What is a mantra?
A statement or slogan repeated frequently.
Many times, the words I hear in my head were not consciously chosen. They just keep cycling through. Things my Mom said or my Dad told me. Sometimes they are not so good and I really need to excise them like a bloody tumor!
But words have power.
By designing the words that are in my human operating system, I can begin to change from within.
When I became a father, I consciously deleted all cursing from my vocabulary. It wasn’t easy, but I really wanted to be a good role model for my son. I used to curse like a sailor. And it wasn’t conscious. I just picked it up from the environment I was in. After a few months of catching myself, it became easier.
A new mantra
Everything that happens is neither good nor bad. It just is.
Next time you feel frustrated, impatient and angry, realize that it is based on a judgement.
You are perceiving that something is not happening the way you think it should be.
The word “should” is a clue. Whenever you hear it, run away. Strike it from your vocabulary. There are no shoulds. Stop shoulding on the world.
Start using that phrase as internal mantra. Your new self-speak. Hear it in your head. “No judgement.”
Just let the moment pass over you as if you were watching from afar. What used to cause you pain will have no effect anymore.