Many people are familiar with the classic psychotherapy strategies of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), which include the use of self-statements to combat negative or intrusive thoughts and cognitive distortions (tricks the brain plays on you, particularly when depressed or anxious￼).
Personally and professionally, I like to integrate the ancient knowledge that comes from mantras as therapeutic work. ￼￼A mantra is a repeated positive affirmation. It should reflect something positive you’re trying to invoke within you; anything that feels true when you speak it. I like mantras that begin with “I am” because they resonate deeply as truth. You end up speaking it into existence.
What is something you’re needing or wanting to create?
Your intention should come from your greatest place of self-compassion. Go into it without attachment. You may want your mantra to speak to a very specific desire that looks a certain way. But trust me when I say that when you arrive up on your mantra you will feel a sense of resonance.
It will just feel right.
When should we use mantras?
During meditation, walking, upon waking to set intention for the day￼￼￼, sitting in traffic, during a stressful day at work, to unwind at night, in the shower, and so many more possibilities. ￼Verbalizing your mantra, speaking it aloud and repeating it, is powerful. Feel the vibration of the mantra on your lips pay attention as it reverberates through your body. Write it in your journal, on a post it, on an index card taped to your bathroom mirror.
I also use mantras with technology.￼ Put it in your reminders, your Google calendar on repeat, Alexa, pop-ups, text it to yourself.
Some modern day mantras:
“I ignite the many aspects of the goddess within me.”
In Sanskrit: Om Shreem Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha, which translates to recognition of the potential for true abundance in all aspects of life.
Self-compassion and forgiveness
“I accept myself.”
“This too shall pass.”
“I am love.”
“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”
“Be here, now.”
Allowing the universe to guide you
“I am open to the universe.”
“I choose joy.”
“Close your eyes, clear your heart, let it go.”
“I are capable of wonderful things”