Inspired by a free 21-day meditation experience, these mantras are the perfect tools to use during your meditations to kindle the inner light you keep—the light that never goes out. If you’re feeling tired, weighed down, heavy, or dimmed, sit with these phrases and soak up their rejuvenating energy.
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino
I truly don’t think you can meditate incorrectly. Whatever feels right for you is right for you. Honoring that intuitive inclination is a spiritual practice of itself, and doing so acquaints you with your authentic nature.
You are wise. You are full of light and allowing yourself to hear the echoes in your heart, to trust those gut feelings, is a practice in rousing that inner light.
Still, many of us don’t take the time to listen to ourselves—body, mind, heart, spirit.
Meditation is a time to connect with yourself completely and to disconnect from distractions. Taking this time for yourself is a loving choice that benefits not just you but everyone around you.
Meditation is a practice in staying in the present moment and with whatever is coming up for you. Thoughts will still come up, but we learn to be okay with that and to realize that the thoughts aren’t indicative of who we are—they are no match for our inner light.
Mantras are tools to bring us back to the moment if we notice ourselves getting caught up in thoughts and emotions. It’s the element of noticing that really connects us with our inner light.
Using a meditation mantra to guide your focus can be a game-changer. Simply a set of intentional words (chosen for their sacred meaning), mantras are most powerful when they’re easy to remember.Taking time to reconnect with the still place inside of you is one of the most loving acts you can commit, and from a deeper wellspring of love you can then give. tell a friend
To help guide you to that peaceful and powerful place inside, here are seven mantras borrowed from Chopra Center’s free 21-day meditation experience Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit. (You can sign up for free here to join the next series when it’s available).
I’ve shared Sanskrit mantras before: these mantras for hope in the midst of uncertainty, and these mantras for gratitude (where I share a little bit more about the ancient practice of repeating sacred sounds). I like to use the Sanskrit version of a mantra because its sound, whether repeated out loud or in your head, is just as meaningful as the description.
I share both versions, Sanskrit and English, so you can play with what works for you.
Along with the mantra itself, I share my own sentiments to help you embrace the fullness of the phrase and to elicit a deeper connection with your inner light, flame, and wisdom the next time you sit down, lie down, stand, or walk in meditation.
Namaste, my fellow star.
7 Uplifting Meditation Mantras for Connecting with Your Inner Light
1. I am lightness itself.
In Sanskrit: Om Laghu Bhavam.
I return to that place inside, a deep wellspring of light and life. Only peace is felt here. I don’t need to struggle because this lightness is the essence of who I am. My natural state of balance is ease. I am in harmony with myself.
2. Lightness is my true self.
In Sanskrit: Om Svayam Agurutva.
The inner light I keep is always on and always alive. Nothing heavy can obstruct who I really am deep down inside. I am endlessly renewed in the present moment, so here, and now, I abide.Honoring the light in yourself is one way to honor the light that is also in others. In so doing, you awaken to a brighter reality for you and thus for everyone around you. tell a friend
3. I radiate peace.
In Sanskrit: Om Shanti Om.
I return my attention to the still awareness in the background of my mind. I hold nothing too tightly. Released, my emotions flow freely and thoughts become unstuck. My life is lightened as I create space for peace to radiate through me.
4. I am pure joy.
In Sanskrit: Ananda Hum.
I am fulfilled because I am surrounded by an abundant source of energy that is always giving. As I allow myself to feel my own light shine, I allow myself to receive endless support. I am loved in my wholeness. I lack for nothing. I am filled with the joy this brings.
5. I am nourished by my true self.
In Sanskrit: Om Sva Bhaksha.
I turn my attention inward and offer compassion to what I see. I see how far I have come and honor myself as a journey. With positive input, I am strengthened. With appreciation, I and lightened.Meditation is a time for remembered wholeness. Through surrendered stillness, we light the way back to who we are, which is always whole, worthy, and enough. share this
6. I am guided by my self-awareness.
In Sanskrit: Om Supra Niti Swaha.
I identify with the natural state of balance within. I may forget the truth of who I am, but I can return again and again to this place as many times as I need to. I can return to stillness as soon as I notice that I have drifted away from it. Awareness is my friend and even if I leave it, it will never leave me. It will always guide me home again.
7. I am perfect.
In Sanskrit: Siddho Hum.
Through slow, steady breathing I lay the foundation for restoration, recovery, and healing. I set myself on the path to lasting lightness. In this mindful space, I embrace my true self and trust that authentic inner wisdom. I trust that through my meditations, my truth is being awakened. I take in the richness of this light, and I am fulfilled.
Please, tell me:
Which of these mantras really speaks to you?
How has meditation helped you connect with who you want to be and how you want to live?
Share the benefits you’ve enjoyed from meditating, favorite mantras and ways to meditate, and any uplifting stories, insights, or advice with me in the comments.
Honor the light in someone else by sending them these mantras.
Take time to remember your own worth and wholeness.