How Mantras Can Help Patients Heal
So what's the best one for you? Bormann recommends words and phrases handed down through Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Native American, or Christian traditions, such as rama ("joy within") or shalom ("peace"). "Mantrams usually call on the name of God or on one of the most exalted experiences a person can have, like joy, peace, love, goodness," she says. "They give you extra bang for your buck."
In a small study, one group repeated the 16-word Hare Krishna mantra, while another repeated a fake mantra with the same rhythm. The group with the spiritual mantra experienced a greater decrease in stress and depression. (Transcendental Meditation espouses a completely different philosophy on mantras.)
If you want something sweet and simple, that's okay, too. Just try Let as you inhale and go as you exhale. But whatever you choose, it should make you feel groovy.
For more guidance on creating your own personal mantra read: Why Celebrities Love Transcendental Meditation.