In this busy world, it’s natural for our minds to feel a little frantic and overwhelmed...
But that’s exactly how these empowering mantras for peace will help you.
Whether you’re using them for inspiration, motivation or meditation, mantras are food for your soul.
And if you live by them day to day, you’ll discover a deeper level of peace that vibrates across your mind, soul and resonates with the people you care about.
In this guide, you’ll discover the top 15 mantras for peace, my interpretation of them and how you can make the most of these empowering mantras.So let’s dive in...
1. “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it”
- Eckhart Tolle
I love this mantra...
The truth is, there are thousands of things outside of our control in life. And whilst that might seem like a scary prospect, we can’t let these things hurt our inner peace.
If you react negatively to the situations outside of your control, you’ll never be able to deal with the challenges of life. In fact, that’s why so many people are struggling with anxiety, depression and unhappiness.
Yes, life is hard. And we all struggle with it.
But don’t let that be the source of your unhappiness.
If you can learn to manage the way you react to external circumstances, you’ll vastly improve the quality of your life.
2. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”
- Siddhārtha Gautama
We live in a materialistic world.
There seems to be a magical cure, ‘guru’ or quick fix for everything. But the truth is, external influences can’t genuinely help us achieve a deep level of happiness.
Instead, we have to look within. We have to find peace within our minds first if we want to be genuinely happy. And that’s down to us - no pill, therapy or coach can do that for us.
We have tools to find peace - meditation, mantras, exercise - but these are just ways to support us in our search for meaning. It’s down to us to put in the effort, time and energy into finding out what we really want from this life.
3. “Peace begins with a smile.”
- Mother Teresa
This mantra is simple, but it works.
And just a tiny change in our physiology can completely transform the way we feel - like a gentle smile.
I remember reading a Tony Robbins book that suggested if you want to improve the quality of your life, just practice smiling 5 times in the mirror per day.
Whilst you might feel ridiculous, it will change the way you feel!
The beauty of a smile is that you can carry it with you everywhere. And it’s something we can all do. So enjoy it!
4. “Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.”
- Lyndon B. Johnson
Achieving peace isn’t easy. It takes time, patience and discipline.
So if you’re struggling with your journey towards peace, don’t lose hope. You have to give yourself time and space to develop true emotional mastery.
So take your time, develop yourself one smile at a time and enjoy the journey!
5. “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
- Jimi Hendrix
Love is at the heart of peace. And the more love there is in the world, the better.
If we can love each other more than we want to gain power, the world will become a better place. Why?
Because our thirst for power corrupts our intentions. The need for power and control makes us focus on the wrong things, because we’re looking at life through a bias lens.
How can we make honest, ethical decisions if we’re too busy trying to take power over others, rather than love each other?
6. “Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my favourite teachers on mindfulness.
His philosophies on life have totally changed my perspectives, and this powerful mantra peace is one of my particular favourites.
Because quite often, we’re too focused on achieving our goals to really enjoy the present moment.
But if you can’t enjoy the journey, you’re missing out on a huge part of the joy of life.
So use this mantra to fill you with a sense of gratitude for every moment, and soak in the peace, joy and serenity of every moment your life.
If you can do that, you’ll be well on your well to gaining a deep sense of inner peace.
7. “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”
- Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama has transformed the world, for the better.
His teachings, compassion and wisdom has inspired millions of people around the globe.
So what can we learn from this mantra for peace?
Here’s a few things:
If you’re looking to the outside world for peace, you’re never going to be fulfilled
Peace starts within - it’s up to you
When you really think about it - you have the power to positively transform the way your happiness and how you’re feeling, at any time
Making peace with yourself might not be easy, but it is effective
8. “We've climbed the mighty mountain. I see the valley below, and it's a valley of peace.”
- George W. Bush
The journey to peace really is a mighty mountain.
I like to think of our problems as landmarks of progress.
So achieving peace isn’t an easy road to travel, but you’ll get there if you keep persisting.
And once you’ve climbed the mountain, you’ll be able to look back and see the rewards within.
So visualise your future positivity. It might take a lot of hard work to get there, but it’s definitely worth it.
9. “Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.”
- Georges Bernanos
It’s the little things that count, right?
Sometimes we’re so focused on the big picture - more money, better health, build a family - that we take for granted the little things in life that we should all appreciate more.
