Meditation mantras for anxiety

10 Calming Mantras That Can Ease Depression

Back before there were psychiatrists and therapists, way before the introduction of Prozac and Xanax, people were using mantras to calm their nervous systems and sooth symptoms of depression and malaise. In fact, the earliest mantras were used by Hindus more than 3,000 years ago. Employed by Buddhists, Christians, Taoists, and persons of most faith traditions, mantras defined in the strict sense consist of hymns, chants, syllables, or groups of words that are considered sacred, having psychological and spiritual powers. I use the term loosely to refer to a phrase repeated over and over, or whenever a painful emotion or thought surfaces. During periods of acute depression and anxiety, I have uttered these words as many as 500 times a day. They are especially useful when caught in tormenting ruminations.

Focused repetition of a soothing word or phrase, called autogenic training, helps you to relax and primes your body’s parasympathetic nervous system. A 2008 study at the University of Melbourne in Australia found that autogenic training, along with other relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation and imagery, reduced depressive symptoms among some participants.

It’s best to develop your own mantras that will appeal to your emotions, ones that make you feel safe and are able to calm you down. Here are ten that have helped me.

1. This Too Shall Pass

The reminder of impermanence is a powerful antidote to fear—that everything is passing, even those emotions, thoughts, and situations that feel permanent and etched in our brains forever. Joseph Goldstein, co-founder of the Insight Medication Society, once said that “Wisdom is the clear seeing of the impermanent, conditioned nature of all phenomena, knowing that whatever arises has the nature to cease. When we se this impermanence deeply, we no longer cling; and when we no longer cling, we come to the end of suffering.”

2. Just for Today

I can do most things if I know it’s a 24-hour gig. By reminding myself that I only have to give this day my best shot—or maybe even the next 15 minutes—suddenly what I thought was truly impossible. Just as I repeated “one day at a time,” to myself over and over again when I quit drinking, “just for today” prompts me to get back in the moment, and not to sweat too much about a month from now or ten years out. It forces me to concentrate on now, which is the only thing that matters and the only thing I can control.

3. I Will Get Better

One of the most painful symptoms of depression is the despair and hopelessness you feel—the certainty that you will feel this way for the rest of your life. Before she died, my great aunt Gigi, who struggled with depression her entire life, left me with one word of advice: always repeat, “I WILL get better.” “Keep saying it over and over,” she said, “even when you don’t believe it.” She told me that eventually I would believe it, and those four words would bring me hope. She was right.

4. This Is a Moment of Suffering

In her book, Self-Compassion, Kristin Neff, Ph.D. offers a beautiful mantra she developed to help her deal with negative emotions, a reminder to treat herself with self-compassion when discomfort arises: “This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I give myself the compassion I need.” I simplify it to the first sentence, which also makes me think of American Buddhist Pema Chodron’s instructions to “lean into the sharp points” when we are faced with fear, uncertainty, panic, and pain.

5. May My Life Be Of Benefit To All Beings

I acquired this mantra in meditation teacher Tara Brach, Ph.D.’s book, Radical Acceptance. One of the ways we can respond to pain is by transforming it into compassion. “As we transform suffering into compassion, we realize our interconnectedness with all of life,” she writes. Sometimes I also say “Make me an instrument of your peace,” the first line of the Prayer of St. Francis. Both mantras help me to use compassion to transcend my pain.

6. I Am Breathing In, I am Breathing Out

In his book, You Are Here, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh instructs us to say with each in-breath, “Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.” And with each out-breath, “Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out.” Mindful breathing, he explains, is the bridge that unites the body and the mind. By concentrating on our breath, we generate peacefulness and calm. This abbreviated mantra helps me stay mindful of my breath.

7. Be Not Afraid

The words “fear not” are used over 80 times in scripture, and “be not afraid” or the equivalent, another 30 times. There is no scripture passage that calms me down more than these three words. In fact, when I would begin to panic even as a grade-schooler, I used to sing the lyrics of the song “Be Not Afraid.”

8. Let It Go

It’s hard not to hear Elsa belting out the lyrics to “Let It Go” (from Disney’s “Frozen”) when these three words are assembled, but this phrase offers wisdom for everyone, not just those cursed with a syndrome that makes everything into an icicle. It’s especially helpful for me when I’m caught in obsessive thinking, ruminations that take on a life of their own.

9. There Is No Danger

As those who have experienced panic know, anxiety can often feel like you’re dying—that there is some inherent danger in your situation that could end your life. A great mantra for me, then, to keep my anxiety in check, is “There is no danger.” I picked up this gem in the book Mental Health Through Will Training by psychiatrist Abraham Low. He writes, “You will realize that the idea of danger created by your imagination can easily disrupt any of your functions … If behavior is to be adjusted imagination must interpret events in such a fashion that the sense of security … overbalances the sentence of insecurity.”

