At a friend’s suggestion, I read about finding and/or creating a personal mantras. One site suggested one hundred mantras—and a four-point strategy to develop your own. You can check it out here.
According to the article,
A mantra is something that you repeat either aloud or in your mind to focus your thoughts and energy…A mantra – the focus of this article – is a word or phrase designed to help you change your thinking in the present moment. A mantra is used when your mind has drifted off course and you want to steer it back to more positive waters.
We’ve all been in that space where our thoughts have been captured, hijacked, and convoluted by that voice in your ear. The voice may be well-meaning, yet it still sends us down rabbit holes.
As I developed my personal mantras, it was not surprising to me that most involved the beach. That is where I draw my deepest breath and quiet my mind. Especially at sunrise. That experience always reminds me of the present moment.
Below you will find six personal mantras I crafted. I hope the visual of the photos and the words will inspire. I do not claim any authority or pedigree at all in mantra development. (I have none.) This is a work in progress for me. These words and images came to my mind and work for me. I will continue to fine-tune.
Perhaps you have found a mantra you use and would like to share.
Clouds of White
Birds in Flight
Helps Me Focus on Inner Light
Comforting Where I Stand
Like the New Day
My Life has Promise
Behind the Fog, Beauty
His young son saved his life with a three-word mantra.
We all have the power to overcome what seem like insurmountable obstacles, Bhava Rham tells us in this TEDx talk.
Make it a wonderful week and HTRB has needed.
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