I first learnt about having a morning mantra when I was a teenager. I read something about having a word with yourself in the morning, before all the other thoughts of the day start. Nice idea. The problem is, if you’re anything like me, it’s really hard to stop those thoughts intruding before you’ve even opened your eyes. Sufficed to say, my morning mantra practice didn’t last very long.
Then in 2018 I read Recovery by Russell Brand which again states the importance of having a morning mantra (among other meditational mantras) so I tried again. And again, my practice failed after a few weeks. This is partly due to the fact I wasn’t being disciplined enough but also, it was because I wasn’t really believing what I was saying and it wasn’t memorable enough.
Here is my mantra from the book:
“May light and love guide me today, may I listen intently to my higher self. Strength of resolve, strength to be who I need to be, the highest version of me. I wish to fill my day with purpose, kindness and gratitude. Above all else, I wish to act with love, towards myself and all others. Today is all I have.”
So it’s kind of taken from the book with some personal bits added in as is suggested. And I do still use these words, but at the end of my yoga practice when I have someone else with me and we’re doing a guided meditation.
My new morning mantra is a little less taxing:
“Purpose, love, gratitude – today is all I have.”
This works for me because it’s easy and short and I can repeat it over and over in my head. It helps me to not immediately think about what work I have to do and get in a morning anxiety loop which has been a rather frequent occurrence of late.
Having a morning mantra is important on so many levels. It helps you focus your attention onto what’s really important to you. It helps distract you from the things that you ‘have’ to do – they will still be there, don’t worry. The repetition of a phrase over and over again helps to calm and soothe the mind while you go about your morning rituals. It allows you to stay mindful and in the moment.
I like to start by saying it a few times in my head then I’ll say it out loud maybe 4 or 5 times then just let it keep cycling in my mind until I need to concentrate on something else.
Even if it’s just for a short while, I have peace and calm in my mind before the onslaught begins.