10. I Am Enough

Since many of my ruminations stem from feeling unworthy on some level, I remind myself that I am enough. I don’t need kids on the dean’s list nor do I need to be a superstar blogger with millions of Twitter followers to earn my place in this world. I am enough as I am, as a child of God, doing my best while battling a chronic health condition.

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Healing Mantras for Anxiety and Depression

Have you or someone in your family experienced anxiety and depression? Do you feel sad or anxious despite prescription antidepressants and tranquilizers? Are you interested in more natural and holistic treatments? If so, this course on Mantra Meditation was written just for you. Mantra Meditation is a powerful holistic alternative to prescription drugs when it comes to treating anxiety and depression.

Mantra Meditation, also called Mantra Therapy, is an important part of Ayurveda, the holistic medicine from India and the healing branch of yogic science. Sanskrit mantras, starting with OM, are sound formulas, packed with energy and intention, that have a profound effect on the body-mind. When these sound waves (mantras) are combined with thought waves (intentions), they become powerful tools for insight, healing, creativity and spiritual growth. The healing powers of Sanskrit chanting are just now being discovered in the Western world. Mantras use sound waves, sound energy, to heal our minds on the subconscious level, where the roots of our modern anxieties are found.

The Healing Power of Sound

In this course you will learn seven of the most healing mantras from this Ayurvedic/Yoga of Sound tradition — seven mantras for soothing anxiety and breaking through depression. Guided audio and video meditations are provided in each lesson so you can experience each mantra and chant along with the author.

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  • What is Mantra Meditation?
  • OM: The Core Mantra Meditation
  • The Peace Mantras
  • Lokah Samastha: The Happiness Mantra
  • Sat Nam: a Kundalini Antidote For Depression
  • The Gayatri: A Mantra For Enlightenment
  • The Triambakam: A Mantra For Power and Protection
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    Dr. Harrison Graves MD FACEP is a physician, yogi and author who teaches mantra meditation as an alternative and complementary treatment for anxiety, depression and insomnia.

    After a long career as a board-certified emergency physician and associate UNC professor, Dr. G. left the ER behind in 2005 to pursue a new interest: the Yoga of Sound (aka Ayurvedic Sound Healing). It is the yoga of healing music and healing mantra. It had been his good fortune to study music and mantra with Russill Paul (Anirud Jaidev), a master sound yogi from Chennai. In addition, Dr. G studied Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda for two years at the Wisdom Fire School of Yoga in Berkeley, California.

    In 2010, Dr. Graves began teaching Mantra Meditation, presenting mantra workshops at yoga studios and wellness centers along the East Coast. He taught Mantra Meditation at the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona and published Mantra Meditation: An Alternative Treatment For Anxiety and Depression.

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  • “I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.”

    You don’t have to be a yogi, voodoo enthusiast, hippie or spiritual believer to use mantras for anxiety. You just have to believe in the power of sending strong and powerful phrases to your brain that trigger positive vibes. While mantras are often the term used to describe chants used within deep, powerful meditation, don’t let it deter you. Mantras for anxiety are just positive, affirmative phrases. In fact, “affirmative phrases” is the term many mental health counsellors but they’re both the same. So, whatever you want to call it, if you’re looking for natural anxiety relief, you’ve found it.

    “man·tra” ˈmantrə noun plural noun: mantras

    1. (originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.
      • a Vedic hymn.
      • a statement or slogan repeated frequently.

    What are mantras for anxiety?

    Mantras for anxiety are calming statements you repeat to receive natural anxiety relief. It’s a common practice used within meditation to channel inner peace and intention because the repetitive sounds penetrate deep into the unconscious mind. This causes your mind to readjust your energies to trigger whatever you’re trying to channel. In your case, it would be natural anxiety relief.

    I know it can sound weird but mantras are often practiced by the most successful people in the world. Muhammad Ali, the world’s greatest fighter was quoted saying,

    …And that is the power of mantras. By repeating affirmative phrases, you change your mindset and trigger something deep within you. The mind is a powerful thing – as all anxiety sufferers know – and it can be used to provide natural anxiety relief. It’s all about tricking your mind so much that your body reacts, which is why meditation is such a huge benefit to this form of natural anxiety relief. When you do mantras right with the addition of meditation, the power is out of this world. So, I highly recommend that you learn how to meditate as you start using mantras for natural anxiety relief.

    You’ve likely heard of people curing their cancer simply by telling themselves they can, or people feeling ill after repeatedly telling themselves they’re sick. It’s all affirmative phrases that trick your mind.

    How to use Mantras for Anxiety?

    Before I get into the different mantras for anxiety, it’s important that you know how to use them. Here are three popular options you can choose from.

