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View Poll Results: Have you ever used a mantra before?
I have tried a mantra before and I found it beneficial. 7 53.85%
I have tried a mantra before and I found it beneficial.
7 53.85%
I have tried a mantra before and it didn't do much for me. 2 15.38%
I have tried a mantra before and it didn't do much for me.
2 15.38%
I have not tried a mantra before but I am willing to give it a go! 2 15.38%
I have not tried a mantra before but I am willing to give it a go!
2 15.38%
I have not tried a mantra before and have no want to do so. 2 15.38%
I have not tried a mantra before and have no want to do so.
2 15.38%
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Old 11-16-2019, 06:11 PM   #1
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I challenge myself everyday to journal about my feelings/experiences and life in general, but due to the lack of change in my day-to-day, Im doing a month of prompts to get some perspective on my life. I enjoy it, but I noticed in my prompts there are a lot of mantra-esque questions, When is the last time you said to yourself I am enough/I love you?/I am worth it etc. Its at curious timing because my therapist has asked me to create a short, simple mantra to say especially on days I feel low. He suggests every time you walk through a doorway to say it silently to yourself. It should be something based in a truth that you believe if that is possible, or if not, something to aspire to. It sounds silly at first but if you really commit to doing it (taking a few moments to say it, and reflect on it) it, I think it can be beneficial. For me, has kind of opened me up to a different paradigm.

For example my mantra right now is simply this I deserve forgiveness. This statement is directed at myself, since I am the only one who still holds certain past mistakes against me. To be fair, I didnt believe the statement at heart. However, since Ive been using the mantra, Im coming more to terms with why I am still punishing myself and in what ways Ive already paid for my past mistakes. Also I am working on ways I can make it up to myself, and perhaps learn to believe that I deserve to find happiness (the most important thing here are ways I can make up for my mistakes to myself by doing my best to not make the same mistakes again, for one).

So, my question in all of this, if you are willing to share, is what would your mantra be for right now? It can be any simple affirmation (e.g. I am a good person) or aspiration (e.g. I will be a better person). Im curious to hear what you all say! If you are not comfortable sharing, that is OK! I still would challenge you to try it out for a little while. It may make a difference.


(and thanks in advance to everyone who contributes!)
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Old 11-16-2019, 07:01 PM   #2
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Mantras help us to set new thought patterns. I find them incredibly helpful. I use 'I am whole and complete' a lot.

I understand the guilt and shame that can plague you after past mistakes. I have been completely humbled after some incredibly terrible behavior on my part while manic and psychotic last year. My instinct was to punish myself, but I realized it was a terrible strategy. My time and energy was better served by me working to improve myself and setting new intentions for how to behave if a similar situation ever presented itself.

My therapist told me yesterday that forgiveness comes when we relinquish our desire for retaliation. My brother told me this week that forgiveness comes when you remove the control a situation has over you. Both of these statements resonate with me. You'll find greater peace when you stop hurting yourself and take back control of your actions.

I think your therapist has made a great suggestion of how to begin. Shifting your beliefs is an important first step. I hope this continues to serve you well.
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right now, it will probably be something like, " living one moment at a time"
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Mine is taken from the movie "Annie Hall", where Jeff Goldblum phones his guru from a party saying, "I forgot my mantra."

But it occurs to me now that thats probably the perfect ADHD mantra
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A very wise young lady gave me the best advice in my entire life, when I was in a particularly deep depression, something I've been repeating to myself for over 40 years. Every morning when I get out of bed and before any activity of the day: when I take a shower, when I do dishes, cooking the family meal, mowing the grass, etc., etc. It probably wouldn't match anybody else's notion of "inspirational", but it's helped me through some really bad times.

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