Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What's Your Mantra?

Mantras are like medicine for the soul.

When life gets overwhelming and you feel like you can barely keep your head above the water, repeating a few special words can be that saving grace that you need to keep on, keepin’ on. When times get tough, these three beautiful mantras have been essential in helping me remember how to: show gratitude, find inspiration and gain clarity during dark days.

1) “Too Blessed to be Stressed”This is a mantra that I have been saying a lot lately, as my work load increases and my patience decreases. This mantra invokes a sense of Gratitude as it makes us stop whatever we are caught up in and take a moment to count our many blessings, such as: our health, the sunshine, animals, true friends, etc.  When we take a break to recognize the abundance of beauty around us, suddenly our never-ending to-do list doesn’t seem so daunting.

2)  “Live like you were Dying”Inspired by a song by country music artist Tim McGraw with the same name, this mantra has been that little push that I needed to get out of a rut or just to realize that this otherwise mundane Wednesday can and should be lived like no other. Channeling the spirit of carpe diem, or “seize the day”, this mantra provides the Inspiration we all need from time to time to remember how short life is, that tomorrow is not promised and we must fully live and appreciate every moment we are given. It is amazing how quickly our perspectives and priorities change when we start to internalize the idea that today could potentially be our last day here on Earth.


3) “Everything Happens for a Reason”As a 25 year old woman trying to find my way in the world, this mantra has been a life saver on many occasions. If I have learned nothing else, this past year of change and transformation has taught me that our 20’s and 30’s are times of complete and utter instability, uncertainty and evolution as we make our way out of carefree adolescence and into responsibility-filled adulthood. Over and over again, I find myself talking with friends about how frustrated they are with their journey and how none of it quite makes sense. Most of us are not in our ideal careers making what society told us we should be making upon college graduation and a few years in the workforce. Repeating this mantra has provided me a sense of Clarity that I have not been able to capture anywhere else. As doors close and opportunities slip through your fingertips, it is important to remember that every step along the way (good or bad!) is leading you right in the direction of your destiny – where you are meant to end up. Instead of fighting the current, this mantra reminds me to always go with the flow and that I am exactly where I am meant to be on this beautiful journey called Life.

1 comment:

  1. My mantra is, "Be the change you want to see in the world." Who we are and what do gets noticed by others. Often as children we hear, "Do as I say, not as I do." This doesn't work. It is so hypocritical. If I want my children to grow up with certain habits and my students to embrace particular values, I must walk the walk and be a role model.


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