Tina nam yoho renge kyo’d. Every yoga class begins with an Om. And my own mom used to mutter “Lord, give me the strength,” under her breath when we annoyed her.
Mantras help us to get through the stressful times. Whether meditating on a bible verse or repeating Beyonce lyrics, mantras are a way to center ourselves in the midst of it all.
What is a mantra?
“Mantra” is a Sanskrit word made up of two syllables–“man” (mind) and “tra” (liberate)–basically, using the power of sound and its vibrations to liberate your mind.
How do I do it?
The Chopra Center calls mantras an “instrument of the mind.” Mantras can help us reset ourselves or find our peace in the storm. The repeated word, phrase, or sound is meant to center us and make us more mindful.
Choose a mantra from the affirmations below and speak it over yourself daily.
One of the greatest and most well known mantras, “om” is a Sanskrit word that embodies the essence of the universe. “The sound itself seems to calm the nervous system,” says Stephen Cope, founder of Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living. “Like all chants, it gathers and focuses the mind… It shifts us out of our ordinary discursive mind and into a more contemplative mode.”
In the middle of back to back feedings, laundry day, or daycare drop off, you can bring yourself some calm with a simple “om.”
I have enough. I am enough.
Children are expensive. Period. Sometimes I find myself worrying about experiences I’m not able to give my children (yet) or bills that have to be paid.
But, I believe that I am here in this moment for a purpose, and everything I need, I already have. When I start worrying too much, I remind myself that I have enough and that I am enough.
Amen. Ashe. And so it is.
While we aren’t necessarily religious, we do enjoy listening to messages from Pastor Greg and Pastor Yolanda at the Celebration Spiritual Center. At the close of each service, we repeat this affirming mantra, helping us to realize that whatever we’re praying for, hoping for, or asking for already is.
I choose joy.
We can choose to focus on the 4am feedings, the toys all over the living room, the crayon marks on the walls. Or, we can choose happiness.
Today is full of possibility.
Each day is an opportunity for us to begin again. Yesterday’s mistakes are in the past, and today is a new begining. Embrace the chance to be a better mom than you were yesterday.