21 Mantras for Meditation Journey: Transform Your Meditation Practice Now




21 Mantras for Meditation. Man meditating in front of a mountain range.

I’m so excited to be starting this 21-day mantra meditation journey with you! Mantras provide a potent tool in meditation for bringing greater awareness and light into our lives. Through this article, I’ll be sharing 21 mantras for meditation that can help deepen your practice.

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Key Takeaways

  • Mantras engage the latent power of sound & vibration to heal mind/body
  • They keep us anchored in the present moment awareness
  • Mantras inject spiritual meaning & intention into meditation
  • Consistent mantra repetition cultivates concentration & insight
  • Ancient mantras link us to the Divine mystery within everything

21 Popular Mantras for Your Meditation Journey

Here is a table summarizing the 21 mantra meditations from the article and their meanings:

OmPrimordial sound of creation, divine consciousness
Om Namah Shivaya“I bow to Shiva”, the divine consciousness in all beings
Om Mani Padme Hum“The jewel in the lotus” – referring to pure awakened awareness
Om Shanti“Om peace” – invoking deep inner peace
Aham Prema“I am divine love” – evoking unconditional self-love
Om Guray Namaha“Salutations to the Inner Light” – honoring inner wisdom
Om Shakti“Goddess creative power” – connecting to divine feminine energy
Om So Hum“I am that” – identifying individual with universal consciousness
Om Tat Sat“Om Truth Existence” – merging into Absolute Reality
Om Rahave NamahaSalutations to Lord Rahu who removes obstructions
Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei SwahaInvoking Lakshmi goddess to guide soul purpose
Om Hraam Hreem Hraum SahAncient mantra for healing relationships
Om Anandaya NamahaSalutations to Bliss Itself – evoking inner joy
Om Vam Vam VamMantra for patience and balance
Om Rudraya Hum PhatCutting negative emotional/energetic cords
Om Ram Ramaya NamahaInvoking solar fire to reignite passion
Om Trayambakam YajamaheSalutations to Shiva the 3-eyed one who nourishes
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha“Salutations to Ganesha” – remover of obstacles
Om Hanumate NamahaSalutations to the monkey deity Hanuman representing devotion
Om Saraswatiye NamahaSalutations to the goddess of wisdom, learning, music and the arts
Om Bhur Bhuvah SwahaOffering ourselves to Divine in the 3 worlds – Earth, Atmosphere and Heaven

What Is a Mantra?

A mantra is a sound, word or phrase that is repeated during meditation. Mantras are typically derived from Sanskrit, an ancient language that holds power and meaning.

Some popular mantras you may have heard include:

  • “Om”
  • “Om Namah Shivaya”
  • “Om Mani Padme Hum”

Benefits of Mantra Meditation

Using mantras in meditation offers many wonderful benefits:

  • Mantras give us something to focus on, helping train our minds
  • They keep us centered in the present moment
  • The resonant sounds vibrate through our minds and bodies, promoting healing
  • Mantras inject spiritual meaning and intent into our practice
  • Repeating mantras evokes a peaceful, contemplative state

In this 21-day journey, the mantras and guided meditations will support you in beginning a mantra practice or deepening your existing one. Chanting these ancient sound formulas carries us into a state of deep inner peace.

Choosing Your Mantra

Meditation Practice to Enhance Healing. Person holding a glowing flower.

As we prepare to begin, take some time first to choose a mantra to use as your baseline throughout this experience.

“I am bliss” – a mantra emphasizing a state of pure happiness and joy, as suggested by Wanderlust.

Here are some options to consider for your foundational mantra:


The simplest and most universal of all mantras is the sacred syllable “Om.” It is found in many spiritual traditions and used at the beginning and end of guided meditations and yoga classes.

In Hinduism, it signifies the ultimate reality, consciousness or Atman within us. Chanting “Om” connects us to all that is.

TIP: Allow the “Om” vibration to flow through and harmonize your body and mind.

