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What is a mantra?

Posted: by Jo Friday, 4 August 2017 @ 14:04

A mantra is a powerful phrase, designed to make a positive impact on the way that you feel.

It can be a phrase created by you; a quote you have read or heard; a piece of advice someone has given you; or simply a word that has meaning and impact for you.

It is always phrased in a positive way, intended to encourage and point you towards being your best self – not to punish or criticise you for being your worst self. It can be a phrase that represents your ideals and values; or a short sentence to express purpose or belief; or an instruction or reminder to yourself. Some words of wisdom, to act as a reminder to yourself. 

A great example would be the Scouts’ motto, ‘Be prepared’ – which is a mantra that many people brought up as a scout still live their lives by.

A mantra can bring motivation, strengthen resolve, give focus. Most powerfully, a mantra brings self-belief.

I genuinely believe that a memorable phrase - brought to mind on a busy or stressful day, or during tough times – is enough to re-focus our thoughts, change our mood, and even change our behaviour, in that moment.

Personally, I used mantras to get me through the London Marathon twice - 26 positive phrases, one for each mile - and I have 7 mantras that I aim to live my life by. And I am also a believer in choosing a mantra - a phrase - to help you with specific situations you find yourself in. 

Sanskrit mantras

For some, a mantra is more spiritual. A phrase, often in the original Sanskrit, to meditate with or to use as a chant, to clear the mind of distracting thoughts, or to hold an intention. Sometimes, given to you by a guru or meditation teacher, as something unique to you.

This is the original meaning of the word, mantra. But over time, ‘mantra’ now has a wider and more contemporary meaning, and a much wider application in life - as any phrase which makes a positive impact on how you feel. 

Mantra Jewellery

I created Mantra Jewellery to bring together the power of words, with the beauty of jewellery - as I beleive that jewellery is the best way of carrying inspiring words with us.

 

Find out more about: choosing and using a mantra; how to create a mantra for happiness; how to create a power mantra; how to create a mantra for now; and how to create a mantra for life.

 

See our personalised 'my Mantra' collection, to have your own mantra engraved on a necklace.

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