Many people use the words affirmation and mantra interchangeably; however, it is important to note their slight differences. Wikipedia provides a lengthy definition of mantra, but simply stated it is a sound, syllable, word or group of words that have a religious, spiritual, or magical property. Affirmations are something you use which provide self-empowerment and positivity. All affirmations are some form of mantras, but not all mantras are a form of affirmation. This is the same logic as, all thumbs are fingers, but not all fingers are thumbs.
Carpe diem is a common mantra that many of us recognize, which is a Latin phrase meaning ‘seize the day.’ The goal of incorporating mantras or affirmations into your daily routine is to increase positivity, amplify self-fulfillment, and lessen negative energy.
Some affirmations and mantras I use…
- Laughter helps lighten my load. It is no surprise that many of us have heard the phrase, “laugther is the best medicine.” The act of laughing helps improve our mood and decrease stress by releasing certain endorphins in our brains, such as dopamine and serotonin.
- I am Happy with My Life. Regardless of the situation, expressing gratitude lifts our spirits and is essential for overall happiness.
- I am Enough. What I say is enough and what I do is enough. This is a very powerful statement.
- I exude love to all those around me. It is important to express love verbally, physically, and emotionally to those around you. Even the smallest act of love can spur a positive chain reaction.
- I am blessed beyond measure. Remembering to be thankful for your life, your family, and your friends helps us to focus on the important things rather than that which we do not possess.
- I am in control of my emotions. These mantras help us to focus on the things we can control instead of focusing on what we cannot control.
As you begin to incorporate positive affirmations and mantras into your life be sure to believe what you are saying to yourself. Negative energy and self-talk take time to remove, but optimism creates inspiration and long-term change. Some famous mantras that have inspired millions can be seen in the words of Gandhi or Reinhold Niebuhr who wrote the serenity prayer.
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” ~ Serenity Prayer
If you are struggling to write your own mantras, there are a plethora of phone apps that can be utilized. I encourage you to do research on your own to find what works best. Below are some applications that you may find useful as you start your journey.