Mantra in Motion

I have a mantra that has been with me for many years. I started saying it in my early 30’s when I was a running regularly on the trails in the Pacific Northwest. It was a time of physical strength and inner angst. I ran for exercise and to clear my mind.

One day it just came to me. The rhythm of the movement of my running was translated into the words, “I am love, I am light, I am whole”. I honestly don’t know exactly what I meant by those words but I found comfort and inspiration in saying them to myself over and over again as I ran on the soft earthy trails through the forests outside town.

Over the years that same mantra “I am love, I am light, I am whole”, seems to rise into my consciousness when I’m in need. I am comforted by the sound of the words and the memory of the beautiful forest where I first spoke them.

A few years ago my son was going in for dental surgery and he was quite apprehensive. We talked for quite awhile beforehand and I gave him suggestions on how to shift his perspective from fear to one of being cared for.

After his surgery he reported that ‘it wasn’t too bad’. I asked him what he had done to find support and he said, “ I remembered our talk and just said to myself, all is well, all is well, all is well.”

Those three words “all is well”, were all it took to ease his way.

When I work with clients who are seeking a change we look for the smallest action to take and the simplest words to say to give them a clear perspective of who they truly are and where they desire to go. In doing so we ease their way.

A personal mantra is like a sign that keeps you on your path, a bridge between faltering and finding your stride.

Your mantra doesn’t have to come to you magically. You can create your own.

To create a mantra that is meaningful to you,

Describe how you want to feel.

Distill that into a very simple statement.

Make sure you use the present tense. “I am…or all is…or my life is…”

Then link your mantra to an everyday action as a reminder. You might want to say your mantra whenever you get to the bottom of the stairs or every time you walk through a doorway or whenever you feel irritation.

Choose an everyday occurrence to serve as a reminder for you to say your mantra.

Try creating your own mantra to ease your way through change.

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