We have the power to surround ourselves with the positive energy that molds our feelings, attitudes, and actions by something as simple as a daily declaration or mantra. In Hinduism and Buddhism, a mantra is a sacred word, phrase, sound, or syllable capable of inspiring spiritual transformation when used as an object of concentration. Whether it is a traditional mantra that invokes a higher spiritual power, or a more worldly and practical declaration, repeating an uplifting word, phrase, sound, or syllable is a powerful way to focus your thoughts and eventually change your thinking.
To add positive energy into your life through a mantra practice, commit to a word or phrase based on your own personal goals, or start with a popular quote that moves you, like “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Use your chosen mantra as the start to your day to give a positive and uplifting energy to everything that happens once you walk out the door. Now that you have chosen a mantra, use the steps below to commit to your own morning routine. Notice after just a few days how your awareness, thoughts, and actions begin to shift.
- Sanction time. Set aside a specific time in the morning to dedicate to your mantra recitation, find a comfortable space, and settle into a relaxed position.
- Repeat. Close your eyes and repeat the mantra 10 times—saying it out loud.
- Change your perspective. Redirect your attention from distraction, focusing on your mantra and nothing else.