The mantra you need to hear right now
This mantra, given in pieces to me by two dear teachers, is my gift to you. It fueled me to overcome depression and stay out.
Now, make it yours.
I have a framed copy of one of the most popular manifestos ever printed.
The manifesto is everything you’d ever want to relish in life (do what you love, travel, savor your food) and I used to read it regularly to get inspired to live a life that seemed apart from my own.
After a while, the poster became just one more thing I wasn’t living up to.
Here’s the thing: Many manifestos and inspiring quotes focus on change. Changing your surroundings, the people in your life or habits you’ve always had but can’t seem to break.
And that’s hard to do all at once, let alone at all.
It’s time to get real.
I didn’t pull myself out of depression because I read a quote telling me about what I’m missing out on in life. I pulled myself out of depression because I hit rock bottom and I had two choices.
- Stop living.
- Start living.
We all are faced with this choice every day. And some of us have already stopped living, even though we’re still alive.
You see, I’m not talking about life or death.
This is life or life.
Your beginning is now.
One of the hardest parts, even for those of us who are ambitious, is starting.
Waking up in the morning. Landing a job. Developing a relationship with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. These all have a clear beginning, and a beginning you very much want. But how do you bring your intentions and goals to life when your mindset is holding you back?
If you can take only one step toward your goal (set the alarm, send the resume, go on a blind date), it gets easier to keep walking.
If “just do it” doesn’t get you motivated and manifestos seem unattainable then how do you take the first step?
It’s time to adopt a new manifesto. Scratch that — a mantra.
A mantra that you can honest to goodness get behind 100% because it’s not about living up to high expectations — it’s about softening into what is right in front of you.
This mantra fits on one page. It fits on one screen.
It’s a daily reminder that you are worth it — that your ideas and endeavors are worth it — and that you’re not alone in your journey.
This mantra is a desktop or iPad wallpaper so that you remember to live it not just when you’re at work or at home, but every time you look at a screen (which is probably a whole lot).