7 Mantras to Live By


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This week we are focusing on the beauty of soul. One way I feel I keep my soul healthy and beautiful is through powerful mantras. Although there are several different mantras you could choose from, there are 7 that speak to me specifically. Here are 7 mantras to live by. Let’s get into it!

If you’re going to pray don’t worry; If you’re going to worry, don’t pray.

The Heavenly Spirit is in control of all that is life. My mother has always told me that no matter what you do, do not expect God to fail. If you go to Him with your problems, leave them there with Him. Let Him take control of whatever is going on. However, if you give your problems to God, you must do just that. You cannot give your problems to Him and then continue to worry and try to take matters into your own hands. God doesn’t need our help.

If you can’t live up to your expectations, lower them.

I have to remind myself of this all the time. Often times, when we set goals that we don’t achieve we blame ourselves for being lazy or give ourselves multiple reasons as to why we couldn’t accomplish the goal. In all reality though, some things just are not meant to be. If you cannot live up to the expectations you have for yourself and you know you’re giving life your most earnest effort, it is time to lower your expectations a bit. Never be too good to start over or readjust. You’ll thank yourself later.

Look back at your past, so you can smile about how far you’ve come.

Most people will say to “leave the past in the past,” but I highly disagree with this. I think back to my past just as often as every day. I don’t look at my past to beat myself up about who, what, and where I used to be, but to encourage myself and praise myself for growing through all of it. I give thanks to God for not giving up on me when I was where I was in the past. I remind myself that even if I’m not exactly where I want to be, I’m not at all where I used to be. And that… that is a great thing to be thankful for.

“This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one;  or it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle.”

This comes from the poem “No Struggle, No Progress” by Frederick Douglass. Take that in. I know that you may read it and think, why would you want a mantra about struggle? The answer is very simple though. This is a very realistic and true approach to life and all the obstacles it throws at us. There is no progress without struggle, but the main thing to gain from this is the reminder that the struggle can be either physical or moral. Often times we forget that struggle does not only come as a physical burden. Regardless of its form, there must be a struggle. The blessing never comes with the test.

“There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”

This is from Marianne Williamson’s poem, “Our Deepest Fear.” Outside of this one line, I encourage you to read and memorize this work. Whenever I get weak, I like to repeat this poem to myself for strength. Focusing on this particular line from her work, I like to remind myself that some times you outgrow people. Some times you have to show your light to people who don’t have one. Some times you have to be great. Not everyone is capable of taking on such a task, but still it must be done. She says, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” And she couldn’t have been more correct.

I am the head and not the tail; I am above and not beneath.

Ever since I was able to repeat things I heard, I have said this because my mother has always said it. “You are the Head and not the tail, Isis. You are above and not beneath. The Lord said he would make your enemies your footstool.”  Every day when we woke up and at night before we laid our heads down to sleep, my mother would make us confess this from our mouths. And still to this day, I believe it to be true. I know that I am the head and not the tail in all that I do. I know that I am above and not beneath, no matter what mistakes I have made.

Of the few billion people on Earth, you are the only YOU.

This is certainly one of my favorites. I often speak about accepting every aspect of who you are and this is why I do that. No matter what you’re made of–the good things, the bad things, and the things you don’t want anyone to know–you are the only you that is capable of being you. There is not one individual on this entire planet who is exactly like you. That is a very powerful thing to realize. Find solace in that. Instead of beating yourself up, remind yourself that still there is only one you. Be proud of that and be the best you that you can be.

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