    1. The traditional way to use mantras is to get into a comfortable position in a calm environment, steady your breathing with deep breaths, and repeating the affirmative phrase over and over again with every breath you take.

    2. To make the process easier, many people use prayer beads to track their process, which is why I’m often seen wearing Mala Prayer beads. With the necklace in hand, I take deep breaths and move my fingers from one bead to the next as I repeat my mantras for anxiety.

    3. The process doesn’t have to be long or in-depth either. You can jump out of bed, look in the mirror and use mantras for anxiety to give yourself one hell of a pep talk. As long as you are repeating the mantras for anxiety long enough and on a consistent basis, the benefits will follow en suite.

    You can say your mantras for anxiety out loud, in your head, or even subconsciously. The most important thing to do is what makes you feel comfortable. If chanting out loud doesn’t, it’ll never work. So, choose what works best for you.

    52 Mantras for Anxiety

    Now, let’s get into the mantras for anxiety. The key is to choose ones that speak volumes to you. Don’t pick mantras for anxiety because they’re easy to remember or quick to repeat. Find the ones that are specific to your desires for natural anxiety relief. Often times, the mantras will choose you. So, trust your intuition and when one stands out to you, write it down.

    1. “Handshake your fear.”

    2. “This too shall pass.”

    3. “Feel the fear but do it anyway.”

    4. “Anxiety is just a feeling.”

    5. “Other people feel this way too.”

    6. “Release all worry and celebrate what could go right.”

    7. “My desires are on their way to me.”

    8. “There are no wrong decisions because I learn from every choice.”

    9. “Just keep swimming.”

    10. “Within me is a peacefulness that cannot be disturbed.”

    11. “I will release what I cannot change.”

    12. “Breathing in I calm my body, breathing out I smile.”

    13. “I might not feel ok right now, but I will feel ok soon enough.”

    14. “I am bigger than my fear.”

    15. “This is only temporary.”

    16. “I have survived and I will continue to survive.”

    17. “Don’t go in your mind where your body is not.”

    18. “I’ve gotten through worse.”

    19. “Worrying is a waste of my energy.”

    20. “I am stronger than I think.”

    21. “Look how far I’ve come.”

    22. “I have enough, I do enough, I am enough.”

    23. “It’s just a bad day, not a bad life.”

    24. “I am peace. I am calm.”

    25. “I am cool, calm, and collection.”

    26. “Anxiety goes in one ear and out the other.”

    27. “Every breath I take calms me and every breath I exhale takes away tension.”

    28. “I am stopping my negative thoughts because these fears are irrational.”

    29. “I am fine. I am going to continue doing what I am doing.”

    30. “It’s only a moment.”

    31. “I’ve stopped these negative thoughts before and I can do it again.”

    32. “Just like all the rest, this anxiety attack will soon pass.”

    33. “I love myself deeply and unconditionally.”

    34. “I am free of anxiety.”

    35. “My anxiety doesn’t define me.”

    36. “Anxiety is not going to get the best of me.”

    37. “I have anxiety; anxiety doesn’t have me.”

    38. “I live in peace.”

    39. “I will not fear the unexpected.”

    40. “All is well in my world.”

    41. “I am safe.”

    42. “Everything will be okay.”

    43. “With every breath, I release the anxiety within me and I become more and more calm.”

    44. “I won’t be fearful of a feeling.”

    45. “Help me face my fear.”

    46. “I can overcome this.”

    47. “I will calm my mind and overcome this feeling.”

    48. “I am going to be all right.”

    49. “I am not my anxiety.”

    50. “What I’m feeling is just a feeling.”

    51. “Anxiety is not dangerous; it’s just uncomfortable.”

    52. “My breathing will set me free; just breathe.”

    All that’s left for you to do is practice your mantras – and yes, you have to practice. In order to capitalize on this form of natural anxiety relief, you have to slow down your breathing and really focus on the affirmative phrases you’re using. I highly recommend learning how to meditate problem through Hot Deep Zen Meditation. It’ll make the process of using mantras for anxiety much easier and as you get better at meditating, calming yourself down with affirmative thoughts will come to you like second nature.

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    Kundalini Yoga Mantras for Releasing Fear

    Do you find yourself feeling anxious about the future? Do you tend to panic in the face of change? Are you overly concerned about what friends or colleagues think about you? At times, these manifestations of fear can become a paralyzing force in our lives. Fear can lodge itself in the subconscious and, suddenly, we find that things that seem easy and natural to some people are stressful for us.

    A certain degree of fear is vital to our survival. We use the negative mind, the second of our ten bodies in Kundalini Yoga, to establish our personal boundaries and assess risk. Fear often alerts us to something that can be dangerous or unhealthy, and it’s important to listen to that voice of caution. But living with fear on a daily basis can immobilize us, and in extreme circumstances it can even prevent us from finding true happiness in our lives.

