Upon finishing a really great book (-book review coming soon!-) I have tried meditating by using mantras that was suggested throughout the story. A mantra is ‘a sound or word repeated to aid in concentration during meditation’ commonly used in Buddhist practice.
To try this out for myself, I simply went on YouTube -during an emotional breakdown- and typed in “mantras for meditation” and BOOM! Hundreds of different videos and sound clips came up. One of my favorites is one that repeats “lengthen” where you take a long inhale and repeat the word, then exhale while stating “let go.” Lengthen. Let Go. It was so simple yet worked SO effectively. My breathing went back to normal and I was able to relax myself. Try it for yourself! Even without the audio!
Benefits of using mantras in daily life are:
- reduces anxiety and depression
- enhances self-compassion
- establishes body back to regular heart rate/breathing
- boosts immunity in the body
- encourages empowerment
- helps to set clear goals
- strengthens muscle memory
- it’s easy – and free!
*To learn more information on how to use mantras and the history behind them, go to Mantras 101: The Benefits, How to Use, and Examples.