Do you know your mantras?
Mantras? What is a mantra?
Mantra” (Sanskrit मंत्र) means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power. (via Wikipedia).
‘I don’t have any, I’m not religious’, you say.
But we all have mantras – groups of words that we keep repeating in our minds that have power over us.
Sometimes, these are old tapes playing in our head that aren’t very good for us – but they have power over us. These could be words we’ve heard others say to us – ‘You’ll amount to nothing’ or ‘You are a problem’ or ‘You will never find love’……. And we store these until they become our mantras. Crippling us. On and on they go, eating into the fibre of our beings, becoming self-fulfilling prophecies.
But these can cripple us and impede our growth only to the extent we allow them too. We’ve go to move forward and take responsibility for our own growth.
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul – Swami Vivekananda
We must begin to create our own mantras. Words and phrases we repeat to ourselves that mirror our beliefs. Words that empower us to move forward. Phrases that become the anchors we hold on to in stormy times. Powerful words that become the building blocks of the life we wish to create for ourselves. Our mantras – our rocks.
As I write this, I recall the mantras that have seen me through these past few years as I’ve been focussing on my growth:
- God’s plans for me are for good.
- I am open and receptive to the abundance of the Universe.
- Everything works together for good.
- Things happen at the right time.
- I am responsible for my own happiness and well-being.
- I am grateful for everything in my life.
- I attract the kind of people I need for my growth
- Love, faith, hope and gratitude is what I choose.
I know I will keep adding to this list.
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