Create + Write Your Own Mantras

Create + Write Your Own Mantras

 

This post is the first in my "Laying the Foundation" series. I want to ask, "Do you have a mantra that gets you through tough times?"

Many people don’t, which is why so many people love mantras in the first place.

Mantras are simple words or phrases (including affirmations)that can help us stay grounded when we feel like the world is against us.

A mantra is something that you repeat to yourself, again and again, to remind yourself of who you are. It’s an affirmation of your values and a reminder of what matters most to you.

It’s believed that when you recite a mantra, it reaches your subconscious, providing you with clarity and balance. This article will walk you through some tips on how to create your own mantra.

 

What is a mantra?

A mantra is a sound, word, or phrase that is said repeatedly. Some people use mantras as affirmations or positive self-talk. It’s often used for meditation because it can help to clear the mind of distractions. 

A mantra can also be a tool to help you focus and find clarity. Mantras can be used in a variety of different ways.

Some people chant them as a form of prayer, while others use them as a way of focusing on a specific issue they need help with. 

Sometimes, people will write a mantra down and place it where they’ll see it throughout the day so that it stays fresh in their minds.

The most important thing to remember about mantras is that they’re not magic spells that will instantly solve all of your problems. 

They’re tools that you can use to refocus your energy and help you get back to a place of clarity and peace.

 

The most common types of mantras are:

  1. Affirmations: Short, positive statements that help to create a desired result.
  2. Prayers: A call for help or guidance from a higher power.
  3. Mantras of Gratitude: Expressing appreciation for the abundance of the universe. 
  4. Visualization Mantras: Utilizing visualization techniques to bring about desired outcomes. 
  5. Mantras for Self-Love: A reminder to be kind and loving to oneself. 
  6. Mantras for Compassion: A reminder to practice compassion for all living things. 
  7. Mantras for Connection: A reminder to be mindful of our connection to the universe. 
  8. Mantras for Protection: A way to shield oneself from negative energies. 
  9. Mantras for Manifestation: A way to bring about desired goals and intentions.

 

How to create your mantra

When it comes to creating your mantra, there isn’t a set formula. It’s more about identifying what you need at this point in your life and then choosing your words accordingly. Here are some tips to get you started on the journey of creating your own mantra:

#1 Identify what you need: When you create a mantra, you’re essentially creating an affirmation that you need. You’re focusing on what you need right now, not what you think you should be saying. 

So, before you begin writing, take a few minutes to sit quietly and reflect on what you need most right now.

#2: Focus on one specific area at a time: This is important because it can help you to focus on what you need right now, rather than trying to think of everything at once.  

Again, take a few minutes to sit quietly and think about the specific area(s) of your life you want to focus on.

#3: Decide on your purpose: Before you even start writing, it’s important to decide what the purpose behind your mantra is. 

  • Is it to help you find clarity? 
  • Is it to help you stay grounded during difficult times? 
  • Is it to help you focus on what matters most? 
  • Is it a combination of all three?

Whatever your purpose is, it should be something that you want your mantra to help you achieve.

 

Start with a seed word or phrase

Once you’ve identified what you need, it’s time to start writing your mantra. A lot of people like to start with a seed word or phrase, which they then expand upon as they go. 

For example, if your goal is to find clarity in your life, you might start with the word “clarity” and then expand upon it.

Another example would be if you’re trying to stay grounded during difficult times, you could start with the word “grounded” and then expand upon it. 

 

30 words often used in mantras

  1. Love 
  2. Peace 
  3. Joy 
  4. Light 
  5. Wisdom 
  6. Harmony 
  7. Freedom
  8. Strength 
  9. Power 
  10. Success 
  11. Faith 
  12. Healing 
  13. Abundance 
  14. Gratitude 
  15. Blessings
  16. Protection 
  17. Compassion 
  18. Transformation 
  19. Clarity 
  20. Purpose 
  21. Intention 
  22. Purity 
  23. Honor 
  24. Honesty 
  25. Courage 
  26. Enlightenment 
  27. Rejuvenation 
  28. Bliss 
  29. Balance 
  30. Tranquility

These are just examples to show you how it works. You don’t have to use these words, but it’s a good idea to start with a seed word or phrase so that your mantra is specific to what you need most right now.

 

Find the right words that resonate for you

This is where you get to dive in and start writing your mantra. You’ve already started with a seed word or phrase, but now you need to think about what that means to you.

  • How can you expand upon it?
  • What does it mean to you?
  • What visual imagery does it bring to mind?

Spend as much time as you need on this part of the process. Remember, you’re not being graded on how quickly you can finish writing your mantra. You just want to make sure that the words you use resonate with you. As long as you’re being intentional with what you’re writing, it doesn’t matter if it’s handwritten or typed. 

 

Your mantra is yours and no one else’s. Don’t stress about needing to create something perfect. 
Just write from your heart and make sure that it’s something that speaks to you.

 

Incorporate your own language 

As you use your mantra and see how it can help you, you might start to notice some areas where you can improve. You might realize that you’re not spending enough time with the people who matter to you or that you’re spending too much time focused on materialistic things. Whatever your area of improvement is, it’s important to incorporate your own language into your mantra.

For example, if you’re finding that you’re spending too much time on your phone, you can add a new line to your mantra to reflect that. Instead of just saying:

 “I am focused on what matters most,” and  you could add, “I am focused on spending quality time with the people who matter most in my life.”

Your mantra is yours and no one else’s. It’s okay if you need to make changes to it as you go. This is completely normal and something that many people do. You don’t have to follow your mantra like it’s written in stone. Make it yours and make it something that helps you to grow as a person.

Here are few more just in case you need help:

  1. I am capable and worthy of achieving my goals. 
  2. I am surrounded by abundance in all areas of my life. 
  3. I am strong and capable of overcoming any obstacle. 
  4. I am grateful for all the blessings in my life. 
  5. I am open to all the possibilities life has to offer. 
  6. I am worthy of love and belonging. 
  7. I am confident in my decisions and actions. 
  8. I am creating my own path to success. 
  9. I am living life to the fullest. 
  10. I am full of joy and gratitude.

Remember to breathe

Once you’ve created your mantra, make sure that you’re incorporating it into your daily life. Write it down and place it where you’ll see it throughout the day. And when you spend time focusing on your mantra, remember to breathe. Be fully present in the experience of your intentions. 

 

Are there any studies that show using mantras are effective? 

There are a few studies that show the effectiveness of mantras. The most comprehensive study was conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in India, which found that regular chanting of mantras led to a significant decrease in stress and anxiety levels in participants. 

Other studies have also looked into the effects of mantra chanting on overall mental and physical health. These studies have found that regular mantra chanting can lead to increased levels of relaxation, improved sleep quality, reduced stress, increased mental clarity, and even enhanced cognitive performance. If you’d like to read them:

 

 

Final Words

Hopefully, after reading this article, you now understand that mantras are not exclusive to any one religion, culture, or belief system. They’re used by followers of almost every faith as a way of focusing spiritual energy and bringing clarity and peace in difficult times. Now that you know what a mantra is and how to create your own, you have all the tools you need to start writing your own mantra today.

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