A mantra is an utterance or combination of words that are believed to have psychological and spiritual powers.
Coming from Sanskrit, the word mantra is comprised of two parts: man, which means mind and tra which is the root of the word instrument.
Mantras were literally supposed to be an instrument of the mind. They were first composed by Hindus in India over 3000 years ago and since then, many other religions have adopted the idea of the mantra. In today’s times, mantras can be seen as personal slogan that reflects someone’s inner beliefs or how they live their life, and are commonly used in meditation. Having that inspirational phrase to refer back to in times of indecision or stress can be a wonderful way to center yourself.
If you are looking for a little pick-me-up or could use a boost of inspiration, take this fun quiz to find what mantra best suits you.