I have a mantra.
I believe in the virtue of words.
I believe that there are words powerful enough to offer strength in time of weakness.
For me, these times are marked by insecurity. I begin questioning my talent, my beauty, my strength and I need a phrase to turn to, to repeat again and again. These words become my foundation. They become the force that drags me back from panic mode and sets me gently back on firm ground.
I am willing to share my own manta with you. But of course, it begins with a story.
Earlier this year, I experienced the most insecure, yet liberating two months of my life. Long story short, I needed to lose weight. While I’ve successfully done so, the weight loss came packaged with a paranoia — a paranoia so strong that it often distorts my visual perception of myself to the point where I am in absolute, emotional turmoil any time I consume the smallest amount of sugar.
This stress happened around the same time I received my 200-hour yoga teacher training and my teacher said something that gave mantra a new importance to me. She said:
WOW — am I right? Here’s how I believe this works:
Our minds shape our perceptions & we project these perceptions onto ourselves and others.
If you think: I am capable. I am beautiful. I am talented, artistic, compassionate, etc, you WILL be all of these things. The opposite is also true.