In Sanskrit, Mantra means a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, word, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power. Its an ancient concept rooted in Hindu traditions in India, and now found in Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism; mantras are often considered to be a sacred personal ritual. They can be melodic, uplifting, meaningful or not, structured or not, but always spiritual.
This week, Ive been thinking about mantras, and while I in no way proclaim to be any kind of expert on the subject, I have been experimenting with the practice of identifying a phrase that I feel like I need, and keeping it close to me throughout the day. Writing it and hanging it in an obvious place, somewhere my eye passes dozens of times a day, so that dozens of times a day, Im reminded of its meaning. Thinking on it on my way to and from work, keeping it as my phone background and pausing to remember it.
I believe that the words we think and say actively mold and bend our realities and shape our futures. Language has been a universe that Ive been comfortable in (even felt powerful in) for as long as I can remember, so for me, having a personal phrase, a mantra that Ive connected to a meaning that I know will help me in one way or another, is a very easy and directly impactful way for me to affect my day and my mood.
Below are a few examples of phrases and sayings whose meanings we could all use; they remind us to respect and love ourselves, and to always go for the gold. Which of these resonates with you in particular?
And last, something completely unrelated: the Instagram account We Never Met, which has the explanation: A series of conversations we never had. Short stories created for random strangers whose faces we never get to see. Thats just about all the information you need; prepare to be swept away as you click through each and every post. The creative minds behind this account are truly wonderful!
A few examples of the quirky photos and captions below:
“This, ladies and gentlemen, is a perfect example of someone who signs every text message” LOL. Beth.”
“A kid once gave me his hot wheels car as a tip. Of course a minute later he started crying, changed his mind and got it back. But it was sweet anyway.”
“Every morning, she sits there and still waits for him. Oh no, this ain’t a sad story. He’s inside, sitting on the couch. Also waiting for her. Miscommunication, that’s all.”
Author: Tata Harper Team
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