I'm not really big on chanting or, oh dear God, meditation.
Yoga makes me swear.
But mantras, for some reason, tickle me pink.
Of course, they have to be my kind of mantra.
Years ago, a good friend inadvertently supplied my favourite one.
He's a few years older than me, not yet at the "You have to be careful" stage, but certainly old enough to start making excuses.
One night, when his wife was away for the weekend, he was invited to a party. But he was tired and his wife was away, so he begged off.
As he was getting ready to go to bed at 9:30 that night, he suddenly had the thought:
Oh, you poor old bastard! Too tired to go to a party on a Saturday night. Why don't you just give up and die right now?
And he got dressed and went to the party.
He told me the story and I've been repeating that quote to myself ever since. I've been to so many more parties and other events. I've had so much more fun and met so many great people.
I've been exhausted, of course, but it's so totally worth it.
How about you? What's your favourite (non-traditional) mantra? What do you say to get yourself moving or help life make sense?