What is Mantra?

It occurred to me that the word mantra might sound a bit vague to anyone checking out this site, so today let’s delve a little bit into what ‘mantra’ means.  Basically, a mantra is a chant, prayer, or affirmation. You can even think of it as slogan or phrase that you repeat to yourself because it gives you peace, clarity, or inner confidence.

The Sanskrit root man means ‘to think’ and is related to manas, or ‘mind’.  Tra means ‘instrument’ or ‘tool’.  So, mantra in its most ancient and literal sense is ‘an instrument of thought,’ or ‘a tool of the mind.’

How cool that this tool is available to all!  You don’t have to go to India or Tibet, or even a yoga studio to get the benefits.  You can simply go online and find mantras, read about them and chant them in the comfort of your own home, or silently repeat them in your mind.

One thing I’ve realized is it really helps to have physical items that serve as little tokens or reminders of the mantras you’re working on.  Here are some examples of what I use daily:

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Incense to remind me of ‘om nama shivaya’ (peace/ clarity mantra)

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Mantra beads to feel, move through my fingers, or count to the syllables of whatever mantra I’m using.

 

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This bracelet that my sister bought me that has one of the most powerful mantras: You Are Enough.  Wearing it has a subtle effect, even if I’m not consciously looking at it/ thinking about it.  I just feel more confident and tapped into self-love when I have it on.

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Flower essences from my friend Katie’s company Lotus Wei.  Each essence has its own ‘mantra’ or uplifting theme.  When I use it in my water or by the dropperful my mind instantly gets thinking about it …and the flower essences work their magic through my meridians at the same time- pretty sweet!

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These Mantra Made scarves (which will be available for sale on this site very soon!)…each of these little beauties has been infused w/ purifying incense and mantra repeated over them so they have a spirit of abundance and inner wealth (Lakshmi) in them!

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This monthly kirtan at my local yoga studio that I play drums at.  Truly an amazing experience to be a part of- to get to absorb a room full of loving peace activists changing the world with ancient sacred chanting and bringing community to Louisville.  What a blessing!

 

Thanks for reading!  Stay tuned for some wearable items that will be posted soon and made available for purchase via this site.

Namaste 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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