Be it lack of sleep, caffeine, food, time, trashy tv ... my patience is on a very short fuse today.
The first inkling of a whine is sending me bonkers. I can literally feel my eardrums shrink from the sound, my heart gallop right out of my chest, my throat tense to choke down a yelp. The "om" just isn't there.
So, I am determined to find it. The "om" that is. My personal "om." This much I know:
Step 1: Breathe.
Step 2: Repeat personal mantra.
Step 3: Feel the zen.
What is a mantra? Mantra is a sanskrit noun meaning: a word or formula chanted or sung as an incantation or prayer (from www.dictionary.com). It comes from the roots of "to think" and "tool" so it literally means an instrument of thought. The goal of a mantra is to "create transformation." Mantras are generally associated with Hindu and Buddhist practices, as well as the practice of yoga.
For the purpose of today's writing exercise, forget about chanting or singing or prayer. Just find the magic phrase that you can use when you are stressed out that will help you calm down. You can say it out loud, under your breath or keep it in your head, but it will help you center and focus you mind and calm your body.
What is my personal mantra? Well, that may be my problem - I don't really have one! I end up following step one above (breathe) with a very inefficient thought, "I am so frustrated right now." Not helpful in the least. I think it's high time to change and replace that thought.
writing exercise: Create your personal mantra. Think short, easy to remember, transformative. Use as needed to make it through the day unscathed.
Have a great weekend writercizers! See y'all Monday. :)
(Click "read more" to see the writercizer's sample response.)
This is only temporary. Deep breaths.
This is only temporary. Deep breaths.This is only temporary. Deep breaths.