    Thankfully, Kundalini Yoga has provided us with some wonderful mantras that we can chant to allow ourselves to begin releasing those subconscious fears that haunt us.

    Jap Ji, the poem written by Guru Nanak in the 15th Century, provides us with a beautiful mantra that works to release deep-seated fear. Aakhan Jor, found in the 33rd Pauri (verse) of Jap Ji, helps us reach a perspective on life and suffering that can overcome all fear. If taken to a literal extreme, this idea can lead to passivity and the belief that we have no control over our destiny. But when it is deeply felt, it can bring great trust, relaxation, and the end of all fear.

    Akhan jor chupay na jor

    jor na mangan den na jor

    jor na jiwan maran na jor

    jor na raj mal man sor

    jor na surati gian vichar

    no power to meditate

    jor na jugati chhutai sansaar

    jis hath jor kar vekhai soe

    nanak uttam nich na koe

    No power to speak or be silent

    no power to beg or to give

    no power to live or to die

    no power to rule or enlighten the mind

    no power to get liberated

    the divine has all power and knowledge

    Nanak says nobody can be good or bad by their own power

    Another powerful mantra for releasing fear is Chattra Chakkra Vartee, taken from the last four lines of Guru Gobind Singh’s Jaap Sahib. Yogi Bhajan said the following about this mantra: “Chattr Chakkr Vartee is the mantra for the heart center, it gives direct energy to it. When you are sinking, if you know this mantra and can sing it, you can totally recuperate yourself.” There are many versions of this mantra available, but we love Ajeet Kaur’s rendition on her new album Haseya.

    One way to challenge fear is to empower yourself, and one of the most empowering mantras in Kundalini Yoga is Har Har Har Har Gobinday. The Gobinday Mukande mantra was given by Guru Gobind Singh, and Yogi Bhajan gave us the four Har’s that precede it. This mantra can be chanted as a Prosperity Meditation to “bring prosperity, happiness, and save us from calamities,” in the words of Yogi Bhajan. Just 11 minutes a day can have a tremendous effect on the mind and spirit.

    If you prefer mantras in English, Gurunam Singh gives us a beautiful chant, “Unto Thee”, on his record, Change.

    Give up the fear of darkness
    Surrounded in the light
    Give up fear of being wrong
    And the need to be right
    Unto Thee, Unto Thee, I give everything I am Unto Thee

    Whether you find yourself nervous, anxious, or afraid, pick one of these mantras and make a commitment to chant it for 40 days. See if anything in you begins to shift, and maybe you’ll begin to find that you no longer rely on the habit of fear to block your access to happiness.

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    Om : Supreme Power
    Bhayaya : Fear and phobias
    Nashaya : Destruction
    Om: Second Om refers to Peace and strength of mind

    We Pray and Meditate to Supreme God to Destroy all the fears and phobias in mind to bring peace and strength !

    This mantra has the frequencies and vibrations to connect with the Supreme God, OM, to open the energy blockages caused by Fears and Phobias that we have been living with.

    Almost everyone has an irrational fear or two—of mice, for example, or your annual dental checkup. For most people, these fears are minor. But when fears become so severe that they cause tremendous anxiety and interfere with your normal life, they’re called phobias. The good news is that phobias can be managed and cured.

    A phobia is an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger. Common phobias and fears include closed-in places, heights, highway driving, flying insects, snakes, and needles. However, we can develop phobias of virtually anything. Most phobias develop in childhood, but they can also develop in adults.

    If you have a phobia, you probably realize that your fear is unreasonable, yet you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the feared object or situation may make you anxious. And when you’re actually exposed to the thing you fear, the terror is automatic and overwhelming.

    The experience is so nerve-wracking that you may go to great lengths to avoid it—inconveniencing yourself or even changing your lifestyle. If you have claustrophobia, for example, you might turn down a lucrative job offer if you have to ride the elevator to get to the office. If you have a fear of heights, you might drive an extra 20 miles in order to avoid a tall bridge.

    Understanding your phobia is the first step to overcoming it. It’s important to know that phobias are common. (Having a phobia doesn’t mean you’re crazy!) It also helps to know that phobias are highly treatable. You can overcome your anxiety and fear, no matter how out of control it feels.

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    If you’ve been through my Anxiety Workbook, then you know my story. Six years ago, I was a bundle of nerves and anxiety. It was crippling to the point that I found it hard to leave the house. I came to the point where I had to fix what was wrong in my life and I went on this amazing self-created Eat, Pray, Love journey that didn’t involve leaving my little corner of the world but did involve exposing myself to all sorts of different tools to begin to deal with everything that was wrong in my life.

