Mantras are ancient, energizing sounds that help uplift mood and the stress or suffering (Dukkha) of the everyday. ‘Mana’ in Hindi translates to mind; a mantra is what takes you ‘beyond the current mind’.
They are traditionally repeated, chanted, or listened to with mindful repetition. Like self-statements in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), they help to manage stuck mind: feelings of dread, anxiety, worry, intrusive thoughts.
In my Mindfulness-based therapy practice, I ￼encourage people to find what is meaningful to them. What is your mantra that really speaks to you and your struggles?
Put it on your mirror, your phone, post-its, in your backpack, journal, desk, fridge. Repeat.
Mine is : No One To Be.
For more on mental health and mantras: Mantras as Self-Statements