The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. Not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” ~ Ashley Montagu
As difficult and challenging as life may seem sometimes, I can guarantee you that our attitude towards it can be right 99.9% of the times, our outcomes positive, and we can be among the happiest persons here on earth simply by using mantras.
It is a powerful tool that anyone of us can use to engage ourselves into positive thinking and so relieve our mind of the tension, anxiety, fear, doubt and stress that we face every so often.
Many have had success and have witnessed an increase in happiness and how they feel about themselves in general.
In addition to affirmations that I already use as a motivational tool, mantra is another great alternative. I learned this through my own experiences and times when I felt hopeless, confused, in doubt and when my perspective was out of alignment.
“Delight yourself also in the Lord and he shall give you the desires of your heart.” ~ Psalm 37:4
Definition of a Mantra
A mantra is an often repeated sacred word, formula or a phrase used as an object of concentration and embodying some aspect of spiritual power.
Wikipedia describes its meaning to be a sacred utterance, numinous sound, or a syllable, phonemes, or group of words believed by some to have psychological and spiritual power.
According to Wikipedia, it is believed that the spiritual value of a mantra comes when it is audible, visible, or present in thought.
I will add by saying, there is really no right or wrong mantra, and none too long or too short, as long as it makes you happier!
So whenever life gets you down, problems try to overwhelm you and temptations for you to give up or to give in bombard your mind, here are some effective mantras to help keep your mind positive and at ease with the right perspective of your outcome.
1.) Let faith lead the way
Whenever we are going through difficulties in life, the picture of the outcome is very dark and fuzzy. Nothing whatsoever makes sense! We cannot see, we do not think rationally, our judgment tend to be poor and so the tendency is to begin to doubt and be afraid.
But when we begin to exercise our mustard seed faith, light illuminates our path and all of the pieces of the puzzle fit snugly and transform itself into the most valuable and priceless treasure far beyond what our heart and mind is capable of conceiving.
Martin Luther King Jr said,“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Faith for me means you do not have to see it to believe it, you believe it and then you see it! This is an expression of happiness!
2.) All things are possible
In agreement with the powerful teachings of the bible, I consider this to be one of my most confessed mantra.
Nothing whatsoever is impossible with God even though it is impossible with man. In order for this word to be effective, you must believe the promise. Believe in your dream and your vision that they will come into full manifestation and the right people who will support and encourage you will step up and even make available the resources that you will need.
It may not be within the time frame that you would like it to be, but you shall have what your heart desire.
Happiness then come as a direct result of your blessings coming to fruition and you staying true to your mantra.
“With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” ~ Mark 10:27 ESV
3.) My worse days are behind and my future is bright
Life cannot be any worse off with you moving forward than what it was like where you just came from or the storm of life you just made it through.
And, if per chance you are still going through your difficulties while you are reading this post, hold on tight, hang in there, your best is yet to come! Your struggles is not an indication that you are failing, it simple means you are being processed and prepared for success and new growth which comes with the added benefit of happiness.
4.) For everything I have lost better awaits me
Better things always replace that which you have lost. So you never complain and grumble when occasions like these arise. I admit that it is very painful when you begin to lose things that you held close to your heart over the months or years, but freely letting go will ease pain and lessen the discomfort that you may feel.
5.) Gratitude is the best attitude
My personal journey to happiness and the success that I have achieved thus far is strongly linked to my ability to walk in humility and to appreciate the simple things in life, even on my worst days. Be appreciative of your family, loved ones, friends, supporters and associates, even your enemies as they too have a role to play in your life.
Gratitude is undoubtedly linked to happiness so always remember to say, “thank you.”
6.) Learn and adapt as you go
There are many variables in life and lessons that we will learn through our experiences. Draw from your experiences and see the silver lining behind every dark cloud. Make adjustments as you go along. And remember even if something did not last you for a lifetime, doesn’t mean it was not worth the while.
