Do you believe the repetition of words and phrases is a powerful tool to transform the way we think? Do you believe in the inherent power and wisdom of words and language? Is it the tone, rhythm, or linking of the specific words or sounds that unlock the power and meaning? Is it powerful to simply say “I love you” or is it more powerful how we say it? Does the meaning change when spoken in a robotic and stoic manner or in a mellifluous honeyed tone? It’s not just what we say, but how and why that shapes the intention and response.
Mantra is a popular mindfulness and meditation word in the wellness industry. Years ago, I was asked to write about mantras for a popular website and yoga platform. The website wanted a mantra that would ease the mind. The task was to provide a mantra and write an explanation about how it has the ability to relax people. Should the mantra be in Sanskrit or English? The ever-so popular Sanskrit mantra Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (may all beings be happy and free) is a go-to in the yoga community. Before we offer mantras and affirmations, we have to question who the audience is and why do they want this information? How do people relate to mantras? Honestly, my personal mantra is “shut the hell up and mind your own business”. I think we should focus on improving ourselves before we try to affect others. Close your month and direct your attention toward one specific thing. It’s what they say for airline safety, put your oxygen mask on first, before you try to help someone else.