“Om Namah Shivaya”

A longer mantra that is popular is “Om Namah Shivaya,” which translates to “I bow to Shiva,” referring to the Hindu god Shiva. It is a powerful affirmation of the divine within us and all of our existence. Repeating this mantra helps cultivate humility, love, and reverence for life.

“Om Mani Padme Hum”

Used widely in Tibetan Buddhism, the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hum” roughly means “the jewel in the lotus,” signifying the purity of one’s awakened consciousness. It compassionately invokes enlightenment and peace for all beings.

Create Your Own Mantra

You can also create your own mantras using words or short phrases that resonate with you, such as “I am love” or “Light surrounds me.” Repeat them slowly, feeling the intention and meaning behind them.

Mantras in Your Native Language

Consider a mantra in your own native language rather than Sanskrit if that feels more meaningful. The sound and intention matters most.

Once you’ve selected your foundational mantra, we’ll layer in the 21 mantras over the coming days to enrich your practice.

Let’s begin! Take a comfortable seat, close your eyes, and start repeating your chosen mantra for a few minutes…

“Om Shanti” Mantra for Peace

I hope your mantra meditation is off to a great start! Now, let’s focus today’s practice on invoking inner peace.

The mantra “Om Shanti” is a commonly used abbreviation of the longer “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti” – “Om peace, peace, peace.” It comes from ancient Hindu prayers called shanti paths, calling for peace, calm, and bliss.

In our busy world filled with economic woes, social conflicts and personal worries, this mantra for peace provides a tremendous spiritual tool for cultivating tranquility amidst outer chaos.

Simply repeat “Om Shanti” slowly, allowing the gentle rhythm to quiet your mind and relax your body. Feel peace and stillness ripple through your being. Send peaceful intentions out to the world.

You may chant aloud or silently. In Sanskrit, “shanti” is pronounced more like “shaanthee.” But use whatever pronunciation and pace resonates for you.

Tip: Visualize a healing white light purifying your whole body as you repeat “Om Shanti.”

Be sure to continue practicing your foundational mantra too! Now let’s begin today’s meditation by chanting “Om Shanti” 10 times with awareness…

Eyes closed, bring your full attention to the present moment. Inhale slowly.

As you exhale, begin chanting “Om Shanti” repeatedly and smoothly.

Let the sacred vibration suffuse your mind.

Feel waves of peace and inner quiet start radiating through your entire being…

“Aham Prema” – I Am Divine Love

I am divine love, woman practicing mantra meditation.

I hope the “Om Shanti” mantra brought you a sense of serenity yesterday! Today, let’s infuse our meditation with the highest vibration in the universe – love.

The mantra for our practice today is “Aham Prema,” a Sanskrit phrase meaning “I am divine love.” It is considered one of the most powerful mantras for invoking unconditional love.

Repeating “Aham Prema” trains our minds to identify with being the embodiment of pure, spiritual love rather than our limited ego-identities. This mantra shifts us into our highest or “Atman” consciousness, which is our divine essence.

Here are some of its amazing benefits:

  • Opens, softens and purifies the heart
  • Cultivates self-love and acceptance
  • Helps forgive ourselves and others
  • Refines lower emotions like anger or hate
  • Attracts healthy, loving relationships
  • Radiates love outward to all beings

To begin your meditation:

  • Sit comfortably with eyes closed
  • Take a few deep breaths
  • Repeat your foundational mantra briefly to center yourself
  • Then start chanting “Aham Prema” aloud or mentally, placing one hand over your heart

Imagine divine love flowing into your heart and circulating through you, healing you on a cellular level. Send love to your body, relationships, community and planet. Shine your divine light!

“Om Guray Namaha” – Salutations to the Inner Light

We’re focusing today’s mantra meditation on honoring the light of awareness within us that guides our path to awakening.

The mantra is “Om Guray Namaha,” which means “Salutations to the Inner Light.”

In yogic philosophy, “guru” refers to the formless inner wisdom that illuminates our consciousness, not any external person. It is our inner compass pointing us to truth.

Chanting this mantra bows to the supreme teacher inside that supports our meditation practice. It invokes grace, intuition and spiritual sight to unfold.

