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Mantra

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Updated September 21, 2009

Definition:

A mantra is a word or sound that serves as a focal point for certain types of meditation. In certain religious groups, a mantra is used to achieve spiritual transformation. In psychology, mantras may be used to achieve a hypnotic trance, or simply to quickly reach a point of deep relaxation. Guided visualization, hypnotherapy, and other therapeutic techniques may rely on mantras.

Pronunciation: mahn truh
Examples:
Morgan liked to visualize that she was on a sandy beach, but had trouble establishing that image in her mind. Morgan's therapist suggested she use the word "beach" as a mantra to help her focus.
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