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Vol. 4 No. 1
ॐ 14 Self-Care mantras for 2019
ॐ What is Meditation?
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14 Self-Care Mantras for 2019
It's easy to think of self-care as just something you do physically, especially today, when there are so many products out there aimed towards helping you participate in the practice. But while self-care can be found in material possessions, it's important to remember that it can also come from the way you think about yourself and your life. Think about it: you can't truly be practicing self-care through yoga or exercise or a beauty routine if, inside, you're putting yourself down and second-guessing every decision you make. Feeling good about yourself should come from within, and that's why you need these self-care mantras that will help you treat yourself better in 2019. It is NOT selfish to put yourself first. It’s important to know that YOU are the most important person in your life.
If you've never tried a mantra, this is the year that you should. A lot of people experience the frustration of having negative, hateful comments bounce around in their brains. All this negative self-talk does is make you feel bad, and you're the only one who can fix that, which is where a mantra comes in. A mantra is a word or sentence (or sometimes even just a sound) said repetitively to yourself - it's often used during meditation. Mantras quiet your brain and help you focus on one particular thought. A mantra can be about anything, but in this case, let's focus on mantras that help you feel good about you.
Since mantras often go hand in hand with meditation, it's not surprising that they're known for relieving stress and calming the mind. Repeating a mantra to yourself for a few minutes each day is a form of self-care on its own, and saying something that makes you treat yourself better is a plus. Say goodbye to all of that negative self-talk, and help yourself feel good about being you - that's a goal for 2019 we can get behind.
1. I know who I am and I am enough.
This is an important one: remind yourself that, no matter what, you are enough the way you are. You don't need to change or adjust to be what someone else wants you to be.
2. I choose to be present in all that I do.
It's easy to stare at your phone instead of totally focusing on what's around you. But sometimes, the best kind of self-care can be to just put your technology away, and enjoy what's going on while being fully present. This mantra will help you do that.
3. Each step is taking me to where I want to be.
The road to your ultimate goal isn't going to be easy all the time, and this mantra will remind you that every step to get there is important, and that everything you do matters.
4. I am worthy of good things.
This is a great mantra for anyone who feels they don't deserve the good things that happen to them. You absolutely do, and you need to remind yourself of that.
5. I am free to be myself
Being yourself is so, so important. Use this mantra to remember that, no matter what, you should be you.
6. I matter. My wants and needs are just as important as anyone else’s. I am allowed to say “NO” to others and “YES” to myself.
It's normal to be worried about saying no to others, but sometimes you have to put yourself first. This mantra will help you do that.
7. I speak to myself with kindness and I treat myself with kindness.
You have to be positive towards yourself - don't talk down about yourself in your head!
8. I can choose positive thoughts.
It can feel impossible to get rid of anxious and nervous thoughts, but use this mantra as a way to try and control what you think.
9. I choose to focus on the bright side of all situations
You can decide to look at the positives instead of the negatives, and it will make a difference.
10. I surround myself with loving people.
Remember: if someone around you isn't treating you correctly, you don't need to keep them around.
11. I treat myself with love and respect
Repeat this to yourself every day until it's true!
12. With this breath I release anything that no longer serves me.
If you have something on your shoulders that has been weighing you down, repeat this mantra until you feel released.
13. I will respect the limits of my body.
You don't always have to push yourself. Sometimes you need to be easier on yourself.
14. I will remember the importance of silence.
Sometimes sitting in complete silence can do wonders.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue.
Meditation is a method for acquainting our mind with virtue. The more familiar our mind is with virtue, the calmer and more peaceful it becomes. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.
If we train our mind to become peaceful we will be happy all the time, even in the most adverse conditions. But if our mind is not peaceful, even if we have the most pleasant external conditions we will not be happy. Therefore it is important to train our mind through meditation.
Engaging in Meditation
There are two types of meditation: analytical meditation and placement meditation. When we contemplate the meaning of a Dharma instruction that we have heard or read we are doing analytical meditation. By deeply contemplating the instruction, eventually we reach a conclusion or cause a specific virtuous state of mind to arise. This is the object of placement meditation. Having found our object through analytical meditation, we then concentrate on it single-pointedly for as long as possible to become deeply acquainted with it. This single-pointed concentration is placement meditation. Often, analytical meditation is called simply `contemplation’, and placement meditation simply `meditation’. Placement meditation depends upon contemplation, and contemplation depends upon listening to or reading Dharma instructions.
The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid. This can be accomplished by practising a simple breathing meditation. We choose a quiet place to meditate and sit in a comfortable position. We can sit in the traditional cross-legged posture or in any other position that is comfortable. If we wish, we can sit in a chair. The most important thing is to keep our back straight to prevent our mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy.
The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid.
We sit with our eyes partially closed and turn our attention to our breathing. We breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control our breath, and we try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. This sensation is our object of meditation. We should try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else.
At first, our mind will be very busy, and we might even feel that the meditation is making our mind busier; but in reality we are just becoming more aware of how busy our mind actually is. There will be a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise, but we should resist this and remain focused single-pointedly on the sensation of the breath. If we discover that our mind has wandered and is following our thoughts, we should immediately return it to the breath. We should repeat this as many times as necessary until the mind settles on the breath.
The Benefits of Meditation
When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within.
If we practise patiently in the way described in the breathing meditation section, gradually our distracting thoughts will subside and we will experience a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Our mind will feel lucid and spacious and we will feel refreshed. When the sea is rough, sediment is churned up and the water becomes murky, but when the wind dies down the mud gradually settles and the water becomes clear. In a similar way, when the otherwise incessant flow of our distracting thoughts is calmed through concentrating on the breath, our mind becomes unusually lucid and clear. We should stay with this state of mental calm for a while.
So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind.
Even though breathing meditation is only a preliminary stage of meditation, it can be quite powerful. We can see from this practice that it is possible to experience inner peace and contentment just by controlling the mind, without having to depend at all upon external conditions. When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within. This feeling of contentment and well-being helps us to cope with the busyness and difficulties of daily life. So much of the stress and tension we normally experience comes from our mind, and many of the problems we experience, including ill health, are caused or aggravated by this stress. Just by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we will be able to reduce this stress. We will experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind, and many of our usual problems will fall away. Difficult situations will become easier to deal with, we will naturally feel warm and well disposed towards other people, and our relationships with others will gradually improve.
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