7.) Failure is not final but success is inevitable
I recall the day that I went to take my written test for my driver’s license for the country I now live in. I walked into the room highly confident that I would be successful but left extremely disappointed in myself that I failed. I began to beat upon myself. How could I fail?
I had been driving for many years and already a licensed driver. However the law required that I take the written test again so that I could be granted a licence for there. I went back the following day but that time I walked out feeling so happy. I was grinning from ear to ear.
I had reason today to focus on this mantra. Why? Because June 8th 2015, the National Democratic Party (NDP) was returned to government after gaining a landslide victory in the general elections here on the island. Of the 11 seats won, there is this particular candidate who contested consistently on four occasions in the past and failed each time.
Now on his fifth attempt, he won a major victory and will now become a minister of government. Having done the math, five times four years gives us 20 years. Twenty years ago he had that dream, and 20 years later he finally succeeded. One can only imagine the joy and happiness that he feels on the inside.
8.) Every mistake is an opportunity to do it right the next time
This helps me to understand that whenever I mess up it is simply an indication that my next time is my perfect opportunity to do it right and even better than before.
I use it to remind myself that I am still a work in progress and that I should not be so hard on myself. It is also an opportunity for me to say “I am sorry” or to forgive myself and others. The true measure of a man’s success and happiness is how many time he bounce back from failure.
9.) Don’t try to be perfect, be yourself
Define who you are on your own terms and be yourself when the journey gets tough, the path gets crooked and life seems not to be playing the cards right with you. Be yourself even when it hurts and you are ‘bleeding’ in places that others don’t see.
Find your unique voice, your language and your own sense of style and stick with it. No one should hate you for being yourself and even if they do, it is far better for them to hate you for who you are than to be loved by them for who you are not.
God created you the way you are for a specific reason and every gift He has equipped you with was designed with the right purpose in mind.
10.) I am fearfully and wonderfully made
Often times we tell ourselves we will be happier when we lose a few pounds, we get a new job that pays more money, find a partner, get a face life, add more make up or otherwise change something about us.
I find this especially helpful when I am looking at myself in the mirror and start thinking about the extra pounds that I have put on within the past three years. But once I quickly remind myself that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, I begin to see beauty not just on the outside but most of all on the inside.
What this translates to is a boost in my overall confidence and happiness and I can go on without entertaining any negative thoughts about myself. I encourage you to think positively and begin to accept yourself of who you are.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, and I know that fully well.” ~ Psalm 139:14 NIV
11.) Let go and let God have His way
Pruning is a part of your growth process and so when troubles rise, and the night begin to get dark and cold, it’s time to let go and let God have his way. This mantra helps you to accept where you are and what God is doing in your life. It allows you to surrender more freely and to be more trusting of the process He is taking you through.
Once you come to that place of surrender, you find yourself in a place of peace, bliss and happiness. So guess what? This is one mantra that I repeat ever so often to ease my pain when I feel I am being pruned. Pruning precedes elevation to my next dimension and with that comes happiness.
“He that handles a matter wisely shall find good: and whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.” ~ Proverbs 16:20
12.) Don’t sweat the small stuff
This mantra is helpful in understanding that not every battle is worth fighting and not every problem need your input to solve them. Frustrations are distractions which comes to annoy you and cause you to lose focus. So rather than spending time trying to figure them out, use them to motivate you and elevate you to a higher place. Remember you are in control of the way you view life.
13.) Be kind and generous
One of the best ways in which to boost your happiness is to be kind and generous to yourself and others. Kindness goes a long way and the days when you are finding it hard to keep your balance or things are just not going right, reach out to someone and do some goodness for them.
The important message here is to focus on making others happier and the seed of happiness that you sow into others will return to you one hundred fold. There is no mistake in being kind and generous to others.
What is one mantra or personal reminder that helps your mind to remain at ease and that also boost your happiness? Please share with us by leaving a reply below.
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