation of “Mantra” is a “mind tool,” and that really is just what it is. Mantras are a tool that can help us weather the ups and downs of life with success. A mantra helps to put things in context. As such, a mantra can be a dynamic energetic device for navigating challenges.


Finding your mantra

Finding your personal mantra is easy. All you need to do is find a word or phrase that resonates with you. The ideal mantra will naturally make you feel calm and relaxed. It’s all about intention and motivation.

To get you started, we have listed some suggestions below.
“I am strong.”
“In taking this time to be calm, I am rebooting.”
“Life is good”
“Today I will be the best version of myself.”
“If I ask, I shall receive.”

Some helpful tips

Keep it positive

No matter what mantra you choose, make sure that the words resonate with you in a way that lifts you up. At some point, you mind find that a mantra you once loved is falling flat, and this is no big deal. Just choose a new one that is working for you in the here and now.
Make a habit and stick to it

Some people like to take a few minutes to say their mantra to themselves in the morning, while some find mantra meditation a great way to relax after a long day. Whatever works for you is fine. Just set aside a time and stick to it.
You don’t need to say it out loud

The whole point of using a mantra is to provide a strong basis of support when you need it most, so remember that you don’t actually have to say your mantra out loud for it to work. Just thinking the words can still have powerful effects.

The takeaway

If you’re ready to make the rest of 2020 the year of you, mantra meditation is an amazing way to fuel your success. Here at Zappos, we are all about helping you find your best self. Don’t forget to check out our Year of You Lookbook for the coolest self-care fashion that you need to rock those mantras in style.


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