And these little things, just like those fragrant meadow flowers, make life what it is collectively. Don’t believe me?
Well let’s look at a tiny species, like ants.
They weight a mere 1-5mg each.
But if you combined the weight of all the ants in the world, they’d weigh as much or more than all the human beings in the world.
Whilst these things seem small, collectively they’re massive. And they shape the world we live in today.
10. “You should feel beautiful and you should feel safe. What you surround yourself with should bring you peace of mind and peace of spirit.”
- Stacy London
The world is a beautiful place, but we have to be careful that we don’t surround ourselves in toxic environments.
That’s why I like this mantra for peace:
It reminds you to judge your environment by how you feel. If you don’t feel good, safe or comfortable about the place you’re in, the people you surround yourself or where you spend most of your time, change it.
Don’t settle for anything less! When you feel inspired by your environment, you’ll be well on your way to lasting inner peace.
11. “Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.”
- John F. Kennedy
Achieving inner peace doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long, hard journey that requires patience.
But if you can make subtle, slow changes to your mindset you’ll be well on your own to accomplishing a calmer, more peaceful mindset.
Not just that but you also need to be consistent.
For example, some people make the mistake of changing too much around their lifestyle.
They go from living a life of no spirituality to suddenly meditating, eating vegetarian, yoga, and practicing mantras etc.
But if you try to make too many changes at once, you’ll burn out.
So instead, focus on small, continuous practices that improve the quality of your life on a consistent basis - daily, monthly and weekly.
12. “Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.”
- Marcus Aurelius
Introspection is one of the most calming ways to achieve peace, because it’s a reflection of who you are. There’s something very soothing about looking into the depths of your mind and discovering more about how you feel, what your true emotions are and what you want from life.
A lot of the struggles we face in life are external factors we can’t really control:
Careers. Relationships. Tragedies.
So when you retreat to your soul, you’re in control. And you may just discover more about yourself than you ever thoughts was possible.
13. “Success isn't measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace.”
- Mike Ditka
Having goals and ambition isn’t a bad thing. In fact, they’re a very healthy way to develop your motivation, sense of accomplishment and overall quality of life.
But you have to realise that your goals don’t make you happy.
Instead, it’s about who you become on that journey that truly changes you and makes you feel fulfilled. If you’re extremely successful but you aren’t happy, you’re going to feel like you’re losing when you’re actually winning.
So it’s important to enjoy the journey along the way.
14. “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.”
- Nelson Mandela
We all have a tendency to hold grudges...
But holding on to these painful feelings will not only hurt your enemy, it’ll also hurt you and the people around you.
Instead, you have to switch up your approach into something more constructive.
Turning an enemy into a friend is much more empowering than turning a friend into an enemy.
And if you feel like your enemies don’t deserve to be forgiven, then just learn from the example of Nelson Mandela.
He forgave the exact people who imprisoned and tortured him for years.
Thankfully, most of us don’t have to endure this type of suffering - but we can learn from it.
15. “I feel beautiful when I'm at peace with myself. When I'm serene, when I'm a good person, when I've been considerate of others.”
- Elle Macpherson
How To Make The Most Of These Mantras
Whilst it’s inspirational to read these mantras for peace, to truly reap the benefits of them you should integrate them into your daily lifestyle.
To read a mantra is one, but to live by it is something that’s so much more empowering.
Just imagine if you could integrate just one of the 15 mantras for peace above into your daily life. How would you feel? Would you improve your relationships, your mental health and your sense of peace?
I definitely think so!
If you practice these mantras, your mind, soul and body will be operating at a different frequency.
Your conscious and unconscious mind will be operating with more positivity, kindness and compassion. You’re basically communicating to the universe how amazing you feel.
Even if you’re body language and emotional state will completely transform. You don’t even to practice all of them, just pick a couple that appeal to you personally - or ones that you feel are most relevant to your situation in life right now.
So how can you use these mantras for peace?
Here’s a few tips:
Repeat one of these mantras out loud whilst you’re meditating
If you’re brain feels a little overloaded, use these mantras to calm your mind
Visualise yourself practicing these mantras in your day to day life
Actively practice them - so that you become kinder, more gentle and happier in your day to day lifestyle
Share these mantras for peace with your friends, so that you connect more with your friends and family