Self-care challenge from the website www.calmmoment.com/
We are all at the ransom of our thoughts and some days we can feel plagued by sticky, toxic thinking. Rather than trying to clear the mind, which is tough for any human being, give your mind something constructive to focus on. This is where mantras can be helpful.
What is a mantra? A mantra is a word, sound, or phrase repeated to aid in your concentration at any time. When using a mantra, it's believed that only the positive intentions and actions will fill your mind and eliminate negativity. A mantra can be as simple as the word 'love,' something you are thankful for, or a phrase such as 'om shanti, shanti, shanti' which represents all encompassing peace. You can also meditate on an affirmation, such as 'I accept myself.'
If you’re feeling pressed for time, use the phrase ‘I have all the time I need’. If you want to relax, try ‘I soften into this moment’. If you want to feel full of zest create your own ‘I am’ statement along the lines of ‘I am ready’ or ‘I am full of energy’. Every time your mind wanders back to negativity, repeat your mantra and reaffirm how it is you want to feel, extending a sense of compassion towards yourself.
Here are some other options: this too shall pass, I choose joy, breathe, I am capable of wonderful things. I am kind to me.
Don’t give yourself grief for having less than helpful thoughts, we all have them. A thought it just a thought, not a prophecy. If you don’t like where your mind is leading you, give it a different direction with a mantra.