When you are struggling with something, how do you manage to get through the day? In the past I have often used mantras and I’ve found them to be very helpful. I first read about mantras over 10 years ago in a book called, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma. Like many books that I’ve read, this one emphasized our inability to control our thoughts and how that contributes to or even creates the issues we toil with. In the book the author says, “A mantra is nothing more that a collection of words strung together to create a positive effect.” Sharma suggests using mantras daily and all day long in order to affirm all the good in life.
This morning as I was struggling with being tired and wishing I wasn’t at work, I had some time to fill, so I took my class on what I call a Mindful Walk. We walk outside around the building on our way to Physical Education class and we are silent and focused on what we notice in the world around us. As I started on this walk I was not paying any attention to the world around me and instead was lost in negative self-talk. I caught myself and for some reason decided to use a mantra. There was recently some tragic teenage deaths in a nearby community and the mantra that sprang to mind was, “I’m lucky to be alive.” Just reciting this mantra silently to myself during the first few minutes of the walk allowed me to relax and let go of the negative self-talk and actually do the Mindful walk as I had instructed the students to do. I believe that this positive self-talk and the feelings it evoked allowed me to have a much more positive day than I would have had otherwise. I want to remember to use mantras more often because I feel they are a very effective tool for me.
For more information about the book and author visit: http://www.robinsharma.com