AWSI Musings: The Mind Calming Mantra…

We introduced the “SNapkin” concept in this post. Here’s another to peruse and ponder.  Enjoy!—The Gang


 

The Wall Street Journal’s Life & Arts section had a piece by Elizabeth Berstein about mind calming mantras.

Research shows that thinking of a word or phrase that affirms our values—and repeating it over and over—produces powerful physiological changes. It can lower our cortisol levels, enhance endurance and reduce perception of effort during physical exertion.

Yes, and…

We know repeatable words and phrases have a way of keeping you centered. Who isn’t happier after listening to this from Pharrell:

Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
Because I’m happy
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do…

Joey perked up when he saw the Sanskrit reference in this piece.

The word mantra is derived from the verb root, “man,” which means “to think” in Sanskrit, the liturgical language of Hinduism and Buddhism. The earliest mantras appeared 3,500 years ago and were repetitive prayers or hymns. By the time meditative yoga developed, in the last few centuries B.C.E., mantras were being used to calm and control the mind, says Rebecca Manring, associate professor of India studies and religious studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

AWSI, being aware of the benefits having a personal mantra is a great thing. However, we don’t believe in force-fitting one into your daily life. Rather, use your DragonBustR time to make yourself open and available to the universe so the mantra can naturally flow into you.


And The Enchanted Jukebox Sez…

You read the lyrics, now watch some videos (as seen in this post).


Thanks for reading!

#SCMF !

—Dossie & The Gang

Bonus Content:

Annie threw this in.

When she read the WSJ mantra piece, Lady Gaga’s “Applause” looped into her brain. It replaced the Demi Lovato “Confident” song which is on her mantra shuffle.



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