Is it me, or have we all of the sudden warped into an era of self-improvement? Whether it be weight loss, career development, or finally deciding to launch that business, it seems everyone is all about becoming the best versions of themselves, and I am absolutely loving it.
I, personally, have been working on all three of the above. Advancing in my career as a writer, growing my beauty business, and most importantly improving my overall health. Some of you who follow me on social media know that I’m an avid gym rat and yogi. These, in addition to eating healthy and stalking WebMD from time to time, have kept me in good physical condition. But what you don’t see on social media is how I keep my mental health in check. A huge part of my self-improvement involves meditation and mantras.
For the past year, meditation has been a part of my daily routine. Even during a busy day, I try to take 5 minutes to simply breath, clear my head, and repeat these motivating mantras. They’ve kept me focused and (sorry for the language) on my shit. There have been some mornings where I skipped the mantras and just focused on my breathing instead, which is still a great way to meditate, but by the middle of the day I can tell the difference. I’ll start to question my efforts in whatever I’m working on, doubt myself, or simply stop working. These mantras are important to me because they feed my ambition and have me feeling like a superwoman, so when I don’t do them it shows in my work.
“A mantra is a syllable, word, or phrase that can be repeated mentally, spoken aloud, or chanted. The use of a mantra aims to focus the mind and harmonize the body and may be intended in a devotional way…” – From The Yoga Bible
So, here’s what I do every morning for 5 – 10 mins. After doing a 15 minute yoga sequence. I sit in Lotus Posture (picture The Buddha) and take 5 deep breaths, inhaling and exhaling as deep as I can. Then, I breath normally as I clear my head of everything circulating in my brain (I do this for as long as it takes).
This is how I clear my head – I picture myself walking into an empty room with post-its all over the walls. Each post-it has a thought on it. I envision myself pulling off a post-it one by one and reading it. Every time I read a post-it it disappears and the room becomes dimmer. By the time I’ve read all the post-its, the room is completely dark.
Now, back to reality… My mind is clear. This works for me every time. You may to figure out you’re own way to help you clear your head, but it’s important that you acknowledge each lingering thought, so you can continue with your meditation. Mantras also help with this. Staying focused on an affirming word or phrase clears the mind. Once my head is clear, I repeat one of these 3 mantras. I repeat until my timer goes off (I use a timer to ensure I give myself the entire 5 – 10 minutes that I allotted myself). When my timer goes off, I sit still and quiet for a few more seconds and slowly get up feeling revitalized and idyllic as ever.
I highly recommend adding this to your morning routine. Even if it takes getting up 15 minutes earlier, it’s totally worth it. Here are my superwoman mantras, but you can create your own and be as specific as you’d like.
My body is strong and supple. My mind is clear. My spirit is filled with power, love, and wisdom. All in equal measure.
I am bold. I am strong. I am power. I am peace. I am love.
I got this. I am a superwoman and nothing can stop me.
What are you favorite mantras or affirmations? Share in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading! ~LYB