Are you looking for a way to relax and focus your mind? Chanting mantras has been used for centuries to reduce stress and improve your mood. In this video, you’ll learn all the incredible benefits of chanting mantras and how to apply them to your life.
We’ll walk you through the basics of mantra meditation, share some tips and tricks to maximize your experience, and explain why chanting mantras can be beneficial to your mental and physical wellbeing. You’ll also learn about the scientific evidence that supports the positive effects of mantra chanting.
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- Harvard Review Medical Journal: https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/music-can-boost-memory-and-mood
- MDPI Article: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-3425/12/11/1456
MINDFUL ACTION: Don’t just sit there letting life pass you by. Get involved in your life. Take action and good things will happen.
MANTRA: Good things happen when you take action.
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MANTRA PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
Good things happen when you take action. I am working on a side project that I can’t talk about in detail yet, but I met recently with some people on the project and we got to talking about chanting and rhythms, and how those music elements help our minds and our bodies recall things.
For instance, have you seen the meme’s where someone is like I can remember every single word of every 90’s rap song but I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night. Well, there is a scientific reason for that. And we’re going to talk about it.
There are a lot of studies out there on this topic, a few articles in the Harvard Medical Journal, and then one I read recently published by MDPI Journals titled, “How Chanting Relates to Cognitive Function, Altered States, and Quality of Life”. I will link to the study in the show notes. But to save you a lot of reading of peer reviewed research studies, the gist of it explained how different levels of chanting, and different levels of involvement in the chanting, engage your mind and your body allowing for more focus and less mind wandering.
When I say mantras in the meditation sessions, you repeating it in your head to yourself is great, it helps you to begin the process of focusing, but it won’t have the same full-body affect as if you were to recite it out loud with me. How many times have you finished a meditation and you were like, wait what was that mantra again? Hence, the reason why I always put the mantra in the show notes now for you to recall. But when you chant out loud, over and over again, which as a reminder are types of Transcendental and Vedic meditation, it’s more effective in memory recall because now you and your body are actively engaging with it.
Your body can FEEL the rhythm of the mantra phrases and the altering of high and low pitches in your voice. Your voice is resonating in your body and the body can more easily recall the beats and the vibrations. Which is also why when we hear mantras or chanting, we tend to use lower voices during it. To create calm, deep, vibrations within us.
Similarly, this is why, when we’re teaching young children things, we sing and we chant constantly around them to help them remember or acknowledge things. Heck, I still remember my address that I lived in from birth to 5 years old because my mom taught it to me in a rhythm that we would chant around the house and I will never forget for the rest of my life.
Also, not gonna lie, that’s how I survived my music history classes in college. There was no way I was going to remember this renaissance piece from that renaissance piece if i didn’t make it fun. So my friends and I made up chants and rap songs with the piece title and composer to basically remember every song from our music history book. Was rapping renaissance music a traditional learning method? Probably not, but it worked and my friends and I may or may not have set the curve for that class making a lot of our classmates mad at us. HaHa. Hey, do what you gotta do to get through school sometimes.
If you haven’t figured it out already, you can probably guess what the mindful action and the meditation are going to focus on this week. Yes, chanting and rhythmic mantras. And I want to focus on the one that I opened this episode up with: Good things happen, when you take action.
Your mindful action is to repeat this phrase throughout the week to remind you that good things happen when you take action. When you recite a mantra out loud, it resonates in your body and is more meaningful. You are taking action. Instead of waiting around for something good to happen this week, participate in your life, make a plan, do something towards that goal, take action. and the good things will start to happen.
One more point on the chanting and the mantras, when you say it at a pace that is similar to your heartbeat or walking speed, again, it resonates more with the body. What sounds more impactful to you? [fast] good things happen when you take action. , OR [slowly chant] good things happen when you take action, OR, switch it up a little bit like you would for a kid [sing-song voice] good things happen when you take action. See, speaking slowly in a repeated rhythm at the pace of how you would walk, is WAY more memorable. And I apologize if you’re gonna get that stuck in your head now. But I proved my point.
Alright, it’s time to move on to the meditation. It will be slightly different this week focusing on chanting. I hope you enjoy it. And don’t forget, you can also schedule a 1:1 hour long session with me to help you add mindfulness strategies into your own life. Check out the links below.
MEDITATION MANTRAS SCRIPT
To begin your guided meditation, find a comfortable seated position and close your eyes. The meditation today will be focused on repeating mantras and engaging your mind and your body so I ask that you stay sitting up for this one instead of lying down.
Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, let go of any tension in your body. Focus on your chest and lungs expanding with each breath. Imagine your lungs absorbing the oxygen you invite into your body. Keeping you alive. Keeping you strong. Energizing you.
I will say our mantra a few times through and then I want you to continue repeating it on your own to feel the vibrations of your own voice in your body. Let the rhythm of the words fill the spaces inside of you and surrounding you. Let the meaning of the words sink in and make an impact on your mindset to motivate you in life.
Our mantra is: “Good things happen when you take action.” (repeat 5 times through) Continue on your own for 1 minute.
Visualize yourself taking action towards your goals and dreams. See yourself making progress and achieving success.
As you continue to repeat the mantra, imagine a bright light surrounding you, filling you with positive energy and motivation.
“Good things happen when you take action.” (repeat 5 times through) Continue on your own for 1 minute.
Feel a sense of confidence and determination in your ability to take action and to be in control of your own life. You are in control. You have a choice every day to show up and take action. You are in control of your life.
Take another deep breath in, and as you exhale, slowly release any remaining tension or stress.
When you’re ready, open your eyes and carry this positive energy with you throughout your day. Remember that good things happen when you take action.
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