So to be fair, I’m not 100% sold on mantras. Repeating a phrase to myself over and over until I a) either feel better, b) it comes to be, or c) both. The thing about mantras, at least from my understanding, is that you really have to believe in them for them to have an effect. I rarely find a mantra that I truly believe in. Yes, I believe that I’m awesome, but repeating that to myself doesn’t do much for my self-esteem or confidence in most situations that cause it to be lower. Occasionally I do find one that I love.
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The first one, I’m sure I’ve mentioned before: I am, I can, I will.
This isn’t one I heard somewhere but something I came up with myself. I’m sure many others have before. I even have a friend who told me that he tells himself the same thing. It’s simple and I believe it. It can be applied to so many situations from getting into grad school, to fighting through chronic pain. I have it tattooed on my forearm. My mother says so that I won’t forget it, which is hilarious. In reality, this tattoo, like all of my tattoos is a reflection of me. And… I am, I can, I will. Always.
I got the tattoo as part of my solo LA trip. On a surf board because for the first time I took surfing lessons.
The other mantra that I ran into more recently is one I also love. Pura vida. It directly translates to “pure life” but in Costa Rica they take it to mean “life is good” or “everything is great.” And despite chronic pain, and the anxiety that I’ve dealt with the past few years, pura vida really resonates with me. Life is good because life is what I make it. Most things don’t turn out the way we want them to but finding the good in it… finding those pure friends, finding your passion, and enjoying the good times.. that’s what makes life good, despite everything else. Pura vida.
If you want to read some research on the positive effects of mantras, check out this study by Lolla (2017): https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10943-017-0371-7