As you repeat “Om Guray Namaha,” reflect on these questions:

  • Do I recognize the inner light of awareness shining within me?
  • Am I following my inner wisdom leading me to growth and awakening?
  • What old habits or beliefs may be blocking me from seeing my inner light clearly?

Then with eyes closed, repeat this mantra with sincerity to invoke your guiding inner radiance…

Honoring the Divine Feminine Energy Within – “Om Shakti”

We’re shifting our mantra meditation today to honor Shakti, the divine feminine creative power in the universe and within us.

The mantra is “Om Shakti,” salutations to this supreme Goddess energy that manifests life everywhere through her infinite forms.

Repeating “Om Shakti” evokes the evolutionary impulse at our core. It connects us to the mythic beauty, wisdom, strength, nurturing power and fullness of being feminine.

As you chant this mantra in meditation, reflect on these questions:

  • Do I fully honor the divine feminine both around and within me?
  • Where can I heal and integrate my inner Shakti energy more?
  • How can I further empower the women and girls in my life?

Imagine brilliant fuchsia light infusing your being, activating your creativity. Send vibrations out to invoke greater partnership, healing and unity between the masculine and feminine worldwide.

Tip: Use mala prayer beads to count 108 repetitions of “Om Shakti.” This allows you to go deeper.

Now let’s begin…sit comfortably, close your eyes, and start repeating the sacred syllables “Om Shakti” with reverence…

Healing Through Chanting “Om So Hum”

Today our mantra meditation takes us inward for healing and renewal with the soothing “Om So Hum” chant.

In Sanskrit, “so” means “that” and “hum” means “I am.” So this mantra translates essentially to “I am that” – identifying our individual consciousness with universal Divinity.

It’s considered among the most powerful mantras for inner transformation and self-healing. Here are some of its main benefits:

  • Calms and focuses the restless “monkey mind”
  • Builds vital life energy needed for awakening
  • Dissolves the egoic sense of separation
  • Deepens spiritual insight and realization
  • Releases deep-seated fears lodged in the subconscious
  • Triggers spontaneous past life memories for healing
  • Activates the dormant Kundalini energy at the base of the spine

To practice this unique mantra:

  • Sit with closed eyes and repeat your usual foundational mantra briefly
  • Inhale fully, then exhale completely
  • Intone *“Om” on your next inhale
  • Intone “So Hum*” on the exhale
  • Continue this pattern in a steady rhyt

Imagine each So Hum phrase showering you in divine light…washing away pain, opening your heart and unveiling your true Self!

Uncovering Your True Self Through “Om Tat Sat”

Our mantra journey continues today by uncovering our deepest spiritual identity beyond all temporary roles and labels.

The Sanskrit phrase “Om Tat Sat” points to this eternal, unchanging Truth of who we really are. It’s been called the “triple-word mantra” in Hindu texts.

  • Om – primordial sound of creation, divine consciousness
  • Tat – “That” – referring to Brahman or Absolute Reality
  • Sat – “Existence” or “Truth”

By repeatedly affirming “Om Tat Sat,” we cut through the illusion of our individual ego-identity. We wake up from the dream of separateness and limitations.

You may translate and contemplate its meaning:

“My consciousness merges back into Absolute Reality, pure Existence – which I AM.”

As you chant this mantra in meditation today, keep asking – “Who am I? What does this point to beyond all names and transient identities?” Let it reveal your deathless, joyful True Self!

Purifying Negative Thoughts Through “Om Rahave Namaha”

We’re going to purify some “inner pollution” today through the mantra “Om Rahave Namaha” – salutations to the Lord of Obstructions who removes them from our path.

In Vedic astrology, Rahu represents the quality of ignorance – negative and fearful thoughts that filter our perception of Reality. Much like hazy smoke obscures the sky.

By chanting this mantra, we invoke the Higher Power to cleanse our lens of perception and dissolve the ignorance that maintains fear and suffering.

