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Custom-Tailored Mantras & Affirmations August 27, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Meditation, Mindfulness.
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Oprah and Deepak teamed up to create the 30-day Meditation Challenge.  I heard about it via I Am Who I Am.

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A few days into the challenge, I Am Who I Am challenged the challenge with an aptly-titled post, Challenging the “Meditation Challenge.”

The post focused on swapping out the suggested mantra of “I am a radiant spiritual being” for “You are a radiant spiritual being.”  Being a big fan of personal autonomy, I applauded that decision:

Repeating a mantra that does NOT resonate with us creates internal discord.  We benefit from creating a mantra that is tailored to US and where we are on the path.

Here are a few “concrete” examples . . . that are not set in stone:

* If we are trying to lose weight, we might consider: “A few moments of pleasure on the lips, a ton of baggage on the hips” or “Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.”

* If we are taking the Chocolate Diet (patent pending) for a test drive, we might rev up our enthusiasm with: “CHOCOLATE tastes as good as being thin feels!”

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If we are attempting to step up our exercise, we could sing along with King Julius:  “I like to move it, move it,” or motivate ourselves with “Move it or Lose it.”

If we’ve already “lost it,” we might intone: “Age is only a number” or “Every day in every way, I’m feeling younger and younger.”

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If we’re looking for answers to questions that bother us so, we could try:  “When the student is ready, the teacher appears” or “When we LISTEN, anything in life can be our guide.”

If we are anxious and impatient (especially with our lack of patience), we can chant::  “Life is stirred with a slow spoon” or “Be patient and let life unfold.”

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If we’re exhausted at the hectic and frenetic pace of life, we can slow down and relax with: “Sit still and just be” or “Don’t just do something, sit there.”

If we’re paralyzed with indecision or need motivation to break the choke-hold of procrastination, we can consider: “Do it ~ anything will do for a start” or “Just start and the way will appear” or “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” or “the wheels on the bus go round and round.”

Our words have power.  We have worth.  Look deep.  Wisdom lies within.

Aah . . . that’s better! 

Do you have any favorite affirmations, aphorisms, or mantras that transport you from where you are to where you want to be?

Care to share?