The way we talk to ourselves has a powerful effect on our sense of worth and accomplishment. As we burn through the grind of daily life it is easy to slip into survival mode, which allows negative chatter to fill our minds. A mantra is a powerful tool to bring your thoughts back into a positive state so you can flow through life with presence, balance and a sense of peace.
A mantra is a simple and inspiring statement that you repeat to yourself in order to shift your energy and mindset and remember your deepest intentions. Broken down, man means mind and tra stands for vehicle or transport. We can interpret this to mean the mind is a vehicle toward meditation. A mantra can get you through difficult situations when you find yourself at a loss for traditional coping mechanisms. Here are a few to get you started.
WORK OUT MANTRA:
What seems hard now will someday be a warm up.
It’s not getting easier, I am getting stronger.
Exercise is a celebration of what my body can do.
I am flooding my cells with fresh, oxygenated blood.
I am strong.
I trust that my body knows just what to do.
I have everything it takes to birth my baby.
My body opens, my mind quiets, my baby descends.
Birth is amazing, not matter how it happens.
I am brave.
STUCK IN TRAFFIC MANTRA:
I am not stuck, I am taking a texting break.
I am not stuck in traffic, I am part of traffic.
We are all in this together.
Don’t look back, you are not going that way.
I am safe.
My child is not giving me a hard time, my child is having a hard time.
I love you no matter what.
Deep breaths inhale / exhale.
I am love.
TRYING TO DO IT ALL:
I can and I will.
Inhale the future / exhale the past.
Tomorrow I will wish I had started today.
Now is the new later.
BAD DAY AT WORK MANTRA:
Drink some coffee and pretend you know what you are doing.
Excuse me, I have to go be awesome.
Head up, stay strong, fake a smile, move on.
Everything I touch is a success.
I am thriving.