Mantra

I don’t use mantras, though I do say a handful of daily prayers (after waking up, before and after meals, before going to sleep) that have deep meaning and provide structure and mindfulness to my day. Using the same prayer every day for the same thing could be seen as limited or boring, but we don’t complain that the same sun rises each day, we don’t complain that the air we breathe every few seconds is the same ratio of elements each time. Repeated prayers, mantras, daily rituals – they give us focus and infuse our lives with meaning.

If I used a mantra, it would be something like this:

“Light. Slow. Free. Simple.”

The beauty of this mantra is that each word has at least two or three alternate meanings that are all different and all powerful. It is a mantra that gushes peace and fresh air, relaxation and simple priorities. Here are some of my connections to these words, come up with your own or invent your own phrase that will help you step back from being busy and escape being overwhelmed.

Light
– the absence of darkness, the obvious Christian metaphor of God as light, and light as holiness, purity, goodness, rightness.
– not heavy, not weighed down by excess food and gluttony, not weighed down by too many goals or priorities.
– walk the earth lightly, not abusing natural resources in greed or waste, living in harmony with the planet, conserving and protecting.

Slow
– purposeful, not rushing or busy or anxious or stressed, knowing ones priorities and keeping them simple and uncluttered.
– limiting activities and goals and purposefully leaving free time to simply be, to break the habit of incessant hamster-wheel activity.

Free
– realizing that the most valuable things are free to be had in any moment: contentment, intimacy, joy, peace,
– free from excessive responsibilities and work, impulsiveness, regret, too many possessions, pretenses, doubt, compulsion.

Simple
– not addicted to luxury, able to enjoy simple pleasures, avoiding stress-inducing complexity in plans and goals and desires.
– focusing on one thing at a time, avoiding an overfilled schedule, completely finishing something before starting another thing.

Is Β your life powerfully light, slow, free, and simple? Is it time to stop getting ready to live, planning to live, and to just LIVE? Are you spending more mental energy on the past and future than in the present? What mantra would help you break the destructive habits and routines we have been taught to chain ourselves with since childhood?

Drop the chains and burdens society tells you that you need to have, but that you really don’t need – be light.
Purposefully choose to do less, work less, earn less – live slowly.
Admit that you’ve been more machine than human, that you can be more than productive – go free.
Reject the social norm of excess and complexity and comparison and pride and jealously and stress – stay simple.

What’s your mantra?

 

Further reading:

What are you prepared to walk away from?
You can live differently, right now.

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4 thoughts on “Mantra

  1. Great stuff, mate. I loved the Mantra.

    Light. Slow. Free. Simple.

    Beautiful.

    I usually use, “I am free. I am mindful. I am compassionate. I am simple.”

    It helps!

    Do leave a feedback on my blog, just so I can improve πŸ™‚

    • Thanks πŸ™‚

      It’s interesting that the mantras we came up with are so similar. I assume it is because the both highlight the true direction of the human heart, that we are all trying to find but are always wandering away from.

      Yes, it definitely helps.

      Sure, I’ll go look it up now.

      PS: I guess I might as well mention, I also have a blog of the poetry I write. If you want to read that as well: http://songsofremorse.wordpress.com

      • Yes, true.

        At the heart, all souls wish for only these things. The basics. The necessities.

        Bare essentials!

        P.S.- I checked your poetry. That is whole lot worth of content. I read one. And it is beautiful. Will take rest in small chunks πŸ™‚

      • There is some quote that goes something like this: Wealth is not found in having many possessions, but in having few desires.

        I’ve been writing poetry for about five years now. The poems from the first two or three aren’t worth reading, so I haven’t put them up πŸ˜› But hopefully there is something in each poem for people to enjoy and learn from.

        I will add more poems when I write them. Small chunks is always good πŸ™‚

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