By DeMornay Harper
Blog Content Contributor
We have all heard of mantras, mottos and/or chants. You might have been in that once in a blue moon yoga class and the instructor asks you to set your intentions for the class and repeat your mantra. Sometimes we understand what they are saying and other times we just pretend, but either way, we grasp that there is gravity in the subject. The definition of a mantra is a statement or slogan repeated frequently. In Hinduism and Buddhism, a mantra is a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation (think “Om” in a yoga class).
I have found that implementing a mantra into my everyday life has had serious benefits. Mantras can be anything you want them to be. They can be a tweet that you saw that spoke to you or something that your mom has been drilling into you since you were seven. They are fluid and can change by the month, week or even day to day.
The mantra that I have embraced is a product of the poet, Reyna Biddy. It states:
What makes you feel most at peace?
Who makes you feel most loved?
Where do you feel most free?
Pour more love and life into these people, places, and things.
Repeating this to myself is so grounding and such a reminder of where I want my attention to be in life. It could change next week or even tomorrow and that is okay. We are evolving human beings and it only makes sense that our focus evolves with us.
My advice to you is to seek out a mantra for today. Just keep your eyes and heart open for anything that wishes to speak to it. The rewards are substantial and soul-filling.
Featured image by DeMornay Harper.