Here is the process for today’s practice:

  1. Sit calmly with eyes closed
  2. Repeat your foundation mantra briefly
  3. Visualize a dark smoke-like energy leaving your mind/body
  4. Chant “Om Rahave Namaha” with firm intention
  5. Imagine light replacing any darkness cleansed
  6. Repeat chant until you feel mental clarity/relief

Stay vigilant in catching any negative thought-patterns through this process. May we see this moment clearly!

Attuning to Your True Purpose Through “Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha”

Person in a meadow meditating to sunrise.

It’s easy to lose touch with our higher calling when swept up in mundane roles and duties. Today’s Lakshmi mantra remedies this by revitalizing our sense of purpose.

“Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha” invokes the goddess Lakshmi – representing prosperity, wealth and fulfillment. Like the ancient Greek figures, she guides our unique soul purpose to blossom.

As you repeat this mantra in meditation, ask within:

How can I realign my vocation with my inner wisdom more? Do my daily activities express my soul’s purpose and creativity fully?

Imagine Lakshmi transmitting bright golden light into your heart and third eye chakra – activating your dharmic work in the world.

Align with your true calling!

Healing Relationships Through “Om Hraam Hreem Hraum Sah”

Today our meditation clears away relationship conflicts through “Om Hraam Hreem Hraum Sah” – an ancient Shiva mantra to heal disagreements.

This sacred phrase activates the third eye chakra, opening divine sight to resolve clashing perspectives with loved ones. It reminds us relationships only work through compromise, empathy and understanding – not ego.

Here is the process:

  1. Sit calmly with closed eyes
  2. Inhale fully, exhale completely
  3. Chant the mantra several times aloud
  4. Picture the other person in your mind’s eye
  5. Send them love and reconciliation

May all beings rejoice in harmony!

Awakening Your Inner Joy Through “Om Anandaya Namaha”

We could all use more daily joy! Today we spark this through the mantra “Om Anandaya Namaha” – meaning “Salutations to Bliss Itself“.

It invites us to identify less with the constantly fluctuating moods in our mind and more with the eternal, steady inner joy brimming as our essence.

Here is the meditation process:

  1. Sit upright with eyes closed
  2. Take few centering breaths
  3. Touch thumb & index finger together in Chin Mudra
  4. Chant “Om Anandaya Namaha” aloud
  5. Feel Inner Joy awaken!

Playfully vary chant speed, pitch and volume. Move energy!

“May I be happy. May I be well. May I be safe. May I be peaceful and free from suffering.” – a mantra focusing on personal well-being and peace, highlighted by Mindvalley.

May we see past any temporary gloom and recognize eternal bliss as our home base. Life becomes so much lighter!

Cultivating Patience & Balance Through “Om Vam Vam Vam”

We live in such impatient times! Today’s “Om Vam Vam Vam” mantra us helps cultivate two crucial qualities for serenity: patience & balance.

Each sacred “Vam” syllable represents patience – allowing things to organically unfold without expectation or control. It’s so freeing!

The 3x repetition brings balance between our feminine (receptive) and masculine (active) energies. Healthy rhythms, calm surrender, centered in the present moment.

To practice:

  1. Sit comfortably with eyes closed
  2. Take few centering breaths
  3. Repeat your foundation mantra briefly
  4. Now chant “Om Vam…Vam…Vam” steadily, spacing syllables evenly.

Imagine patience and balance integral to your character. Radiate this mindset to all beings!

Cutting Negative Relationship Cords Through “Om Rudraya Hum Phat”

Sometimes we need to consciously detach from negative emotional bonds still subtly pulling at us. Today’s Shiva mantra severs these invisible cords.

Om Rudraya Hum Phat” invokes the divine sword (liṅgaṁ) of Lord Shiva – the great destroyer of ignorance – to slice through any energetic cords still unconsciously linking you to past pain or toxic personas.

It might feel harsh, but can be powerfully liberating! Here’s the process:

  1. Sit calmly with closed eyes
  2. Breathe consciously to center yourself
  3. Repeat your foundation mantra briefly
  4. Now chant “Om Rudraya Hum Phat” loudly, making strong cutting gesture on “phat”!
  5. Visualize cutting ties to any lingering pain or limitation

Freedom! We can always retry healthy relationships. But first, energetic detachment.

