The ultimate line of defence
We all have countless opportunities to effectively employ practical mental imagery to calm our nervous system and interrupt negative thought processes.
Whether you practice mantra meditation or another style, you’ll often see many of the same benefits, including: increased self-awareness, reduced stress, a greater sense of calm, and increased levels of life satisfaction.
Connecting modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom
In the TEDx below, Dr. Shauna Shapiro’s demonstrates how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.
Let’s have a closer look at Matras
Mantras are positive words or phrases that you utter repeatedly to break negative thought processes or quieten your mind when stressed. This practice has many positive benefits and scientific studies have found that chanting mantras for 10 minutes daily can decrease anxiety and depressive symptoms in the human body.
Using a mantra while you’re meditating helps suppress the thoughts and distractions that arise (as discussed in the video above) and gives you a tool to use when you’re not meditating.
Key benefits of practicing mantras include:
- decrease in stress and overwhelm in your mind;
- improved attention levels and positively change your mood;
- increase to your concentration and memory;
- improved clarity of thinking and better decision making;
- increased confidence and self-esteem.
Some insights into mantras and chanting below…
What about Mottos?
Why is it so easy to forget our noble goals —exercising for health, meditating for peace of mind, or eating healthier? Distraction, temptation, and coping with the immediate problems of the day tend to derail these goals.
When this happens to you, what can you do?
By definition, a motto is a brief statement “used to express a principle, a goal, or an idea” or a statement “adopted as a guide to one’s conduct.”
Complicated ideas get lost in space; simple mottos can help you remember what’s really important in an instant.
Try Emily’s favourite mottos for these specific goals:
- health – ‘go with your goals not how you feel‘…
- meditating – ‘this is my time for quiet to re-energising‘…
- eating healthier – ‘eat mindfully to nourish my body‘…
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