6 Mantras for a happy soul.
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I got to spend some time in the mountains recently. The area around Tegernsee in Bavaria is such a beautiful spot. It is one of the most relaxing places I have ever been to and it always feels comforting to be back in the state, where I was born. As you know I am a huge fan of good mantras to help me through life. They can be motivating, uplifting, inspiring or simply comforting. It is great to have something in mind that you can fall back on.
I was surprised when I first found out that mantras weren’t only there to guide you through meditation, but can be used simply in every day life situations to calm the mind. So here is a day in my life with some examples of when I use some of my favorite mantras.
To be honest, this day is not just any day. I got to stay at Bachmair Weissach Hotel last week. So this is a special day in my life:
Hotel Bachmeier Weissach is one of my favorite hotels on this planet and it was my second visit there together with my family. The hotel combines subtle luxury and modern elegance with Bavarian charm, combined with the diversity of a Grand Hotel and the Privacy of a Boutique Hotel. The perfect combination between tradition and modernity. What I love most about it, is the amazing service. Everyone is so kind and loving and I always feel so pampered and relaxed when i go home again. But let me tell you about my day there:
I got up at 8 o’clock. I woke up in my soft sheets and the first thing I heard was the soft sound of the river right next to my room. Before I actually got out of bed, it was time for my first mantra:
Today will be great.
This sounds super simply and somewhat naiv. But it really helps. Even on days that are stressful and hectic - our mind can’t differentiate between a mantra that we keep remembering and reality. Our thoughts become our reality. So it is great to actively try to make everyday the best day ever.
After getting ready, I sat down on the balcony and took a breath of the fresh mountain air. It is the best feeling to be surrounded by nature, feeling so calm inside. That was the moment for the second Mantra and probably the most famous one:
This is believed to be the sound of the universe and the original vibration of all life (birth, death, and re-birth). It is often repeated during yoga and meditation and helps to ease racing thoughts.
Around 9, we went to breakfast. Breakfast is served as a buffet style in a wonderful pavillon. There is something for literally everyone….they even have scrambled tofu. And because it was my dads birthday that day, they served us a super chocolaty birthday cake as well. That was such a sweet gesture. I was really touched. After indulging in croissants, fruit, bread, pancakes, muesli and smoothies it was time for the next mantra:
I am so thankful for all the food that will fuel me with energy to be the best version of myself I can be today.
Especially when you deal with disordered eating, it is important to view food as what it is: a source of energy. And it is also important to practice conscious eating, being mindful of the food and being grateful for it at the same time. The food at the hotel is so fresh, very high quality and very delicious.
My family and I really wanted to make the most of our Tegernsee trip. That is why we had to go to the lake, of course. We took a boat and walked around the village - small shops, cute cafes and loving people. We also took a gondola up to Mt. Wallberg. Sadly the weather was not so great and on top of the mountain and it was way too foggy to see something. So we went down again to walk around the forest and some beautiful pathways. It felt super peaceful. And it is important to keep that inner peace throughout the day as well. That is why I love the Mantra Shanti, which means peace.
Shanti Shanti Shanti
It can help center and focus your mind, body, and spirit. Repeating “shanti” (“peace” in Pali, an Indian language) three times symbolizes mind, body, and spirit.
Because Bachmair Weissach is super well known for its great spa, we had to try their spa afterwards. They offer a wide variety of massages and facials, have a heated pool, a steamroom, saunas, ice baths, very hot baths and lots of space to relax.
I got a super calming massage, after which I felt completely reborn. So so good. I also hopped into the pool and totally forgot about time. Sometimes i feel like I don’t deserve to take breaks, because I am always working, always on the move. And it is hard to do nothing and chill. But these moments are so important. Our bodies need to calm down once in a while. We need to honor those moments of serenity.
Where I am right now is exactly where I need to be.
After our spa adventure, it was already time for dinner. Bachmair Weissach offers different dinner options. That day we had a table at their traditional bavarian restaurant. Traditional german food is very heavy on meat or fish, but they were super sweet and adjusted their menu for me.
I had a fresh garden salad as a starter, a mind and pea soup, stuffed paprika as a main and fresh fruit as dessert. Super delicious and beautiful for the eye at the same time. Actually the traditional menu was with meat and cheese, but they immediately changed the menu and switched the ingredients to my dietary restrictions.
The hotel offers yoga as well, but we sadly missed it. No need to worry though. I finished my wonderful day of with a meditation on the balcony with one of my favorite mantras. It is one of the oldest and most powerful of Sanskrit mantras. It is believed that by chanting the Gayatri mantra and firmly establishing it in the mind, if you carry on your life and do the work that is ordained for you, your life will be full of happiness.
Om Bhur Bhuvah Swaha,
Om Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi,
Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracho Dayateh
These were some of the mantras I use, but positive affirmations that you create yourself can have the exact same benefits on your mind and body. Try it out!
And at this point I want to thank Bachmeier Weissach from the bottom of my heart for having us. The hotel is one of the most beautiful spots I have ever been to and the team is so kind. I can really reccommend them and I am hoping to be back there soon.