Back A MANTRA FOR MINDFULNESS
A mantra is a powerful phrase, designed to make a positive impact on the way that you feel.
For me, a ‘mantra’ is any phrase which makes a positive impact on how you feel. It can be a phrase created by you; a quote you have read or heard; a piece of advice someone has given you; or simply a word that has meaning and impact for you.
It is always phrased in a positive way, intended to encourage and point you towards being your best self – not to punish or criticise you for being your worst self.
I personally believe that the power of words to inspire us is undeniable. A memorable phrase, giving us advice or encouragement - brought to mind on a busy day or during tough times - is enough to change our attitude, our outlook, and even, our behaviour – in the moment.
Mantras are particularly useful to bring us back into the present. It can be too easy to go through life on autopilot, not even noticing what is happening right in front of us.
Or, even worse, miss the enjoyment of the present because we are lost in memories of the past, or worries of the future. The present is the only moment you can experience fully – so don’t waste your life missing it!
Some of my favourite mindful mantras, to bring me right back to the here and now, are:
‘Be still, be present, be mindful’
‘Stay in the present’
‘Be here now’
‘I am present, I am aware’
‘This moment is enough’
Once you have your phrase – you can say it out loud, or repeat it quietly to yourself.
I suggest saying your mantra to yourself first thing in the morning, to set your intention for the day. And then repeating it at various times through the day, when your attention starts to stray.
To remind you of your mantra through the day, have it written somewhere that catches your eye – on a post-it note or screensaver, for example.
Personally, I wear mine on one of our ‘My Mantra’ pendants, which I can take hold of and catch sight of through the day. But you might prefer a different mechanism: a tattoo; a reminder in your phone, or wallpaper; or just written in the front of your notepad.