Kindle Your Inner Fire Through “Om Ram Ramaya Namaha”

If your enthusiasm has been lagging lately, today’s fire mantra can reignite your passion!

“Om Ram Ramaya Namaha” invokes the supreme solar deity Rama in Hinduism – representing the dynamic, heroic quality needed to triumph over inertia and inner demons to manifest our highest potential.

The doubled sacred seed syllable “Ram” imitates a crackling fire, burning away any doubts or perceived obstacles in our path. Fear not! Heroically live your truth.

To practice:

  1. Sit tall with closed eyes and take few deep breaths
  2. Rub hands briskly together until hot
  3. Place hands over eyes/3rd eye chakra
  4. Chant “Om Ram Ramaya Namaha” forcefully, visualizing an inner fire

Let your enthusiasm blaze brightly again!

Conclusion on 21 mantras For Meditation

And so in just 21 short days, we’ve covered a full spectrum of mantras for enriching your meditation practice!

I hope you’ve seen firsthand how empowering these sacred sound frequencies can be for healing, self-realization and connecting to our Highest Self – the Divine Essence living through all beings and forms.

May your mantra meditation continue lighting your path to inner peace and awakening. Share these gifts with the world!

Om Namah Shivaya – “I bow to the Divinity within all!”

FAQ on Minduflness Meditation Mantras

Q: How can mindfulness be incorporated into my daily mantra practice?

A: Mindfulness can be woven into your daily mantra practice by focusing on the present moment while repeating the mantras. This creates a deep state of meditation that helps in achieving transformative effects on the physical and mental wellbeing.

Q: Can you suggest any popular mindfulness mantras that I can use?

A: Yes, a quite popular mindfulness mantra is “om”, it’s used widely in meditation. Another set of powerful mantras are by artists Deva Premal and Miten. The mantras from their “21 Day Mantra Meditations” series can significantly revitalize us on a physical and spiritual level.

Q: How do I choose a mantra for meditation?

A: Choosing a mantra requires tuning in to what resonates with you. This could be a phrase, word, or sound that invokes a sense of peace and calm. Remember, your mantra should connect with your heart for your 21-day mantra meditations to be most effective.

Q: How do mantras help in achieving mindfulness?

A: Mindfulness mantras refocus our mind towards the present moment. By repeating a mantra, we train our minds to release all distractions, paving the way to a deep inner peace and well-being.

Q: Can you provide guidance on how to use the 21 mantras for meditation?

A: Certainly. To use these 21 mantras, try focusing on one mantra a day. Repeat it mindfully while meditating. After meditation, carry the essence of the mantra throughout the rest of your day. This practice deepens a sense of mindfulness and also unearths any hidden potential within you.

Q: What is the recommended way to say a mantra during meditation?

A: The recommended way to say a mantra is to repeat it silently in your mind while you meditate. Some individuals also find it helpful to use mala beads for counting repetitions, allowing a deeper connection with the mantra.

Q: What’s the role of Deva Premal and Miten in mindfulness mantras?

A: Deva Premal and Miten are globally recognized artists who utilize powerful ancient mantras in their compositions. They provide evocative images for each day, plus the inner tunings, that enables a deep connection with the mantras, eventually leading to a profound state of mindfulness.

Q: Can I use a different mindfulness mantra when I’m feeling different emotions?

A: Absolutely. A mantra can be chosen based on whatever you’re feeling at the moment. Some mantras help with anxiety, others help bring about a sense of joy or peace. The key is to choose the mantra the resonates most with your current emotional state.

Q: Can mantras revitalize us on a physical level?

A: Yes, mantras have the power to revitalize us not only on a mental level, but on a physical level as well. The repetitive vibration created by saying the mantra can help align your physical and mental energies, promote relaxation, and bring about a sense of wholeness and healing.

Q: Can these mantras be considered sacred?

A: Yes, mantras are often considered sacred, especially when they have a spiritual or philosophical meaning. They serve a dual purpose of focusing your mind for meditation and invoking a particular psychological or spiritual state.

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