Are you, like many others, worried about the Coronavirus crisis, and the impact of it on the global economy? I just heard yesterday, that CNN and other mainstream outlets started to expect a major economic recession. We can expect the worst economic pullback since 1929. It is normal that we might be caught in worries and uncertainty.
This is the moment for us to take care of ourselves and of our loved ones. And the only thing that can help us out, is to cultivate our inner peace. As Tara Brach said, “Our calm is contagious”.
Contrasts happen for the good balance of all things. I believe that whatever external circumstances can be, we all have the capability to get over it, learn from it, and get the best from it.
Let us together practice the 5 powerful mantras from Buddhist wisdom. Enjoy also the “Om Shanti Om” mantras music at the end of the post. I hope they help you cultivate your inner peace in crisis time.
Mantra #1: Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded
In stressful situations, we can be overwhelmed by our fears. Some of them are rational. But most of them are unconsciously irrational. Do you sometimes recall certain moments of anxiety that you told yourself later your imagination? Safeguarding our thoughts to the most positive things. Turn our attention to the present moments, and train our equanimity. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without”, said Buddha.
Mantra #2: Let go of things not meant for you
Judith Hanson Lasater, a yoga teacher, once said something with which I resonate a lot. She said: “Letting go means realizing you weren’t in charge anyway”. We can stay cautious about the Coronavirus, but keep a mental distance from the chaotic world that we can’t do anything about anyway. Learn how to let go brings inner peace and helps us with more resilience. “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you”, said Buddha.
Mantra #3: A mind beyond judgments watches and understands
In crisis time, we might be lost in worries and anxiety. Take a moment to step back and understand the bigger picture of all things. We will free ourselves from our judgments. For me, all contrasts happen for the good balance of all things, including the coronavirus. Whatever external circumstances can be, we all have the capability to get the best from it. Don’t you believe so?
“Sweeping the dust from the mirrors. Where the mirror is the truth. And dust is the millions and trillions of thoughts that stop us to see beyond ’em” (The zen universe). With too many worries, we might not see reality as it is.
Mantra #4: No one saves us but ourselves
Flight canceled? Holiday unplanned? Difficulties caused by Coronavirus? We tend to try to find someone or something to blame for our inconveniences. But the day you stop finding the causes outside of you, that’s the day you feel extremely powerful.
Start with ourselves first. Search for positive things that we can observe. The flight might be canceled, but we have an opportunity to stay in calmness with our beloved ones. Our thoughts have the power of creating the reality we want. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path“, remember Buddha’s teaching?
Mantra #5: All things appear and disappear
And the final mantra that can help us, is the below. All things appear and will disappear. Coronavirus, or economic crisis, or any other difficulties in life, are just a phase. Why worrying so much instead of focusing our minds on the present moments. If we can be good now, the future will be good too. “All things appear and disappear. But he who awakens shall be awake forever”, said Buddha.
Shanti (or Inner Peace) arises when we learn the art of letting go. In crisis time, it’s more than ever a moment to renew ourselves, find back our energy, and return to our original mind. So here we are, the 5 powerful mantras to reduce anxiety and cultivate inner peace in crisis time. Will you keep them in mind in difficult moments?
- Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded
- Let go of things not meant for you
- A mind beyond judgments watches and understands
- No one saves us but ourselves
- All things appear and disappear
Here is a great meditative sound recording mantras for inner-peace by Meditative Mind that I personally appreciate a lot. Keep calm and enjoy it!