How to choose a mantra for your meditation practice

choosing a mantra

Some people can find it hard to maintain focus during meditation. The power of manifesting intentions during meditation can also be amplified by using a mantra.

What is a mantra?

A mantra is a sound, word or phrase which is repeated to assist in concentration while meditating. It is believed that only the positive intentions and actions will fill your mind, and as a result, eliminate negativity – the perfect complement to your beautiful mala prayer beads.

How to choose your mantra

Mantras can be as simple or complex as you like – whether it be a single word like "love," or a sanskrit phrase such as "ra ma da sa sa say so hung," meaning "Sun, Moon, Earth, infinity, all that is in infinity, I am thee."

The most important thing to remember when choosing your mantra is that it should be positive and resonate with you.

It is believed that when meditating upon positive affirmations, you can rewire your brain to embody these positive qualities. As such, affirmations such as "I am more than enough," or "I am beautiful," are a perfect beginner’s mantra.

Much like choosing your mala beads, when it comes to choosing your mantra, it’s important that you recalibrate, and consider your inner motivations for practicing meditation.

More often than not, this will lead you to your perfect mantra, whether you are seeking positivity, happiness, self-love, or balance.

5 simple mantras for meditation

Some people find their own personal mantra, and others use sayings or phrases that have been used for centuries. Regardless of what you choose, as long as the mantra resonates with you, it will help focus and manifest positivity in your life.

  1. Om: Sanskrit/Hindu, meaning “It Is” or “To Become”. 
  2. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti: A Buddhist and Hindu phrase, the starting of Om followed by peace of mind, peace of body, and peace of speech. You may also simply repeat “shanti.”
  3. Love and light: It is believed that bringing love and light inwards and directing it outward can bring inner peace and manifest joy.
  4. Sat, Chit, Ananda: “Existence, Consciousness, Bliss”, Based on the Sanskrit word, “Satcitananda“.
  5. Ham-Sah, So Ham (often pronounced “So Hum”): Sanskrit phrase that means “I am that”. It is suggested to use “So” on the inhale, and then “Ham” on the exhale.

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