All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
This quote from Buddha is one of my favorites. It reflects the importance our thinking and consequently, our language, which is a reflection of that, has on our perception of reality. One way we can influence our thinking, our language, and our reality is through mantras.
The word “mantra” has two main components: man, a Sanskrit word meaning mind, and tra, meaning instrument. Therefore, a mantra is an instrument of the mind. Mantras, which have been around for thousands of years, often take the shape of a word or syllable(s), the most famous of which is Aum / Om, or a series of words.
Mantras, like many things, have a near infinite amount of forms they take and manners in which they are utilized by human beings worldwide. Most, though, are utilized to access an inner peace, manifest beauty, and infuse our being with joy, happiness, and gratitude. With these things in mind, here are a few of my favorite mantras:
1) Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
Translation: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all (I added this mantra to my release, Cosmic Grounding, at :25 into the song. Enjoy!)
2) Om Namah Shivaya
Translation: I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents the truest, highest self.
Translation: The sound of the universe. It’s the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.