Mantra is a funny word, to some it conjures up the wizened gurus of old, to others it’s hippies who have just come back from another juicefast and yoga retreat in the Hamptons. The word mantra originates from India, which is the place where I first encountered the idea behind the word. The word has two parts: man, which is the root of the Sanskrit word for mind; and tra, which is the root of the word instrument. A mantra is therefore an instrument of the mind, usually associated with aiding meditation.
While I am able to meditate every day, for most people, modern life may have swept away the chance for meditation. Social media, long commutes, kids and well just about everything you’re reading this on has made meditation increasingly impractical. Yet I believe that having a mantra can still be an intricate part of our lives. To me personally, a mantra is more like a motto, something that is said repeatedly to either enforce an ideology or to motivate. My mantra is one associated with being a good parent and regardless if you have a kid or not (I don’t) I think it’s a strong call to better oneself.
“Be bigger, be stronger, be wiser, be kinder”
It’s been a New Years resolution of sorts and whenever I get annoyed at the world, or certain people in it, I repeat it internally and just move on. So what do you use to help you get through those trying times? I’d love to hear so comment below and let me know.