My introduction to using mantras to change my life started with their cousin affirmations. Affirmations are amazing for changing mindset and creating positivity, but they’re a little different than mantras. Many people think of mantras as being one or two words or sounds and used only during mediation. That can be the case, but isn’t always.
To me, the biggest difference between affirmations and mantras is that affirmations are goal oriented or “earthly focused” whereas mantras are of a more spiritual nature. I do believe they can both be used either during mediation or outside of it and they can both have amazing benefits for overall health and well-being. Choosing which is right for you on a daily basis is a matter of what you’re seeking.
When I started bringing my mantras out of meditation practice and into my daily life, that same sense of peace and centeredness came with it. One of my favorite mantras is “I’m connected to the flow of the Universe.” I feel like this helps me to let go of the need to be in control (and as a Scorpio, I LOVE being in control). At the same time, that mantra opens me up to receive all the abundance flowing my way. It’s a great two-for-one deal!
I used to say that mantra during my meditation practice and would begin my day feeling aligned and ready for anything. But as the day progressed, that feeling would fade. And as much as I’d love to meditate multiple times a day, the truth is other priorities often come up. (Also meditating while behind the wheel of a car isn’t a great idea!) Instead, I discovered that I could tap into that same peaceful center simply by saying the mantra to myself.
So, when I’m annoyed because people aren’t responding to my questions in my timeframe, or when I’m stuck in traffic and getting ready to curse out other cars simply because they’re trying to be on the road as the same time I am…or when I start to feel like my family is pushing every button I have, or…well you get the idea! In those moments, I take a breath and say “I’m connected to the flow of the Universe.” Just like that, it’s easier to ride through the frustrations and emotions of the situation.
Those temporary, small moments used to cause me incredible amounts of stress and heartache. I wasted so much energy being annoyed about things outside my control. I think we all do that at times. Using my mantra to get through them means I can focus my energy on more positive and constructive efforts.
As Melissa Ambrosini talks about with her mantra “open wide,” it’s about softening…about allowing the initial, knee jerk responses to fade and opening your heart to receive what the Universe is offering. Because in every moment, in every situation (especially the ones that make us batty) there is a lesson, something the Universe desperately wants us to understand so we can step into the person we’re meant to be.
I encourage each of you to find a mantra that helps you soften, open, and receive. We’re all here for a purpose and when we resist the impulse to close off and shut down, the Universe reveals our path before us – red carpet and all!