Do you know that I start and end my day reciting a mantra? I am not doing it because I am into the mind-over-body thing, or I am into this “meditation.“ I do it because it gets me into a positive, hopeful mood; gives me faith that my day will always end right.
But wait, “what is a mantra? “ you may ask.
For a layman, a “mantra “ is a word or group of words or a sound repeated several times to aid concentration in meditation.
The word is Hindu in origin and comes from the words “man,“ which means mind, and “tra,“ meaning transport or vehicle. In other words, a mantra is an instrument of the mind to enter into a deep state of meditation.
For people who are not into meditation, like me and you, a mantra is simply the seed for energizing intention.
Mantras are good to ease the ill-effects of aging by refocusing the mind into thinking positive, cheerful, happy and uplifting thoughts.
They help remove stress, depression and can lower blood pressure. And they cost nothing but a few minutes of stillness and concentration.
To get you started in reciting a mantra here are one-liners that are easy to memorize:
1. I love my body;
2. I am powerful, or I am strong;
3. I am enough;
4. I am at peace, or I am where I am supposed to be;
5. I have love in my life and joy in my heart;
6. I trust my path;
7. I embrace change;
8. I am worth it;
9. Be still;
10. Breathe in, breathe out.
If you want poetic mantras, try any one of these:
11. There are blessing found everywhere. I will find them;
12. I focus on how I feel, not what I want to achieve;
13. Accept “what is,” instead of resenting it;
14. Just to be alive is a grand thing;
15. I am not a drop in the ocean. I am the entire ocean in a drop;
16. Don’t postpone joy.;
Now I would like to share with you my mantra:
“Sometimes the best thing we can do is not think, no wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.”
I got it online but I can’t remember who passed it on to me. Whoever it was my gratefulness for his act reaches Heaven-wards.
I say this twice a day- early in the morning before I get into my work, and when I am lying flat on my bed for the night.
It works all the time. My mantra gives me stress-free days, and sleep like a baby at night.
Please share to help other seniors who are struggling with adversities all days of their lives.