6 Simple Mantras for Getting Through Grief
Grief is one of the most devastating human experiences we can go through. Death, loss, separation, betrayal - anything that represents the “darker” side of life and triggers a host of painful emotions inside us is something we must all go through and yet many of us wish not to.
Unfortunately, grief is a part of life and we cannot stop it from happening - for as long as we are capable of love, we are capable of grief.
While we cannot stop the flow and ebb of grief, we are able to use strategies to heal and move past the pain that we feel. One such way of doing so is the use of mantras.
Healing With Mantras
While mantras are not a cure-all for emotional pain or trauma, they do work well with reframing our mindset in a way that ripples through us and creates change throughout our mind, body, and soul.
A mantra is traditionally a sacred group of words in the Sanskrit language which is believed to have spiritual, magical, and religious powers. They can also be a set of words in our mother tongue language which can have an equally powerful effect. Practitioners believe that repeating the mantras has the power to heal the spiritual, emotional, and physical bodies.
The ancient yogis studied the energy in the body and found our emotional wounds require healing just like physical wounds. It’s not the skin itself that is frayed by grief, but the nerves, the mind, and the heart. Yogis have studied this for thousands of years and their knowledge has allowed us to reap the benefits of this information that has been passed down from teacher to student so we can better navigate our emotional space.
“As humans we feel the loss of loved ones and grieve. As yogis we know everybody as a loved one and part of the Creator. How can we grieve when a loved one goes home?” - Yogi Bhajan
In modern times, Mantras have also been important in the mind, body, soul wellness sphere. English versions can also be adapted into our healing process and everyday wellness practice through meditation and mindfulness.
How to Perform a Grief Mantra
Mantras can be repeated for as few as 3 times up to thousands of times. 100-300 repetitions can be very effective. But you can also go with your feelings. Repeat them however long it feels right to do so.
Start by holding your hands up with your elbows at your sides with palms facing up and your fingers together. Your hands should point away from you at a diagonal. As you do this, sit cross-legged with a straight spine and imagine healing energy falling into your palms. Breathe deeply when you take your air in before saying/singing the mantra.
Do this or at least listen to it for 40 days and see how it starts to shift the energy inside of you. The yogis say when you’re too broken to do yoga or breathwork, just hit play and the sound current will start to shift your energy. Do this mantra/meditation for 30 minutes daily with your eyes closed.
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6 Grief Mantras for Healing
Now that you know how to perform a grief mantra, below are 6 mantras you or someone you care for can try.
1. “Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Se So Hung”
This is an 8-syllable Sanskrit mantra that many yogis recite to heal themselves or others. The intention behind reciting it is to bring healing energy into the body from the Universe or to project it into someone else.
2. “Om Mani Padme Hung”
Pronounced,“Om Mani Peme Hung,” this is a Sanskrit mantra that purifies negative emotions. This is the Buddha of Compassion mantra which cleanses the soul from negative energy.
3. “Om Ami Dewa Hrih”
This Sanskrit mantra is for your loved one who has crossed over or been separated from you. It is the mantra of the Buddha of Limitless Light. This is a mantra to pray that your loved one is born in a realm of pure light.
4. “I Turn To Love Instead Of Loss”
This is an English mantra to help you focus on the love you have instead of the loss you feel. The feeling of loss cannot be discarded or removed from us, but it can be soothed and healed by focusing on the love in our hearts.
5. “The Grief I Feel Is An Opportunity For Growth”
This is an English mantra for powerful transformation. The ability to transform negative emotions into positive ones is a part of life that we must all learn at some point. When we view our suffering as an opportunity for growth, we are able to level up on a soul basis.
6. “I Live In The Present To Heal My Past”
This is an English mantra for moving on and healing a wounded heart. Being stuck in the past means we can block ourselves from experiencing true healing. This mantra enables us to let go so we can be free to begin the healing process.
Remember to Breathe
Set some time aside for yourself to focus on your healing, whether its 15 minutes in the morning or before you go to bed, meditating and breathing deeply while verbally or mentally speaking these mantras will help you in our healing process.
Focus on deep breathing while using these mantras as taking time for this practice can decrease stress, increase energy, and trigger endorphins (which can reduce pain and improve your mood).
We recommend using one (or all) of these mantras once a day to help heal your soul and inspire warmth within. These techniques are designed to be used for 66 days minimum because it can take that long to create new neural pathways in the brain.
Grief mantras may not be able to remove the grief entirely. But they can help us deal with the suffering we are going through. Suffering is a part of life; it leads to wisdom, which ultimately leads to compassion - and compassion makes the world go round. When you find grief overwhelming, try these 6 simple mantras as they will assist you on this difficult journey towards the light.
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