A mantra is a word or phrase repeated during meditation. In Sanskrit it means ‘tool of thought’ and it’s used to harness and focus the mind. In Eastern spiritual traditions, ‘Aum’ is considered to be the root mantra and primal sound from which all creation issues forth.
But mantras are not unique to Hinduism or Buddhism. Similar creative concepts developed in other Asian traditions, as well as Western ones.
In her Revelations of Divine Love, St Julian of Norwich claimed that Jesus appeared to her in a vision with the mantra, ‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well’. (Just in case she didn’t get it the first time.)
Examples of other mantras in English could be,
‘Hail to the jewel in the heart of the lotus’ (a translation of ‘Aum Mani Padme Hum’)
‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’
‘Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better’
‘I change my thoughts; I change my world’
‘I love you; I’m sorry; please forgive me; thank you’
‘So pleased with how it’s going’
Or simply, ‘Love’ or ‘Now’.
Today I’m choosing, ‘All is well’.
Because it is.
Because in Now, all is always well.
Here’s some Happy Mondays for a Happy Monday.