Only a short google click away, and you will find the health benefits of mantras on every website specializing in meditation and good health. So why are more people not using them? Mantras are an enormously powerful tool that can help to rewire your brain. I can tell you from personal experience; they can help increase energy and aid in recovering from a severe illness.
Our bodies are so powerful, and epigenetics is teaching us more today than we have ever known. One of my favorite quotes is "a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress." Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman are credited for writing this in their book Words Can Change Your Brain. In their book, the doctors explain how words can positively or negatively alter gene expression. If those words are positive, they can result in increased cognitive functioning. Imagine the implications of this on our health and wellness. Imagine the impact that your interactions might have on others, especially those most vulnerable and without fully developed mental fortitude. Children could be especially vulnerable.
This is where the mantra comes into play. If a word can change our gene expression, then mantras are like feeding our genes healthy mental food each time we recite them. We tell our cells they are safe, and instead of recoiling and not properly functioning, we permit them to perform at their peak level.
According to healthline.com, mantras' benefits include increased focus and an increased sense of calm while others tout reduced anxiety, stress, and depression. We have known that mantras and meditation are linked to neuroplasticity, and now we know the benefits extend beyond our brains to our genes. So it is no wonder you feel calmer; your body is more relaxed and functioning correctly.
During chemotherapy treatments, my mantra was, "I am so healthy." I no longer focused my thoughts on "I don't feel well" but shift to something much more useful and powerful. As a great mental coach would say, if it does not serve you, it has no place in your thoughts. There is no right or wrong way to recite a mantra. You can do it anywhere and at any time. The practice of Ho'oponopono is a prayer or a set of mantras. Those that follow this practice would tell you that reciting this mantra in every scenario is the key to complete change. Chose what works best for you. If you do, I can guarantee that you will feel noticeably better.