Four Healing Journey Mantras
A mantra, according to the dictionary is (originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.
Mantras can be used to deal with issues by refocusing the brain and reinforcing a positive outlook on the healing process.
The healing journey can be a bitch! There are highs and lows during this time and mantras can help keep you focused during the bad times.
We all know that when things get rough the over arching sensation of being ‘stuck’ is so debilitating that it is hard to imagine moving forward. Although these times can seem endless while we’re in them, it’s through these times that we have an opportunity to learn the most about ourselves. It isn’t until we emerge from these times that we realise we can make huge emotional gains from the pain and the experience of the pain. If you are currently in a rut, you may find that impossible to believe.
Collective experience of survivors have established that a few simple, but very effective phrases, can help remain positive and keep life in perspective during the tough times.
There are four healing journey mantras that you can use as part of your survival toolkit.
1. Keep your head up and your heart open.
If you were able to leave your body and look down on yourself during a sticky time you’d notice your posture looks beaten and withdrawn. Just by simply holding your head up high you’ve won a small victory over the depression. That small act will shine a small amount of positivity into your life.
Opening up may be the last thing you feel like doing. It can feel vulnerable and frightening at first. Opening your heart means accepting things as they are and being mindful of your surroundings. This includes being open about love…..
2. Go slowly.
With everything. Eating. Talking. Taking a shower. Driving. Even being intimate.
When a survivor is stressed there is a tendency to run around manically, doing several things at once, becoming distracted and losing focus.
This mantra allows you to slow down the pace, take deep breaths, and take the time with whatever it is to be mindful of the experience.
3. Be easy on yourself
Stop blaming yourself for the things in life you have no affect or power over. Ask yourself two questions; does it matter? Can I change it? If you can answer ‘no’ to either question, then stop worrying or blaming. It is out of your control. Give yourself a break. Survival is challenging enough without being your own worst critic.
This mantra is especially useful at 3am when problems seem magnified!
4. Let me be me
Most survivors wear masks. We are scared to be ourselves. We are scared that we will be judged.
Pretending to be somebody else masks the issues and suppresses the healing journey by denying the survivor the ability breathe. Remember the previous mantra; keep your head up and heart open?
Accept yourself for who you are, and just be you.
This can be a hard lesson lesson to accept, but it can also provide the greatest clarity and direction in life.
Mantras and positive affirmations can be a useful aid to recovery. Take a look at these sources to find inspiration:
I hope you’ve found these four healing journey mantras useful. Do you have a mantra you’d like to share? Please leave a comment.