Mantras have been used since ancient times in many types of religions. A mantra is a powerful incantation, prayer, meditation, chant or word you say repeatedly to achieve a particular goal. One of these goals can be for depression, a psychological condition that affects your feelings, behaviour and sense of well-being. If you have depression, discover how mantras may help bring you to a better, uplifted state of mind.
When you use a mantra, you repeat a syllable or prayer mentally, out loud as a prayer or as a song to communicate with God (or whoever you consider a higher power). You can also listen to mantras.
One example of a mantra is using Catholic rosary beads, combined with prayer and Hail Marys. Another example is repeating a Biblical prayer. A popular mantra in Buddhism is, "Om mani padme hum." In Hinduism, mantras are chanted or sung as well as spoken. Mantras have spiritual meanings and purposes to help with success, peace, wealth, healing and more, including depression. Some of the same mantras are used for a variety of purposes.
According to Thomas Ashley-Farrand, author of "Healing Mantras: Using Sound Affirmations for Personal Power, Creativity and Healing," "Mantras, or simple chants, are short phrases packed with energy and intention--specifically designed to generate powerful sound waves that promote healing, insight, creativity and spiritual growth. "
When you're depressed, mantras allow you to experience positive feelings for healing. Mantras keep you calm and relaxed so your meditations or prayers are deeper and more fulfilling.
Everyone feels sad or blue at one time or another, but depression is different. Although common, depression is a serious illness, and treatment is usually necessary. Many who are depressed do not seek treatment.
Be aware that the cause of depression is unknown--it can be genetic, appearing to run in families, environmental, psychological or biochemical. The good thing is depression is highly treatable and there are a variety of ways to treat this disorder, from drugs to herbs, diet, therapy and methods like mantras.
Healing Mantras for Depression
Write down your intentions before starting your mantra the first time. In this case, you may write that you want to feel uplifted, joyful and full of positive energy every day. State exactly what you want the mantras to do for you.
Repeat this specific mantra to heal depression: "Om Bhoginyei Namaha," pronounced "Om Bhoh-geen-yei Nahm-ah-hah." The direct translation is of the Hindu goddess Shakti, "Salutations to the She who has the experience of perpetual bliss."
Another very powerful healing mantra is: "Ra Ma Da Sa, Sa Say So Hung." Use this mantra to heal depression, activate and balance your chakras (the energy centres of your body), and transform your body into a healthy one mentally, emotionally, spritually and physically.
Repeat your mantras, as often as you wish, silently, out loud or both. Designate 20 to 30 minutes daily to speak or mentally say your mantras, if you desire to. Many spiritual disciplines perform mantras for 40 days although positive results can happen several days earlier.
Listening to mantras is a good way to get started. It allows you to hear the correct pronunciation or you can listen to it instead of speaking it. Download mantras to help remove negative patterns leading to depression. Some downloads are available free of charge on the internet. Purchase mantras also on CD online or in music stores. Most available are Vedic mantras, the language of the Vedas in the Hindu culture.
Buy a good book with a variety of mantras to use, including those intended for depression. Some books also have CDs attached.
Find a therapist who is familiar with using mantras for healing depression. This therapist can work with you, proving encouragement and other ideas for healing.