So often I see posts about daily mantras, how many of us truly know the difference…
I loved my mantra classes in India, they were so profound, it didn’t matter that I can’t sing, it was more about feeling.
What is a Mantra
Mantras are sounds that are arranged with a specific tone that resonates within as it is chanted.
Each mantra has been revealed by a Rishi (sage or saint) and each holds a compilation of characteristics and qualities that are opened within the person chanting.
You can choose your own specific mantra, depending on what you would like to bring into your life, I.e. strength, wisdom, compassion etc.
If you are choosing or have been given a specific or personal mantra it is advised to keep this mantra sacred and to yourself.
However mantras can be chanted in groups if there is a general purpose for it, I.e manifesting group intentions etc.
Special care needs to be taken as to how sounds and syllables are pronounced for the mantra to resonate. In order for the mantra to work it has been said that it needs to be chanted 100 000 times, which takes 3 years completing 1 mala (108 beads) without a days break.
Chanting mantras also brings an extremely meditative experience.
What is an affirmation
Affirmations are uplifting statements that help us overcome challenges in life.
They can be mentally repeated over again which helps reprogramme negative thought patterns.
Affirmations are phrased in present tense and can be a declaration of what we would like to manifest in our life as though it is already happening.
Self affirmations is where an individual reflects on values that are personally relevant to them. They can help individuals overcome stress and the way they respond to stress by calling forth our courage to bring forth our true nature
What is the difference …
Both mantras and affirmations can be uplifting and evoke a positive life transformation. However, affirmations are more motivational, whereas mantras are more spiritual and sacred.