    Slowly, my tense, high-strung, panic-attack having self began to unwind in this beautiful way. I discovered and re-discovered myself.

    It’s essential to know what things you can do to make your life better. You need to know the things that relieve stress, reduce anxiety, make you happy, and inspire you and encourage you.

    But it’s got to be what helps YOU.

    We’re all different and what helps you might not help someone else. Which is why it’s so important to try everything and see what you like and see what resonates with you.

    If you’re feeling grumpy, listless, bored with your life, sad, or anxious – I want to give you the tools to significantly lessen or eliminate those feelings!

    Let me tell you a little bit about Mantra.

    Mantra is the repetition of certain words, phrases, or sounds that are powerful and because they are powerful they can shift and change the feelings inside of you. You can do mantras in English or in different languages. You can create your own or use ones that have been around for hundreds of years. The trick is finding the right mantra for you.

    I was listening to the wonderful Spirit Voyage radio several weeks ago and I loved Ramdesh Kaur’s explanation of why we chant mantra. Mantra allows what’s inside of you to flow. When you’re dealing with depression and anxiety those feelings have a way of clogging you up and they make it really hard to feel other things. Mantra helps move and break up those feelings, even if it’s only temporary.

    Mantra is a great tool for letting go.

    It’s not a magic pill. It’s probably not going to heal your anxiety or your depression all on its own, but it is a great tool. When I’m feeling anxious and I commit to lighting incense, chanting a mantra, and clearing my mind – I feel so much better. Give it a try, even if you’re a bit skeptical. You can’t know if it will work for you until you try it!

    A lot of mantras are in a different language and that’s actually a good thing. It lets you connect to the words on a different level. For example ‘Om Shanti Om’ translates to ‘infinite peace’. If you were to sit and chant “I am peaceful” when you’re stressed out, guess what? Your brain might decide to rebel and let you know that you are NOT peaceful. It resists those words. It tells you that you are stressed stressed stressed. Chanting in Gurmukhi or Sanskrit allows you to invite the concept into your life without that initial resistance. The words have meaning but at the same time are meaning-less in this beautiful way that lets them sink into your soul.

    It really is worth a try if you’re looking to add something new to your repertoire.

    When you find the right mantra it feels like warm water running through your insides, at least that’s how it is for me. I get chills when I find that mantra that I’m yearning for. It’s comforting and healing and one of my favorite self care tools, especially when I’m in crisis mode. Keep your favorite mantra on your phone or mp3 player or just in your head. When life is beginning to spiral out of control give yourself a five-minute break. Get in touch with those words and instantly your breathing evens out and your blood pressure goes down and you begin to get back in touch with that well of inner peace inside of you.

    I want to share with you the five mantras that I am really feeling right now. Some of these are affiliate links, which means I get a small percentage. Thank you in advance and thank you for supporting these wonderful artists! I included links to my favorite versions so you can get an idea of the pronounciations!

    (p.s. I looooove Mantras for Precarious Times)

    Har Har Waheguru: The Creator is bliss, Great is the Guru. It restores balance and begins healing as well as helps cure phobias. I didn’t even know that was the purpose of the mantra when I first heard it but my soul knew that I needed it. I needed this mantra to help me believe in myself and my own ability to find bliss. You can find my favorite version by Nirinjan Kaur.

    Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo: I bow to the subtle divine wisdom. I bow to the divine teacher within. This is my mantra for days where I feel lost. It doesn’t always help me “find” myself but it helps me to be okay with not knowing where I am because I know it’s a growing pain and that the feeling of not knowing will resolve itself to wisdom eventually. Snatam Kaur sings it beautifully.

    Tayatha Om Gate Gate Paragate. Parasam Gate Bodhi Soha: Also called the Heart Sutra. Gone, gone, gone beyond Gone utterly beyond… Oh what an awakening! I will always remember and love this mantra because it changed my life. When I first started this blog I was going through a really hard time and blogging was my way to hold on to sanity. I was having a rough day and decided to walk home from work. I was anticipating a sunny morning but it wasn’t, it was overcast and rainy and I lost it, walking home, tears running down my face feeling miserable and lonely.

    This mantra was on my playlist and I will always remember the moment it started playing and rain splattered against me. It was a moment of transformation for me. I needed to hear it so badly and didn’t even know it. It shifted things inside of me. It made things okay in that moment.

    Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha: Salutations to the remover of obstacles (Ganesha). If you’re feeling blocked or need to overcome obstacles, try chanting Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha. Not only will it completely zen and bliss you out, but it puts that obstacle-breaking energy into your life. Listen to Deva Premal if you don’t feel comfortable chanting it yourself.

