This seems like a nice color with which to write a post about mantras.
Who here knows what a mantra is?!
It’s okay! Don’t beat yourself up.
It seems like everyone (read: skinny, green-juice-chugging white chicks with potentially-unacknowledged privilege in yoga pants that may or may not have actually seen a yoga class) these days is throwing around the word “mantra”- but do we really know what it means?
I’ll be the first to say no. Well, at least, not exactly. According to my own limited cultural knowledge, I’d say a mantra is something of a spiritual nature that is repeated verbally or mentally, used to manifest a desirable outcome or state of being. Turns out, the real definition of mantra is different from my implied concept of it, which I could liken to the concept of “intention.”
Like the syllable “Om” in Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism, the original mantras were in Vedic Sanskrit. They were created about 3,000 years ago. That’s a lot of years. My mantra was created today. Not even 3,000 seconds ago. Ah, well- age is just a number.
My goal in creating this mantra is summed up wonderfully by the questionable-but-citable-nonetheless source Chopra.com:
“Like a seed planted with the intention of blossoming into a beautiful perennial, a mantra can be thought of as a seed for energizing an intention. Much in the same way you plant a flower seed, you plant mantras in the fertile soil of practice. You nurture them and over time they bear the fruit of your intention.”
Can I get an amen? I definitely need one of these things in my life.
So, here it is, made public for the enjoyment of the interwebs:
This day, because I am deserving and worthy:
I will be the beauty I desire to appreciate in the world.
I will not wait idly for it to materialize before me, without staking claim on it myself.
I will proceed forth boldly toward my dreams, undiscouraged by personal failure, or fear of negative perception.
I will release the tension, anxiety, and self-doubt in my mind that inhibits me from success.
I refuse to be self-seeking in my pursuits and endeavors.
I will consider the relative, greater good in all my choices.
I will employ rationality and perspective, while allowing neither to cloud the true leanings and dearest whispers of my heart.
Lastly, I will value my feelings and desires the way I value those of others.
I will no longer be timid in assessing my desires and pursuing my goals
because I am worthy.