Do you have a watchword for the year? Every New Year's, my friends and I draw words out of a hat to find out what we should focus on this year. Sometimes they're gifts we already possess and other times, qualities we need to work on.
It's a good idea to have a mantra to help you refocus at the end of each day. You can incorporate a mantra into your yoga routine, meditation practice, or prayer of the day.
But what exactly is a mantra? Many people assume they need to be spiritual or superstitious if they have a mantra. After all, the word comes from Hinduism and Buddhism. While the definition of a mantra relates to a low chant or idea passed from a spiritual leader to a student, it is a lot more than that.
A mantra is a repeated idea to help find truth and meaning. For example, the Law of Attraction states that you become what you think. Good thoughts will help you have a positive outlook on life, and visualizing a goal will help you achieve it. The same applies to a mantra.
Dalai Lama, one of the greatest Buddhist spiritual leaders, has much to say about living carefully and loving gently. Many of his quotes are about treating all peoples with kindness and respect, persevering with a positive attitude, and taking risks when necessary.
Depending on what you're going through in life right now, you may need a special mantra to help you through. Dalai Lama's depth of wisdom is exactly the thing you need to help you make a change, find inner peace, strengthen your relationships with others, or have hope for the future.
If you don't have a solid piece of advice to meditate on for the year, now's the time to find out yours! Take the quiz to find a mantra from Dalai Lama:
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Love Casts Out Fear
“The more you are motivated by Love, The more Fearless & Free your action will be.” ― Dalai Lama
If you got this mantra, you may be allowing fear to control areas of your life. Perhaps you're afraid to stand up to someone you love because you think they'll disagree with you or maybe you're allowing roadblocks to prevent you from attaining your goals.
Always remember that YOU are in control of your life. The choices you've made in the past and the choices you make right now make your life what it is. The shortcut to living your best life is to love, and let the rest follow.
Balance in Relationships
“Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” ― Dalai Lama
A healthy relationship requires two people who want the best for each other. We all know people who allow relationships to consume their whole world, until a breakup or divorce ends up happening.
In order to have a loving relationship, you need to have something to bring back to it. For example, if you spend time with an old friend or go to the painting class you've always wanted. That way, you'll have something to chat about with your partner that will enrich your relationship with yourself and him or her.
Never Lose Hope
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. ’No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” ― Dalai Lama
While looking at things differently may not change your circumstances, bad can be turned into good depending on what you choose to focus on. Some of the most talented and loving people came out of difficult childhoods or war-torn countries.
Whatever you're going through, you can and will get through it. Believe in yourself and choose not to lose hope. If you find yourself slipping, reach out for help from family, friends, and professionals. You're not alone in this.
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation.” – The Dalai Lama
Sometimes, I feel like everything is going wrong and every move I make brings me further from what I really want. While it's normal to feel this way, focusing on problems all day can lead to a sad heart.
Whenever I'm feeling restless, I like to stop for 5 minutes and think of 3 good things about the day so far. They don't have to be complicated. Maybe you listened to a bird sing as you left the house or another driver let you go first with a smile and a wave. File those moments in your mind and remember them when you're feeling down.
“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” ― Dalai Lama
We all worry too much. The amount of anxiety we cause ourselves for things we can't control is absolutely horrible. Stop being hard on yourself and think about whether you can change the thing that's bothering you. If you can't, practice letting go. It may be hard at first, but stopping the worry cycle is a skill we all could benefit from.
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