Mantras can be found almost everywhere, in our everyday lives. We meditate on them. We hear them in mainstream music. We listen to them in speeches. We pin them on our Pinterest boards. However in this context, I will be speaking on meditative mantras.

For the sake of meditation, mantras are words, sounds, or ideas that work to aide focus during a meditation practice. A mantra can vary for every practice, or remain the same for a certain length of time to keep the practice focus steady on one thing. Sticking to one mantra, for beginnings, is usually best. However, many people have a hard time determining what mantra is best for them.

Selecting a mantra means that we are affirming it to ourselves and allowing it to seep further within us. Our mantras help shift our focus away from negativity and other thoughts that are distracting, and allow us to focus solely on the positive. Since a mantra can be anything from one word to a few phrases, I’ve created a list of some meditative mantras to help you shift your mindset during your practice, and maintain your focus.

1. Om

“Om,” probably one of the most famous mantras, represents oneness, creation, and truth, and is the overall sound of the universe. Om represents, birth, death, and the re-birth process according to Hindu’s. For beginners, focusing on Om is the way to go! Chanting om during our practice allows us to become in harmony with the universe around us. With Om being a simple, short mantra, keeping focus during the meditation remains easy, and instills a sense of calm within us during our practice.

2. Where I am right now is exactly where I need to be.

It’s easy for us to get caught up in thinking about the future, and sometimes even the past. Reminding ourselves that the place where we are right now is exactly where we are meant to be is something that can never hurt. It’s better to be stuck in the present than to be stuck in the future or the past. Focusing on the now is the most important thing we can do to help us achieve our goals and stay focused on what’s important. Repeating this mantra during your practice will remind you that this moment, right now, is meat to be this way– and everything in your life is occurring because it is supposed to. This moment matters.

3. I am open to the abundance of the universe.

Change is something that many people fear. Developing a confident, open mind is something that many people struggle with. Being open to whatever comes into your path will allow people to learn the value of acceptance. Whether life is throwing you curve balls, or everything is going as planned, having an open mind will allow you to be accepting of everything and anything that comes your way. Repeat this mantra to remind yourself of the importance of acceptance, and the unexplainable plans that the world has in store. Remaining detached and open to anything, one will begin walking the path they were meant to walk on.

4. I am at peace with what is, what was, and what will be.

Similar to the above mantra, being at peace with what is, what was, and what will be gives on strength, courage, and confidence to move forward. Peace is something that many struggle with. Being capable of finding peace within yourself is a life long journey that must be practiced everyday. Whether you write a sentence a day of gratitude, or repeat this mantra in your practice, learning to be at peace with what is, what was, and what will be will allow you to be at peace with yourself– and ultimately the world around you.

5. Love and compassion will strengthen me.

For some reason, many people think that being unemotional and uncaring will get them far. What they don’t know is that they are wrong. Love and compassion are the most important things on this planet, and showing love and compassion has the ability to not only strengthen you, but strengthen the people and the world around you. Allowing ourselves to be guided by love and compassion will truly allow us to help others, which will evidently help the world around us and ourselves simultaneously. Having love and compassion for others and the world around us is one of the best ways that we can fulfill our interests and find our life purpose. We are social animals, so repeating this mantra in your meditative practice will help us stray away from being numb, and teach us to be warm hearted.

6. No one but me determines my course today. My success begins in my mind.

Success starts with you– that’s right, you heard me! You can wish and dream all you want, but you are responsible for cultivating your own success and your own happiness. Use this mantra to shift your focus on your personal success. Whether it be a job you’re waiting to hear back from, or something you’ve been meaning to accomplish, work on it today and begin with your meditation practice. Allowing yourself to be accepting of the fact that you are responsible for your own success will help you step in the right direction towards happiness and personal success. Repeat this mantra in your practice to help you get started with achieving a goal, or simply focusing on what is most important to you.

If you’ve practiced meditation with mantras before, try using one of these mantras each day to shift the mindset for each practice. If you’re new to meditation, pick one mantra and focus on it for the week– meditating once a day to it. See how it makes you feel.

Until next time beautiful people- om shanti, om peace!