I used to feel like this practice was kinda goofy. Like it wasn’t to be thought of in the same manner as a nice sweaty workout or asana practice or something like that. However, I was wrong. Over the past couple of years, I’ve found that I can use this practice very effectively and that it’s improved my life significantly. So, without further ado, here are a few mantras that I’ve created for myself and used.
The first one I ever really used seriously was a mantra I made for myself to help myself overcome my general hatred of doing dishes. It goes something like this: “I’m so happy to be washing these dishes! I understand that it’s a great privilege to be able to clean this kitchen today, and I pray that I will have a chance to do it all again tomorrow.” This obviously sounds ridiculously cheesy, but it does at least have the virtue of being all true. It IS actually a huge privilege to a)have a kitchen to clean and b)a family to fuck that kitchen up every day and c)the strength, time, and ability to clean it up and I could go on there but you get the idea. I faithfully said it every single time I did my dishes, and you know what? Sure enough, within a few months (I am stubborn) I began to feel a whole lot better about kitchen cleaning.
My traffic mantra is my favorite. I say this one any time I am stuck behind a slow driver or when there is a lot of traffic. It goes like this: “Thank you to the Universe for sending me so many protectors to keep me safe!” Or sometimes I say, “Thank you for sharing your guidance with me, wise protectors!” Of course I am human and so sometimes this will sound more like “THANK YOUUUUUUUUUU” *raises middle finger* But in general I try to say it with as much sincerity as I can manage. I find that since I’ve been doing this practice, I’m much more able to feel appreciative for each time that the slow driver saves me from speeding right past a cop. If you hate your commute and get a lot of road rage, I highly recommend this practice.
Lately, I am testing out a new one. This one is for saying as I dress and fix myself up. “I am a radiant goddess and I am shining my light on all who come near me.” This is a bit more abstract than the other two I listed and I’m not sure it will be effective because of this. But the general idea is to help me to focus my energy not on the business of being pretty, but on the business of opening my heart and letting my light shine, yogically speaking. I want my physical beauty to be a sweet expression of my heart, not a shell covering up my true self. Does that make sense? I don’t know, but it’s what I am trying to increase for myself right now.
Here is a mantra which I found helpful for a common problem I see out there a lot, which is eating off plan or in a self-destructive manner. I would say this mantra before every single meal or snack all day long. “I am choosing this food for myself with a mother’s deep love, and I am choosing this food to nourish myself toward a state of great health.” I used a variation of this mantra myself when I was just getting started on my weight loss. I had a much longer version and I’d really call it more of a prayer, the version I used. But it was effective for me and if you are suffering with poor eating in some way, why not give it a try? I used this mantra for probably a whole year straight, every day.