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Anxiety and You: Mantras

anxiety 3I struggle to piece together the words that are tiny shocks of energy shooting across my brain. In one hand, it feels as though there is stillness, but when I look deeper within,  there’s an overwhelming sense that there are hundreds of words, screaming at me; fighting for me to hear them, to listen. It’s hard. Hard to know which side of me to listen to. Hard to know which side of me is wrong.

I never understood anxiety before I started my practice. I didn’t know what it came from, I didn’t know why it would happen. I hated feeling vulnerable whilst I was in it’s throes which would only make the anguish worse. If I got my feelings hurt I would “stuff it” to the back of my brain and hope it would whither away. Would it? No. It’d get quiet, but eventually all of the pain collects and starts screaming. It starts to gain up on you.

I wouldn’t show when I was happy or excited about something because that made me vulnerable. It was a cocktail of being afraid someone would use my vulnerabilities against me and thinking that what I am passionate about is stupid and doesn’t matter.  I would suffocate my emotions so no one around me knew I felt anything. Soon enough, I couldn’t feel anything a majority of the time. No frustration, no happiness, no sadness; just a consistent lull of nothingness. Whole new meaning of “dead man walking.”

Truthfully though, once I began to understand myself and (as silly as it may sound) give myself permission to feel entitled to my natural emotions, I began to feel again. My body is my own minuscule corner of the Earth that is mine, it’s where I live. Where I retreat to process the unstable world outside of my being. As long as I’m not hurting anyone else I’m permitted to what I feel and I deserve to feel safe and at peace.

I learned a mantra in teacher training specifically for anxiety. If you don’t know what a mantra is, it is an affirmation we say repeatedly until we retrain the way our brain thinks or how it processes information before it turns it into false or unnecessary emotion. Like anxiety, for instance.

If you are ever battling something internal, try reciting this:

May I be happy.
May I be well.
May I be at peace.
May I be safe.

This can also branch out into a longer mantra that can strike a lot of other negative emotions like: depression, anger, or general loathing. I personally find the bold extremely useful to say daily (in order, one after the other, repeat 10x’s):

May I be happy.
May I be well.
May I be at peace.
May I be safe.

May my family be happy.
May my family be well.
May my family be at peace.
May my family be safe.

May my community be happy.
May my community be well.
May my community be at peace.
May my community be safe.

May my enemies be happy.
May my enemies be well.
May my enemies be at peace.
May my enemies be safe.

May the planet be happy. (Planet meaning plants and animals)
May the planet be well.
May the planet be at peace.
May the planet be safe.

May the universe be happy.
May the universe be well.
May the universe be at peace.
May the universe be safe.

I encourage you to try this mantra. You can skip entire verses, but always start with “I” and build up towards the ultimate: the universe. If you do decide this is something that might work for you, try it at least once a day, but as often throughout as you may need. Reflect on how your moods and thoughts have been every week until you hit the point that your negative emotions are to a minimum. Once you are here you can continue how you want. I’m to the point that I don’t meditate on this everyday, only as needed.

Let me know how this worked for you, positive or negative!

Namaste

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13 thoughts on “Anxiety and You: Mantras

    1. Thank you so much for your kind feedback. This mantra really sent vibrations through me when I first learned it during guided meditation. It is amazing to feel resistance during certain sections, only to feel it pass with a sense of peace. Sorry, I don’t mean to ramble.

      Please, let me know how it works for you! I am eager to know 🙂

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  1. This is all positive and I looove it! I have a goal this year to move away from anything or anyone that poses a threat to my peacefulness. Removing negativity will take me some time but will be well worth it. Thanks for the mantra.

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  2. So much positivity!
    I am starting a new part of my life in a couple of months by going to college and there are some things I wanna change for the better. Your blog will definitely help! Thanks!

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    1. I’m glad that you are here and can see yourself benefiting from my posts! You’re so awesome for recognizing areas of your life that you want to better; you’ve done more for yourself just by seeing that than you realize! Let me know how this mantra works for you if you decide to try it. I’m glad you’re here 🙂

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  3. Hello to my person on the other side of the world. I feel so connected to this it is unbelievable. Thanks so so much for introducing me to your blog. I feel like we’re on a similar wavelength when it comes to anxiety 🙂 I relate to this so much. Your description of it is superb.

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