I ADMIT IT. I am addicted to over-thinking.
For a long time I have been a victim of my own thoughts. With millions of thoughts and "what if's" tornado-ing around in my mind, my peace and sanity can fly out the window too. I find myself tied up in anxiety, scatter-brained, and possibly losing my shit at the slightest triggers (sound familiar?).
But, of course, something good had to come from this. I finally realized that these fearful thoughts are usually made-up illusions based on replaying the past or trying to predict the future, and NEITHER do me any good.
Searching for some way out of this funk, I discovered mantras.
A mantra is a phrase or set of words that is repeated over and over in order to activate that zenned-out state.
I started repeating to myself, "greatest and best is breath," whenever I felt the slightest bit of anxiety creep up or when my mind began to race. I was amazed by the clarity that followed. It was like automatically telling my brain to "snap out of it" and get on with reality!
I like to think of mantras as the easiest way to meditate. You don't have to go into full-on monk-mode, sit on a pillow, or even close your eyes. At any moment, you can simply repeat the words and breathe. Bada-bing bada-boom! Magic.
Mantras lessen the control that our thoughts have over us. Connecting the mantra with the breath brings us back into the present moment and helps us remain centered amongst the inevitable chaos of our daily lives. From here, we can separate what's actually happening from the psycho, irrational, my-world-is-ending mess we may make up in our heads.
What am I supposed to say?
The words don't really matter, as long as they work for you and give off positive vibes.
One of the simplest examples:
As you breathe in, Peace. As you breathe out, Love.
Some other go-to's:
Breath in: I am centered. Breath out: I am safe.
Breath in: I am calm. Breath out: I am at peace.
Breath in: I surrender. Breath out: I release my fear.
Breath in: I am confident. Breathe out: I am a babe.
When do I use this whole mantra thing?
You can use a mantra anytime you get stuck in your head with negative vibes or feel like you just "can't deal." Some convenient times include...
- First thing in the morning
- Feeling your mind spiraling downward with self-doubt
- When It's 2 am and you think your mind will NEVER stop chit-chatting
- Before a big event
- When you've got the nasty "what-if's"
- Feeling overwhelmed by deadlines
- Running late
- Sitting in annoying traffic
- When ticked off by what someone else said or did
Now, I challenge you to set your mantra RIGHT NOW (do it - I promise you will thank me).
Simply repeat the words and breathe. Feel the peace.
Love and Light,