The Best Mantras For Meditation (And How To Use Them)

Mantras for meditation

I am going to be completely honest here, I am a complete beginner when it comes to meditation. I had never tried yoga, or meditation until I had a breakdown and went on stress leave from my career.

However, when I was on my healing journey, I looked into all the different ways I could reduce my stress and become more calm- so, of course, I came across meditation and with that- mantras.  

Today I want to share exactly what the best mantras for meditation are and give you some of my favorites. 

What is a Mantra? 

A mantra is a syllable, sound, word, or phrase that you repeat during meditation. It’s a tool used to anchor the mind, calm the body, and reduce stress.

Mantras are most commonly used in meditation, yoga, and in the spiritual practices of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. 

Why do people use Mantras? 

When we say a mantra, we’re repeating a phrase over and over, and allowing the words to seep into our conscious and subconscious mind. These inspiring phrases can be used to instigate huge shifts in our thought patterns.   

What are Mantras for Meditation? 

Meditation mantras are phrases or words that you sing, chant, hum, or repeat silently in your mind as you meditate. A mantra is created to bring you into a state of deeper presence and mindfulness

Famous or Common Mantras 

The Sanskrit mantras are popular and may be familiar to those who practice yoga. 

Some of the most famous mantras or common mantras are: 

  • “Aum” or “Om” 
  • “Ham-Sah” 
  • “Om Namah Shivaya” 
  • “Aham Prema.” 
  • “Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.” 
  • “Om Tat Sat” 
  • “Namo Amitabha” 
  • “I am That I Am” 
  • “I Love You; I’m Sorry; Please Forgive Me; Thank You” 

One minute mantras

For mantra meditation beginners, a simple way to ease your way into mantra meditation is to pick a simple mantra and repeat it over and over again until one minute has passed.

Some one-minute mantras you could use are: 

  • I am bliss 
  • Every day, in every way, I am getting stronger. 
  • This moment is perfect, whole, and complete. 
  • I am a magnet for health, wealth, and happiness. 
  • I am available for energy and creativity 
  • Everything I need is within me. 
  • Today I Am Perfect 
  • I love myself, I believe in myself, I support myself. 
  • I am enough. 
  • I can and I will. 

Mantra meditation quote

The 5 word phrases meditation mantras

Another thing you could do is to pick out five words that are extremely important to you and repeat those words over and over again in a chant.  

For example, if you picked the words: Peace, Love, Joy, Gratitude, Strength. You would just continue to repeat those five words over again. 

Some single words to use for your 5-word phrases mantra meditation: 

  • Peace 
  • Love 
  • Joy 
  • Gratitude 
  • Strength 
  • Trust 
  • Compassion 
  • Serenity 
  • Abundance 
  • Freedom 
  • Focus 
  • Healing 
  • Unity 
  • Balance 

Mantra Quotes

There are some quotes that will help inspire you when it comes to mantras: 

  1. “I believe in never giving up, no matter what the odds. My mantra is, “Failure is temporary. Giving up is permanent.” – Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw 
  2. “The mantra that you’re given in Transcendental Meditation you keep to yourself. The reason being, true happiness is not out there, true happiness lies within.” – David Lynch 
  3. “IBM’s long-standing mantra is “Think.” – Ginni Rometty 
  4. “Remember my mantra: distinct… or extinct.” – Tom Peters 
  5. “So it – we have one enduring, uh, idea, that will always live on with the Smothers Brothers, that “Mom always liked you best.” We’re the universal uh feeling that ever child, every sibling has had somewhere along the line. Or “Who did she like best?” and that became kind of a little mantra.” – Tom Smothers 
  6. “Early is on time, on time is late and late is forgotten. Is it a rule? No. It’s my personal mantra, and I feel like I have a lot of respect for time. I really do. It’s precious. We shouldn’t take it for granted.” – Brian Flores 
  7. “It’s a neutralizing mantra to say to everybody, “I come in peace.” I come in peace. That’s why it’s important.” – RuPaul 
  8. “Everyone has their own mantra” – Russel Brand 

How to do mantra meditation 

1. Pick mantras that align with you 

It is important that you pick mantras that align with who you are as a person. Pick mantras that align with your goals, vision of the future, and your personality.  

That could mean you identify with the traditional mantras, or maybe you like the more modern inspirational mantras that you identify strongly with.

2. Get comfortable 

It is important to meditate in a place you feel safe and comfortable, and one that allows you to relax and focus at the same time.  

3. Sit correctly and focus on your breathing 

Sit straight up, or lay down if that is how you have decided to meditate and take deep, calming breaths.  

4. Chant your mantra 

Now that you are calm and ready it’s time to recite or chant your mantra.  

You can continue for as long as you’d like. There’s no need to put pressure on your mind or body – relax into the joy of the practice. People who regularly do this kind of practice say that mantra meditation becomes second nature and is something they look forward to at the beginning or end of their day. 

Final Thoughts 

There is no best mantra or perfect mantra, but there may be a mantra that is perfect for you.  

Some people use positive affirmations or statements as mantras, and some people prefer the more traditional Sanskrit mantras. It is completely up to you and what feels best to you. 

Did I miss any mantras that you enjoy? Let me know. 

Take care of yourself. 

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