On my 24th birthday I was based out in Mexico with my work and, if we’re being honest, very unhappy. A member of my team, and fellow yogi, sent me a mantra on that day. It was an audio recording of the mantra itself, followed by a ‘translation.’ It was such a lovely thought, especially as my colleague knew I was alone on my birthday. It got me thinking about mantras, and the kind of messages we send ourselves. Whilst I’m not quite there with a ‘proper’ yogic mantra, I do have several phrases that keep me going when the shit hits the fan. I didn’t even realize I used them until I was stuck on a long train journey a few days ago, and my mind started to wander. So here they are:
This is a piece of wisdom used throughout literature, both secular and religious. However the context that brought it to my attention was Shoot the Damn Dog by Sally Brampton, one of my favourite books on the subject of mental illness. I didn’t even realize where I’d absorbed this mantra from until a recent re-reading of the book, but it’s seen me through some tough times, including the death of a close and dearly-loved relative. It reminds you not only that everything bad is transient, but that everything is. A nice little piece of wisdom there.