Using Mantras to Cope and Heal

Mantras are a great way to cope, heal, and inspire growth. What’s a mantra? A mantra is an often repeated word, formula, or phrase. To turn it into a magical tool, choose words that are be positive, short, general, and personal. When you say them, you must be fully present and say your mantra as if you really believe it.

You want your mantras to be positive so they excite and motivate you. You want to tell your brain what you want, not what you don’t want. If you can’t say something positive, at least keep it neutral.

Mantras are short so that you can easily remember them. Short sayings tend to be catchier and easier to repeat too.

How can a mantra be both general and personal? You want something general like “Pain is the touchstone of spiritual growth” so that it will help in a lot of different situations. Pain can be physical, emotional, or spiritual. It can come from something in your past, something you fear in your future, or something that happened to someone else. So this mantra has a lot of practical uses. However, when you are using it to help cope or heal a situation for you, it also becomes personal.

Here are some examples:

  • Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?
  • This, too, shall pass.
  • It’s not a failure until you stop trying.
  • Everything happens for a reason.
  • Minds are like parachutes. They only function when open.
  • Plan your work. Work your plan.
  • One day at a time.
  • If not now, when? If not you, who?
  • Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
  • Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
  • I am _______ (fill in the blank with a word that fits the situation like: love, peace, a teacher, a good mom, worthy, smart, or capable).

Ones like “This too shall pass” and “Everything happens for a reason” are pretty generic and will work for most situations. I am ______ is flexible enough to be changed to fit any situation, so starting with something like these three will get you further than collecting a bunch that you may not remember.

“This too shall pass” can bring you back to the present moment. It can ground you so that you don’t start time traveling into worry and spin out of control. It helps you to tread water until the threat is over.

“Everything happens for a reason” is a way to surrender control over the big picture while you focus on doing your part to either tolerate a situation or fix it. It’s a way to make lemonade out of lemons. When everything is meaningful, it can be easier to bear.

“I am ____” is a way to remind yourself that no matter what is going on outside of you, you are good on the inside. This can help you to forgive yourself for mistakes, not take things personally, and get back on track. This one is better for remembering your worth or growing into the person you want to be. If you don’t really believe that you are wealthy, pretty, or lovable, one way to get there is to say this as if you do believe it.

Always say your mantras with conviction. Your strength and certainty give your words power. They help manifest your reality. You always want to say your mantras aloud because this is much more powerful than simply thinking the words. Be bold! Speak your truth. Or create a new one with mantras.

Mantras can be chanted, sung, or simply said aloud. The effectiveness comes from repetition with feeling. So say your mantra often.

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