Mindfulness is a state of being. Mindfulness can be described in two simple words: pay attention. By paying attention, we are present in the current moment. Often the biggest challenge is, how can we carry this state of mindfulness into our daily lives? Mindfulness is a part of mindful living. One way to train our minds to a positive state of thinking is with the use of mindful mantras.
Mantra is an ancient Sanskrit term. It is a word or phrase repeated to help in meditation. In modern day use, the term mantra has also come to be known as a phrase or truism that is repeated often. I use these mindful mantras as affirmations or prescriptions for the soul. It is a method for me to carry that feeling of inner peace from my meditation mat into my daily life.
Romila "Dr. Romie" Mushtaq, M.D. is a neurologist with expertise in the field of mind-body medicine -- a branch of medicine that promotes the science behind mindfulness based techniques. She is also a hatha yoga and meditation teacher. Dr. Romie helps clients heal by teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques as a health and wellness coach at the Natural and Integrative Medical Center in Orlando, Fla.