How Mantras Will Change Your Life

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“I will receive as much as I do.”

This simple statement helped me get through my senior year of college, which included an internship, a leadership position in a student organization, a full load of classes, and many other stressors. The simplicity of this one mantra (also known as an affirmation) helped me in times that I felt I was both overworked and not working hard enough.

For all you yogi’s out there, the term “mantra” might be something you’re familiar with. For everyone else: let’s ease into this.

What is a mantra? It’s a simple statement with an objective that you can easily repeat to yourself to help achieve some goal. It can be anything that is useful to you in the present moment or the future.

There are two parts of root of the word mantra. The first is man, which is the root of the Sanskirt word for mind, and the second is tra, which means instrument. Your mantra is therefore the instrument of the mind; it is something that you can use as a tool to redirect yourself as often as needed.

Words are powerful. By consciously choosing what you repeat to yourself throughout the day or in a difficult time, I have found that the “inner critic” inside loses its power. Instead of letting your mind wander, you can redirect that energy towards a more productive direction. This idea is called neuroplasticity, or the fact that our brains can change and be molded based on what habits we form. For me, choosing a mantra helps me focus when I am stressed or uncertain and better prepares me to deal with difficult situations in the future.

How to Choose a Mantra

A mantra can really be anything you want it to be. Think of a positive change you want to make, whether that is to be more receptive to other people’s opinions or more confident in yourself. Whether you have a short-term goal such as staying focused and energized during finals or a long-term goal of becoming more open to opportunity, there is a mantra that can help you.

I found my mantra while doing yoga. The instructor offered, “I will receive as much as I do” as an option for the yoga class, but I found that it applied beyond my practice. It resonated with me in multiple aspects of my life and has become a guiding mantra that I use every day.

How to Create Your Mantra

Below are some tips to find or create the mantra that is right for you:

  • Start with “I will” or “I am”
  • Pick strong adjectives or verbs that will inspire you
  • Choose either one sentence or multiple very short thoughts such as “I am flexible. I am energized.” to repeat in succession
  • If you need to just get through something sort-term start with “Today I will” and give yourself a simple but achievable goal for the day

Examples

My ability to succeed is limitless

I am courageous and I stand up for myself

I will abandon my old habits and replace them

I am bountiful, beautiful, and blissful

I love and approve of myself as I am

I will draw from my inner strength to spread light

Fear comes from the self-image, not the self

I will trust my wisdom to guide me in the right direction

I will see the multitude of options before me and find the right path for myself

I will engage in work that impacts the world positively

Today I am energized and able to conquer anything

I am capable of achieving what I set my mind to

I am deeply fulfilled with who I am

There are really no rules when it comes to mantras or affirmations! Try different sayings until something resonates with you. What’s most important is that you repeat with conviction and manifest your future.

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