    Om Shanti Om: Infinite peace. This is a simple mantra but one that you can use to invite peace into your life. Let it soothe those anxious feelings and soften the tightness in your chest. I love this one with Tibetan bowls.

    How To Mantra:

    Find a mantra that works for you. Listen to all sorts of chants and music and find what resonates.
    Sit in a quiet spot and close your eyes. Let the words flow into you, focus on listening, on learning the way the words sound and are pronounced.
    Next, try your hand at repeating the words, of getting your mouth and tongue to learn the movement of the words. Be patient as you learn. It has never been my experience that perfection is required.
    Practice mantra while allowing yourself to be in a peaceful state. Let it relax you and just go with the flow, letting yourself say the words or repeating them silently in your mind.
    You can also use prayer or mala beads to keep track of your repetitions. If you have trouble clearing your mind, this can help you focus.
    Bliss out.

    Resources for YOU:

    Spirit Voyage Radio: A free radio program that shares songs from Spirit Voyage artists. If you have a bit of time on your lunch hour go take a listen!

    Krishna Das: He is one of my favorite artists and is aptly dubbed “the chant master of American yoga”. His music makes me shiver in a good way. He’s a pretty awesome dude.

    Ashana: I know that a lot of my readers are Christian so I wanted to share something with you. While a lot of the chants I’ve shared honor the Divine Spirit, or God, in whatever way you see Him/It/Her without any denomination I can understand why it might not be your cup o’ tea. Ashana creates beautiful music specifically with her love of Jesus Christ in mind so definitely take a look at her lovely music!

    Seek what fills you up inside.

    I want to hear from you!

    So I’d love to know about your experiences!
    Have you ever tried chanting or mantra and did it work for you or no?
    Do you have a favorite mantra?
    If this post inspires you to try it out I would love to hear about how it goes for you!

    Every temple in East, either Buddhist or Hindu resonates beautiful sound of bells, instruments, and mantras in their Poojas (worship by priest or people). Mantras have various purpose and meaning; they are employed to invoke God, praise God, fulfilling wishes and so on. Mantras can be put to personal use as well and we can chant them for meditation, good health, fulfilling wishes, gaining wealth, staying away from fear and so forth.

    10 Powerful Mantras to Overcome Fear and Anxiety

    Fear and anxiety affect every soul in the universe, we have compiled a list of mantras which alleviate people from fear and mantras.

    1. Ganesha Mantra

    ऊँ गतत्रासाय नमः

    Om gahta-traah-saaya namaha

    The Literal meaning of this mantra in English is “O Lord Ganesha, Please remove the anxiety caused to us”. The mantra is inclusive of word Trahasa, which means anxiety. One can use this mantra to reduce anxiety or trahasa by chanting it and calling upon Lord Ganesha to remove it.

    2. Hanuman Mantra

    ॐ हनुमते नमः

    Om Hanumate Namah

    Fear and anxiety stem from lack of willpower and courage aswell. In periods of fear and anxiety, we can use ‘Om Hanumate Namah’ to call upon Lord Hanuman to give us courage and w. The mantra translates, Om and salutations to Lord Hanuman.

    3. Durga Mantra

    ॐ सर्व स्वरूपे सर्वेशे, सर्व शक्ति समन्विते
    भये भ्यस्त्राहि नो देवी, दुर्गे देवी नमोस्तुते

    Om Sarva Swarupe Sarveshe, Sarva Shakti Samanvite
    Bhaye Bhyastraahi No Devi, Durge Devi Namostute

    Maa Durga is a highly revered goddess in Hindu Dharma. She is a form of Shakti who displays great combat skills while overcoming evil. We can use the mantra of this fierce warrior goddess to get rid of our fears. The mantra states, ‘Om Sarva Swarupe Sarveshe, Sarva Shakti Samanvite
    Bhaye Bhyastraahi No Devi, Durge Devi Namostute’; “Goddess who lives in everything and possess infinite powers. O goddess, please protect us from all fears, we pray to you, O Durga Devi”.

    4. Shiva Mantra

    ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
    उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्

    Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
    Urvarukamiva Bandhanath Mrityormukshiya Mamritat

    The greatest fear in life stems from death itself. The freedom from fear of death itself can alleviate us from many hurdles in our lives. The above mantra is known as Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, it invokes three-eyed lord, Shiva who possess fragrant smell and nourishes all beings to liberate one from the bondage of life like cucumber. Furthermore, it invokes the lord shive to remove fear from death.

    5. Vishnu Mantra

    ऊँ उर्जिताय नमः

    Om oohrjitaaya namaha

    This mantra is a prayer to Lord Vishnu; it means, “I bow to Lord Vishnu of infinite strength and vitality”. When life gives us difficult period and fear grips us over, one can build up the courage to become fearless and gain strength to fight back through the use of current mantra.

