Here at Unstuck, we recently explored the unexpected benefits of talking to yourself, which may help you find clarity and motivation in your life. But, for some, this tactic may introduce a completely new question: What if you don’t know what to say?
One good option is a mantra. Reciting a mantra — which translates to “mind instrument” in Sanskrit — is a favorite practice among meditators and yogis alike. Its aim is to provide a positive and transportive guard, either against distraction or feelings of worry. Though mantras have traditionally been very precisely chosen words, they have also come to simply be the words we live by, be it meaningful quotes or inspirational phrases.
Recently, we posted a call for mantras on Twitter and here is one response we especially liked: “If you’re gonna be a bear, be a grizzly!” If you have a mantra you live by, we’d love to hear it. In the meantime, here a few other options to try out in different situations:
“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.” (Émile Coué)
“You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” (Jennifer Freeman)
“May my heart be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave.” (Kate Forsyth)
“Have big dreams. You’ll grow into them.”
“Slipping backward? You may be backing up to get a running start.” (Dan Millman)
“Handshake your fear.”
And, of course, don’t forget YOLO.
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