Wednesday, July 8, 2009

My Favourite Mantra

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?



Mr. Nuggets said...

What do I say to get myself moving?

1. It's okay to not move if your mind, body, soul are yearning for rest. Relax. Enjoy.
2. Life is difficult. By accepting that you are free now to live in accordance with your true self.

Not very mind-blowing. But, I have had health issues the last 4 years that have changed the way I have had to live. I can't do all the things I used to do.

I have had to learn to listen to my body and rest when it is asking for rest; say "No" when I am overwhelmed; give myself permission to play when I need to release.

Oddly enough, I am beginning to engage in activities that provide meaning to me and my family and I have much more to give. And with more motivation and energy, driven from a natural flow from within.

It's a balancing act. But, one I can sink into without striving because something magical happens when you let go and allow yourself to live as your instincts request.

Don't know if I made any sense whatsoever. :)

Barb said...


And, yay. Self-acceptance is such a rare and wonderful thing!


Griselda said...

I have a Mantra...

Ohhhh...what the F.... let's go for it anyway!
(repeat it often until fearful thoughts get out of the way)

Yes, I know, it is rude...but workable in a moment of panic :)

By the my computer the title font looks like it is trying to get out of the box...or run away from the blog...laughs.