    6. Avalokitesvara Mantra

    ॐ मणिपद्मे हुम्

    Om mani padme hum

    Anxiety is a state of emotion where a feeling of burden, nervousness, and uneasiness covers the mind. The mantra from the Buddhist god of Compassion, Avalokitesvara can prove helpful. The mantra which means, “Praise the jewel in the lotus”; is the base mantra for spiritual enlightenment in Buddhist philosophy. Modern researchers have found mantras like this to decrease heart rate, slow breathe and stimulate the nervous system to calm one in states of high anxiety.

    7. Pavamana Mantra

    ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।
    तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
    मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
    ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

    Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
    Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
    Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
    Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

    Fear and anxiety originate from something unreal, our mind often keeps us in the dark in such periods. This particular mantra reads, “O supreme lord, free me from unreal and lead me to reality, keep me away from darkness and lead me to light, lead me away from fear death to immortality (enlightenment), om may there be peace, peace, peace”. Thus, this mantra helps us realize things which are real, takes us away from mental fear which is unreal and brings peace to us.

    8. Shanti Mantra

    ॐ शान्तिः ॐ

    Om Shanti Om

    All our lives, we tend to make our problems larger than life. If we comfort other people in a problem, it helps us realize the scope of our problems. While shanti mantra helps us appreciate it by wishing peace for everyone, it can be used to bring peace to every being in the universe along with ourselves in the period of fear and anxiety.

    9. Ganesha Mantra

    ऊँ गतभिये नमः

    Om gahta-bhiyæ namaha

    A person can suffer from fear in either emotional or physical form; our primal instinct is to flee or challenge physical fear but emotional fear is more psychological in nature. The primary purpose of this mantra is to make a person fearless and feel rejuvenated in a difficult situation. This mantra means, “O Lord, please remove fear from me”.

    10. Uma Devi mantra

    ऊँ उं उमादेविभ्यां नमः

    Om um umaadevibhyaam namaha

    Fear and anxiety are the main cause of sluggishness; negative attitude germinating from fear and anxiety ultimately causes people to be close-minded. In order to prevent fear and anxiety from directing one to sloth, one must recite this uma devi mantra. The mantra means, “I pray to Uma Devi who purified the creator”.

    How to Use Mantra to Cope With Anxiety

    As a yoga teacher, I notice that while students are at ease with the physical postures, they can be hesitant to participate in some of the more “esoteric” practices.

    One of these is mantra chanting; to them, the practice seems odd, like they have joined a new religion or something. Many yoga classes include some chanting at the beginning or end only. Mantra is derived from the Sanskrit word manas, meaning “mind,” and tra, meaning “to go beyond.”

    When working with private clients, after building up some trust, I introduce a bit of mantra beyond om or shanti. First, I discuss the meaning of the mantra, and the general principle of chanting. Longer chants, which are intended as prayers or invocations, are also included here.

    How Chanting Mantra Helps

    Because reducing my students’ anxiety about the practice is key, I mention that the technique of chanting mantra works for combating anxious feelings in several ways.

    • The Sanskrit sounds can bring a calming effect, even without the chanter knowing the meaning behind them.
    • When chanting mantra, the mind is immediately occupied, and thus distracted from worry.
    • Chanting is said to uplift mind and purify the subtle body, attuning us with the Divine.

    Many people are on medication, which can be helpful. I’ve used meds myself. But the various side effects of pharmaceutical drugs for mood alteration can be a problem for some. Using holistic techniques like chanting to manage anxiety is just as effective—and has no side effects.

    When approaching this practice, I find it beneficial as well to have some awareness of Ayurveda, the traditional healing system of India, as it’s the sister science to yoga.

    Making Mantra Work for You

    My understanding of Ayurveda says that a Vata dosha or type might be a bit fearful, a Pitta type wants clear benefits and details on why something works, and a Kapha type might need lots of encouragement and may want to enjoy having someone to chant mantra with.

    These are generalities, of course, but as I’m speaking in terms of private clients, it’s helpful to be aware of your client’s temperament when you introduce them to new ideas such as mantras.

    These ideas are helpful for us as yoga practitioners too. What is our temperament? Where are we imbalanced at this time?

    There are so many chants that have various effects. This is simply an intro. I recommend chanting out loud, at a level where you’re comfortable, for anxiety. This way, it’s harder for the mind to wander off. Silent chanting is said to give a deeper effect, but it is harder to stay as focused without sound.

    Another key thing in yoga class is if you find a chant you like, ask the teacher what it is, and find a rendition you love and can resonate with. Then, use that as your sadhana or practice.

    Shanti Mantra

    Here is one I quite like. This is sometimes called the Shanti Mantra.

    Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

    Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah

    Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu

    Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet

    Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih

    (Om, May All become Happy,

    May All be Free from Illness,

    May All See what is Auspicious,

    May no one Suffer,

    Om Peace, Peace, Peace.)

    The Shanti Mantra is usually listed as a chant to end formal study with a teacher, but I find the sentiment behind it very soothing, and feel like it broadens one’s perspective beyond one’s own suffering.

    Various Versions

    This traditional version of the chant is called “Sarve Shaam,” by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison.

    And this acoustic rendition of the mantra is by Prem Baba Satsang set to scenes from Godfrey Reggio and Philip Glass’s “Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation” (1988).

    You can also look up this version by Tina Turner, “Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu” featuring a lovely video and children’s voices.

    Dedicated Mantra Practice

    To chant mantra as your sadhana, find a quiet spot indoors or in nature where you won’t be disturbed. Sit cross-legged or upright on a straight-back chair. Take several deep breaths and start to quiet your mind.

    Begin chanting slowly, and perhaps with a recording like the ones above where you can hear the correct pronunciation. Continue for five minutes or more, then sit in silence for a minute. Afterwards, notice how you feel as you continue with your day’s activities.

    Chanting mantra is best on a day where you can spend time afterwards in a quiet environment—unless you are specifically gearing up for something anxiety-producing, then yes, try it right before your big day, activity, or event.

    You can also simply chant while you do chores around the house. This is very grounding and will take your mind off the worries that creep in during mundane activities.

    As someone who suffers from anxiety too, chanting mantra in my everyday life has been very helpful for me over my years of practice. I hope it can benefit you in the way it has benefited me.

    Mantra remedies: The Power Of Chanting Mantra

    A Mantra is a set of words recommended in the holy Vedas. Mantras are used during Puja (prayers) and Sadhanas. It is most essential to pronounce them systematically before getting into any practice. According to Vedas, one can attain God, health, wealth and luck through chanting the right mantras correctly.

    The power of chanting Mantra

    The word Mantra consists of two words: ‘Manas’ which means mind and ‘trai’ which means free from. Thus mantra means to free the mind. Therefore mantras act as powerful vibration tools that free one’s mind. If one performs the chanting of a Mantra infallibly and with assertion, then one can experience the powerful energy in it and can achieve anything from mundane detachment of greed to Self-realisation.

    Mantra remedies have become a widely used supplement to alternative medical treatment. Everything that exists in this universe has energy. Sound energizes and harmonizes life, and a Mantra is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers.

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    Mantra chanting is very popular in Hinduism and is done for various purposes. It could be done as part of spiritual Sadhana, Meditation or for pleasing a deity, or to get your work done like bringing prosperity, happiness, child or getting a job. Some people do it because it gives them inner peace and contentment.

    Most of the popular mantras are those which are easier to chant. Mantra chanting can be done at any time of day. But it’s best to do in Brahmamurtha (early morning hours) or during the evening (when the sun is setting).

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    Some commonly used healing and enlightenment Mantras:

    There are mantras for everything through which one wishes to heal. Just a few to mention, mantra to restore health, bring wealth, and remove problems.

    It’s important to remember that one should chant the mantra with full faith and devotion as it is directly associated with the deities one follow.

    Following is the list of some popular mantras:

    1. “Om Namah Shivay”

    Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the most important, popular and sacred Hindu mantras. It is equally popular among Sikhs, Jains and Buddhist. Most of the Vedic mantras contain Om. It represents Soul (Atma) and Truth (ultimate truth, para-Atma, divine, knowledge). You can chant this mantra aloud, or internally or meditate on it. This mantra activates pure potentiality from within.

    2. “Aum Gan Ganapataye Namah”

    This mantra is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. By chanting this Ganpati mantra, we worship the lord of harmony and peace.

    3. Gayatri Mantra

    Regular chanting of Gayatri Mantra gives wisdom and enlightenment. For a student, it is the best mantra to chant.

    “Aum Bhur Bhuva Svah Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat”

    Meaning – We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produced this universe; may He enlighten our minds.

    4. “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”

    This mantra is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. Meaning of this mantra is to Surrender to Lord Krishna or Salutations to the universal God Vishnu.

    5. Maha Mitrunjaya Mantra

    “Om triambhakam yajamahe sungandhim pushtivardhanamb urvarukamiv bandhanan mriturmukshiya ma mritat”

    This mantra is also called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Shiva. It is said to be beneficial for mental, emotional and physical health and to be a moksha mantra which bestows longevity and immortality.

    One can either chant mantras aloud or repeated silently; they can create the desired effect in any area of your physiology or life—for healing, transformation, and inner awakening. It is advisable to chant it with closed eyes. Using a Mala while doing mantra, chanting also helps a lot.

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