I have a confession. I have 11 mantras and they are as follows:
Silence is power
3 30 rules
I'm a ballerina
Some are used more often than others. They represent different needs in my life. The acronyms are personal meanings that I hope will encourage me to reflect on my "keeping my soul in check". Some, such as "Dead", are shorter versions of longer sentences. I think you get the point.
But how did this all come about?
Last fall I began seeing a therapist. I was experiencing an extremely difficult year and I needed to release my frustrations. It's been incredibly helpful thus far. I have been inspired to dig into my soul, make self discoveries, and recall childhood memories. Shortly after the visits began, I discovered other things that needed my attention in my life and the timing of everything slowly came together.
One of the things my therapist suggested for me was to come up with a mantra. One that would inspire me to trade my negative mindsets in for positive ones. It could be my own form of expression and I should repeat it to myself when the need for its creation arose.
As time went on, I realized I couldn't just have one. There's one for when I feel my anger start to boil and one for when I forget my accomplishments - they are different pains that require different remedies, i.e. unique mantras. In fact, just the other day, I used "Silence is power" for the first time and I was amazed at how calm I remained while the storm took its course.
Once it passed, it felt good to know I endured the situation. I didn't let my emotions get the best of me and that's the beginning of building strong habits that enforce me to stay focused on taking care of me.
The best part about having mantras, is it's free and unique to each and every one who so desires to reap its healing properties.
It brings me to a quote a good manager once told me, "Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it's a sign of intelligence". I used to think that if I needed to see a therapist that meant I was crazy or incapable of keeping my emotions in check. But we're all human and it's o.k. to care a little more about your feelings; if I need exercises that will keep my soul aligned then I am not ashamed to admit it.
So go ahead, create your own mantra. It doesn't have to be poetic or rocket science. Use an acronym if you want no one to know what it means, but do yourself a favor and create one for your soul bank. Trust me, it'll thank you and you may end up with just as many as me.