A mantra is a word/phrase of power and light. Though there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for returning to a peaceful inner space, perhaps one or a few of these mantras for peace will help you when you need it most.
“The life of inner peace, being harmonious and without stress, is the easiest type of existence.” – Norman Vincent Peale
Though a life of inner peace is the easiest/most enjoyable way of moving through life, it’s often easier said than done. As humans, we’re typically always looking for a way to be at peace.
I’ve found that using a mantra is a simple, practical, peaceful way to deal with difficult situations, and it’s a tool that’s always available. It’s about speaking to ourselves in a way that’s conducive to peace, not supportive of stress. It’s about helping us align with peace by becoming consciously in tune with the centered, serene place that’s always there. It’s where we always have the power to go, when we choose to do so.
When you’re reading these mantras for peace–or repeating them to yourself, if you choose to give them a try–keep an open mind. Try to be willing to open up to a new way of thinking. The things you whisper to yourself every day have the power to either create chaos or release chaos, to either overwhelm you or ground you into your physical presence.
10 Mantras for Peace
This moment is new. With this new moment comes new strength and new thoughts and another chance to begin again. This waking, breathing moment is another opportunity to be at peace.
Peace begins with me. Wherever I go, I bring peace with me. Where there is trouble and grief, the peace must begin with me. Where there is anger and bitterness and frustration, peace can begin with me. Peace lives in my heart, and I can draw it forth. I am the source of my peace.
I am one with all that is. I am one with the good and the bad, the dark and the light, the day and the night, the happy and the sad. I am one with everything, because I am some of everything. There is chaos around me, yet peace surrounds me, for I am.
Inhale peace, exhale love. Inhale strength, exhale wisdom. Inhale joy, exhale gratitude. Beauty, love, creativity, joy, and inner peace can be sourced from within, yet what is within has been created by something that was once without. I inhale only what is joyful and nourishing, and I exhale a reflection of that goodness.
My happy future stems from my peaceful present. In this present moment, all of my future happiness resides. This shall be the only time and place where positive change occurs.
Forgiveness corrects my misperceptions. Inner peace can only, in the purest sense, be reached when I practice forgiveness, let go of my painful chains to the past, accept how life has unfolded, and claim presence as my power.
I embrace the power of love. I radiate love, because I know that is what I am, deep down. My power of love overrides my love of power, of control, or perfectionism. I choose to see life as it is rather than as I think it should be, or would be, or could be. I am willing to settle into a peaceful flow with whatever comes my way, in love and gratitude for whatever lessons and opportunity it may bring.
I choose peace instead of this. I choose another way. I have the miraculous capacity to choose one thought over another, and to change my direction and perception in any given moment. Wherever I am going right now, I know I can either stay on that path or redirect.
I free myself from being a victim. I free myself from destructive thoughts and doubts and fears. I free myself from the burden of holding a grudge that would weigh me down. I am free from the stress of the drama that is not me. I am free from chaos because I am meant to be at peace in this moment.
I choose compassion. Though I may not like my feelings, I will be compassionate towards them. I will let them come, I will acknowledge them and understand their message, and I will let them move on. Though I may not like this situation, I will focus on solutions instead of difficulties. I shift my focus from problems to opportunity. I embody positive peace in the face of negativity. My attention lies on joy, not despair. My smile is a source of uplift. I lift the world around me with compassion. So, I become compassionate.
You may be interested in this short, calming meditation by Gabby Bernstein.
- What words do you speak to yourself when you need to return to a peaceful inner space?
- What thoughts or reminders help calm you down in times of stress?
Please share your own favorite mantras, thoughts, practices, or experiences with me in the comments.
Share these mantras for peace with someone you care about.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti. Peace in body. Peace in speech. Peace in mind.
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