How to calm your mind with mantras
The Magic of Mantras
In 2012, Lionel and I went on a course run by the Bright Path Ishayas called the Ishaya Ascension 3-day course. It impacted us tremendously, in particular at finding inner peace. I highly recommend the introductory course as it is so simple.
You are taught how to develop a unique mind mantra which you repeat over and over again in your mind. On the course, we enjoyed this for hours and hours. It removes all the mind’s chatter, distractions, worries and thoughts.
You can create your own mantra of course. Be creative. I used to use a mantra in my public speaking to large manufacturing audiences, I would ask thousands of people to stand up and chant these words:
We are strong
We are powerful
We are magnificent
I asked them to chant this mantra five times and really feel it. Wow, it was a real energiser. Sometimes if I am lacking a bit of confidence and need energising, I use this mantra and repeat the powerful words to myself in my mind until I really start to believe it. When I am out running and reach the peak of a hill, I jump up and down and repeat the mantra to myself. It works. Try it and see for yourself.
You can also use simple words like ‘calm’ and ‘peace’ – ‘I am calm’, ‘I am peaceful’. These are wonderful especially if you suffer from anxiety. Say these words on your breath, and even try and breathe in calm and breathe out peace allowing your breath to flow.
Discover Chanting Mantras
I signed up for a two-year course to become a Life Celebrant with the One Spirit Interfaith Foundation in October 2012. On the course we immersed ourselves in approximately eight to ten religions, one per month. It was wonderful to extract the jewels out of each.
The first religion we covered was Hinduism which uses the sacred text called Sanskrit and has hundreds of mantras dedicated to so many subjects.
My first experience of chanting mantras was to learn the Gayatri mantra. The explanation that Jackie, our teacher, gave to it was: ‘This earthly being calls up on the heavens and beyond (invocation), connect to my essence as I transform light, love and peace. Blessed Be.’ As she explained it, she performed a body prayer. This really connected with me. Holding her hands up high and looking up as if calling to a higher source of power. It was beautiful to watch.
The Gayatri Mantra
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Tat Savitur Vareñyaṃ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yo Naḥ Pracho Dayāteh
On the Sunday night following my first weekend on the course, I called in to see my first-born beautiful daughter, who was living in London. While I was there, she asked me what I had learned. I shared my news with her, and she asked me to teach her the Gayatri Mantra. So, I did and to our surprise her Brazilian lodger, knew the mantra so we sang it all together in her temple (we call it a temple, it’s actually a conservatory with a beautiful big buddha within it). This was a beautiful memory I will treasure always.
My second-born daughter, a fully trained yoga teacher, now knows this mantra plus many more. It’s no surprise that we have adopted the Gayatri Mantra to become our family mantra.
Deva Premal and Miten are well known for introducing Sanskrit mantras into the mainstream, they created a 21-day Mantra Meditation Challenge which can be downloaded from iTunes. We highly recommend this to anyone seeking a more spiritual understanding of themselves and the joys of mantras.
Lionel and I did this challenge on our trip to India. Oh, wow, chanting mantras together early in the morning as a couple was so special. It brings bliss into your very being. The bliss is in the silence following your chant.
Thank you to Deva Premal and Miten for inspiring me to continue chanting the Sacred mantras. I now chant every day as part of my morning spiritual practice. I strongly suggest you try it as part of your journey of discovery.
I love doing them so much that I set up a group called Tantra Mantra Tuesdays. Many friends come together at 7.00am just to chant, this is so powerful and uplifting when you are in a circle.
Lionel has two really long chants which he does a set number of times within his early morning practice. He says it focusses the intentions he puts into every chakra and also works on the nervous system to make him more happy, powerful and connected.