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A mantra for life

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Have you started a day with the best of intentions and then as the daily hurdles seemingly become harder and harder to jump, you lose your positivity, progress, and passion? Try as you might to recover your calm, peace of mind seems out of reach. Why not replace destructive thinking with healthy self-talk by choosing a personal mantra?

These sacred utterances found their origin at least 3000 years ago in India. Originally composed in Vedic Sanskrit, mantras are now a part of various religions and schools of philosophy around the world. From the low hum of an ‘Om’ at the end of your yoga practice, to the moments you tell yourself to slow down and take a deep breath, a mantra is a reminder of our ability to manifest our thoughts and wishes into change in our lives.

The right mantra for you will strike a chord as you say it to yourself, like a deep, soothing gong being rung in your soul. It will take you out of the stress of the present moment and remind you of who you are and who you want to be. It can be serious or funny, specific or broad, a long sentence or a single word. Your personal mantra is as unique as you are.


There are many pithy sayings out there – finding the one that speaks to you in your present state requires a little thoughtful time and self-reflection.

Spend time meditating on your present state and what you want to achieve. Do you have a specific goal, like sticking to a budget, or do you want to more broadly remind yourself of your connection to the world around you? What do you want your mantra to achieve? Change a habit, keep calm and manage anxiety, or do you want a general life philosophy? Once you have considered what you’re looking for and what you want to remind yourself of, choose the phrase that most eloquently sums this goal up for you. Repeat it to yourself each morning and when you need a mindful reminder of who you are and where you want to be.

For budgeting: I have all that I need to live in abundance.

For confidence: Today, I am perfect.

For mindfulness: Every breath is a new breath, every day is a new day.

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