Friday, August 8, 2014
Mantras: Make me strong, so I can give!
A mantra is a sound, word, or phrase that is repeated over and over to yourself, whether out-loud or not. The purpose of a mantra is to help you concentrate or achieve a goal! Anyway, I use them all the time to get myself through rough situations, so I thought I'd introduce one of my personal mantras to you guys here once a month. The first theme is strength! "Make me strong, so I can give!" is actually the last line in a short story for kids (Jose! Born to Dance by Susanna Reich) that I read in a 4th grade textbook while I worked at a school. It seriously stuck with me, maybe changed my life a little, even?
I interpret this phrase to mean that you should work hard or take good care of yourself so that you are functional in body & mind to help other people. I constantly remind myself that any healthy habit I practice is for this reason. It's really quite a moving, motivating thought! For example, I think of it often when I'm doing reps during exercise. If you try it, I hope it works for you! Have you ever practiced any kind of mantra before?