Have you thought about why you need a Personal Mantra? If not, you should.
With thanks to the Wall Street Journal, and author Elizabeth Bernstein, I found out that all kinds of great research has been done with regard to the use of Mantras to make our lives better, calmer, healthier and more positive.
What the Research Shows
Research has shown that thinking of a word or phrase that affirms our value, and then repeating it over and over, produces powerful physiological changes. It can lower our cortisol levels, enhance endurance and reduce perception of effort during physical endurance.
It has also been shown that a mantra can actually quiet the mind. A 2015 study showed that silently repeating a single word led to a widespread reduction in activity across the brain—primarily in the area responsible for self-judgment and self reflection.
Too many of us beat ourselves up ruminating on the same old negative beliefs about ourselves, as well as the world around us. The more we have these thoughts, the more neural connections are made, and the stronger they become.
Now, doesn’t it make sense to use these neural connections for good instead of evil? A Mantra can create and strengthen new neural pathways that are positive and not toxic. That makes us and our brains calmer and happier.
The History of Mantras
The earliest mantras appeared 3,500 years ago and were repetitive prayers or hymns. By the time meditative yoga developed in the last few centuries B.C., mantras were being used to calm and control the mind.
Modern mantras are still sort of a prayer. They are effective because they are simple and repetitive—making them easy to turn into a habit. We don’t have to come up with a positive thought—we already have it.
When to Use Your Mantra
Most often, we tend to call on our mantras during times of stress, for example, during college finals or business launches, illnesses or even athletic events.
Some are one word: Breathe,” “Shine,” or Love. Others are phrases: This too shall pass,” Don’t give up,” or Never, never, never, never, never give up (inspired by Winston Churchill.)
Some people use letters that stand for something, like “QTL,” which stands for “Quality Time Left”—used to remind someone not to waste time thinking about the negative and to focus on what makes us happy.
Also, if you feel yourself cycling down into a negative spiral, a mantra of “good things always happen to me and good things always happen through me” will help to bring yourself back up.
A Mantra is extremely personal, and should be meaningful for you. Also, you can have more than one mantra for different situations. But, don’t have so many that you can’t remember them all!
Also, you need to keep it short—you don’t want to stress yourself out trying to remember your mantra—that would be counterproductive!
Make sure it is positive but not unbelievable. Mantras that are based in truth, logic and helpfulness build healthy brain connections long-term. Also, you don’t want to be too hokey (of course, hokey is in the eye of the beholder.) Some of us may remember that character from Saturday Night Live, Stuart Smalley, who always looked into a mirror and said, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!”
Practice triggering your mantra. Think about a stressful situation in which you would commonly call upon your mantra, then repeat it. This will help your brain create those connections more easily.
I hope this video inspired you to come up with a personal mantra or two to help you through those uncomfortable or stressful situations that will inevitably come up. To help you get started, I’ll share a couple of my favorites. “Just Breathe” really helps me remember to calm down and, obviously, to remember to take deep breaths in order to center myself.
Another favorite for when I’m struggling with making my online business a success is “Fortune favors the brave.” One must be brave (or a little bit crazy!) to want to be an online Entrepreneur, and this reminds me that I have to conquer my fears in order to move forward every day.
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So, start thinking about your new mantras—they can really help you when the going gets a little tough, and until next time, here’s wishing you…
Love, Light and Abundance,