I love them and I use them.
“A mantra is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and/or spiritual powers. Some mantras have a syntactic structure and literal meaning, while others do not.”
You probably don’t even know it but you use mantras too. “I am grateful for all I have and for this brand new day”, is one I use every morning when I wake up. Before I do anything I practice gratitude with this mantra.
“I can do this”, is another one that works.
This amazing female athlete with several Olympic gold medals used it too. She shared with me that, “I don’t just tell myself I can do this, I write it. Everywhere. I use sticky notes and put those words on my locker, on my mirror, in my wallet, everywhere I might see them and read them and remember them in a day. I don’t let myself forget that “I can do this””. I don’t even remember her name. But I remember her system. And I use it. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.” Think you can.
There is a wonderful company called “You are beautiful” that makes stickers saying just that. I stuck one on the inside of my glasses case so that every time I opened it, I said those words to myself: “you are beautiful”. And when I say that mantra, I feel it. Once you feel it, you can be it.
“I am more than ok”, is one I tell myself any time those insecure feeling set in.
“I surround myself with light and always win over darkness”, for when I feel afraid.
Think of some of the ways you help yourself with positive affirmations. Write them down. If you tend to forget them, stick them somewhere you’ll see them. If they fall down, stick them back up. It is more important than ever now to be positive. Because, if you think you can or think you can’t, you are right. Collectively, thinking you can is important. Because if you can, we can.