Larry Page, the computer scientist and co-founder of Google, once said “we have a mantra: don’t be evil, which is to do the best things we know how for our users, for our customers, for everyone. So I think if we were known for that, it would be a wonderful thing.”
He recognized the tremendous responsibility that Google has as a technological tool for social transformation, and a simple mantra guides a 367 billion-dollar company.
While the earliest mantras were composed by Hindus in India at least 3000 years old, Mantras are more than a simple utterance, they are something that you strive to become, opening your mind and soul to the potential of each day.
The term combines the root man- “to think” and the suffix -tra, which translates to tool or instrument, making mantras literally “instruments of thought.” Many use the various forms of mantras — a sacred utterance, numinous sound, a word, or group of words — to bring psychological power and order to the mind.
The earliest mantras had a well designed mathematical precision in their construction, and that their influence on the reciter and listener is similar to that observed on people around the world listening to their beloved music that is devoid of words.
Om, the source of all mantras, is the sound of the universe. For Hindus, it’s the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.
Chanting the sound om brings harmonic resonance with the universe. Om is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz, which is the natural musical pitch of the Universe, as opposed to 440 Hertz, which is the frequency of most modern music.
In more sophisticated forms, mantras became melodic phrases with spiritual interpretations such as human longing for truth, reality, light, immortality, peace, love, knowledge, and action.
5 Mantras for Precision and Power
If chanting om is a bit too new age for you, here are five affirmations and mantras for the modern man that you can incorporate into your morning routine to focus your mind, bring psychological power, and establish routine and precision to your day.
“Begin each day by telling yourself: Today I shall be meeting with interference, ingratitude, insolence, disloyalty, ill-will, and selfishness – all of them due to the offenders’ ignorance of what is good or evil. But for my part I have long perceived the nature of good and its nobility, the nature of evil and its meanness, and also the nature of the culprit himself… therefore none of those things can injure me, for nobody can implicate me in what is degrading. Neither can I be angry with my brother or fall foul of him; for he and I were born to work together, like a man’s two hands.” Marcus Aurelius
“I ____, am an honest, intelligent, goal-directed, organized, responsible, committed, punctual individual. I am a highly motivated, optimistic, enthusiastic, positive, focused self-starter. I am a decisive, competent, disciplined, persistent, knowledgeable, creative, resourceful team player who makes good choices. I am an emotionally intelligent, confident believer and an extra-miler. I am energized, have great self-control and a healthy self-image, and manage myself well. These are the qualities of the winner I was born to be, and by using them every day, I will maintain my momentum and have employment security in a no-job-security world. They will also enable me to get more of the things money will buy and more of the things money won’t buy.” Zig Ziglar
“Today, I will positively impact someone’s day.” anonymous
“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” Buddha
“A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.” Vince Lombardi
How to Incorporate a Mantra into Your Morning
Get all five printable mantras and place yours in the first importance place you visit in the morning. Tape it to your refrigerator, frame it next to your bed, hang it in your bathroom, or wherever you want to have a powerful moment in the morning. Read it out loud to affirm your potential and your most important priorities. Allow yourself the time and the space to focus on what’s most important to you, what your purpose is, and how capable you really are.
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