I’m fairly certain that my parents taught me the value of a mantra very early on. They weren’t probably from the depth of Hindu or Buddhist thought, but more from simply and clearly setting and communicating their expectations and values. I’m pretty sure my father’s utterance of “sh*t or get off the pot,” translates to just make a decision that you will go after full force. I’m also fairly secure that when my mother said “we don’t quit something we start,” that I continued attending Sunday School for the remainder of the entire school year and stopped whining about my poor decision shortly thereafter. For this reason, I am a big fan of simple sayings or mantras. If you’ve read this blog much, you’ve certainly read your share of quotes and simplified mantra’s. I am aware of a few of you that even repeat them every now and then.
Yes, we all become part of our parent’s best lessons, but the mantra concept ultimately sticks because it works for me. In the critical thinking and even meditative process, a mantra is especially helpful because it allows us to block out everything else while we focus. The study of philosophy is full of these mantras as reminders for us to use when we feel false impressions, distractions, or the weight of everyday life to get us back on track. This deepens learning and experiences towards your purpose and within your values with great clarity.
As evidence of the applied value with mantra-like impressions in my life, a group of people that I worked with provided me with a framed reference of the numerous “mantra’s” we had experienced together in a particular journey together. Sayings such as “Bring Value or Be Gone” and “Results Matter” hang on the wall in front of me every day still. When distractions approach, I easily remember what my father and mother and peers remind me of. What are your significance building mantra’s?
“Erase the false impressions from your mind by constantly saying to yourself, I have it in my soul to keep out any evil, desire or any kind of disturbance — instead, seeing the true nature of things, I will give them only their due. Always remember this power that nature gave you.” — Marcus Aurelius — *Applied credit to Richard and Sandra McKeever*