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Have you ever used a mantra to help you through a tough time in your life? Maybe you’ve never heard of using a mantra… so what is it? A mantra is a statement or slogan repeated frequently. Even something as simple as “You’ve got this!” can be a mantra. Mantras are recited for various reasons and there are endless possibilities of what you can come up with for your own mantras. “A mantra, whether chanted, whispered, or silently recited, is a powerful meditation and therapy tool.” – yogajournal.com
Coming up with your personal mantras can be a creative and fun process… But first, you have to think about something you want to improve upon. Why is that? Well, mantras are typically used to rewire our brains, improve our mindset, or motivate you to achieve a goal. (I’m not going to deep dive into the science behind how mantras work, but you can learn more here.) We’ll go through a few questions below to help you figure out what type of mantras you may want to create, but first I’ll share the three mantra types, a few of my personal challenges, and the mantras I use when I find it difficult to face those challenges.
Three Types of Mantras
There are three types of mantras you can create to help you move forward in the challenges you face. Each category is unique to the particular type of challenge it addresses.
3 Mantra Types:
- Motivation: This type of mantra inspires us to keeping going when we face tough challenges in life.
- Rewiring: The mantra type helps us to rid our minds of thoughts or beliefs that no longer serve us in a positive way.
- Mindset: This type of manta helps us with our mindset from one of negativity to one of positivity and gratitude.
Now, let’s look at a few of my personal challenges and how I’ve created mantras specific to those challenges and my intentions.
- Challenge #1 (Motivation)
- Fear: Not completing a project perfectly
- Manifestation: Procrastination due to the pressure I put on myself
- Goal: Allow myself room to breathe and stop putting so much pressure on myself
- Mantra: Done is better than perfect.
- Challenge #2 (Rewiring)
- Fear: Being judged by others
- Manifestation: I judge others and myself
- Goal: Let go of fear and stop judging myself and others
- Mantras: I embrace and accept myself. I have understanding for myself and others. I am who I am, and I accept who I am.
- Challenge #3 (Mindset)
- Fear: Spiraling into depression
- Manifestation: Being overly positive – overcompensating
- Goal: Make peace with darkness and understand its purpose
- Mantra: I am a beam of light. Without the darkness, there is no light. The dark gives contrast to the light.
Creating Your Mantra
So how can you figure out what mantras are right for you? Let’s run through the few questions I use to help me determine what type of mantra works best for the challenge I’m facing.
Is there a goal you would like to work towards accomplishing?
If you answered, “Yes.” to this question you may want to create a motivational mantra to help you work towards achieving your goal.
Try incorporating a specific goal into your mantra. For example: “I complete my work projects with confidence and ease.”
Here are a few examples of motivational mantras:
- You can find an excuse or you can find a way.
- Don’t be afraid to be great.
- Action conquers fear.
Do you have a thought pattern or belief that no longer serves you?
If you answered, “Yes.” to this question you may want to create a rewiring mantra to help you work towards reprogramming your belief.
Try incorporating a new belief in your mantra. For example: “I feel accepted and supported by my community. I no longer feel the need to judge myself or others.”
Here are a few examples of rewiring mantras:
- There is enough abundance for everyone. All of my needs are met.
- My body supports me in all I do. I am grateful for my health.
- Everyone has magic inside of them. I am capable of great things.
Are you a person that looks for problems or solutions?
If you answered, “Yes.” to this question you may want to create a mindset mantra to help you work towards switching to a more positive mindset.
Try incorporating a positive affirmation into your mantra. For example: “I am powerful. I am brave.”
Here are a few examples of mindset mantras:
- Life happens for me, not to me.
- I am the creator of my reality.
- I have all that I need.
It’s important to note that you don’t have to work with more than one mantra at a time. In fact, it may be best for you to focus on one goal at a time. This is more powerful, as your attention to your intention is focused on one area. Now, that you’ve seen examples of each mantra type, you can begin working towards creating your own and adding in your own creative twist.
A Creative Twist
After solidifying my mantra, I like to create a piece of artwork that includes the mantra and allows me to further explore the creative side of setting an intention or goal. For example, I created this mantra and doodle for my coloring book Woosah Warrior, which allows me to meditate or focus on my intention while coloring.
After the mantra is colored, I hang it on my wall (somewhere I can see it each morning and night) and say it out loud to myself every morning upon waking and every night before getting in bed. When using mantras, it is imperative that one understands the proper time to recite their mantras. Not only do you want to recite them each morning and night but also any time the challenge you are facing arises.
Don’t worry if you aren’t an artist or feel you don’t draw well! This is YOUR mantra. You are creating a tool to help you move past challenges in your life. Do the best that you can with the told and skills that you have.
If you’d rather find a mantra that is already illustrated for you to color, feel free to check out my coloring book + journal prompts “Woosah Warrior” and preorder your copy here.
What mantras will you create to overcome challenges? I’d love for you to share! Post your photo on social media and be sure to tag me at:
Good luck; I can’t wait to see your finished mantra artwork!