What is a Mantra?

mantra (n) - 1. any sacred word or syllable used as an object of concentration and embodying some aspect of spiritual power; 2. an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism.

Mantras have a long history, preceding Buddhism, starting back with the ancient Hindus. Since their early beginnings, mantras have grown and spread to other Eastern and Western cultures. I invite you to let go of the idea that mantras have to be ancient, Sanskrit, or long and complicated to remember. How about a single word to set your intention? One word to keep you positive and in tune with your spiritual, mental and physical self. 

Modern mantras can be used for meditation or to simply guide you through your day, used as a word of inspiration. The specific purpose of a mantra varies according to each individual. It may completely transform your consciousness, or just help you deal with life. Mantras are personal and should connect to you! Similarly, you should use them however, whenever, and wherever it is most meaningful to you! There are no rules. There are no concrete definitions. To me, mantras are things I say to myself to help me focus. What are mantras to you? How will they find a way in your life?

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