Mantras emanated from the Sanskrit language and literally translate to mean “instrument of thought.” Mantras represent the collection of a sound or sounds, a word or a combination of words, which has been used for by yogis, prayers, and intentions for hundreds of years. These mantras are repeated during one’s meditation practice. The repetitive process not only quiets the mind, but it can help formulate an intended outcome of your meditation. This can be extremely helpful if you intend to meditate on a particularly challenging decision.
Initially, most mantras were provided by masters and gurus to their budding disciples or yogi apprentices. Mantras are used specifically in Transcendental Meditation; a form of meditation that has been popular in the West since the 1960s. https://www.tm.org/blog/maharishi/transcendental-meditation-mantra/
“Om” is the most widely recognized and used mantra, and it is a central part of Hindu and Buddhist meditation traditions.
My mantra is simple … Relax. Repeating the word “relax” in my head eventually takes over and I found that I’ve blocked out all the noise in no time at all.
Enjoy this wonderful 22 minute meditation set in the beautiful National Redwood Forest in CA. Music, natural sounds combine with breathtaking scenery. This is a particular favorite of my meditation group at work and the feline Zen master, Jobim.
Source Citation: Wikipedia (Mantras), Transcendental Meditation website, and Jody Whitely’s You Tube Channel (Meditation Video)