Do You Believe in Mantras?
I used to think it was totally hokey to have a mantra. I thought only incense-burning, granola, living-out-of-my-backpack types had mantras.
But as I’ve gotten older, suddenly, I’ve found myself relying on them more and more.
Repeating these words to myself, or on my blog, have really helped me — even inspired me to be a better person, a healthier person.
Love her or hate her for her ever-changing body image stance (“I love my curves, mean media, leave me alone!” and then in the next breath, “Look at me, I’m hot, I lost 20 lbs in a week!”), Jennifer Love Hewitt shares her mantra in this month’s SHAPE magazine.
Ever since turning 30 in February, Jennifer’s been practicing the art of positive thinking. At night she says five things she finds sexy about herself. “I fall asleep feeling beautiful,” she says. “Then, in the morning, before I leave the house, I say five things I love about myself, like ‘You have really pretty eyes.’ That way I can go out into the world with that little bit of extra confidence. It’s a feel-good protein-shake in my back pocket in case someone messes with me that day.”
I really like this a lot, it reminds me of Caitlin’s Operation Beautiful blog–which I highly recommend we all visit and share our own Post-Its/notes. (Mine was: “You are beautiful inside and out; don’t forget it!”)
Here are some of my personal favorites:
“One sweet moment at a time.” (to remind myself to be patient and embrace life in the here and now)
“You’re worth it.” (to remind myself that regardless of what I see in the mirror I am “unapologetically me” and beautiful for it; I sign off a lot of e-mails and blog posts this way)
“To be womanly always, discouraged never.” (to remind myself of the words I love and want to live by, from my sorority’s symphony)
Having mantras seems to make my days easier, especially when I’m feeling down. Maybe I am “hokier” than I thought?!
How about you? Do you have a body image-related mantra (or other mantra) that you repeat to yourself? Have you visited Operation Beautiful?