Do you have a watchword for the year? Every New Year's, my friends and I draw words out of a hat to find out what we should focus on this year. Sometimes they're gifts we already possess and other times, qualities we need to work on.
It's a good idea to have a mantra to help you refocus at the end of each day. You can incorporate a mantra into your yoga routine, meditation practice, or prayer of the day.
But what exactly is a mantra? Many people assume they need to be spiritual or superstitious if they have a mantra. After all, the word comes from Hinduism and Buddhism. While the definition of a mantra relates to a low chant or idea passed from a spiritual leader to a student, it is a lot more than that.
A mantra is a repeated idea to help find truth and meaning. For example, the Law of Attraction states that you become what you think. Good thoughts will help you have a positive outlook on life, and visualizing a goal will help you achieve it. The same applies to a mantra.
Dalai Lama, one of the greatest Buddhist spiritual leaders, has much to say about living carefully and loving gently. Many of his quotes are about treating all peoples with kindness and respect, persevering with a positive attitude, and taking risks when necessary.
Depending on what you're going through in life right now, you may need a special mantra to help you through. Dalai Lama's depth of wisdom is exactly the thing you need to help you make a change, find inner peace, strengthen your relationships with others, or have hope for the future.
If you don't have a solid piece of advice to meditate on for the year, now's the time to find out yours! Take the quiz to find a mantra from Dalai Lama:
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