Words hold powerful vibrations. Thoughts hold even more powerful vibrations.
This is why positive mantras or affirmations can be extremely healing and beneficial.

The word “mantra” is Sanskrit and it signifies sacred word or sacred syllable. Mantras work by creating powerful sound vibrations within the body and mind. As you chant them repeatedly, with each chanting, your mind quiets and the vibrations create a sense of peace and purpose within.  The more we trust the capacities of the mantra and chant mantra from our heart in its intent, the better the mantra works to create the specific reality that we seek. The sacred chanting of Sanskrit mantras provides us with the power to attain our objectives and lift ourselves from the ordinary to the higher level of consciousness.

Choosing a Mantra

A mantra is either given to you by a teacher or chosen by yourself.  When selecting a mantra, be clear on what your intention is, and use your intuition over your intellect.  You may want to try out each mantra for a few repetitions to see how it feels to you that day and choose the one that feels like it fits best for you, understanding each day is different.

Some of my favorite mantras:

Sat Nam

Sat Nam

Is the Seed Mantra and Bij Mantra and it is the most widely used in the practice of Kundalini Yoga. Sat means truth; Nam means to call upon, name or identify with. Sat Nam means truth is my identity and I call upon the eternal truth that resides in all of us.

Kritajna Hum

Kritajna Hum

I am gratitude. My true self is always grateful. I am connected with everything else in the universe. Gratitude is the beacon that guides me to that place where meaning, dreams, truth, and love exists, no matter what or who I must be today in the world.

So Ham

So Ham

You are the same as I (says the unverise). Some say that when a child is born, it cries Koham-Koham, which means Who am I? That is when the Universe replies back, “So Ham”. You are the same as I am.

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha

This healing mantra is said to destroy karma’s that obstruct any task from getting accomplished. This can be a powerful mantra to use when breaking an addiction. Whenever things don’t seem to be moving forward or there is no progress in spite of best efforts, simply recite Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha and remove all the obstacles in your path.

 

 

 

 

Om Namah Shivaya

Om Namah Shivaya

I honor the divinity within myself. This is a great mantra to help build self-confidence, reminding us that we are all made up of divine energy and should treat ourselves accordingly. It has been said about this mantra that if this mantra vibrates continually in your heart, then you have no need to perform austerities, to meditate or to practice yoga. To repeat this mantra you need no rituals or ceremonies, nor must you repeat it at an auspicious time or in a particular place.” This mantra is free of all restrictions. It can be repeated by anyone, young or old, rich or poor and no matter what state a person is in, it will purify him. 

 

 

Om Mantra

Om

The vibration produced by the sound of Om is said to correlate with the primordial vibration that first arose at the time of creation. This pacifying mantra is believed to have high spiritual and creative power, but despite this, it is a Bija Mantra that can be chanted by anyone. Additionally, this mantra has been used for deep meditation (Samadhi) throughout the ages. When “OM” is chanted on a regular basis, one can reach a deeper state of awareness and experience an amazing effect on the consciousness. Not only this, it is believed that chanting Om gives a mesmerizing experience and the practitioner becomes one with the vibration and can feel the universe as his/her own body. In the chakra system, it is connected to ajna chakra, the third eye, which represents intuition and self-knowledge.

Hamsa Mantra

Hamsa Mantra

Ham is the sound of the breath on our exhalations and Sa is the sound of the inhalations. This soothing mantra is also called the “Ajapa mantra”. The Ajapa mantra takes advantage of the natural sound of the exhale and inhale, helping the practitioner cultivate a vibration that connects you to your heart.

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

May all beings everywhere be joyful and free. And may the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.

 

Dhanyavad

Dhanyavad

I feel gratitude. Reciting this mantra creates the space for you to see the blessings in your life, the abundance in your life.

 

 

Powerful affirmations I have gathered along the way:

  • Today I let go of all that does not serve me and choose to heal my heart, mind, body and soul with self-love, compassion and kindness.
  • I am eternally loved by this Universe and everything is working in my favor.
  • I feel abundance all around me and within me. I am a powerful co-creator of this Universe and I trust that all my needs will always be met.
  • I am strong, I am grounded, and I am rooted in my being. I am connected to this Universe and to my body and I send it rays of healing white light.
  • I am aligned with my highest truth and communicate all my needs, wants and desires with love, understanding and compassion.
  • I open to the fullness of my power and know that I am perfectly enough exactly as I am.
  • I have a crystal-clear vision on where I want to go, and I know I am walking the path of my higher purpose.
  • I connect with the Divine Source and ask for guidance through the sacred transformations in my life.
  • I am grateful for this day, I am grateful for my body, I am grateful for my mind, I am grateful for my soul. Every day I notice and feel gratitude for the abundance around me.
  • I am strong, soft and graceful. No matter what events have come my way, I have the strength, the compassion and the tools to overcome them with ease.
  • I love myself. I honor myself. I respect my boundaries and I trust myself. I know I am my best friend and biggest ally. I can do anything.

(from Forever Conscious)