12 mantras for anxiety: harness the healing power of chanting

 For meditation and mantra practice to be effective, understanding the underlying mechanisms, benefits, and applications of the practice is important. Getty Images

(Healthline) — Mantra is a form of meditation using a sound, word, or phrase. The oldest known mantras can be found in the Vedas, which are ancient religious texts from India.

Mantras are continually recited silently or aloud and are often combined with breath and rhythm. The practice of mantra meditation is said to help slow down thoughts, improve mental clarity, and enhance peace of mind.

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