Moving on after a breakup is easier said than done, especially when being bitter and petty about it is just so much more satisfying. It’s called being human. And it’s alright to feel this way for a certain amount of time, but as soon as you cross over into key-his-car-a-la-Carrie-Underwood territory, you’ve gone too far. This is where Buddhist teachings come in; Buddhists believe that the best way to deal with anger is through mindfulness practice. Now, this can mean a variety of things, and everyone’s mindfulness practice can be different, but one way to practice being mindful is through meditation and chanting mantras.
So how do you do it?
Here are 4 Buddhist mantras you can try out while meditating that’ll help you conquer your inner breakup-zilla and breeze through your breakup to a better you. Everyone deserves an equal opportunity at happiness and peace, and these 4 mantras might help you get there.
1. Green Tara Mantra
Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha
The Tara mantra is used to push through physical, emotional, and mental blockages, and even blockages in relationships. This mantra requires a resignation to let go of a particular outcome you may be hanging on to, as this often promotes unhappiness and frustration when you don’t get your way. When chanting this mantra, think about letting go, and all of your negative energy will come back to you as positive energy.
Use It When: you’re gripping too tightly to the things you just need to let go of
2. Amitabha Mantra
Om Ami Dewa Hrih
This mantra is for overcoming any obstacles or hindrances to your personal growth and success (bad breakups included). Chanting this mantra can enhance your compassionate and loving nature, which may be lacking after a recent breakup.
Use It When: you can feel yourself thinking thoughts full of revenge, destruction and vengeance
3. Manjushri Mantra
Om A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhih
This mantra is said to enhance wisdom and improve one’s communication (both verbal and written) skills. Both of these things are very important not only in a relationship, but after the end of one, when you may feel like doing or saying something impulsive. Just don’t. Chant this instead.
Use It When: You feel impulses to shout your feelings and destroy things with spiteful words.
4. Avalokitesvara Mantra
Om Mani Padme Hum
Buddhists believe that repeating this mantra will invite the blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. It’s no secret that after a breakup, you may be deficient in the compassion department. Any resentment or ill-will towards your ex can make you begin to resent others, too. Invite all the blessings of compassion you can because even if you are a bit of a breakup-zilla, you deserve it.
Use It When: You’re stuck in a negative spiral, replaying old events and recalling old conversations